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What do we know about Whisky? It’s brown and Ernest Hemmingway was well into it, that about covers it, right? Believe it or not, no! Whisky is made all over the world, in multiple styles and is one of the most nuanced and esoteric beverages on God’s green Earth.

Let’s talk about styles; outside Scotland there are 4 main types of whisky/whiskey: Single Malt, Bourbon, Blended and Grain. First up to bat, good old Single Malt; it’s a style that isn’t nearly as utilised as in Scotland but there’s still some cracking examples; whiskies from Taiwanese producer Kavalan, are marvellous single malts. Is there anything more American than Bourbon… Apple pie or peculiar sporting events, maybe? Defined by charred new oak barrels that it’s matured in, bourbon classically has a strong vanilla and sweet spice character. Grain whisky, like in Scotland is made from any mash that isn’t malted barley, there are some cracking examples coming out of Ireland and the U.S.A. Blended whisky is made all over the world but it is a method the Japanese have really taken and said, “we’re going to make this our own.” Made from a blend of whiskies from 2 or more distilleries, on the world stage, some of the most notable examples are coming from Japan. Domo arigato, Mr Roboto!
  • Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Bourbon is a classic American spirit and Buffalo Trace is a brilliant example; rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit, the smooth finish really lingers.
  • Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2010 - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    £45.50

    £45.50

    Delicate aroma, with hints of spice, vanilla and some malty dried fruits. Well-balanced and tight with some punch and an edge of rye appearing. Delicate touches of cocoa, more spice and a little butterscotch sweetness. Crisp and peppery at the end with a distinctive rye touch.
  • Nikka From The Barrel - Japanese Blended Whisky 500ml

    £43.00

    £43.00

    Big and well-balanced at first, some spicy oak and ripe fruit coming through and then a tickle of fire and oak at the finish. Add water for a real treat.

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