Whiskey has a special place in the world of liquor. It comes from all over the world, and in such a variety of flavors ranging from sweet to smokey, and everything in between. But there are SO many different types of whiskey available in the market today that deciding on which whiskey to buy is harder than it’s ever been before. A few types of whiskey include scotch (technically a whiskey!), single malt, Irish, grain, and blended. Whether you are new in the world of whiskey or a veteran, here are some of the best whiskey brands from around the world you should stock up on to really elevate your bar.
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1. Jameson Irish Whiskey
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Jameson is arguably the most well-known whiskey in the world. This Irish whiskey is distilled three times, making it a high-quality whiskey with a unique taste. While originating in Dublin, Ireland, the world now looks forward to tasting this potion. Jim Murray even gave this 95 points which make it a formidable competitor for the best whiskey brand in the world.
2. Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey
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William Grant’s Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt whiskey from Moray, Scotland. This beverage is nothing short of superb! It’s known for its mixture of three different single malts, namely Glenfiddich, Balvenie, and Kinivie — all of which come from the popular Speyside distilleries. This creamy and malty Scotch works great served as is, or on ice, as well as being an ingredient in other cocktails.
3. Black Velvet Whiskey
With hints of coconut, caramel, and vanilla, this smooth as velvet liquor slips down way too easily. This whiskey comes from Schenley Industries in Quebec, Canada. It’s also topped with floral rye, cream sherry, and pepper, making it one of the tastiest whiskeys in the planet.
4. Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whiskey
This liquid gold whiskey produced by the Chivas brothers in Scotland is known as the ‘blend for grown ups’. It’s rich and smooth with a taste of fruits, honey, and herbs that stay on your taste buds. It’s no wonder that Chivas Regal is regarded as one of the best whiskey brands in the world!
5. Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whiskey
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Another pride of Scotland is Dewar’s, which is actually owned by Bacardi. This drink is highly recommended for liquor lovers with a sweet tooth. With its heather honey mixed with wood, apple, and peach, you can’t go wrong. Plus, its toffee and vanilla fudge taste gives a really delicious and sweet aftertaste.
6. Johnny Walker Blended Scotch Whiskey
This Scotch whiskey from Diageo is undoubtedly one of the most popular brands out there. It offers several varieties, such as Gold Label, Black Label, Platinum Label, and many others. But the most popular of the Johnnie Walker labels seems to be the black. The distinct creamy toffee notes are one of the factors that give this liquor its undeniable charm.
7. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
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Founded in Lynchburg, Tennessee, this is not just one of the most renowned brands, but also one of the oldest brands on the market. Produced for more than 140 years, this whiskey lives up to the hype. Jack Daniels is one brand that hasn’t diluted its quality just to increase quality (looking at you, Patron). Its unique blend of banana, toasty oak, oily nuts, and dry spice makes it one of the most popular whiskeys on the planet.
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There are plenty of whiskeys to choose from on the market, but choosing the perfect match for you may require a bit of trial and error. One piece of advice though, if you’re fond of traveling, make it a point to always try out locally made whiskeys wherever you go. You can almost always find some authentic, great tasting hidden gems!
What’s your favorite whiskey and why? Let us know in the comments!