With the Irish Whiskey wave continuing to gather pace and the Bourbon boom showing no signs of slowing down, we thought we’d take a look at five of the best whiskey brands on the scene in 2018, and why they should be on your buying list.
Jim Murray’s no age statement blend of the year is Ballantine’s Finest. It is a firm which provides a range of blended scotch whiskys. Ballantine’s Finest is blended with 50 single malts, 4 single grains and the signature malt of Miltonduff and Glenbergie. Best note is that of fudge which lingers in your mouth and makes it an unforgettable experience.
“The art of Japanese whiskeys since 1923” is the tagline of this whiskey firm. This Japanese whiskey brand has produced a masterpiece known as Yamazaki. It is a whiskey produced in Yamazaki distillery which is the oldest distillery in Japan. It has the largest market share for single malt whiskey in Japan.
It has also won the title of world whiskey of the year in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible. It is a smooth spirit with notes of various flowers and fruits leaving an oaky and vanilla aftertaste. Japanese whiskeys are not necessarily light, but their distinct aroma sets them apart from the crowd.
- Chivas Regal
“The blend for grown ups”, is how Chivas Regal is defined most of the times. Its roots can be traced back to 1801. This elixir is produced by Chivas Brothers. It’s a market leading scotch whisky, a fusion of herbs, honey, and fruits which keep on lingering on your palate and gives the taste of heaven. It has a ‘rich and smooth’ house style. So, if you haven’t tasted drink of success yet, you might want to try it.
- Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker, the brand, which has been walking for almost 200 years, now is an iconic global brand with a portfolio of six award winning whiskeys. It’s world’s most distributed brand of whiskey, claiming that six bottles are sold throughout the world every second. It is versatile and vibrant whiskey brand, which falls under the category of blended, scotch whiskeys.
The brand serves different whiskeys under the name of different colours, like Johnnie Walker Black, Johnnie Walker Blue, and various others but most whiskey drinkers call their black whiskey as ”The Ultimate”. The notes of sultanas and hints of creamy toffee add to the charm of this spirit.
- Jack Daniel’s
They say, it is ‘Nectar of God’ and why wouldn’t they give this whiskey an esteemed name, after all, this is a brand which has been serving the world for around 140 years now and has managed to maintain the quality at the optimum level. It is crafted exclusively by artisans and not by mere machinery and technology.
Chilling hints of dry spice and oily nuts with soft hints of banana milkshake ending in smoky character and toasty oak, make it one of a kind. Its authenticity is credited to the iron-free cave spring water, finest grains, mellowed by whiskey being filtered through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal. It is also known as the drink of celebrities. Many Hollywood celebrities have been photographed with this brand.