The most popular whiskeys around the world right now

A guide to the whiskeys you should be having. 

Whiskey or Whiskey is one of our favorite drinks here at GQ HQ. According to recent, the global whiskey market spans the globe and is expected to reach US$7.4 billion by 2023.

Let us take a brief look at five of the most popular whiskey types currently being enjoyed around the world.

Blended whiskeys

These are blends of various grain whiskeys, corn, wheat, rye, and/or others. These account 80% of all whiskeys sold. All whiskeys, regardless of region, are either categorized as blended whiskeys or single malts. Examples of frequently purchased blended brands are Johnnie Walker, J&B, Bell’s, Chivas and Grants.

Single Malt whiskeys

A single malt is the product of one distillery and may only be produced from malted barley, pure water, and yeast. This makes single malt whiskey more expensive to produce than a grain whiskey. Commonly purchased single malt brands in South Africa include Aberlour, Ardberg, Balvenie, Glenmorangie, Bowmore, Bruichladdich and Haig Club Clubman.

South African whiskeys

We are still maturing as a whiskey producer, however, some proudly South African brands have already been won awards. Three Ships five-year-old Premium Select was named the world’s best-blended whiskey in 2012 at the annual World Whiskies Awards, held by Whisky Magazine. This was the first time a South African product captured the title. Bain’s Cape Mountain, has won three gold awards at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.

American whiskeys

America produces multiple variants of whiskeys, one of the most popular being bourbon. Commonly purchased American bourbon whiskeys purchased in South Africa are Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, and Wild Turkey.

Japanese whiskeys

Japanese whiskey has been produced for nearly a century, and they continue to be a popular whiskey, There are several companies producing whiskey in Japan, but the two best-known and most widely available are Suntory and Nikka. Both produce blended as well as single malt whiskeys and blended malt whiskeys, with their main blended whiskeys being Suntory kakubin (square bottle), and Black Nikka Clear. There are also a large number of special bottlings and limited editions.

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