Thanks to the global popularity of single malt whisky, distillers far from the Highlands are making Scotch-like spirits with their own local twists. Here are four of these international bottlings that you need to try.
One of the fastest-growing markets for Scotch is India. So it should come as no surprise that the country also boasts the award-winning Amrut Distilleries. The company has a large portfolio of whiskies now available in the United States, and the sweet and slightly smoky Fusion Single Malt (pictured above) has become a favorite of connoisseurs.
No one would blame you for thinking that Glen Breton was from somewhere in Speyside, but it is actually from Nova Scotia, Canada. The brand, which does use two copper pot stills made in Scotland, has been selling its whisky since 2000.
Mackmyra Swedish Whisky ($55; 1 liter):
Sweden may be famous for its vodka, but you can now enjoy Mackmyra’s citrusy and spicy whisky. The secret to the spirit’s unusual flavor is that both juniper and peat smoke are used to dry the malt. It’s also matured in relatively small barrels—some of which are made of the country’s native oak—in an abandoned mine.
Suntory Hakushu 12-Year-Old ($60):
Suntory has been making Scotch-inspired whisky in Japan since 1924. While the corporation has a big lineup of single malts, in America you can buy only the complex Yamazaki 12-Year-Old and 18-Year-Old, and the fruity Hibiki 12-Year-Old. Later this month, it will also introduce the highly anticipated Hakushu 12-Year-Old.