The days when only Scotland and Ireland produced good whiskies are long gone. From Australia to the US, good whisky can be found all around. For those adventurous trying out new stuff is always fun, here are my favorite whiskies from the main whisky making countries in the world.
Ah the agony of choice, Scotland is after all the birthplace of modern whisky, picking one over the other isn’t easy, Ill go with the the Glenlivet Archive 21 Year Old, a winner of multiple international awards, Quick and snappy The Glenlivet has a strong fragrance and a complex and spicy taste. Interesting finish as well.
Chuck it up to a lack of experience on my half But I find it easier to find my favorite Irish whisky, The Midleton Very Rare Blend does it for me. Every year, bottles are dated and released in a limited supply, the whisky itself being a blend of triple distilled whiskies is matured in American bourbon oak casks. The taste reminds one of almonds, honey and herbs. A true delight.
I like the reddishness of many American whiskies, my favorite is rather young as whisky goes or the 10 year old Bulleit Bourbon. Aged in American white oak this whiskey is rich and smooth. Taste reminds one of vanilla, its also light on the tongue, so light in fact that you might as well sip it straight.
“Canadian whisky is way better than you think” declared Bloomberg, and there is some truth in this. A lot of people dont know anything about Canadian whiskies, but they sure do have the climate to do this correctly. To be honest I haven’t tried out too many, but the Candian whisky awards last year named the Collingwood 21 Year Old as the best and I gave it a try, and can vouch for it. An extremely smooth triple distilled whisky with hints of vanilla, raisins and caramel. The finish reminds one of pepper or even black licorice. Give it a try.
Its difficult to choose between the Nikka Yoichi single malts and the Suntory Yamazaki, both are excellent whiskies with a mild taste and comfortable finish. I’d usually go for the Yamazaki, and Jim Murray agrees with me, calling it the best whisky in the world in 2014. So I am in good company:)
As with Canada Im no expert on Australian whiskies but I do try to try out everything that makes the news for being tip notch. So, when an Aussie whisky named Sullivans Cove was named the worlds best single malts I tried it out. Light, peppery and intriguing, and they say Australia in fact has far more interesting whiskies than just this one.
Henry Baldvin is the lead contributor to Dekanta.com a site dedicated to Japanese whisky.