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.
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!
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.
Previously named "Jim Murray’s Third Finest Whisky in the World", rated 97/100. This excellent core range malt from Amrut is distilled from barley from both Scotland and India, together making a truly awesome whisky! Liquid Gold Award 2014 - GOLD MEDAL - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible Wizards of Whisky Awards 2014 - GOLD MEDAL - Asian Whisky
Strictly 1 Per Customer A limited release from Amrut. Intermediate Sherry is Matured in a mix of ex-bourbon and virgin oak casks, later transferred to sherry casks before going back into bourbon casks to complete its maturation. This is one of Amruts best limited releases, an outstanding malt. Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2014 - GOLD MEDAL - Liquid Gold Award
Now this is something a bit off your radar. Distilled by India's Amrut brand, Naarangi is Hindi for ‘orange’. So you get whisky that was aged in an ex-oloroso sherry cask, that was then seasoned with wine… and orange peel for three years! Expect some orange notes with this!
An Indian single malt from the countries market leader who have been producing spirits since 1948 but Whisky as we know it in the UK is a fairly new market for this distillery. They have however been quickly gaining a great reputation around the world for its award winning range of Whisky. This is a cask strength version of the peated malt bottled at a mighty 62.8% ABV so not for the faint of heart malt drinker!