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10 Best Single Malt Whiskies Not From Scotland | Man of Many

  • Best from USA: Westward, Colkegan
  • Best from Japan: Yamazaki 12-Year
  • Best from India: Paul John Brilliance
  • Best from Ireland: Connemara 12-Year Peated
  • Best from France: Brenne
  • Best from Sweden: Mackmyra Svensk Rök
  • Best Single Malts Not From Scotland: By Country

    Best Single Malt Whiskies Not From Scotland

    Since you’ve likely had your fair share of single-malt Scotch whisky by now, it’s time to broaden your whisky-drinking horizons. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the great single malt whisky from countries besides Scotland. As we mentioned above, there are many great single malt whiskies from countries all over the globe. While nobody would fault you for only drinking Scotch whisky (and you could spend the rest of your days doing so while still continuously enjoying new expressions), why not try something different? Keep scrolling to see all of the noteworthy, flavorful single-malt whiskies from everywhere except Scotland.

    1. Yamazaki 12-Year Single Malt (Japan)

    Brand: Yamazaki
    Release: 12-Year Single Malt
    ABV: 43%
    Country: Japan
    Region: Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture
    Age: 12-Year-Old
    Price: AUD$400-450
    Brand: Paul John
    Release: Brilliance
    ABV: 46%
    Country: India
    Region: Goa
    Age: Minimum 5-year maturation
    Price: AUD$110-120

    2. Paul John Brilliance Indian Single Malt (India)

    Brand: Kavalan
    Release: Solist Vinho Barrique Single Malt
    ABV: 55.6%
    Country: Taiwan
    Price: AUD$300-350

    3. Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Malt (Taiwan)

    Brand: Colkegan
    Release: Single Malt
    ABV: 46%
    Country: United States of America
    Price: AUD$145

    4. Colkegan Single Malt (USA)

    Brand: Connemara
    Release: 12-Year Peated Single Malt
    ABV: 40%
    Country: Ireland
    Region: Connemara
    Price: AUD$95

    5. Connemara 12-Year Peated Single Malt (Ireland)

    6. Brenne French Single Malt (France)

    Brand: Brenne
    Release: French Single Malt
    ABV: 40%
    Country: France
    Region: Cognac
    Price: AUD$90

    7. Starward Nova Single Malt (Australia)

    Brand: Starward
    Release: Nova Single Malt
    ABV: 41%
    Country: Australia
    Region: Melbourne
    Price: AUD$90-100
    Brand: Westward
    Release: Single Malt
    ABV: 45%
    Country: USA
    Region: Portland
    Price: AUD$115-130

    8. Westward Single Malt (USA)

    9. Mackmyra Svensk Rök Swedish Single Malt (Sweden)

    Brand: Mackmyra
    Release: Svensk Rök
    ABV: 46.1%
    Country: Sweden
    Region: Valbo
    Price: AUD$70-100
    Brand: Sullivans Cove
    Release: Double Cask Tasmanian Single Malt
    ABV: 45%
    Country: Australia
    Region: Tasmania
    Price: AUD$220-250

    10. Sullivans Cove Double Cask Tasmanian Single Malt (Australia)

    First, let’s take a little look at what exactly makes a whisky a whisky. In the simplest terms, whisky is a spirit made from distilling fermented mash from grains. In single malts, that’s usually barley, but when talking about all whisky, it can be corn, rye, wheat, and various other grains. Importantly, there are distinctions that separate some drams from others and these can often be attributed to geographical constraints.

    What is Single Malt Whisky?

    When it comes to single malt whisky, in particular, the Scottish rules are fairly straightforward. In Scotland, in order to be referred to as a single malt, the whisky must be produced with 100% malted barley. It also must be made at only one distillery. There are a few more rules, but those are the basics. In the US, while many of the same Scottish rules are followed, like with the corn content in bourbon or the rye content in rye whiskey, an American single malt only needs to have a mash bill made up of 51% malted barley.

    Scotch Rules

    And while Scotland is most known for its single malt whiskies, countries like the United States and Japan have been making their own single malts for a hundred years or more with historic Japanese brands like Yamazaki and Hakushu and American upstarts like Virginia Distillery and Westland leading the way. But they aren’t the only countries producing award-winning, high-quality, notable single malt whiskies. You can find great expressions from countries like Sweden, India, Taiwan, Ireland, France, and even right here in Australia.

    International Flavours

    This list of the best single malt whiskies produced outside of Scotland has been collated by Man of Many’s experienced team of drinks writers and reviewers. In addition to tasting every whisky on this list, we also turned to the wider public for their overall ratings. Our list takes into account three major perspectives to determine the overall rating. In addition to our own opinions, we take into account reviews via alcohol retailer Dan Murphys and the Australian drinks forums such as Master of Malt and The Whisky Wash. Each whisky identified in the list was measured on:

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