“I like my whiskey old and my woman young” – Errol Flynn. It is a fact that quality of whiskey gets enhanced with its age. Whiskey, an alcoholic beverage is loved by people all over the world. Not only is it least likely to give you a hangover , but it’s also one of the healthiest alcohols around. As most of the whiskey lovers say ” there is no bad whiskeys, there are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others “. For a whiskey, being acknowledged in Jim Murray’s Whiskey bible is like winning an Oscar for a movie. Hence, here is a glimpse of whiskeys which have won this accolade and are all time favorite of people.
Enormously popular blend in United Kingdoms, has around 35 mature malt and grain whiskeys. Scotland’s whiskeys has major contribution. Its signature malt is from Blair Athol. It is of an appealing natural golden color. It has a nutty characteristic with a finish of fruitcake and smoke. The notes of barley, cereals, nut oils , fresh herbs and hints of wood and spice make it unique in taste.
Created over a century ago, Dewar’s white label is masterpiece. It is a blended scotch whiskey. It has around 40 different whiskeys blended in once. It has an astounding taste and warmth. The sugary-ness of vanilla fudge , toffee and heather honey mixed with hints of peach, apple and wood give it an immense taste. It’s sweet on lips with a sweet aftertaste. This brand has won more than 400 awards and medals. It has clearly a pale yellow color and is a popular brand especially in the stateside.
10. Black Velvet
As the name suggests, the whiskey is as smooth as velvet and slips down almost alarmingly easily. This reserve was started in 1991 and has grown popular steadily. It has hints of caramel, vanilla and coconut topped with floral rye and zest of pepper and cream sherry. It is a rather stylish bottle known for its black color premium design for the ones who like their drink modish.
The blended Irish whiskey famous all over the world, is known for its quality and unique taste because it is distilled three times. John Jameson came up with the idea of triple distillation and ended up creating a potion , people crave for. Jim Murray awarded it incredible 95 points. It is renowned for its affinity with ginger ale. Marmalade and fudge are its attractions.
8. Crown Royal
Crown Royal wears the crown of top selling Canadian whiskey in United States. Nothing compares to its rich golden amber color which makes it irresistible. It was first crafted in the year of 1939 to celebrate the visit of King George VI to Canada. This classic whiskey has a profile defined by smoothness, enhanced by rich, lingering finish. All hail the ‘King of barrel’.
7. Jim Beam
World’s no.1 Kentucky bourbon whiskey brand, Jim Beam has been serving the different parts of globe for 200 years now. It is a barrel aged American whiskey made of corn with a subdued caramel flavor. The Jim Beam White Label is aged for four years and has high percentage of rye. The distinct flavor is because of endemic bluegrass fields of Kentucky. The requisite notes of vanilla and creme anglaise add on to the flavor. Acetone notes, resins and toast oak make it a taste to cherish forever.
6. Canadian Club
Canadian Club is a brand of whiskey, which originated straight from the heart of Canada. But later it was taken over by Beam Suntory productions, an American manufacturer of spirits. Whiskey moguls say it is the one with a ‘touch of rum’. It is exotic because of its notes of cut grass, hint of straw and aniseed freshness married to the oak barrels. Winter spice and dark sugars make it a favorite of connoisseur.
Jim Murray’s no age statement blend of the year is Ballantines’ Finest. It is a firm which provides a range of blended scotch whiskeys. Its extraordinary whiskey, 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 largest market share for single malt whiskey in Japan. It has also won the title of world whisky 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.
3. 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 whiskey, a fusion of herbs, honey and fruits which keeps 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 wanna try it.
2. Johnnie Walker
Johnnie Walker, the brand which has been walking for almost 200 years now is an iconic global brand with 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 adds to the charm of this spirit.
1. 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 milk shake ending in smoky character and toasty oak, make it one of its 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 drink of celebrities. Many Hollywood celebrities have been photographed with this brand.