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 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.
Another fascinating wine-cask matured whisky from the brilliant Swiss distillery, Langatun, which has experimented with numerous wine finishes and maturations over the years. This particular release was distilled in 2010, before being matured in a Chardonnay cask. The final twist was a lengthy 15-month finishing period in Sauternes casks.
This is another fine release from the excellent Swiss distillery, Langatun. Ever experimenting with unusual casks, this time the whisky, which was distilled in 2011, has been maturing in red wine casks from the Quinta do Zambujeiro vineyard in Portugal (which is Swiss-owned, in case you were wondering about the connection). It was bottled in 2017 at 49.1% ABV.
Distilled in February 2009 and aged in both Chardonnay and sherry casks, Old Deer Classic is a triple distilled single malt from the Langatun distillery is Switzerland. They bottled this in February 2016.
A cask strength version of Langatuns Old Bear Smoky, matured in Châteauneuf-du-Pape casks. Its triple distilled and made using peated barley.
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.