The global whisky revival

Whisky is no longer just about Scotland and Ireland. Try the new and unique flavours of this golden spirit from around the globe, including Australia, Japan and the US. And raise a glass to World Whisky Day this month.

A glass of whisky with a rosemary sprig

For a long time we’ve expected the wonderfully rich and complex flavours of whisky to come from Scotland, Ireland, America and Canada, but this golden spirit has become a truly international drink.

After decades spent quietly perfecting its craft, Japan has emerged as an industry powerhouse. Japanese whiskies are now among the world’s most sought after, equalling and sometimes beating their Scottish competitors in blind tastings.

Meanwhile, the global craft spirits boom has brought additional competition for whisky's old guard, both in their home markets and abroad. Premium malt whisky is now being produced everywhere from New Zealand and India to Scandinavia and Australia.

In Scotland, the home of malt whisky, an increasing number of distillers are experimenting with single grain rye whisky, the production of which was previously confined to America and Canada.

Bold and spicy rye is also having a moment in Australia, with innovators Archie Rose making a name for themselves at the World Whiskies Awards in 2020.

The influx of new distilleries making high-quality, innovative whisky has forced the industry giants to respond with their own exciting expressions. The result? Whisky drinkers now have access to an array of drams to suit all palates, moods and budgets.

And best of all, the spread of whisky into new geographies has helped cast off some of the stuffy traditions once associated with the spirit. Today's drinkers have discarded the “rules” around how whisky “should” be consumed.

There's still time for nosing and analysing whisky served neat in a Glencairn glass. But whisky on the rocks also has its merits, while highballs and more elaborate whisky cocktails offer exciting drinking experiences that are just as rewarding.

Try these whiskies from around the globe, and see the full range here. 

Try these

The Chita Japanese Whisky*

This subtly sweet and complex single grain whisky is matured in US and Spanish oak.

Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve Whisky 

Intriguing, grassy and moderately intense with fruity aromatics and gentle spices.

Hibiki Harmony Whisky*

A harmonious blend of malt and grain whiskies, creating an orchestra of flavours and aromas.

Buckley’s Rye Whisky*^

Smooth rye whisky with rich vanilla and caramel notes that complement the spiciness of the rye.

The Gospel Solera Rye Whisky

Produced using only fine Australian grain and aged in American and local wine barrels.

Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish Single Malt Whisky*

A spirit evoking the complexity of Tassie rainforests. 

Starward Fortis

Rich, with toasty oak and vanilla flavours from American oak, Fortis also boasts a juicy red wine character.

Limeburners Single Malt Whisky*

Made in WA, this complex, elegant and intense whisky is aged in brandy and sherry casks.

Lark Classic Cask Australian Single Malt Whisky

Deftly balanced, with butterscotch, citrus and a hint of Tasmanian peat.

Overeem Port Cask Single Malt 43% Whisky*

Aged in ex-port oak barrels in Hobart, Tasmania. Imbued with rich character.

Exciting U.S. and Canadian whiskies to try ...

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked*

Matured in charred oak barrels, this Kentucky bourbon is rich, toasty and subtly sweet.

Eagle Rare 10YO Bourbon Whiskey* 

Masterfully crafted from one barrel with no blending, this American legend has unique flavours.

Sazerac 6YO Straight Rye Whiskey*

Aromas of clove, vanilla, anise and pepper, with a big New Orleans finish.

* Selected stores
^ NSW only

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