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.
State-owned distillery Nantou began producing whisky in 2008 and now years later comes their Sherry-cask-matured Taiwanese single malt, which purveys those classic delicious sherried notes.
Nantou is the new Taiwanese distillery that was established in 2008 and this is their first single malt whisky released for the UK market, aged in bourbon casks and very Scottish Lowlands in style. A very impressive first offering from a country that has only been making whisky for a decade!
Conductor is an award-winning whisky from the Kavalan distillery in Taiwan named after the parent company, King Car. A smooth and well-balanced single malt bottled at 46% abv.
An award-winning expression from an award-winning distillery. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique cleaned up at 2015 World Whiskies Awards, who named it World’s Best Single Malt, and other iterations have impressed too.
Another musical themed and Solist single cask release from the Kavalan distillery in Taiwan and another award winning single malt. Bottled at cask strength 57.8% and matured in 100% ex-Bourbon casks. This distillery can seem to do no wrong at the moment with more awards and accolades in a decade than most distilleries get in a century.
This is the core expression from the King Car distillery in Taiwan. Kavalan Single Malt Whisky offers notes of tropical fruit and subtle spices, on the palate. As you can imagine, the casks also mature much faster where this distillery is based.
This sherry oak edition from the King Car distillery features the same whisky that goes into their sough-after Solist bottlings. This one though, is presented at an ABV of 46%.
Taiwanese single malt whisky drawn from ex-bourbon casks (the same ones used for their Solist releases) and bottled at 46% ABV. Notes of spice, vanilla and tropical fruits.
Kavalan were the first ever Whisky distillery in Taiwan and in just over a decade have been winning awards and plaudits for their range of single malts. The Concertmaster has been finished in a trio of ex-Port casks (Tawny, Ruby and vintage) after initial ageing in American oak. This is a great fruity and easy drinking introduction to this distilleries fantastic range that you will want to explore further.