The scotch industry depends on bourbon to provide flavorful casks for maturing malt and grain whiskies. But among the many bourbon-cask matured scotches out there, which ones provide the best bang for your buck—and allow you to taste the influence of both types of whisky in one glass? Consult this list to find a great bottle that connects America and Scotland.
Glenmorangie Original—$54, 93 points
One of the all-time greats, the complexity of this elegant whisky reveals itself with flavors of citrus, lilting florals, vanilla, and peach.
Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition—$100, 89 points
Get the full grain-to-glass experience with this lightly peated Kilchoman that spent 6 years in bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace.
Balblair Vintage 2003—$82, 87 points
Balblair has offered a solid program of vintage releases over the past decade, and this Highlander brings lemon, apple, and spice to the party.
Tobermory 10 year old—$52, 87 points
An underappreciated distillery with a superb current range, this lovely lemony whisky tastes of gingerbread, star anise, and honey.
Hazelburn 10 year old—$45, 86 points
Pears, spiced apples, and a swirling, oily mouthfeel define this unpeated, triple distilled whisky from Springbank Distillery.
Tullibardine The Murray—$75, 85 points
Enjoy ripe banana, tropical fruits, and licorice flavors on this new cask strength drop of Highland gold from the distillery
Auchentoshan American Oak—$50, 83 points
A little slice of the U.S. on the outskirts of Glasgow, this whisky was triple distilled and matured in first-fill bourbon casks, and projects toffee, grassy notes, spice, and citrus.
Wolfburn Single Malt—$60, 83 points
The newest Scotch whisky distillery to give its whisky a U.S. release. Be ahead of the curve with a bottle of this young, fruity whisky from the northlands.