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.
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.
You don't get a lot of New Zealand whisky making it to the UK. The first That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottling from Willowbank distillery is also a closed distillery release, as the place shut up shop in 1997. A rare treat indeed.