The very best whisky reviewed

From Scotch to Bourbon, these are the serves you'll want to have on the rocks (potentially with a twist) this weekend

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by Sophie Knight |
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Want to buy your Dad a special thank-you present for helping you to weed the garden last weekend? Or, treat a colleague to something special? Perhaps you just want to try a different brand of whisky yourself and want to know what's knew.

Which whisky should you buy though? There are so many and how on earth do you tell the difference? That's where we come in. We're here to save the day - and we've done the hard work by testing a load of whisky to help you choose the best one. I mean, it's a hard job, but someone's got to do it, and we've done it for you.

So, without further ado, we present the 16 best whiskies, from scotch to bourbon, for your dad, your mum or, you know (go on...) yourself.

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If you love a rye whisky as much as me this bottle from Finnish distiller Kyro is well worth a

Yellowstone Bourbon

Rrp: £46.00

Price: £46.00
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Like a liquidised baklava in a glass, this bourbon (yes, not a whiskey) has all the same honey

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye Whiskey

Rrp: £36.40

Price: £36.40
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A great entry point into what can be quite an uncompromising spririt, this is a delicate rye


A first from Cotswolds Distillery, this single malt is aged in ex-bourbon and red wine casks for a


This 15-year-old single malt wastes no time with its 50% ABV and equally strong price, setting it

The Gladstone Axe Malt Whisky Tasting Samples
Price: £13.99


This gift set contains two blended malts and two tumblers, so I'm going to review the lot in one


You've heard of Famous Grouse - it's apparently Prince Phillip's whisky of choice. Naked Grouse is

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey
Price: £55.03


A really complex and outside of the box selection for anyone looking to try something a little


This one's pretty unusual, it's all about the wood. Each cask (kasc?) is made from five different


This whisky is one for people who prefer toasty biscuit flavours and warm fruit aromas. It's a

Isle of Jura 10-year-old – Single Malt

Rrp: £35.00

Price: £26.00


Jura is an island 60 miles off the west coast of Scotland, there are 200 people, one road, one

Nikka Days - Blended Whisky
Price: £39.89


Whisky is hugely popular in Japan and Nikka is one of the biggest and legendary brands. There is a

14. Adnams Single Malt Whisky


Adnams knows drinks. They have a huge selection of quality beers, and have won top awards for

Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, 70 cl

Rrp: £36.00

Price: £22.00
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Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, the ubiquitous bourbon. Unlike its popular relative, the

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The Nolstrop family's Norfolk-based distillery was founded in 2005 and has since produced some of


Kentucky's state slogan is 'Unbridled Spirit', and the award-winning Woodford Reserve certainly

How did we test the whisky?

Our three testers - Stuart Adam, Sophie Knight and William Lobley - are all whisky drinkers and were keen to try out a variety of new and exciting whiskey. Each whisky was tested neat to keep the comparisons fair, and we started from sober for each one.

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Which type of whisky should I buy?

It can be confusing choosing a whisky, but we're here to make it simple. There are three compositions of whisky to choose from:

Single Malt – Made exclusively with malted barley, water, and yeast.

Grain – The main ingredient is corn, wheat or both.

Blended – A combination of single malt and grain whiskies.

Then we come to types of whisky:

Scotch - It shouldn't be surprising to hear that this is produced in Scotland. Scotch can only be legitimately called Scotch if it is made from malted barley, be aged for no less than three years and made in Scotland.

Irish- Guess what - it's made in Ireland! Irish whisky is traditionally triple distilled in a copper pot - Scotch whisky is usually double distilled.

American - Made in the USA and aged in new charred oak barrels. It's usually sweeter and less smoky than Scotch or Irish whisky.

Japanese - Growing in popularity, Japanese whisky is smooth and delicate.

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