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.
Sullivans Cove comes from Tasmania, Australia - which is very much one of the top whisky regions of the world at the moment. It's been matured in a combination of American ex-bourbon oak and French oak casks, before being bottled at 40% ABV.
Tasmania is fast-becoming one of the premier whisky regions of the world - and this is where Sullivans Cove hails from. This is a no age statement single malt which spent it's time ageing in American oak casks.
Not quite a whisky (a touch too young yet) this is a fascinating spirit drink from the ace Starward brand in Australia. It’s part of their New World Projects series, and the spirit had been matured in a mixture of Australian red wine barrels. You can already see the active maturation in the vibrant colour of the spirit!
The 10th Anniversary Edition, which is a vatting of 28 casks comprising all eight of the cask types used across the distillery’s history. Apera fortified wine, red wine, and lots of PX from Jerez, in different sizes of cask are the stars of the cask show here.
An under strength Canadian Whisky imported & bottled by Halewood Vintners in Liverpool, UK who also produce the likes of the Pogues and West Cork Whiskies.
Now, this is a very popular bottle among fans of Canadian whisky - not least of all because of the great value. The Pike Creek 10 Year Old is rye whisky that’s initially matured in white oak, before being finished in rum barrels. Tasty stuff.
Lot 40 Rye has been distilled in a copper pot still. It’s a small-batch release that has proven extremely popular over the years in its native Canada, which as a nation is getting an increasingly good name in world whisky. This spicy dram is bottled at 43% ABV.
An old brand with its origins to the mid 19th century, Wiser’s has become one of the best-selling whiskies in Canada. The 18 year old continues to shoe the exceptional value of aged whiskies from across the Atlantic - and this one makes for a delightful dram.
A brand of Canadian Whisky that dates back to the Hiram Walker distillery that was established in Detroit, USA in 1858 but moved to Ontario, Canada just across the river to avoid the prohibition movement. Made from a high Rye content along with barley and corn and aged for about 6 years in American oak. A smooth and easy sipping Whisky with subtle spice.
Independently bottled Dutch single malt whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, released under Zuidam distillerys Millstone name. As if that wasnt interesting enough it spent 6 years maturing under the watchful eye of Master Distiller Patrick van Zuidam.
A superb Dutch single malt whisky from the Zuidam distillery, crafted to the expectations of the family owners, Patrick and Fred Van Zuidam. The whisky was bottled at 40% ABV, the bottle comes housed in a wooden presentation case.
Winner of Best European Rye in the World Whiskies Awards 2015, Millstone 100 is one of the best rye whiskies out there, for sure. The whisky is distilled and bottled in Zuidam, Netherlands, and takes its name from pretty much every production process. Its made using 100% rye, distilled using 100% pot stills, matured for 100 months in 100% American oak and bottled at... you gues…
From the Warenghem distilley in Brittany, France, comes this limited edition bottling of single malt whisky, released in small batches of just 1,000 bottles at a time. The whisky spent its years maturing in warehouse No.2, where the distilleries finest casks are stored. Each cask is carefully selected by their master blender before being bottled, without chil filtration or adde…
A Double Maturation here from Warenghem in Brittany, France. The whisky is initially aged in casks made near by the distillery, before its then transferred to sherry oak casks to soak up all those intense, moorish flavours.
Matured exclusively in refill bourbon casks, this is the classic single malt from the Armorik range by Warenghem. A suitably rich whisky from Brittany, France.
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.
German rye! The European whisk(e)y scene really is buzzing with creativity at the moment. The folk at Spreewald distillery, who bring us Stork Club, have distilled unmalted and malted rye from Brandenburg, which is rye central. The whiskey was then matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-white wine casks to give us something very tasty indeed. Awarded "World's Best Rye" award in 2019 Whisky Magazine awards.
One of the lesser-known Indian whisky brands in the UK, Rampur Single Malt Whisky was distilled in India’s oldest distillery, Radico Khaitan, which dates back to 1943. This whisky is non chill-filtered and bottled at 43% ABV.
This single cask Indian whisky from Paul John was bottled exclusively for Gordon & MacPhail. Drawn from cask number 4611, this unpeated expression offers all kinds of chocolate-y notes along with brown sugar and subtle hints of spice.
A peated Indian single malt matured in a first fill American oak cask and bottled at natural cask strength. Only 156 bottles were produced. The result is a whisky brimming with light spices and BBQ smoke.
Unpeated single cask whisky from India! Going by the faster rate of evaporation in Goa, theres no surprise this cask filled just 210 bottles.
The Gold award-winning Indian single malt from John distilleries. Edited combines peated Scottish barley and Indian barley, creating a complex whisky with notes of cocoa, honey and smoke.