Mum's Whisky Guide

Mothers Day Whisky Guide

Because Whisky isn't just for Dad

According to ‘Whiskey Women’ author Fred Minnick, women represent nearly 40% of whisky drinkers today, up from 15% in the ’90s. So why is it that on Father’s Day, Dad sweeps up with all the whisky while Mum gets stuck with a bunch of flowers on Mother's Day each year?

Even when it comes to drink promotions for Mother's day whisky is rarely ever mentioned. Instead, wine gifts and gin sets are favoured. Not all women want sweet drinks, plenty love smoky, fiery drinks either in favour of, or as well as the standard stereotypical sweet drinks that everyone thinks they must love.

Whisky is increasingly becoming more gender neutral, it’s no longer surprising or unusual for women to publically enjoy a good glass of whisky.  So the time is well overdue, it’s time to close the Whisky Gap. Whether you're looking to introduce your mum to the world of whisky or she’s already a whisky aficionado, Mother's day is the perfect excuse to treat your mum to a bottle of something special. Here’s our Mother's Day Whisky guide to ensure you find the perfect bottle just in time for Mother's day.

There are 5 main types of whisky that are popular around the world, discover how each type differs in taste so you can find the right bottle of Mother's day Whisky.

SCOTCH WHISKY

There are hundreds of distilleries in Scotland, but in order to officially call their product scotch whisky, there’s a criteria they must meet. It must be made from malted barley, it needs to be matured in an oak cask for no less than three years and it must be no less than 40%  alcohol volume. Scotch whiskies are often known for their smoky and earthy flavours.

Try AUCHENTOSHAN 12YO WHISKY

 

Triple distilled then matured for over twelve years. Our Lowland Single Malt Whisky has the tempting aroma of toasted almonds, caramelised toffee and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

IRISH WHISKY

Irish whisky, unlike Scotch whisky, is distilled three times, whereas it’s more common for Scotch Whisky to be distilled twice. Irish whisky is unpeated and therefore known for its smooth finish.

Try O CATHAIN 8 YO SINGLE MALT WHISKEY

 

The nose has a wonderful fruitiness with underlying sweet and spicy notes. The palate demonstrates a creamy sweetness with citrus and spicy flavours coming through.

JAPANESE WHISKY

Japanese whisky is modelled on the method used to produce Scotch whisky, with this solid base and their own innovative elements they have carved out a distinct place in the whisky industry for themselves.  Often they are smooth and floral, with a smooth honeysuckle sweetness that finishes with a smoky finish.

Try HIBIKI JAPANESE HARMONY

 

 A wonderful amber colour, the nose is a subtle mix of rose, lychee, rosemary, mature woodiness and sandalwood.

AMERICAN WHISKEY

American whiskey can be made up of any cereal grain, and although a third of American whiskies are Bourbon there are also other popular types such rye. American whiskey is often considered more approachable due to its sweeter and less smoky notes.

BOURBON

To be classed as a Bourbon, it must be at least 51% corn, aged in charred new oak barrels. Bourbon generally has sweeter, smooth undertones often with undertones of spice, vanilla and caramel.

Try FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH BOURBON

 

A refined Bourbon showing rich, spicy flavours binding superbly with sweet, fruity aromas. There is a creaminess to the palate as well which just rounds the whole drink off perfectly.

Still unsure which Whisky to buy this Mother's day - view out entire whisky range HERE.