Whiskies to try this World Whisky Day May 18th, 2019 – Whisky News

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Whiskies to try this World Whisky Day

(as recommended by bartenders and whisky-makers)

Joe Harper, Assistant Bars Manager of Beaufort Bar and American Bar at The Savoy

Kornog Sauternes Cask: “this peated French single malt is finished in sauternes casks and has amazing complexity delivered by competing sweetness and smoke.”

He adds “For those staying in on World Whisky Day, I would suggest choosing a glass with a size that (responsibly) matches your thirst, fill with ice, add one part Craigellachie 13 year old and two parts sparkling mineral water. Garnish with good company.”

Thom Solberg, Group Bar Manager of Black Rock

Raasay While We Wait: “I tried Raasay While We Wait for the first time at a blind tasting of peated whiskies. Against the white tasting mat it stood out amongst all the others instantly as it had a completely different colour. I was wondering if someone had snuck in a Provence rose in the tasting. One of the things I love about Raasay While We Wait is how it does stand out in the already crowded field of peated Scotch. Raasay has managed to do something different with their focus on softening the peatsmoke with Italian red wine cask finishing. The lightly peated and fruity profile makes it ideal as an every day sipper as well as a whisky to introduce new drinkers into the smoky category. The way Raasay showcase their style makes me genuinely makes me excited for the whiskies that are gonna come out of the distillery in the next couple of years.”

Steven McGonigleGeneral Manager at Heads + Tails in West Hampstead

Glenfiddich Winter Storm: “A rare premium expression from the Glenfiddich Distillery which is only available by allocation and only a small handful of venues across London are privileged to have it – we’re lucky enough to have it at Heads + Tails.”

Alasdair Day, Co-founder of Isle of Raasay Distillery

Chichibu from Japan: “A small independent distillery – similar in size to our distillery on Raasay – producing exceptional young whisky. Their 4-year-old peated whisky, bottled in 2016, is well worth a try.

“Or why not try, Floki from Iceland, another small independent distillery. If you really want to try something very different then go for their Floki young malt Sheep Dung Smoked Reserve.”

Dan Pavey at The Gallery in West Hampstead

Starward Whisky: “I love this Australian whisky. Think toast, honey, vanilla with a touch of red fruit – aged on Apera (Australia Sherry) casks”

Yamazakura Blended Whisky: “I am a big fan of this Japanese Yamazakura Blended Whisky from Sasanokawa Shuzo. It is soft, delicate and floral with cherry blossom notes.”

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