On the 15th May, celebrate World Whisky Day with these four fantastic whisky brands from around the globe! If you are looking for something new to try this weekend then we’ve got the perfect option for everyone. There’s even a cheeky alternative for those wanting another option…
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
English whiskies are growing in popularity and a great whisky to sample is the award-winning Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. Launched in 2017 it is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. Rich and fruity, Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits. The perfect gift for a whisky lover.
Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt Whisky
Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand-crafted single malt whisky matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by Master Distiller, Anup Barik.Distilled in traditional copper pot stills, the malt matures for two-thirds of its life in handpicked American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks at India’s largest distillery and is then non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45%.
The combination of Rampur’s unique distilling and the double cask maturation process, sees this luxury Single Malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture. Delicate balsamic vanilla notes from the American white oak compliment the full-bodied aroma of tropical fruits, smooth malty tones and oaky notes whilst rich caramel, dried dark fruits and spiced tonality from the European oak add to the depth of flavour.
A brand-new Irish whiskey-based liqueur, Shanky’s Whip was launched in the UK last month. It is based on a combination of Irish spirits and aged pot still whiskey, blended in with the natural flavour of vanilla infused with caramel.
If you are looking for something a bit different to celebrate the ‘water of life’, Shanky’s Whip won’t disappoint. A smooth, black spirit with a rich and whippy flavour dominated by spicy Irish notes and can be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails such as an Irish Old Fashioned, Cold Whip or The Long and the Short of It or just On the Rocks. RRP £24. ABV: 33%. www.shankyswhip.com Instagram: @shankyswhip Available from Amazon and Master of Malt.
One of Europe’s favourite blended whiskies J&B Rare. This approachable and accessible Scotch appeals to whisky connoisseurs and ‘new world’ drinkers alike. The consistent high quality of the blend, which is light in colour with a smooth and elegant taste, makes it the perfect whisky to be enjoyed as a dram or for an at home cocktail this World Whisky Day.
J&B Rare Whisky is distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland. A blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies, the heart of J&B Rare is formed from the finest Speyside single malts: Knockando, Auchroisk, Strathmill and Glen Spey and is expertly blended to create an approachable, rich and complex flavour. The round, fruity, unique and distinctive taste of the fine malt whiskies is delicately balanced by carefully chosen grain whiskies which gives J&B Rare its distinctive character. RRP: £22.50, ABV: 40%. J&B Rare is available from: Waitrose stores, amazon.co.uk, thewhiskyexchange.com masterofmalt.com and Justerini & Brooks.
Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Tequila
If you are looking to try something totally different this World Whisky Day Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo Tequila would be a great alternative. Storywood, a tequila with the heart of Mexico and the soul of Scotland, was created by founder Michael Ballantyne who was born in Scotland and raised in Texas. After an unexpected meeting with Master Distiller Luis Trejo at La Cofradia Distillery in Mexico, Michael began the journey of this delicious tequila by expertly ageing 100% agave liquid in single malt whisky casks from Speyside and creating the world’s first sipping tequilas.
The whisky-like characteristics drawn from the wood mean that Storywood Tequilas can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Award-winning Storywood Tequila Speyside 14 Añejo is smooth and hiding in every deep amber sip are notes of toasted oak, roasted nuts and treacle toffee.
The most luxurious Whisky experience: 110 bottles of whisky on the wall
This World Whisky Day (15 May), Scenic Eclipse (www.sceniceclipse.com) is toasting its recently announced journeys to the whisky-producing nation of Japan. Brand new for the 2022 season, Scenic Eclipse will take guests on an ultra-luxury voyage of discovery through Japan’s intriguing history.
Scenic Eclipse’s on board Whisky Bar features a floor-to-ceiling display case that is home to 110 varieties of flavoursome whisky for guests to enjoy throughout their journey. Sit back and relax with a tipple in hand while admiring the translucent quartz crystal display, with stock including single malts such as a 25-year-old Glendullan, a 30-year-old Jura The Loch and a 16-year-old Lagavulin. Additionally, with access to the most famous of super-premium blends, including Ireland’s Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel, Canada’s Crown Royal Deluxe; and an array of examples from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, France, India, USA, South Africa and Sweden, all this and more is available and included in Scenic’s unique all-inclusive policy.
For those looking to dip their toes further into the world of whisky, Japan has long been recognised as an outstanding whisky producing nation with the distilleries of Honshu and Hokkaido praised for their unique techniques and equally remarkable experimental qualities. With blends such as Hibiki and Nikka from the Barrel rightly lauded for their quality, savour the mizunara oak and plum wine cask finishes formed through close attention to blending that produces a drink so light and elegant that its taste is distinctly Japanese. Discover more on the island of Hokkaido on Scenic Eclipse’s 15-day Japan: A Journey Through Time itinerary by walking around the local trade markets and indulging in the exceptional whiskies Japan has to offer. Prices for this insightful journey into Japanese culture starts from £12,430 per person, departing on 19 June 2023.
All Scenic Eclipse voyages are truly all-inclusive, meaning everything is included in the upfront cost including return UK fights, all meals across a choice of on board venues, premium branded beverages, a personal on board butler and all shore excursions.
All new bookings are covered by Scenic’s Flexible Booking Policy, enabling guests to defer their cruise to another travel date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure* and include Scenic’s Deposit Protection Plan. For information on Scenic’s health and safety policy, see www.scenic.co.uk/assurance.
For more information and to book, visit www.sceniceclipse.com, 0808 273 8836, or speak to your local travel agent.