It may surprise the hardened Scotch drinker to discover that some of the mostly highly praised whiskies in the world come from outside of whisky's traditional heartlands of Scotland and Ireland. Amrut and Penderyn must come in for special praise here, Japanese whiskies having their own section on this site. This is the place to shed your certainties and consider something new.
Crowned World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2020, 1792 Full Proof is a big, weighty and delicious bourbon. Bottled at 62.5% ABV, this allows no barriers when it comes to expressing all this whiskey's flavour.
Barton 1792 (which has been going since 1874) gets the name from the year that Kentucky became an official US state. It’s also the name of their signature single barrel bourbon whiskies. A favourite among fans of US whiskies, this is bottled at 49.3% ABV.
A single cask 12-year-old French single malt from Warenghem as part of the Armorik series. This single malt spent over a decade in single Oloroso sherry cask #3298 before being bottled at natural cask strength.
A 7-year-old single malt released to commemorate the 400th anniversary of where they make the whisky, in Aarwangen. In Switzeland it goes by the name of the Kornhaus. It was distilled at Langatun in 2008 and bottled in June 2016.
Independently bottled Indian whisky from Malts of Scotland! It was distilled at John distilleries in Goa back in 2009 and left to mature in a single bourbon barrel till 2015, when just 156 bottles were produced at natural cask strength.
Another release from the amazing Swedish distillery, this is a 6 year old single cask whisky from Smogen, distilled in 2011 and bottled at an eye-watering 64% ABV. Expect some serious flavour!
Smögen is the excellent Swedish craft distillery (craft in the true sense of the word) run by distiller Pär Caldenby, and it puts out some fabulously big and tasty whiskies. This one is another corker - named 6/6 after the National Day of Sweden. Aged in first fill barriques, bottled at 59.1% ABV and heavily peated with just 840 bottles released.
This Smögen bottling is the result of Par Caldenbys experiment with triple distillation back in 2011. It was aged in just two Sauternes Barriques until it was bottled in January 2017, producing Just 882 bottles.
Matured in a Fresh bourbon barrel from 2012 to 2017, this single cask Swedish whisky is a cracking release from Smögen. It also comes presented at natural cask strength!
A "Chairman's Reserve" release from the Amrut distillery in Bangalore, aged for 10 years in bourbon barrels. You can see here how much colour the whisky has taken on from just a decade - hence the name Greedy Angel's.Only 9000 bottles of this rare Indian single malt were released.
A peated Indian single malt aged in sherry casks at the Amrut distillery in Bangalore. This has been released as part of the Greedy Angel's series to showcase how much interaction the whisky can have, along with the amount of evaporation in the cask, in such high temperatures. The liquid that was left has been presented in decanters along with a crystal stopper.
This is the 2017 release – and third edition – of the Double Cask range from popular Indian distillery, Amrut. This particular brace of casks includes whisky that was matured in Bourbon cask #3189 and – this time – Port pipe #2715. Full of rich flavours, this is bottled at 46% ABV.