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.
Part of the seasonal range of limited releases from the leading Swedish Whisky distillery, Mackmyra. Made from smoked barley and matured in Scotch strong ale 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.
An unpeated Swiss single malt from Langatun, distilled in December 2008 and left to age in both Chardonnay and sherry casks. Without no Chill-filtration it was bottled at natural cask strength.