March 31st, 2010 by Boisdale
Johnnie Walker – Fit For a King
Many Scotch fanatics harbour a bit of disdain for blended whiskies, but Johnnie Walker flaunts some admirable credentials. King George V was an admirer of Johnnie Walker whisky, awarding the company a Royal Warrant.
Jack Daniels – An American Classic
Old No. 7 may not be the best bourbon one can get but it is definitely the most renowned. Why? The marketing budget, surely, but the distinctive square bottles set it apart and the 19th century frontiersman motif certainly helps too.
Crown Royal – Canada’s Finest
If sales figures are any indication, Crown Royal is the most popular Canadian whiskey. The crown shaped bottle, the royal purple bag, and the spirit itself were inspired by King George VI’s first visit to Canada.
Jameson – A Taste of the Emerald Isle
This distillery has been around since 1780 and has been the world’s best-selling Irish whisky for much of that timespan. It is produced with a single-distillery process that also includes green, unmalted barley.
Maker’s Mark – Quality Over Quantity
Once, there was a family with a long history of crafting bourbon. Sadly, they sold the distillery and all the trademarks. Fortunately, one member started a small batch distillery that cared not one whit for mass production and instead focused on quality and taste.
Glenmorangie – Scotland’s Favourite
This traditional single malt spirit is the most popular malt whisky in Scotland. Aged in wooden casks once used for bourbon or wines, the distillery’s entire output is bottled and sold as single malt.
The Famous Grouse – Scotland’s Other Favourite
While Scotland is perhaps better known for its traditional single malts, The Grouse is the most popular blended whisky within Scotland. It has been the official spirit of Scottish Rugby since 1990.
Wild Turkey – The Drinking Man’s Bourbon
Personally, this one tastes better than Old No. 7 anyway. As an added bonus, at 50.5% alcohol it packs quite a punch. For fans of a drier whiskey, they also make a rye whiskey which is quite good.
Glenfiddich – Top of the Heap?
Tastes are always subjective but this is perhaps the best selling single malt in the world. Glenfiddich was one of the first malt whiskies to achieve popularity outside of Scotland.
Highland Park – Hails from High Latitudes
The product of the world’s most northerly distillery was once described as the best whisky ever tasted by both the the Danish king and the Emperor of Russia. High praise indeed.