Whisky is perhaps the most misunderstood drink in the world and therefore people are not aware of the best whisky that is available in a store nearby. It is undoubtedly one of the finest spirits made by man in history. Today only a handful of countries don’t manufacture whisky and that too due to religious reasons. Traditionally whisky was manufactured in countries like Scotland and Ireland. However, Japan, Canada and the USA are also involved in the manufacture and sale of this wonderful drink. In fact the Japanese love their whisky so much that some Japanese jokingly call whisky their national drink.
The subject is so huge that it is difficult to put all the information in one piece, however, let us attempt to understand a few things about the best whisky that is available world wide or at least learn a few new things about the most popular brands of whisky that is cherished all over the world.
You cannot begin talking of best whisky without reflecting on Diageo – the largest company in this field and owner of several big brands of whisky. It is a company that owns 27 malt distilleries and 2 grain distilleries. They are known for their blended brands and some of the brands owned by them are Bell whisky, Haig, Johnny Walker, Black and White, J&B, VAT 69, Old Parr, Buchanans, Pinch, and White Horse. In the single malt category they own Dalwhinnie, Cragganmore, and Glenkinchie. Diageo also own several brands in the lagavulin range.
Some of the best known American whiskies are Seagrams and Bulliet Bourbon. The Canadian whiskies include Crown Royal and Seagram’s.
Another reputed name in the whisky business is the Chivas Brothers which is owned by the Pernod Ricard. They have 11 distilleries and they manufacture the famous Chivas Regal and Glenlivet brands. Apart from these two there are several other brand/companies like Allied distillers, JP wisers, The Edrington group, White and Mackay, Burn Stewart, William Grant, Glenmorangie, Morrison Bowmore owned by Suntory of Japan and Irish Distillers. Incidentally it was Ireland that invented this famous drink.
Many a times over a drink people ask the question “which is the best whisky?” there is no simple answer to this question as the one mans favorite will turn out to be others turn off. To find out which is the best whisky you have to try out as many as you can and then come to a conclusion. The best way to find that out is by going to a bar or by vacationing in some of the whisky producing regions. And, when it comes to regions producing whisky what better place than Scotland?
Scotland is the home to some of the best whisky in the world. It is recommended that you once visit this great place and come back with lots of tales and your list of best whisky.