Bourbon and scotch have geographical restrictions, but whiskey can be made anywhere. In fact, there are distilleries around the world that make whiskey, although North America and the U.K. are the most talked about. If you haven’t tried some of the other whiskies around the world, you’re missing out.
Not only can excellent expressions be found with different regional brewing techniques, but they’ll look great in your whiskey collection. Click the picture to be taken to the distillery website and find out how you can get a bottle of your own.
10. Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey
Yes, yes, I understand starting a global whiskey listicle with Jameson isn’t very exotic. But the Irish know liquor, and they bring their own unique perspectives into their whiskies. A solid collection of Irish whiskies will please hardcore pallets, and the Jameson Caskmates are great bottles to try.
9. Knob Creek Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
If you want bourbon, Kentucky is the place to get it. Knob Creek is just one of the amazing bourbons to be found in the heartland, and boy is it good. Check out these other 10 bottles every bourbon lover should own.
8. Whistlepig Old World Cask Finish Canadian Whiskey
Canada makes respectable whiskey that would be considered the best if it weren’t for American bourbon. Still, gems like WhistlePig’s Old World Cask Finish make me proud of our neighbors to the north. Start here and then check out the other whiskies Canada has to offer.
7. Mars Komagatake Nature of Shinshu Rindo Japanese Whiskey
Japanese whiskey became trendy in the 2010s, and it’s easy to see why. These expertly crafted blends use advanced techniques and high-quality ingredients to make liquors that stick out in a crowded global market. Everything you know about whiskey is wrong if it doesn’t include a bottle of Japan’s finest.
6. Glenmorangie Scotch Whiskey
Let’s not forget Scotland’s world-renowned scotch whiskey. The highlands and speyside are filled with distilleries cranking out the peatiest beverages on any side of any pond. Glenmorangie and Glenfiddich are decent places to start, but you’ll eventually want to try all 10 of the best scotch bottles.
5. Bastille French Single Malt Whisky
The French know wine, and their countryside wineries are moving forward into whiskey with a different twist. While the Bastille is made in much the same manner as scotch whiskey, it’s aged like a fine wine with that extra touch you won’t get anywhere else.
4. Amrut Single Malt Peated Indian Whisky
Scotch isn’t the only peated whiskey. In fact, you may be surprised to learn how good Amrut and other Indian whiskies are if you don’t live in India or pay attention. The map on the label is a nice touch for when you’re hoping to feel more worldly.
3. Lark Distilling Tasmanian Whiskey
The land down under distills their whiskey backwards from the northern hemisphere. I’m just kidding, and you’re racist for believing that. I’d get even further into the differences between Tasmania and mainland Australia, but all we have time for after that stupid joke is to say Lark is a good Australian whiskey.
2. Three Ships South African Whisky
Not far from Australia, South Africa has a thriving liquor production and distribution industry. Three ships whisky is a great example of what they’re capable of down by the cape. It also joins Amarula as the best representations of South Africa you can have on your liquor shelf.
1. Slyrs Single Malt German Whisky
Our final worldly whiskey is German-made Slyrs. Germany is known for its beer, and since beer shares whiskey’s ingredients, it only makes sense they’d be good at whiskey too. German liquors are also your gateway into other alcohols, like schnapps.
With these worldly whiskies in your collection, you’ll have something exotic and familiar for any palette.