This Tasting Contains 12 tubes of the following Whiskies:
Amrut - Fusion
Indian whisky is conquering the world, and Amrut is the absolute frontrunner, stunning connoisseurs with their exquisite single malt whisky. The warm climate in India is perfectly suited for maturing whisky, of which the Amrut Fusion is an excellent example. The name is apt, because Amrut Fusion is made with barley grown in India, as well as peated barley from Scotland. This single malt is a clever combination of the best both countries have to offer.
Suntory - Toki
Suntory is one of Japan’s largest producers of whisky, as they own several different distilleries. The Suntory Toki is one of their new modern releases, and is a blended whisky created from Suntory’s three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. It works great as an easy sipping whisky to spend an evening with, but the Suntory Toki also does really well in a highball – a popular combination of whisky and soda that has captured the imagination of Japan.
Black Velvet - Reserve, 8 Y
This whisky was first produced in 1951. The brand was known at the time as 'Black Label', but after the first batch was sampled by Jack Napier, it was changed to Black Velvet. The Whisky is known for its velvety smooth taste. Black Velvet has been producing the 'Reserve' since 1991; an 8-year-old Whisky made by mixing the Rye of both aged and non-aged corn after which the mixture matures for 8 years, giving it a nutty and spicy character.
Vink - Triple Wood
Vink Triple Wood is a Dutch whisky founded by the people behind the innovative Kever Genever. Produced at distillery De Tweekoppige Phoenix, Vink Whisky has aged for three to seven years. It’s not a malt whisky. Barley is the dominant grain, but rye, corn and wheat is also used. Vink Whisky matured in a first-fill ex-bourbon casks, a refill bourbon cask that was previously used to mature Scotch whisky and a former Bordeaux red wine cask made from French oak. Not your average cask recipe.
Bulleit - Bourbon
Bulleit Bourbon is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey whose high-rye content and iconic frontier inspired bottle is a favourite among bartenders and mixologists across the world. When Tom Bulleit set out to make a bourbon unlike any other, he was inspired by a recipe created by his great-great grandfather Augustus Bulleit more than 175 years ago. Crafted using pure limestone-filtered water and charred American oak barrels for all of the colour and some of the flavour, Bulleit is especially high in rye content, giving it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish.
Penderyn - Legend
Somewhere in the late nineties, a group of friends were sitting in a pub somewhere in Wales. They openly dreamt about building a Whisky distillery. And after a lot of effort, it was ready in 2004. After more than a hundred years Wales had a distillery; The Penderyn. They make Whisky of excellent quality on a small scale. The Legend has matured in bourbon barrels and gets a finish on Portuguese Madeira barrels. The end result is soft and spicy with lots of character.
Bain's Cape Mountain - Single Grain
Bain’s Cape Mountain Single Grain is one of the only whiskies made on the African continent. Produced at James Sedgwick Distillery in South Africa, Bain’s was first launched in 2009 and is made with 100% South African grain. It is the brainchild of Andy Watts, only the 6th master distiller since James Sedgwick was founded in 1886. Bain’s Cape Mountain Single Grain has floral, banana and toffee aromas with vanilla, cocoa butter and light spices on the palate.
Roe & Co - Traditional Irish Whiskey
Roe & Co Irish Whiskey is a new blend named after George Roe, an iconic Irish whiskey maker from the 19th century. During this Golden Age of Irish whiskey, George Roe’s distillery in Dublin stretched over 17 acres. The new Roe & Co Irish Whiskey is a tribute to George Roe and offers a refined, subtle and smooth blend of malt and grain whiskey aged in bourbon casks.
Kavalan - Classic Single Malt
From the moment its first whisky was released in 2008, Kavalan has been a major success. One of the highlights in the relatively young history of this Taiwanese distillery came in 2015, when one of its whiskies was awarded the title “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky.” Due to the warmer climate in Taiwan, Kavalan’s whisky matures at a different rate than it would in Scotland. A great example is the distillery’s flagship expression, Kavalan Single Malt. Sometimes ages simply doesn’t matter.
Armorik - Sherry Cask
Armorik is a whisky produced in Brittany, a region in France that shares many cultural and linguistic similarities to Scotland and Ireland, but especially Wales. Produced at Warenghem distillery, the name Armorik refers to the old Roman province of Armorica, which once encompassed the Brittany peninsula. While Warenghem was founded in 1900, they’ve been producing whisky since 1994. The Armorik Sherry Cask has aged in old Oloroso sherry casks, and is a balanced and rich drink.
Mackmyra - Svensk EK
"Why are there no whisky distilleries in Sweden?” is the sentence that inspired the idea for Swedish Whisky. In Sweden we find one of the purest waters in the world and during the long summer days the barley develops a unique sweetness; one of the cornerstones of Swedish Whisky. The Swedish oak grows slowly in the harsh climate which gives the whisky a harder taste than the American oak. The barrels are roasted heavily, giving the Whisky more character.
Säntis Malt - Sigel
For a long time, distilling spirits from grain was not allowed in Switzerland. When the ban was finally lifted in 1999, the beer brewers at Brauerei Locher set out to create the first Swiss single malt whisky ever – Säntis Malt was born. The distillery has picked up all kinds of awards since. Not surprisingly, the distillery/brewery is known for using old beer casks for maturation, like it does for its Sigel expression. The result is a wonderfully hoppy whisky that highlights the grains that are at the heart this single malt whisky.