Whisky on the rocks is a great way to unwind after a long day at work. But what’s even better than the buzz is the potential health benefits associated with sipping one in moderation, such as the high antioxidant content, lower risk of dementia and relief from common cold symptoms.
Interestingly, whisky means “water of life” in Gaelic and its origins can be traced back to medieval Scotland and Ireland. Today, this amber-coloured distilled spirit is produced not just in Scotland, but all over the world. Anyone who loves whisky will be able to tell you the Japanese have mastered the art and can hold their own against the finest Scotch. Even India is joining the list!
Here’s our pick of the best whisky bundles for people who just really, really love whisky!
If you know someone who can’t stop raving about Yamazaki Single Malt, this is the perfect bundle.
The Yamazaki 12 Years Old is Suntory’s flagship single malt whiskey. Distilled and then aged for 12 years in oak barrels at Japan’s first and oldest distillery located in Yamazaki, the golden whisky boasts complex aromas and superior drinkability.
It was introduced to the public in 1984 and was the first devotedly marketed Japanese single malt whiskey, thus staying true to its debonair stature. Fresh fruit flavours abound, with a nice whiff of Mizunara oak. Rather than being a brief delight, the award-winning whisky is made for savouring. It is also one of the first Japanese malts to gain popularity outside of Japan.
Fans of Japanese Whisky and Games of Thrones will truly appreciate this bundle!
Nestled in between the Japanese Southern Alps and Central Alps, Mars Shinshu is Japan’s highest whisky distillery at 798 meters. This location was chosen for its low temperatures as well as its soft, naturally filtered water source, both of which help create elegant, smooth, and complex whiskies. Iwai Tradition is made in a combination of sherry, bourbon, and wine casks. The resulting whisky is balanced, soft, and layered, with flavours of cherry, toffee, spice, and a hint of peat.
This bundle comes with two bottles of Iwai Tradition Japanese Whisky and a special-edition bottle of White Walker by Johnnie Walker. The White Walker is made with a blend of single malts from one of Scotland’s northernmost distilleries. This citrusy fresh, peppery, and smoky whisky is best-enjoyed ice cold. Inspired by HBO Series Game of Thrones, White Walker has an icy design reminiscent of the frigid origins of fearsome White Walkers. When the bottle is frozen, watch out for the hidden message: “Winter is here.”
Auchentoshan is one of the most celebrated Scottish whisky brands in the world. The distillery was founded in 1825 on the outskirts of Glasgow. Auchentoshan sets itself apart with its signature triple distillation, which yields a smooth and delicate flavour.
Auchentoshan Three Wood has been matured in three different cask types. It starts with American Bourbon casks. Then, they are aged in Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, and finally, in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. This single malt was given a score of 95 (Extraordinary, Ultimate recommendation) in the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
The Chita is the first single grain whisky from the House of Suntory Whisky. With versatile flavours and exquisite balance, Chita grain whiskies have traditionally been used as the “dashi” or broth that enhances the harmony of Suntory blends. Chita Whisky is matured in a combination of Sherry, bourbon and wine casks. Light in taste and has delicately sweet aromas of honey, floral and creme brulee. It is perfect for making whisky highball!
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The legendary Hibiki represents true harmony. The ideal of perfection, the paragon of ‘The Art of Japanese Whisky’ and its artisans. Hibiki means resonance in Japanese. It speaks to the soul and emotions of the most discerning whisky lover. Hibiki resonates from nature and all the subtleties found from the twenty-four seasons of the old Japanese lunar calendar. Numerous pure single malt whiskies aged in a variety of cask types, including Mizunara, a very rare Japanese oak, all combine to create a full orchestra of flavours and aromas.
Royal Salute 21 Years Old The Signature from Chivas Regal was made in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It is named after the 21-gun salute that was fired at the Tower of London in honour of the coronation in 1953.
Presented in a beautiful sapphire flagon, this 21-year-old blended whisky is rich, full-bodied, and sophisticated, with aromas of fruits and flowers and flavours of citrus, spices, and hazelnut.
The story of Johnnie Walker started in 1819 when grocer John Walker started selling malts in his shop. The whisky and the business, passed down from generation to generation, reached far beyond Scotland, and now, Johnnie Walker has become one of the highest-selling and most famous whiskies in the world.
For fans of Johnnie Walker, the bundle consists of Johnnie Walker Double Black, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve (with box).
Johnny Walker Double Black is a deeper, smokier, and more rebellious expression of the classic Black Label. Made for those looking for more intensity, this blend has been matured in deeply charred oak casks. Double black is best served with water to fully enjoy the layers of spicy and smoky flavours.
Johnnie Walker Black Label is a go-to whisky for many. This iconic whisky is well-loved all over the world for its smoothness and complexity. Black label is made with forty whiskies aged 12 years or more, sourced from all over Scotland, resulting in a deep and complex blend with notes of fruit, vanilla, spice, and smoke. This timeless classic can be enjoyed on its own, over ice, or in a highball. The Black Label has received a score of 96 (Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation) in the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Johnnie Walker Red Label, now one of the most popular whiskies in the world, is the brand’s pioneer blend. It was named “Walker’s Special Old Highland Red Label” before Alexander Walker renamed it after his grandfather. The Red label is versatile and bold, with flavours of fruits, spice, vanilla, and smoke. Its character shines whether it’s drunk on its own or mixed in a cocktail.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a blend of some of the rarest and highest quality whiskies in Scotland. Each whisky that goes into the blend is carefully selected, and only one in ten thousand casks are selected for this exquisite blend. The result is a velvety smooth drink with layered flavours and a smoky finish. Truly an extraordinary drink that is best enjoyed neat. The Blue Label has received a score of 94 (Excellent, Highly Recommended) in the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is an indulgent and luxurious blend made with whiskies from all over Scotland, carefully selected for honeyed sweetness and hints of smoke. This award-winning blend has hints of honey, vanilla, and spice, and is best enjoyed with a little water or mixed in a cocktail. It has received a score of 96 (Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation) in the 2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.