Whisky (or whiskey) is produced all around the world, from Japan, Ireland, India and America to the most famous Scotch Whisky.
Originally used for medicinal purposes, it eventually became a beverage of choice and was a great way to use up excess grains, thus keeping them from the clutches of rats! By chance the spirit started to be stored in oak barrels and it was soon evident that this provided both a delightful flavour and colour.
Today whisky must be aged in an oak barrel for a minimum of 3 years before it can be called whisky. There are many varieties of whisky including Single Malt Whisky, Grain Whisky, Blended Malt Whisky, Rye Whisky and Blended Whisky – a mixture of Single Malt and Grain Whisky.
Scotch Whisky is the most famous and revered of all the Whisky producing countries. The range of whiskies available from Scotland is immense, with notable producers such as Glenfiddich, Johnnie Walker, The Glenlivet, Glenmorangie and The Macallan.
Drunk neat, over ice, or within a cocktail, whisky is a very versatile beverage and a key ingredient in your drinks cabinet.
Bell's Blended Scotch Whisky has a distinctive taste that is created by bringing together a select blend of grain and fine malt whiskies, matured in oak casks.
In their own words - "Gathered from whisky heartlands to include flavours like smoky sea salt of the Islands and the fresh sweet malts of Speyside. Then expertly blended with Blair Athol's own rich, spiced and nutty malt to create Bell's distinctive blend".Buy now from
Founded by Matthew Gloag in the 1800, his vision was quite simply to create the best quality blended whisky.
Over the years the brand has grown in popularity and was eventually renamed "The Famous Grouse". Whilst their whisky has naturally evolved, today they still stick by their guiding principles; bringing together the finest grains, using pure Scottish water and carefully seasoned sherry and bourbon casks.
The Famous Grouse is renowned for its uniquely rich, rounded and sweet whisky.Buy now from
Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch Whisky that is owned and produced by William Grant & Sons in Scotland. Glenfiddich means "Valley of the Deer" in Scottish Gaelic, hence their logo being a stag.
Glenfiddich is one of the world’s top-selling single malt whiskies and is also one of the most awarded brands at the International Spirits Challenge and the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Their award-winning whiskies are famous around the world for their distinct notes and flavours and the Glenfiddich range has been perfected over years to create a perfect match for every palate. Select from 12 Year up to 50 Year matured Single Malts; Glenfiddich is for the serious whisky drinker.Buy now from
Johnnie Walker is a brand of Scotch whisky that originated in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland. The brand was first established by grocer John Walker and is today one of the most widely distributed brands of blended Scotch whisky in the world. Sold in almost every country, wherever you are in the world, you are most likely able to source a glass of Johnnie Walker whisky.Buy now from
Founded in 1887, Grant's is a blended Scotch Whisky that is bottled by William Grant & Sons in Scotland. The range includes the Family Reserve, Ale Cask, Sherry Cask and 12, 18 and 25 year old matured varieties.Buy now from
The Glenlivet Distillery is in Moray, Scotland and it produces some award winning single malt Scotch Whisky. Founded in 1824, it has become one of the largest single malt distilleries and the Glenlivet brand is the biggest selling single malt whisky in the United States and the second biggest selling single malt brand globally. With a large range of products, you should find a bottle of Glenlivet to suit every occasion and palate.Buy now from
The Dalmore Distillery is in Alness, 20 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. This award-winning distillery produces a number of different whiskies that include 12-year-old, 15-year-old, Cigar Malt, 18-year-old, King Alexander III and the 25-year-old matured.
In 2010 the distillery completed production of Dalmore Trinitas, so called because only 3 bottles were produced. The first 2 bottles each sold for £100,000 and according to the distillery website, the last bottle sold in Harrods, London in 2011 for £120,000.Buy now from
Haig Club is a single grain Scotch Whisky that prides itself on being different. From it’s distinctive square blue bottle, the way the liquid has been crafted, to the partnership with global icon David Beckham, Haig Club is unique. It’s reasonable price tag means it’s a great whisky to use in cocktails; with its light, sweet, vibrant and versatile taste.Buy now from
Established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1844, bottles of Whyte and Mackay Whisky can today be found around the world. Using a triple maturation process, this award-winning whisky is triple matured for a smoother and richer taste.selection of Core, Travel Retail and Rare expressions that are matured in a range of different woods and casks. Buy now from
Laphroaig is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery and was established in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston. Renowned for being the world’s richest single malt Scotch, its award-winning family of whiskies consists of a selection of Core, Travel Retail and Rare expressions that are matured in a range of different woods and casks.Buy now from
This tequila-based Collins asks for tequila instead of gin and makes a spirited fizzy cocktail that is very moreish.
This recipe was created by Fred Faecks in 1914 and is very similar to a perfect martini. The orange bitters and grenadine syrup give the cocktail sweetness and depth.
Similar to an Espresso Martini, the Black Martini cocktail is still rich and indulgent but contains rum rather than vodka. This recipe also includes Bols Cacao Brown; a dark, rich and bitter chocolate liqueur that has hints of orange and vanilla. This drink makes the perfect after-dinner cocktail.