Whisky, often called the nectar of the gods (and understandably so), originated in Ireland and Scotland, where it evolved over centuries from humble beginnings to the globally popular drink it is today. We browsed through the whisky portfolios of these two countries to find the best of the best.
1. The Glenlivet, Founder’s Reserve
Nose: Citrus fruit, sweet orange
Palate: Zesty orange, pear, toffee apples
Finish: Long, creamy, smooth
History: The Glenlivet, Scotland’s first licensed distillery and industry ground breaker, is synonymous with Scotch whisky and its history. “The Glenlivet is the original,” says South African brand ambassador Isaac Pooe. “It’s been the Original Speyside Single Malt since 1824, setting the benchmark in taste, heritage, and exploration ever since.” Master distiller Alan Winchester, at the helm since 2009, has helped to entrench the brand as one of the world’s leading single malts. The inception of Founder’s Reserve has been the most compelling development of recent years: a multi-vintage whisky that triumphs with its ambitious trifecta of affordability, accessibility, and interest.
Wanted Says: Fruit compote in silky porridge.