“Love moves the world, but the whiskey rotates it twice faster.”
Salut, fellow whiskey lover! Do you wish to get some insight into the top whiskey brands in the market? Well then, I’ve got just what you need. We all know that Ireland and Scotland are well-known giants in the whiskey industry, but there are some new emerging players in the market too. Would you be surprised if I told you that India, Australia, and Japan are now leaving their mark in the market as well? So, why limit yourself to traditional brands when the sky is the limit?
Here is a list of 10 best-selling whiskey brands in the world for you to choose from for your next drink!
10. Jameson Whiskey
With its roots originally in Ireland, this brand ensures it is one of the most note-worthy whiskeys you will ever taste. This smooth and eccentric drink is aged for about four years and this gives it the depth of flavor that sets it apart from the rest in the market. With an interesting blend of flavors of vanilla, spice, and cream, just one sip is definitely not enough. Whether neat, on the rocks, or as part of a cocktail, I assure you, you will be left wanting more. The classic blend this brand has to offer will give you the opportunity to begin your very own Irish tradition anywhere in the world.
9. Jack Daniels
With a mixture of sweet, spice, and everything nice, Jack Daniels offers consumers the perfect balance of flavors. Made with 80% corn, this blend is one with supreme smokiness and sweetness at the same time. This Tennessee whiskey is one of the top-selling brands of American whiskey and passes all the criteria necessary to be called Bourbon. The company prides itself on sticking to its traditional recipe that was created by its founder, Jasper Newton Jack Daniel. The processes of production like mashing, maturing, distilling, etc. are all carried out as if we were still in the 19th century, to give you the most authentic experience possible.
8. Umiki Whiskey
Famously manufactured in Japan, this brand is the world’s first-ever to offer you whiskey that is sure to give you a taste of the ocean and pine trees all in the same glass. Unique, isn’t it? The name comes from the Japanese words, ocean, and tree, and that’s exactly what the makers of this whiskey hold close to their hearts. On taking the first sip one may find it a tad bit sweet on the pallet, owing to the honey-like taste, apples, and hazelnuts. This unique blend is sure to add a woody tone to your drink along with a bitter vibe.
7. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique
With its headquarters in Taiwan, the company manufactures whiskey by importing barley from Scotland. Taiwan’s pure water that is high in minerals also adds to the exquisite taste of the whiskey this brand has to offer. The company’s distillers store their premium whiskey in casks that previously held red and white wine. By doing this, the whiskey develops a strong and extensive flavor profile as it sings with notes of berries and caramel. The brand has also won a gold medal at a competition in Los Angeles for its supreme quality and flavor.
6. Johnnie Walker
With a wide array of blends to choose from, Johnnie Walker prides itself on offering the world not only whiskey but also the freedom to pick the one you desire. Whether you wish to have a glass of a smokey blend or a fruity one, Johnnie Walker has it all for you. Established in the 1800s, the brand is still soaring as high as ever and making excellent sales. They must be doing something right, mustn’t they? The whiskey is delicately produced to give you both a warm and smooth experience. It also contains hints of vanilla and spice that guarantee you an experience of a lifetime.
5. Royal Stag
This Indian whiskey came into being in the year 1995 and became a crowd-favorite, worldwide. It set itself apart from the rest with its attention to detail and precision, in terms of production. It contains a supreme blend of imported scotch malts and grain spirits that make it what it is today. You can be sure you are in good hands when it comes to choosing Royal Stag, as it was the first brand in India to produce whiskey without added artificial flavor. The brand is now a benchmark for several whiskey manufacturers all across the world, impressive, isn’t it?
4. Starward Nova
There are a number of whiskey connoisseurs who enjoy a fruity blend of flavors. If you’re one of them, this is just the right brand for you to turn to. This brand came into being in Australia and the whiskey it manufactures is delicately matured in barrels that previously held red wine. The casks used to mature the whiskey come from the winery and are lightly steamed before the whiskey is put into them. This ensures that the subtle notes of the wine remain and linger on as you enjoy a glass of Starward Nova. Its distinctive flavor profile comprising black cherries, grapes, and caramel will be sure to leave you wanting more.
3. Gulliver’s 47 English Single Malt
If you’re looking for a whiskey on the sweeter side of the spectrum, this is the one you should get your hands on. Distilled in Norfolk and aged in bourbon casks, the name of the brand comes from the traveler, Samuel Gulliver, who devoted his time to travel across the world in the quest for wines and liqueurs. Fun fact, isn’t it? With a herbal, yet sweet nose and ginger snaps, this whiskey is sure to entail all you desire. As you take a gulp, you will most probably taste a sweet hint of vanilla just before your pleasant finish.
2. Lark Classic Cask
Sure to give you a bitter-sweet experience is this Lark Classic Cask whiskey. It is specially handcrafted by the Lark Distillery in Tasmania and packs a smooth blend of citrus and butterscotch. Bill Lark, the man behind this fantastic brand chose to build his empire in Tasmania because of its barley fields and favorable climate and water conditions. With 43% ABV, this whiskey is 50% peated and double distilled in authentic pots made of copper. Lark makes sure to mature its spirit for at least a minimum of 5 years, to give you the luxurious experience you deserve.
Whether you are a whiskey drinker or not, I’m sure you’ve heard of this brand at some point in your life. With its headquarters in India, McDowell’s is one of the highly acclaimed brands in the country. The uniqueness of this blend comes from the pristine mix of imported Scotch whiskeys, Indian malts, and grains. In the year 2013, the brand made its way to numerous countries across the globe and won the hearts of consumers everywhere with its thick spirit and the soft underlying sweetness.
Well, now that you have all the information you need about the best-selling whiskeys in the market, you are all set to make a decision. As they say, “Knowledge is Power,” and now that you have the knowledge, the power lies in your hands. There are surely several other brands that could make this list, but I have curated a systematic list of the global whiskey leaders, just for you. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a glass, pour yourself a drink, and drink responsibly. Cheers!