Whilst restrictions remain in place around the world, the annual World Whisky Day will return Saturday 16th May, as an online celebration of the whisky community. A series of events will take place online, featuring Jura Single Malt Whisky, and key figures from across the industry including World Whisky Day Founder, Blair Bowman, and special guests.
The world has had to respond to the challenging times we face, including the whisky community in Scotland and worldwide. WWD and Whyte & Mackay responded with a reimagined online event, to provide an opportunity for the community to come together, mark the day, and recognize the people in the industry in aid of The Drinks Trust – the charity for the drinks industry.
The programme will feature a Big WWD Quiz which will take place on Saturday at 19:30 BST and will take place on Facebook Live on WWD’s Facebook page. The quiz will feature special guest appearances from well-known whisky faces including Whyte and Mackay’s whisky maker Gregg Glass. In addition WWD and Whyte and Mackay are making very special whiskies available for charity auction later in May.
Daryl Haldane, Head of Whisky Experience, said:
“It is undoubtedly a difficult time right now. People will be celebrating World Whisky Day a bit differently this year, as they look forward to a day when we come through this and can share a dram together. That is why we wanted to offer something a bit different this year. We invite people to take a moment to enjoy the stories we will be sharing online, and to raise a glass with friends and family, whether virtually or together.”
Single Malt Scotch Whisky continues to experience demand, with an increasing number of whisky specialist websites delivering whisky at home, including The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and The Whisky Shop.
Daryl Haldane’s recommended whiskies to try on this year’s World Whisky Day are:
Jura Red Wine Cask Finish, 1 litre, 40% ABV
Jura Red Wine Cask Finish is a whisky that has been matured in American White Oak ex-Bourbon barrels before being finished in hand-selected European red wine barriques for 18 to 24 months.
The resulting liquid is a perfectly balanced and delicate single malt. Bursting with rich berry flavours, Jura Red Wine Cask Finish presents enticing aromas of sultanas, creamy caramel and Black Forest fruits. The palate presents a pleasing flourish of creamy vanilla, raspberries, strawberries and cinnamon spice.
Jura Red Wine Cask Single Malt Whisky is exclusively available throughout the UK at Sainsbury’s as a 1 litre bottle (RSP £44).
Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl, 40% ABV
Recreating the style once commissioned by Sir Ernest Shackleton for his legendary 1907 Antarctic expedition, Shackleton Blended Malt is handcrafted from the finest Highland Single Malts expertly married in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon and Spanish sherry casks.
Big, bold, with a whisper of smoke, Shackleton is the perfect craft malt for the modern explorer or adventurer.
Shackleton Blended Malt has received a 95 point score from the 2018 ultimate spirits challenge, and was awarded a Gold Medal by The Spirits Business in their 2017 Scotch Whisky Masters.
Available across the UK including Tesco. RRP £30 per 70cl.
The Woodsman, Blended Scotch Whisky 70cl, 40% ABV
An especially smooth blended whisky, The Woodsman is sweet with a hint of smoke. Smooth and rugged, it is a perfectly balanced whisky perfect straight-up over ice of mixed as a long drink. Matured in a combination of virgin American oak and ex-Bourbon casks and bottled at 40% abv, the expression has notes of vanilla, spice and a subtle, smoky sweetness.
You can pick up a bottle at COOP, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s or Asda. RRP £28 per 70cl.
The Dalmore 15, Highland Single Malt 70cl, 40% ABV
Renowned for its sumptuous and layered single malt whiskies, The Dalmore has been the definitive single malt Scotch whisky since 1839.
The epitome of The Dalmore’s house style – smooth, rich and well rounded -The Dalmore 15 is finished in different styles of sherry casks including Apostoles, Amoroso and Matusalem oloroso.
Available throughout the UK including Master of Malt and Morrisons. RRP £79 per 70cl.
Tamnavulin Double Cask, Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl, 40% ABV
Speyside distillery Tamnavulin launched its first whisky in over 20 years with Tamnavulin Double Cask in 2017. The no-age-statement single malt has been carefully matured in a combination of American oak barrels for a sweet, mellow taste with a rich, smooth Sherry cask finish.
The finish of this expression is rich, smooth and refreshing, making it a signature Speyside malt perfect for trying on World Whisky Day.
Available throughout the UK including Asda. RRP £32 per 70cl.
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