Whisky Regions

As whisky has grown in popularity it has also become an international spirit, with countries across the world making their own whisky.

From scotch to Japanese and American, the character of each whisk(e)y is informed by its region of origin. This is due to the various differences in grains, climate, peat, and water sources in each location.

Whether it is peaty Islay whiskies or spicy rye whiskey you are looking for, there is a region to suit everyone’s tastes.

Scotch Whisky

Scotch whisky is world renowned, with fans all around the globe. The diversification of flavours and profiles in scotch whisky is thanks to its five (or six, depending on your classification of islands) whisky regions: Speyside, Lowlands, Highlands, Campbeltown, Islay, and the Islands. 

Each region has its own distinct character. For example, if you are a fan of peaty whiskies look no further than Islay distilleries such as Laphroaig and Ardbeg. On the other hand, Speyside is known for its fruity sherry-bombs such as Macallan and Glenfarclas.

Browse the region collections to find the best whisky from each scotch whisky region.

Japanese Whisky

Japanese whisky has undoubtedly experienced a boom in popularity during recent years, resulting in demand outweighing supply. As such, any Japanese whisky you can get your hands on is a victory. 

Japanese whisky is renowned for its maturation in Mizunara casks. Mizunara is a tricky wood to work with, but it imparts a flavour like no other on the maturing spirit, with notes of sandalwood and incense. 

Some of the most highly sought after Japanese whiskies hail from cult distilleries such as Yamazaki, the oldest distillery in Japan, and the lost Karuizawa distillery. 

American Whiskey & Bourbon

American whiskey and bourbon are truly in a class of their own, and are very different from other types of whisky. American whiskey, whilst subject to Federal regulations, has more freedom in terms of the grain types used for distillation. From spicy rye to sweet corn whiskeys, there is an American whisky for all tastes. Bourbon is also subject to very strict regulations. As the USA’s national drink, the quality of bourbon is assured at all times. 

The grain types used and the hot Kentucky climate mean that American whiskey is both made and matured in a very different way to its Scottish ancestor. The opportunities are endless, and the whiskeys are coveted. 

Irish Whisky

Irish whiskey, whilst not as established and numerous as scotch, holds the key to the history of distillation. It is thought that the first whisky distillation in Scotland was performed by Irish monks. As such, Ireland has a rich history of whiskey distilling, with brands such as Jamesons standing at the forefront of the market. 

Most Irish whiskey is triple distilled, giving it a delectably smooth character that endears the spirit to whiskey drinkers all over the world.