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Ordering a martini on a fancy cruise ship is quite normal. On the other hand, doing so in a small tavern in Texas might be frowned upon. But, being a man, the drink you can’t go wrong with is definitely whiskey. It is adored among all kinds of people of all kinds of social status. It is what a tanned, huge-shouldered docker and a high-profile executive have in common. Still, whiskey is a drink with many variants. The ingredients, aging, type of barrels, and even the country of its origins are important. The best known ones come from Scotland, and from the USA. The Scottish whiskey, usually called Scotch, is made from malted barley, while the American, usually known as Bourbon (if from Kentucky), or Tennessee, is made from a mixture of distinct grains, such as corn, rye, etc. Legally, Scotch is required to age at least three years and in oak barrels, while Bourbon must be aged for at least two years (but usually longer) and that in charred oak barrels. It may not seem very important, but barrels are where whiskey gets its colour as well as a bit of its flavor. Comparing these two kinds is a matter of taste, so we have comprised two different lists of top whiskeys-one for each of the two most famous types.

Top 5 American whiskey brands


5. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

OK, maybe you are not an expert, but you have heard of this one. It’s one of the most popular whiskeys in the world. You can easily find it all over the world and you can’t go wrong with it.

4. Blanton’s Whiskey

Definitely different than others. Some people love it, while some hate it. The flavour has a touch of vanilla and caramel and it is definitely worth trying.

3. Four Roses Whiskey

It used to be extremely difficult to get a hold of it, but it is becoming more common now. There is an edge in its taste and it was very difficult not to put it in the top three.

2. Knob Creek Whiskey

Very powerful and adored whiskey. It’s wealthy and sturdy. It’s also high-quality so you may have to pay a bit more for it.

1. Maker’s Mark Whiskey

It is usually very hard to pick the best one at anything, but this whiskey is in everyone’s top three American whiskeys. If you want to get someone into whiskeys, this is a great first choice.

Top 5 Scotch whiskey brands


5. Bowmore Scotch Whiskey

Very smooth and light. And also not very expensive, which, along with its great flavor, brings it to top five.

4. Black Bull Scotch whiskey

Very rich in taste and full-bodied. This is the whiskey for real men. Definitely worth giving it a try.

3. Johnnie Walker Scotch Whiskey

Probably as famous as Jack Daniel’s. Perhaps the most popular Scotch in the world. There are different colour labels, and each one tastes differently. Easy to find and love.

2. Highland Park Scotch whiskey

Very smooth and easy to drink. Also the winner of many awards. If you like Scotch, you must love this one.

1. Glenlivet Scotch Whiskey

This whiskey is the most famous one in the very country where Scotch comes from. Winner of many awards and equally appreciated among all kinds of Scotch lovers. And this brand has been here since 1824.




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