Celebrate World Whisky Day In Style

May 21st is World Whisky Day, a holiday that celebrates whisk(e)y worldwide. Try celebrating the big day with some of these drams from all over the globe!
May 19, 2016
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    The founders of this distillery asked why there weren't any whisky distilleries in Sweden. Was it possible to make in their climate? Well, that question has been answered with a resounding yes. Aging this single malt whisky (produced with barley grown and malted in Sweden, thank you very much) they use virgin European oak grown (where else) in Sweden along with 1st fill American oak barrels.
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    South Africa
    Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky is made from 100% South African yellow maize and distilled at the The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. This double-matured whisky spends 3 years in first-fill bourbon barrels before it's transferred for finishing in new first-fill bourbon barrels for an additional 18 to 30 months. It has recently become available in select US markets.
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    Utilizing the nearby brewery Cascade Brewing Co, Sullivan’s Cove uses fine Tasmanian barley and double distills in copper pot stills. It then barrels the whisky for a minimum of 11 years and, for this expression, utilizes one used French port barrel and two American oak bourbon barrels. As you can probably guess from the number of bottles, each bottling is a vatting of one port cask and two bourbon casks. It seems that they are particularly fond of bottling on or near exact barreling anniversaries, which is a bit unusual.
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    This single malt sources its barley from the Himalayas and ages the whisky at an altitude of over 3,000 feet above sea level in Bangalore. In this climate, the angels take way more than their share as up to 15% abv of the whisky is lost per year.
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    Equipo Navazos (Jesus Barquin & Eduardo Oreja) have joined forces with Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits to produce this single malt whisky made in northern Spain. It's made from 100% malted Spanish-grown barley, distilled in a pot still, then aged in fresh Valdespino Palo Cortado sherry casks. Though sherry cask aging is prevalent in whisky aging, this type of dry sherry cask is very rare, especially since it's so fresh from the source. Though non-age statement, it is between 4-6 years old.
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    Bushmills 16 Year is a triple-distilled single malt aged around 15 years in a combination of oloroso sherry and bourbon casks. Then the whiskey is finished in port wine pipes to finish maturation. The single malt is bottled at 80 proof. (SRP $149.99)
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    Bushmills 10 Year is the youngest single malt expression for the brand. It is triple distilled in copper pot stills and is aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. (SRP $49.99)
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    It is probably fair to say that if you've ever consumed whiskey in your life, you've had Jameson Irish Whiskey. A stand-in wingman, it's been a reliable go-to even in the most barren of bars. As to some technical data, it is a blended whiskey comprised of single pot still and grain whiskeys all produced at the Midleton Distillery.
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    Produced about 60 miles north of Belfast in the town of the same name, Bushmills is a blended whiskey comprised of triple distilled malted barley and grain whiskey aged in ex-bourbon barrels. (SRP $29.99)
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    Bushmills Black Bush is aged for 7-11 years, primarily in oloroso sherry casks with some ex-bourbon barrels in the mix. This Irish blend also includes a very high single malt whiskey percentage for a blended whiskey at 80%. Bottled at 80 proof. (SRP $31.99)
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    It’s hard to believe, given the runaway success of Crown Royal, that VO was once the cornerstone of the Seagram’s empire. In fact, the Gimli distillery, now dedicated to Crown Royal, was built specifically for VO. Production of VO has since moved to the historic Schenley distillery in Valleyfield, Quebec (Now called Diageo Global Supply, Valleyfield). If VO is a mixer, VO Gold retains the classic Canadian whisky profile, but is made for sipping. This is whisky for when the hard-core VO drinker has a special occasion. Same brand, same whisky, just a lot more of it in each sip.
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    Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon is one of the flagship products of the Buffalo Trace collection of whiskeys. It is made from 10 year old bourbon aged at the Kentucky distillery. The barrels are hand selected for quality and consistency before bottling.
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    Multiple Countries
    This bottling from Utah based High West is a combination of three different whiskeys. It combines straight bourbon (71% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley malt) and straight rye (95% rye, 5% malted barley) both distilled at Indiana's MGP distillery. Also included is blended malt Scotch whisky from an undisclosed (per the contract) source. The whiskeys range in age from 5-8 years. Note: This product has been updated to include High West's own rye distillate to the blend.
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    Malt whiskies from Yamazaki and Hakushu distilleries are blended with grain whisky from their Chita distillery; all are aged at least 12 years and some much older. All 3 distilleries are owned by Suntory so they can create exactly what they want. Another unique attribute is the placing of plum wine (Umeshu) into old American barrels to season them for 2 years and then aging some of their whisky inside.
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    J&B began as most Scotch whisky blends did — through wine & spirits merchants. J&B stand for the names "Justerini", an Italian who had followed his heart to London and subsequently became a wine & liquor merchant, and "Brooks" who purchased the business a few generations later. The blend as we know it today came about in the 1930s, just after the end of Prohibition.