Single malt whiskies with a cask finish are well-renowned in countries like Scotland, Ireland, America and Japan.
The craftsmanship has fascinated many people across the world and the impact seen in pop culture from films to advertisements. If you are a James Bond fan you would remember the scene in Skyfall of Javier Bardem’s Silva offering Bond a drop of 50-year-old Macallan whisky.
Silva the villain toasts “to the women we love”.
The love of whisky isn’t usually so dramatic but it is in high demand, so when the whisky was first laid down to mature many years ago, not many people could have predicted its global popularity.
And in case you’re confused about the spelling, in modern usage, whisky comes from Scotland and whiskey from Ireland. The difference is the original translation of words from the Scottish and Irish Gaelic forms. Bourbon is, well, bourbon from America.
Some whiskey options aren’t easy on the pocket but they are a fantastic alcoholic beverage to invest in due to their longevity and price hike the longer their age.