Scotch, defined as whiskey made in Scotland, is synonymous with class. Whiskey is the overall category and can be made anywhere. So, all bourbon, Scotch, Canadian, Japanese, and Irish whiskies are also whiskey. The main difference between scotch and whisky is geographic, but also ingredients and spellings. Scotch is whisky made in Scotland, while bourbon is whiskey made in the U.S.A, generally Kentucky. Scotch is made mostly from malted barley, while bourbon is distilled from corn. If you’re in England and ask for a whisky, you’ll get Scotch, in Ireland, you’ll get Irish whiskey.
Scotch drinkers like to keep things simple. Sure, you can make a fantastic cocktail, but most drinkers want to enjoy the smoky flavor unadorned except perhaps for ice, water or a splash of soda. Here’s the top 20 Scotch will make sure you have the best whisky in your glass. Enjoy!