World Whisky Day

Tuesday 27th of March is the inaugural World Whisky Day, devised by whisky enthusiast Blair Bowman to be a global celebration of whisky in all its many forms (and however you spell it).

There are more than 120 events planned as part of the day, but even if you can't make it along to one of the formal tastings, it's the ideal occasion to share a dram with a friend and introduce them to the delights of the grain.

Bushmills 10 Year Old bottle and glassTeam DrinkBritain has been mulling over our choices for what to drink on March 27th. Since the idea behind the event is to get more people involved in dramming and enjoying the water of life, we thought we would start with a crowd-pleasing, gentle malt.

Bushmills 10 Year Old is a beautiful soft, sweet whiskey. With flavours of honey & vanilla, this fine drop from the oldest distillery in the world makes a good introduction for those new to malts. 

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old bottle

And, as a bonus, it's delicious with chocolate.

Continuing the theme of softness, Auchentoshan 12 Year Old – which, like the Bushmills, is triple distilled for greater smoothness – has the same sweetness, but adds a touch of orange fruitiness and finishes off with a gentle sherry note. The tricky looking name might put people off (try saying Ock-N-taw-Shun) but this whisky is always popular at tastings.

Arran 14 Year Old bottleFor a richer palate, the Arran 14 Year Old does nicely. Aromas of malted barley, allspice and red fruits lead onto a palate which majors in toffee, enhanced by vanilla, a little pepper, and hints of mint.

laphroaig quarter cask bottle

Arran is one of Scotland's youngest distilleries. Founded as recently as 1995, and with the 14 Year Old only released in 2010, the evolution of this distillery continues to attract fans with each new bottling.

And if you are a fan of smoky whiskies why not try the Laphroaig Quarter Cask? This young expression is mature beyond its years, with a mellow palate which wraps the traditional Islay peaty flavours in a soft creamy texture, before the smoke comes crashing in on the finish.

Hopefully a little something for everyone. Let us know what you think.

Slainté!

Roddy Graham, whisky editor