So, you don’t like whisky.

WRONG.

Well, not to tell you how you feel, but we think everyone loves whisky, they just haven’t found the right one yet. 

We’ve heard the stories. You snuck a bottle of Jack from your parent’s drinks cabinet when you were 17 and what happened next put you off the stuff for life. Or your gran thought it would help you with a cough when you were far too young and that put you off. Or you had a shot after 12 pints and thought the whisky was to blame for what happened next and that put you off.

But you can’t even begin to imagine the wonderful world you’re missing out on by not embracing whisky. The flavours. The culture. The places. The people. The history. The stories. The flavours. The explorations. The discoveries. The attachments. The communities. The flavours. 

If you think whisky isn’t the drink for you – you’re wrong.

If you think you can’t touch the stuff again after a bad experience – you’re wrong.

If you think we can’t find a whisky that suits you, guess what? Wrong.  

We’ve got the answers and the bottles to prove it. Here are our Top 10 whiskies for people who don’t like whisky.

Top 10 whiskies for people who don’t like whisky

Top 10 whiskies for people who don't like whisky

The whisky liqueurs and flavoured whiskies

Ok. This might seem like cheating. Yes, they’re not technically whisky. They’ve had other flavourings added. But as a first step into the category, getting used to the taste of whisky without the high ABV is a good idea. And we defy you to drink these and think anything other than “that was absolutely delicious”.  

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream 70cl

A luxurious liqueur from Buffalo Trace, made simply by combining its Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey with cream. Enjoy over ice, in a cocktail or splashed in a coffee. 

Sugar Shack Canadian Maple Whisky Liqueur 50cl

Premium maple syrup and Canadian corn whisky collide here. Drizzle it on your pancakes. Over ice cream. Pop it in a cocktail. It’s Canada in a bottle. 

Glayva 70cl

Glayva is a classic Scottish liqueur made with whisky, honey, and spices. It’s sweet, warming and perfect for sipping by the fire.

Top 10 whiskies for people who don't like whisky

Whiskies perfect for cocktails

Next up are whiskies to use in cocktails. If the full taste of a single malt is a little rich for your blood right now, cocktails can soften whisky’s more robust flavours, making it more approachable for beginners. You can experiment with different taste profiles and ingredients too, so you can get acclimatised to whisky’s complexity and strength.

Cutty Sark Prohibition Overproof Blended Scotch Whisky 70cl

Highballs, Rusty Nails, Rob Roys… Make all these and more with Cutty Sark’s Prohibition Edition blended Scotch whisky a favourite of bartenders. 

The Busker Triple Cask Triple Smooth Whiskey 70cl

Irish Coffees, Whisky Sours, Irish Mule… Mix up a storm with an Irish whiskey made from a blend of grain, single malt, and Ireland’s unique single pot still whiskey which is finished in bourbon, Marsala wine, and sherry casks.

Evan Williams Extra Aged Whiskey 70cl

Old Fashioneds, Mint Juelps, Boulevardier… this is a tasty, reliable, versatile bourbon from Evan Williams that’s full of creamy vanilla, coconut, corn, and caramel apples.

Top 10 whiskies for people who don't like whisky

The accessible and easy-drinking whiskies

Here’s a list of whiskies to drink neat, ones generally considered approachable for those new to whisky. They pack a lot of flavour but are balanced and smooth so they shouldn’t overwhelm you. Don’t be embarrassed to dilute them with water too. It’s your drink.

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old Whisky 70cl

A single malt Scotch whisky, The Balvenie DoubleWood is aged in bourbon and then sherry oak casks, resulting in a smooth, slightly sweet whisky with notes of honey and fruit.

Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey 70cl

Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple-distilled Irish whiskey known for its smoothness and light, fruity flavour profile with hints of citrus and spice.

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old – The Original Whisky 70cl

Glenmorangie is a Highland single malt Scotch whisky with a delicate and fruity flavour profile. It features notes of citrus, vanilla, and floral undertones.

Loch Lomond Single Grain Whisky 70cl

A single grain Scotch whisky from Loch Lomond distillery here, a light, sweet and creamy whisky with flavours of icing sugar, citrus peel, and pineapple.