As restrictions continue to ease over the coming weeks, there's a lot to get excited about and we can kick off the festivities with World Whisky Day on May 15.
Now, as it's world whisky day, it would be rude to not try some of the best tipples from across the globe.
Of course if you prefer a traditional Scottish whisky, there's plenty of choice out there – but there's also some pretty neat choices from Japan to India worth trying out too – any excuse for a taste exploration.
Whether you like your drinks clean over some ice, or you'd prefer to mix it up into a delicious cocktail for you and some friends to enjoy, we've rounded up some of the brands to watch for World Whisky Day 2021 in our list below.
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Best Whiskies to buy to celebrate World Whisky Day
1. Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky Exploration Giftpack
Why have one bottle when you can try three? Ad not just three of anything, Johnnie Walker is the he world’s most popular Scotch whisky brand and this gift pack is the perfect way to explore the flavours of the highlands.
Included in the set are three 5cl bottles: Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Black Label and Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, the perfect gift for a whisky lover.
All can be enjoyed neat on the rocks or in a highball cocktail with ginger ale.
Price: £15, Amazon – buy here now
2. Drambuie Whisky Liqueur
Drambuie is the UK’s oldest whisky liqueur brand, so a great gift for a whisky loving Brit who is all for a traditional tipple.
Drambuie's premium, honeyed whisky liqueur is usually drunk as an after-dinner tipple over ice and in iconic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and Rusty Nail, it’s also perfect for coffee serves.
The aged whisky has a secret recipe of soft spices, fragrant herbs and rich and smoky heather honey.
Price: £27.95, House of Malt – buy here now
3. Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey
If you're looking for a newcomer to the whisky world to try out, why not start here?
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey launched for the first time in the UK back in August. The drink is triple distilled and left to mature in selected American oak casks, this is where the spicy, bold character takes hold.
We'd suggest this one if you love complex notes, combined with a sweet honeyed taste which makes for a smooth finish.
Price: £28, Tesco – buy here now
4. Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
English whiskies are growing in popularity and a great whisky to sample is the award-winning Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky.
It first hit shelves in 2017 and is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds. Boasting a superbly rich and fruity flavour, Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is sippable with notes of honey, Seville orange marmalade and dark red fruits.
Sounds like the perfect gift for a whisky fan if you ask us.
Price: £39, Majestic – buy here now
5. Johnnie Walker Blonde Whisky
For curious Scotch lovers or non-whisky drinkers, the brand new Johnnie Walker Blonde is a sweet surprise that will dazzle your senses and ease you into the whisky world slowly.
It's made to be mixed so perfect for those al fresco cocktails, it bursts into life with the citrus kick of lemonade, topped with a fresh slice of orange.
The perfect summer time tipple and ideal if your new to the wonderful world of whisky.
Price: £29.99, The Bottle Club – buy here now
6. World Whisky Blend (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
A blend of whiskies from planet earth that celebrates a truly global flavour and the way the world really drinks whisky – mixed.
World Whisky Blend is perfect for mixing with the most popular highball serves on the planet including green tea, coconut water, soda water and even cola.
An easy drinking blend with a truly global character, perfect to dive into the malt world and explore a unique flavour.
Price: £32.95, Maser of Malt – buy here now
7. Nikka Days Japanese Blended Whisky
A vibrant addition to the Nikka range, Nikka Days is a bright and vivacious blend of malt and grain whiskies from both Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries in Japan.
It's a medium bodied blend, hosting an array of floral and zesty flavours which mingle effortlessly with an underlying vanilla-toffee palette.
The fresh and delicate whisky makes for a delicious sipping dram or sits beautifully in a refreshing highball.
Price: £34.99, The Bottle Club – buy here now
8. Rampur Double Cask Single Malt Whisky
Rampur Double Cask Single Malt is a hand-crafted single malt whisky matured in hand-selected American Bourbon barrels as well as European Oak Sherry casks chosen by its Master Distiller.
It's aged in India’s largest distillery and is then non-chill-filtered and bottled at 45%. The combination of Rampur’s unique distilling and the double cask maturation process, sees this luxury Single Malt taking traditional Indian heritage and rooting it in contemporary culture.
Enjoy delicate balsamic vanilla notes, tropical fruits, smooth malty tones and an oak finish.
Price: £57.78, Amazon – buy here now
9. Haig Club Mediterranean Orange Whisky
For those keen to try something with a celebrity backing. Haig Club is a brand backed by David Beckham.
Mediterranean Orange takes Haig's signature Scotch whisky and matches it beautifully with zesty Mediterranean oranges and other natural flavours. The taste boasts masterfully smooth citrusy-floral notes, along with ripe orange peel and orange blossom notes.
The perfect serve is mixed with lemonade over ice and a slice of orange for a fresh citrus long drink.
Price: £20.49, The Bottle Club – buy here now
10. Annandale Man O’Swords Vintage 2017 Cask Single Malt Whisky
Annandale Distillery re-introduces Scotch Whisky production to Southern Scotland, based on the conviction that that region of Scotland has everything required, but most especially the climate and the abundance of water, to produce first class Single Malts.
A smoky finish and a bold flavour, this release has been matured in an ex-red wine STR (shaved, toasted, re-charred) cask, it's also vegan friendly – so ideal for whisky fans with requirements.
Price: £76.95, House of Malt – buy here now
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