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Whisky


Whisky (or whiskey) is produced in various guises all over the world. Japanese Whisky, Irish Whiskey and American Whiskeys (including Bourbon) are challenging Scotch Whisky, with of them many winning notable awards and accolades. Meanwhile, whiskies from countries as diverse as India, Canada, Sweden, Wales, Taiwan and England are also becoming increasingly noteworthy in both quality and abundance.

The distillation process spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 15th century via Alexandrian Greeks, Medieval Arabs and Latin Europeans. The Scots and the Irish, who already had a well-developed tradition of farming cereal crops, used the technique to distil from a variety of fermented grain mashes to produce a spirit, most closely resembling today's new make spirits.

This spirit was used 'for medicinal purposes' for some time, but started to become widely adopted as a beverage of choice and a good way to use up excess grains, keeping them safe from the rats' clutches. Once the spirit started to be stored in oak barrels, it was noticed that this had the delightful consequence of providing flavour and colour, giving it a deeper and more mellow taste than the raw spirit. Today, whisky must be aged for at least 3 years in an oak Barrel before it can legally be called "whisky".

The process of distilling fermented grain mash and aging it in oak barrels to make Whisky (or whiskey) has spread the world and has resulted in a remarkable range of styles, including Single Malt Whisky, Blended Malt Whisky, Grain Whisky, Rye Whiskey and Blended Whisky (containing both Single Malt Whisky and Grain Whisky).

Whisky

Scotch Whisky

The most famous and revered of all the Whisky producing countries. Despite the country's small size, the range of whiskies available from Scotland is incredible, from the briney and peaty flavours of Islay Whisky and Island Whiskies to the lighter, sweet whiskies often found in Speyside. Notable producers include Johnnie Walker, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, The Macallan, Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet.

Scotch Whisky

Best Selling Scotch Whisky

It's here, the 2014 Whisky Advent Calendar! Look at it. Regard it. What is surely the greatest advent calendar known to humankind is back for a third Christmas countdown, and there's still no better way to get into the festive spirit! Behind each of the 24 windows lies a different 3cl Drinks By The Dram sample of delicious whisky, so this year be sure to count down to Christmas in style (again). And if you like this, why not take a look at The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar! SPOILER ALERT! You can view the contents below if you really want to know by selecting 'Read more' - although we've still placed them in a random order below so the surprise won't be completely ruined! Read more
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$234.26
Is this the ultimate advent calendar? We certainly think so. For The Premium Whisky Advent Calendar from Drinks by The Dram contains 24 wax sealed sample drams of top quality whiskies behind its glorious windows! This really is a thing of beauty, a step up from the already incredible Whisky Advent Calendar, this is the way to count down to Christmas in consummate style. Expect all manner of treats from top distilleries in Scotland and around the world! SPOILER ALERT! You can view the contents below if you really want to know by selecting 'Read more' - although we've still placed them in a random order below so the surprise won't be completely ruined! Read more
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$437.35

American Whiskey

The whiskeys of America tend to have more spicy notes and a vanilla sweetness, due to the new, charged-oak barrels that are used for maturation of Bourbon, especially. This massive generalisation doesn't do the range of whiskey styles justice, however. American Whiskeys include Bourbons, Ryes, Tennessee Whiskeys and Straight Corn Whiskey, all of which offer a distinct flavour profile. More recently, the craft distilling movement has led to even greater variety, led by the likes of St. George Spirits and Balcones.

American Whiskey

Best Selling American Whiskey

The sublime Colonel E.H. Taylor straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey, presented at barrel proof - uncut and unfiltered, as the bottle proudly proclaims. Sitting at a staggering 67.3% ABV, this will certainly appeal to the crowd that enjoy and want their bourbons to be big, bold and sturdy. Colonel E.H. Taylor is a top brand from the Buffalo Trace lineup, named for Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr., the developer of innovative bourbon distilling techniques still in use today. What better way to honour him than with a brilliant barrel proof bourbon?
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$227.78
All the way from the FEW Spirits craft distillery out in Evanston, Illinois, here's a cracking cask strength Bourbon Whiskey, ready to impart awe into every American whiskey fan's consciousness. Bottled at a sturdy 58.7% ABV, it's a stunning expression, delivering a rich, robust flavour profile with flawless style. As with all of FEW's top quality craft spirits, the classy label design has been inspired by the Chicago World's Fair of 1892. 'Tis a thing of beauty, just like the cask strength bourbon it holds. Aces.
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$107.72

Japanese Whisky

The whisky production methods of Japan most closely resemble those of Scotch Whisky, and the results speak for themselves. Multi-award winning producers Suntory and Nikka have proven credentials in consistently producing excellent whiskies including single malts from Yamazaki, Hakushu, Yoichi and Miyagikyo. Whisky from the closed distillery of Karuizawa, meanwhile, has become the stuff of legend including releases of the kind of vintages rarely seen outside of Scotland.

Japanese Whisky

Best Selling Japanese Whisky

Whisky from the Barrel is one of the greatest value for money whiskies in the world. An incredible dram from Nikka, so much power! We can't recommend this enough.
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$49.27
Hibiki 17 Year Old (70cl, 43%)
This Japanese blend was awarded an "Editor's Choice" from Whisky Magazine. Hibiki 17 year old is a superb whisky from Suntory.
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$138.70

Irish Whiskey

The triple distillation process widely used in Irish Whiskeys tends to lend them a smooth and fruity flavour. They are also unique in their production of single pot still whiskey. The Irish have been producing whisk(e)y for as long (or longer, according to some sources) as the Scots, and that heritage comes through in fantastic spirits from producers such as Midleton, Bushmills, Cooley and, of course, Jameson.

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Best Selling Irish Whiskey

A wonderful single pot still whiskey, Green Spot is fabulous stuff, and much loved by the critics.
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$60.01
This is the second addition to the 'Spot' range of Irish whiskies, which contains the famous Green Spot Pot Still Whiskey. The Yellow Spot is a single pot still Irish whiskey which has been matured in three types of cask: American Bourbon cask, Spanish Sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks for a sweeter flavour.
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$96.14

Other World Whisky

Welsh Whiskies, Indian Whiskies, English Whiskies, Swedish Whiskies and even Taiwanese Whiskies are among the world's fastest growing whi vbsky categories with exceptional new products coming through from the likes of Penderyn, Amrut, St George's, Mackmyra and King Car. Canadian whiskies meanwhile have a proud history dating back to the 18th century.

Other World Whisky

Best Selling Other World Whisky

A gorgeous single cask Spirit of Hven single malt whisky, which pays tribute to Saint Nicholas, patron of fishermen and sailors (among others). For the Sankt Claus release, the Swedish distillers on the tiny island of Hven wanted a whisky that would bring warmth to a cold winter evening. The chosen whisky was matured in French oak casks which previously held Merlot wine, which surely had an influence on its radiant ruby red hue. A bold, warming, subtly smoky expression, with plenty of red berry, dark chocolate and rich coffee notes throughout.
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$153.02
Mackmyra First Edition (70cl, 46.10%)
The first release of Swedish single malt from Mackmyra. A good deal of this was matured in virgin Swedish oak casks, many of which were as small as 100 litres.
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$69.25

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