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Whiskies were always traditionally grouped by region, but as the number of whisky-producing countries grows, it's now becoming more common to group them by flavour
Although Japan's first commercial whisky distillery, Yamazaki, was founded near Kyoto in 1924, it's in the past 20 years that Japanese whisky has really made an impression on the international stage.
The watershed moment came in 2001 when Nikka's 10-year-old Yoichi single malt won 'Best of the Best' in an international blind-tasting organised by Whisky Magazine. Nikka's From The Barrel is also award-winning, blending whiskies from two famous Japanese distilleries.
Women are increasingly taking up key roles in the whisky industry Kelsey McKechnie has one of the most coveted jobs in Speyside: apprentice malt master at The Balvenie distillery. Being a woman in the industry is not as unusual as you might think. there are quite a few female master blenders now. And whisky bars, cocktails and new styles of whisky are bringing in more types of people all the time.
With such a wide range to choose from, there's something here for every taste
Single malt whiskies are unique in that they are made from 100% malted barley and are produced from only one distillery.
Bourbon is a style of American whiskey mainly from Kentucky. The famed Tennessee-style is unique, being filtered through sugar maple charcoal before barrel ageing
Blended whiskies are a special recipe of malt and grain whiskies, usually from several distilleries, creating an entirely unique blend and flavour