World Whisky Day invites everyone to enjoy a dram around the World. If you can’t find an event happening near you why not host your own World Whisky Day event? All you need is a bottle of whisky to share with your friends. If you are looking for inspiration, here are a two whiskies and a whiskey to taste in 2018.
Balblair has been making premium whisky on the banks of the Dornoch Firth since 1790, making it one of, if not the oldest working distillery in the Highlands. Their recently launched 18 year old has been awarded a Gold Medal by the International Spirits Challenge (ISC), the premier awarding body in the global spirits industry. Now in its 21st year, the ISC received over 1,500 entries from 70 countries across the world.
Commenting on the ISC accolade, Balblair Distillery Manager, John MacDonald (pictured above), said: “It’s an honour to have our latest releases recognised by industry experts. Our whiskies have stood the test of time because of the care we take over our production methods and the purity of our local ingredients. We haven’t automated our processes. Instead we stick to traditional techniques and make small tweaks in our pursuit of perfection.”
Balblair 2000 is bright golden in appearance. The aroma offers. hints of honey and vanilla, that come from the long years of maturation in American ex-bourbon oak barrels. On the palate the sweet, honey, floral notes combined with hints of coconut and rich spices. Ending with a smooth, long lasting and warming finish.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old
If you like tradition and heritage, look no further than the Laphroaig 10 Year Old. The Laphroaig distillery was famously managed by ‘the mother of single malt’. Elizabeth Leitch “Bessie” Williamson, (pictured), 22 August 1910 – 26 May 1982, was a Scottish distillery manager and former owner of the Laphroaig distillery noted for being the first woman to manage a Scotch whisky distillery during the 20th century. She is credited as being instrumental in promoting single malt whisky, in particular Islay malts and Laphroaig, during the then-emerging US trend for single malts. It is the only single malt Scotch whisky to be awarded the Royal Warrant by HRH The Prince Of Wales.
Notable for its high levels of peat, Laphroaig 10 has a very distinct and unique flavour profile, strong smoke and iodine, with an earthy, tangy taste detailed with elements of sweetness. Unforgettable.
Look out for Laphroaig Open Day: Tues 29th May during the Islay Festival / Feis Ile
Wild Turkey 101
The World’s longest serving master distiller – makes bourbon. For an astounding 60 years, James C. Russell has been making whiskey at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and today, is the longest-tenured, active spirits Master Distiller in the world. Brought up only five miles from the distillery, he followed his father, who taught him the traditions and techniques of Bourbon craftsmanship.
The bourbon is distilled at a very low proof in order to help embody all of the barrel flavors during aging. It comes out of the barrel at around 109 proof necessitating only slight dilution before being bottled at 101 proof. This process helps produce a final product that, although not barrel proof, is very close to what came right out of the barrel.
A fantastic nose: toasted oak, spicy, caramel, vanilla. Bold flavour – spicy and sweetness. Vanilla, toffee and caramel are set against oak and the oak char. A great finish: with spice, pepper, toasted oak, disguising its alcohol content. Overall a robust tasting experience – certainly at this price-point.
Interactive Whisky Map of the UK
To celebrate World Whisky Day, Premier Inn have created an interactive whisky map of the UK.
For both whisky connoisseurs and novices alike, the map marks every whisky distillery in the UK that you can visit. From the most northernly distillery, Highland Park Whisky Distillery on the Orkney Islands, to the most southernly, Hicks & Healey in Cornwall, you can easily discover the nearest one to you. Perfect if you fancy learning more about the process behind some of the nation’s best whiskies.
Unsurprisingly Scottish distilleries dominate the map, with 76 distilleries over the border that you can visit. Although many are in the islands and highlands, if you’re looking for a whisky city Glasgow is your best option with The Clydeside Distillery and Auchentoshan Distillery both within easy distance.
Outside of Scotland, the map reveals a good cluster of distilleries in the south. London is actually home to three distilleries, Bimber Distillery, The London Distillery Company and the East London Liquor Company – all relatively new distilleries that are looking to challenge the more established distilleries in Scotland.