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The whisky traveller

Each whisky has a unique taste, depending
on where it is made. These are the
countries putting whisky on the map.

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The whisky traveller

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A Map of the World with the Whisky making regions numbered


| Canada

Most Canadian whiskies are blended from different grains and a large percentage of corn spirits, so they are typically lighter and smoother than other whisky styles. Legally, Canadians can call their whisky ‘rye whisky’, although rye may not be the dominant ingredient. Despite this, these styles are increasing in popularity, with Canadian Club being the most important brand.



| America

Tennessee and Kentucky are the two main areas of production for American whiskey, which is aged for at least two years. They predominantly use maize, which produces a sweeter spirit than other grains. The Tennessee-style whiskey is unique – it is fltered through sugar maple charcoal before barrel ageing.



| Ireland

Irish whiskies are selection of grain and malt from historic distilleries. These tend to be lighter in flavour than their Scottish counterparts, as they commonly have no smoky or peat flavours.



| Wales

Penderyn , a privately owned distillery in the Brecon Beacons National Park, is the only distillery in Wales. Re-opened in 2000 with a specially commissioned still, it revives a whisky-distilling heritage that goes back 250 years.



| Sweden

A whisky with a delicate well-balanced character. This subtle blend of malt whisky is matured in bourbon casks and then seasoned with a special combination of large and small casks: rich sherry and new Swedish oak. Light and approachable with lemon sherbet favours and a fresh finish.



| India

Made from Indian malted barley grown in Punjab and Rajasthan with water taken from the Himalayas that fow through the river Sutlej. Complex and warming favours of dry smoke and oak have a rich sweetness and spicy finish.



| Taiwan

This is the first expression of Kavalan, released in 2008. It contains whisky from different types of casks: bourbon, sherry, used casks and other wine casks create multiple layers of smooth, fruity favours. Hints of honey and tropical fruits are followed by gentle warming spice and a citrus finish.



| Japan

Shinjiro Torii was a pharmaceutical wholesaler who began importing Western wine, and then decided to fulfil a lifelong dream to make whisky. He built the first Japanese whisky distillery in Yamazaki, where the water was so famously pure and delicious that it was sought after by the best tea masters.



| The Islands

From the characterful islands around Scotland’s coast come a wealth of whiskies – crafted using local peat with coastal influences and a smoky feel.



| The Highlands

Stretching all the way from Perthshire to Inverness, including some distilleries along stretches of the Spey, this vast and varied region offers big-bodied, powerful whiskies.



| Speyside

Home to the highest number of distilleries in Scotland, Speyside produces more than half the country’s whiskies. Many of the world’s best-selling single malts are made here – with styles from light and sweet to fruity and spicy.



| The Lowlands

Lowlands' single malts are subtle and smooth. This one is triple-distilled with vanilla and coconut aromas and citrus fruit.