The Simple Joy of Whisky

Whisky is one of the simple joys in life. There is a quality that whisky possesses that can instantly create a feeling of nostalgia and comfort at the first sip. Even for those who are not from Scottish or Irish descent, the appeal is strong, especially when there are so many brands and varieties to explore.

Whisky is one of those products that has withstood the test of time and has been handed down generation after generation. Distilleries have an enormous amount of pride in their process and their own personal history. It can be a fascinating world to set out to explore.

A Plethora of Choices

Some may find that it can be overwhelming to choose the “best” whisky or to even know where to get started when seeking out a high quality product. One of the biggest factors that is a good indicator of a high quality brand is the longevity of the distillery.

There are a number of other factors that can be evaluated to help guide the choice of which whiskies are the best. A lot of experts will talk about the bouquet (or smell) of a whisky. They may describe the bouquet in terms of floral or smoky (or “peaty”) notes. It can be incredibly helpful and enriching to the whisky drinker to learn more about ways to describe different whiskies. It helps to focus the palate on the variety of flavours found in any high quality product.

Many experts will recommend focusing on single malt scotch whisky, as this is the style that tends to be touted as the best in the world of whisky.

When it comes to history in distilling, the Old Bushmills Distillery found in County Antrim in Northern Ireland offers all the history and tradition a whisky drinker can hope for. Dating as far back as 1608, Bushmills is most certainly a brand to add to the list of whiskies to try.

Springbank is known for being a particularly strong brand of single malt scotch whisky. It comes in at 100 proof, which is on the strong side, but this whisky packs in a lot of flavour as well. It is known for offering a ton of smoky peat flavour with an added touch of floral notes that strikes a very satisfying balance.

Oban has to be on any list of the greatest whisky distilleries. It is a distillery also steeped in history, dating back to 1794. It is a somewhat smaller distillery than most, but its limited size allows the product to be consistent in its high quality. Oban is not to be missed.

Royal Lochnagar is another brand worth trying in the world of whisky. This is a brand that has been popular among royalty throughout history. It offers a truly classic whisky flavour that anyone can appreciate.

Glenfiddich is an award-winning whisky that hits all the right notes and offers a well-balanced smoothness in taste and experience. This is a well-known brand that has withstood the test of time.

The Balvenie Doublewood is a lesser-known name. The flavours have been described as clean and it offers unique notes of sherry, due to the distillation process.

Bowmore Small Batch whisky is a unique product that known as a seaside malt whisky. Its location offers some unique flavours that make it a truly delightful whisky.

Bunnahabhain is a darker whisky that offers some notes of honey and caramel and is known for its smooth finish. This is definitely an interesting brand.

Highland Park is a whisky that is sure to offer satisfaction and quality, with a well-rounded bouquet and mouth feel.

Rounding out the list is Green Spot Irish Single Pot Whisky. This whisky offers a perspective into Irish Whisky and will enrich the whisky drinker's repertoire!

These are just some suggestions to kick off any whisky drinking tour. There is a vast realm of amazing whisky out there to be discovered, so bottoms up!