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Scotch drinkers are probably already familiar with Johnnie Walker. It is sold in a square bottle with an intentionally slanted label. It is reportedly the largest brand of Scotch whiskey on the planet.
While it is a notably smooth beverage, it still maintains a thoughtful complexity. For example, the 12 Year is well-known for its delicate hint of spice, toffee, citrus, and grain. The brand is generally considered to be a worthy legacy of the man for which it is named.
Popular Black Velvet Canadian Whisky has been crafted for more than 65 years. It is distilled from Canadian water, corn grain, and rye. The mash is aged in bourbon barrels for a period of three to eight years.
This black-and-gold labeled liquor is sold in at least 55 nations around the world. It is arguably most known for its smoothness and velvety taste. The drink has a pleasant caramel nose. It has a mainly light caramel flavor with a touch of maple. Even its most outspoken critics apparently agree it is a good value.
8. Evan Williams Bourbon Whiskey
This bourbon is the famous flagship spirit of the well-known Heaven Hill Distillery. Named after a Welsh immigrant who was perhaps one of the original founding fathers of Kentucky bourbon, it is practically a national icon. It is also the second best-selling brand of whiskey on the planet and one of the top best-selling brands of whiskey in the USA. Some critics prefer the white-labeled 100-proof, budget bourbon Bottled-in-Bond. Others praise Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2012 as an exceptional introduction to the world of single-barrel bourbons.
Appropriately slotting in at number seven, the blended American whiskey is known as Seagram’s 7 is another iconic alcoholic beverage. Owned by Diageo, its signature standard is the famous 7&7. The popular drink consists of roughly one and a half ounces of Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended Whiskey, five ounces of 7UP soda, and a slice of fresh lime.
This whiskey is aged in oak. It has a nose that is crisp, clean, and almost alluring with a tinge of citrus. It has a sweet taste and a creamy vanilla finish.
Famous Maker’s Mark launched in 1958. It is perhaps the world’s first “premium” whiskey, as the company purports their beverage to be easier to drink than other brands of whiskey. Founder Bill Samuels disliked rye bread and so this drink is made from an original recipe that does not include rye.
Without any rye, the red winter wheat, malted barley, and corn do all the talking. Some critics claim there’s no reason to spend more money on a premium bottle of whiskey if you’re simply looking for a superb sipping whiskey.
Some might say that Jameson Irish Whiskey, founded in 1780, practically paved the wave for craft whiskies. Also known as “Jamo”, this whiskey brand is essentially ubiquitous in the standard bar scene. It is reported to be the best-selling Irish whiskey on the planet.
90 percent of the whiskey produced is now exported thanks to its French parent corporation, Pernod Ricard. Today, this adult beverage can be found in such infamous dive bar staples as the Pickleback Shot and the Green Tea Shot.
Originally known as Old Tub Bourbon, Jim Beam has been made from the same combination of barley, corn, and rye for over 220 years. Today the company includes over 60 distillers across the USA. Due in part to the business’ innovative methods, their popular whiskey is now the fourth best-seller in America and the top-selling brand in the world. It is now marketed in 200 countries with the bulk of its business being done in Australia, Germany, and the USA.
Some purists might argue this Canadian whiskey is not technically whiskey. After all, whiskey is technically defined as having a minimum of “40 percent alcohol by volume.” Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey contains only about 33 percent alcohol by volume.
Nevertheless, it still slots in on many “best of” whiskey lists. It is a distinctive adult beverage that includes a memorable cinnamon aroma and a trademark telltale scent. As the company notes: it “tastes like Heaven” and “burns like Hell.” Despite a European recall over a supposedly “antifreeze-adjacent ingredient” controversy, this drink is the third best-selling “whiskey” in the USA.
Crown Royal is the company’s flagship whiskey. It is a historic beverage. Crown Royal Deluxe was created in 1939 in honor of King George VI’s visit to Canada.
Column-distilled from barley, corn, and rye, it is still advertised as being “fit for a king” as the King actually returned home with cases of this still sales-reigning whiskey. The company’s symbol and distinctive purple bag are interestingly reminiscent of the traditional Jewish Keter Malchut crown and prayer shawl bag, or tallit.
And the winner is…
Despite what you might see on social media, most people actually do, indeed, “know Jack.” Sales of this whiskey generally break hundreds of millions of dollars. This famous Brown-Forman brand is more than just the most popular whisky in the USA. It is reported to be the official “best-selling spirit” in the nation, and the world’s fourth best-selling spirit overall. What more do you need to know?
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