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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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$229.32
A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram. The 16 year old has become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery.
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$82.02

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

A bottle of Canadian Club from 1981. Now, you may be wondering what was going on in Canada in 1981. The film Scanners was being released, that's what was happening. Art. Sane.
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$183.52
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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$105.45

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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$53.28
Released in Spring 2014, this is one of two Distiller's Reserve single malt whiskies from Suntory in Japan. This single malt from the Yamazaki distillery is jam-packed with superb red berry notes, gained from the whisky being matured in Bordeaux wine casks and Sherry casks. It also features malt matured in Mizunara casks, adding subtle fragrant oak notes.
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$64.15

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.

Irish Whiskey

Best Selling Irish Whiskey

Powers Gold Label (70cl, 40%)
Powers Gold Label is a classic Irish whiskey, introduced in 1791 by John Powers & Sons. It was once a pure pot still whiskey - these days, it's a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys with plenty of honey'd notes and subtle peppery spices.
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$37.01
The eagerly anticipated Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey, made with 100% malt whiskeys. A selection of five wine-cask-finished-whiskeys were used for this release (some of which were distilled back in 1991), including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. Exciting, delicious stuff from the Teeling chaps in Dublin.
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$65.68

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 limited edition release from Mackmyra, made in conjunction with the Sweden Rock Festival, which takes place just outside Sölvesborg. This Swedish single malt is made with whisky drawn from bourbon barrels, as well as whisky that has spent time in casks which previously held raspberry wine, and a small portion of smoky whisky too. Jammy fruit sweetness, complimented by notes of vanilla-and-toffee ice cream and a generous helping of oak spice. 6,666 bottles were produced.
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$94.34
The third release from Spirits of Hven's Seven Stars range is the Phecda single malt whisky, which has been matured in a combination of American and French oak casks, then bottled without chill-filtration or additional colours. A cracking organic single malt from the fantastic Hven distillery on the tiny Swedish island from which the distillery gets its name. Following on from Dubhe and Merak (the previous expressions in the Seven Stars series), the Phecda has been named after a shining star in the Ursa Major (or The Plough) constellation.
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$152.85

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