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The Scottish spirit or the “uisge beatha”, the water of life, is a wonderful spirit with a charismatic and absorbing past and among some of the world’s most revered spirits. There are varying styles, though all can be delectable masterworks in their own right. Some are flavoured heavily by peat and smoke, others are light and fruity. Coastal whiskies are often flavoured by the sea and a refined salinity can be found. There is always a sweetness; sometimes in omnipresence, sometimes lurking in the substrata.
Typical Character of Scottish Whiskey
Malt, Honey, Dark Fruit, Vanilla, Spice
Located on a 390-acre estate in the Scottish Highlands, The Macallan distillery was founded in 1824 and was one of the first Scottish distilleries to be legally licensed. Their Gold® is produced from 9-15yo first fill and refill sherry casks, and designed to sit between the now-defunct 10yo Sherry Oak and 10yo Fine Oak bottlings.
Character: Vanilla, Cinnamon, Apple, Oak
Less than a century old and with only a handful of distilleries, Japanese whisky has moved fast to develop its own unique style – or rather styles – and has met with growing acclaim in the West in recent years. From light and precise to smoky and fat, its malts and blends offer a world of whisky in miniature.
Typical Character of Japanese Whisky
Honeysuckle, Toffee, Oranges
A blend of Japanese malt and grain whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. Presented in the brand's trademark 24-faceted bottle representing the Japanese seasons, this is light, approachable and moreish with enticing notes of orange peel and white chocolate.
Serve: Neat or in an Old Fashioned
Character: TWhite chocolate, orange peel, honey-like
However you choose to spell it, "Whiskey" is produced stateside, from Washington to Virginia. From sweet Tennessee whiskies to spicy rye and unaged corn, the country uses a wide variety of grains in whiskey production.
From fermented grain mash (barley, corn, rye or wheat) and typically aged in charred white oak casks, American Whiskey is known for its distinctive brown colour.
Typical Character of American Whiskey
Vanilla, Toffee, Oak, Cinnamon
Jim Beam Double Oak®
Initially matured this bourbon in freshly charred American oak barrels, and then moved over to a fresh set of freshly charred American oak barrels for the second part of its maturation.
Serve: Double Oak® & Fever-Tree Cola®
Character: Oak, caramel, toffee, maple
The Irish may have been the first distillers in the British Isles and, for a brief period in the 19th century, Irish whiskey reigned supreme over its Scottish rival. Boom was followed by bust – and near extinction – but today the good times are back, with distilleries popping up all over the Emerald Isle.
Typical Character of Irish Whiskey
A blend of pot still and fine grain whiskeys that is as versatile as it is smooth. Triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 4 years.
Serve: Jameson & Fever-Tree® Ginger Ale
Character: Spice, Wood, Vanilla