Exploring the new world of whiskey!
World whiskey is a loose term that we are using to define whiskies produced outside of the traditional production nations of Ireland, Scotland, Japan & the USA. There is an ever growing number of distilleries operating in other parts of the world now and some of the whiskey is dram well worth trying! This is the first in an ongoing series of articles in which we will attempt to keep TheWhiskeyRecord for all new world distilleries!
Distilling in Wales was a lost art but in the late 1990s, in a pub in a small post-industrial Welsh valley town, a group of friends drank and chatted about establishing the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century. They dreamt of creating a whisky as pure and precious as Welsh gold, represented today by Penderyn’s ‘gold seam’.
The friends had a location in the historic village of Penderyn on the southern tip of the Brecon Beacons, chosen because of the site’s own supply of fresh natural spring water. They also had a unique copper single-pot still designed by Dr David Faraday, a relative of the great 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Penderyn Whisky was launched on St David’s Day 2004 in the presence of HRH Prince Charles.
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Penderyn Rich Oak which is matured in in a range of specially selected ex-bourbon and rejuvenated oak casks. This whisky has a Kosher certificate!
Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Yilan County, Taiwan since 2005. Kavalan sources the mineral-rich meltwaters of Snow Mountain and is aged in a unique combination of intense heat and humidity together with sea and mountain breezes. All this combines to create the quality, smoothness, and fruity character for which Kavalan is known.
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Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky exemplifies the sheer quality of whisky coming out of Taiwan. The craftsmanship of the distillery works with the humid Taiwanese climate to create whisky that is diverse and complex. Fresh and clean, the spirit is rich with silky smoothness and hints of tropical fruits, mango in particular.
Zuidam Distillers still creates their products in the traditional artisanal way. All ingredients are 100% natural and are carefully selected and processed into the most beautiful products in our family owned and run distillery. All recipes are designed by father Fred and son Patrick van Zuidam.
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Millstone Malt Whiskey. This whisky matures in new American oak and first refills Bourbon barrels. These barrels enhance the fruitiness of the whisky with delicate notes of coconut, dried fruit and vanilla. Giving the finished whisky its friendly character.
2019 marked 20 years since Mackmyra began to challenge the traditional whisky establishment and put Sweden on the international whisky map. Their whiskey is created with Swedish ingredients, a climate-smart distillation technique and a big portion of patience.
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MACK by Mackmyra is a artisanal single malt whisky made from only Swedish ingredients. MACK is great in cocktails but also on its own, straight or on the rocks.
It is a flavourful whisky with a bright, fresh character and notes of vanilla, pear and citrus. In MACK we have added caramel colouring.
The Flóki whiskey is the first of its kind in Iceland; handcrafted with 4 years of 163 trial distillations and maturation tests to ensure the perfect recipe. Floki use their own custom made distillation equipment to extract full flavour from the barley, and mature the whisky in new American oak casks. The result is a complex malt with a unique blend of characteristics found in Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish whiskies.
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Floki Single Malt, this first edition of Flóki Single Malt was released in November 2017 when it became the first Icelandic single malt whisky. It is a single barrel whisky, aged for 3 years in ex-Flóki Young Malt barrels under mount Hekla. With a subtle yet complex flavor this malt takes its own form of traditional whisky experience, exploring new grounds -much like Hrafna Flóki himself.
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