Liquor The Best Scotch Brands  

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Scotch is a very distinct tasting liquor. All scotch must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels, giving it a distinctive flavor based on the number of years it aged. Some consider scotch to be one of the truest forms of alcohol. Scotch is an alcoholic beverage that is made from malt barley with the introduction of wheat and rye in the late 18th century. The mash can be different combinations of barley, rye, wheat or corn. Whatever is used gives the scotch a different flavor. It is then placed in a wooden cask in Scotland (it has to be Scotland to be scotch) and left to age and ferment. However long it is left in the cask is also going to change the taste of the scotch.

Since all of these factors come into play, each scotch producer comes up with a scotch that taste slightly different from another's. This leaves the drinker with many varying options to consider when trying to choose which scotch is the right one for them. Should they go with the pot stilled single malt scotch like Glenmorangie, Highland Park or Tambowie? How about a aged, blended scotch like Chivas Regal, White Horse, Famous Grouse or Talisker?

This list is to help determine which scotch is the best tasting out there through votes from the Ranker users. Vote up your favorite and vote down the ones that just aren't good enough. And if it’s scotch’s tasty cousin whiskey you crave, check out the list of the best whiskey brands.
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The Macallan distillery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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455 167
Lagavulin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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374 98
Balvenie distillery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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295 89
The Glenlivet distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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283 107
Glenfiddich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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329 101
Glenmorangie distillery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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197 72
Laphroaig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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148 51
Glenmorangie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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280 123
Laphroig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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172 53
The Macallan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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210 81
Talisker distillery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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213 85
Highland Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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353 222
Johnnie Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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95 40
Talisker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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133 56
Aberlour distillery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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182 83
Ardberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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115 54
Dalmore distillery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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90 34
Ardbeg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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94 44
Caol Ila distillery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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222 175
Chivas Regal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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60 27
Glenfarclas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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175 153
Dewars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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57 31
Bunnahabhain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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46 33
Caol Ila is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scotch Brands

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44 37
Cragganmore distillery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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