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Three Easy Whisky Cocktails to Try This Summer

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Three Easy Whisky Cocktails to Try This Summer

Here at The House of Whisky, when we’re not drinking it neat or on the rocks, we’re looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy our fine whiskies. Around this time of year, we love finding and creating delightfully refreshing combinations that will help every whisky enthusiast stay cool in summer.

We know that cocktails offer inventive ways for you to enjoy your whisky, so in this blog, we’re taking some time to discuss three classic whisky cocktails we think you should try this weekend. Each will be perfectly complemented by one of our fine whiskies and is sure to help you stay refreshed this summer.

1. The Whisky Royale

The Whisky Royale is a light, easy to drink cocktail packed full of fruity flavours. Made using fine whisky and a small amount of apple schnapps, this refreshing cocktail is sure to help you kick off your weekend in style. Learn how to make yours below.

What You’ll Need:

  • 25ml Scotch Whisky
  • A Dash of Apple Schnapps or Clear Apple Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Crushed Ice
  • A Sliced Green Apple (for garnish)

What To Do:
Fill a champagne flute or glass of your choice with crushed ice. Pour the whisky and apple schnapps over the ice and fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale. Add a slice of green apple to the glass for the perfect finishing touch. Serve immediately.

Whiskies To Use in Your Whisky Royale
We have several whiskies that will work perfectly for the Whisky Royale cocktail, including:

Each of these whiskies is sure to cut through just enough to highlight and compliment the fruity flavours and create an excellent blend. They also provide a slight variation of flavours with the same cocktail.

2. The Jock Collins

A spin on the Tom Collins, this light and easy to drink cocktail is sure to help you keep cool this summer. The smooth, balanced citrus notes will combine with your favourite whisky to release rich flavours, promising a memorable, refreshing drinking experience that perfectly compliments a warm day. To make your Jock Collins cocktail, simply follow our easy recipe below.

What You’ll Need

  • 50ml Scotch Whisky
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Fine Sugar or a Drizzle of Sugar Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)

What To Do:
Combine the whisky, lemon juice, and sugar or sugar syrup in a shaker filled halfway with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top up the glass with soda water, stir well, and garnish with the maraschino cherries. Serve immediately.

Whiskies Perfect for the Jock Collins
The House of Whisky has several fine whiskies sure to be the ideal addition to this cocktail. We recommend any of the following three products:

Using any of these three whiskies will guarantee a smooth, creamy finish to this particular cocktail, rounding off all the unique flavours perfectly.

3. The Godfather

This famous whisky cocktail from the 1970s is incredibly easy to prepare and offers a unique, rich flavour. While its origin is unknown, some stories say it was inspired by the world-famous film of the same name, while others say it was a favourite of Marlon Brando, the Don himself. Whatever its true source may be, The Godfather is a fantastic summer drink sure to satisfy any palate. Make yours today by following the easy steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • 50ml Scotch Whisky
  • 25ml Amaretto

What To Do:
Combine the whisky and amaretto in a shaker full of ice and shake well for 20 seconds, or until properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned whisky glass filled with ice. Serve immediately.

The Best Whiskies to Use in The Godfather
For this classic cocktail, The House of Whisky recommends any of our following three products:

Any of these fine whiskies will add a distinct richness and depth to the overall flavour of the cocktail.

No matter what your whisky cocktail preference may be, the extensive range of products we offer at The House of Whisky are sure to be the perfect addition to your summer. Browse the rest of our collection here and take advantage of our great prices by placing your order today.

Macallan Releases Genesis Limited Edition

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Macallan Releases Genesis Limited Edition

On the 2nd of June 2018, The Macallan Distillery released its new Macallan Genesis Limited Edition Whisky. Only 2500 bottles were produced to celebrate the opening of a £140 million distillery and Macallan’s iconic new partnership with Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Macallan’s Stunning New Distillery The collaboration between Macallan and this world-renowned architecture firm began with the design of an innovative distillery but is expected to continue well into the future. The Genesis Limited Edition Whisky was specially developed to celebrate this partnership of masterpiece architecture with world-renowned whisky-making. The project, first announced in 2012, has been in construction since December 2014, with a focus on stunning contemporary architecture. The sophisticated, modern design of the building was selected to match the intricacy of Macallan’s fine, aged whiskies. Macallan’s Genesis Limited Edition Whisky represents the pinnacle of this achievement. The Genesis Limited Edition Kevin Grier, the creative director for Macallan, stated that the new distillery’s design “pays tribute to the natural elements that contribute to the production of The Macallan.” To reflect the wonder of this architectural feat, the Genesis Limited Edition comes beautifully presented in a decorated box. The box contains a lithographic print of the distillery on Italian cotton paper produced by Italian paper mill, Magnani. To add an extra touch of class, each copy is signed by Graham Stark, the lead architect on the project. With the limited amount of 2500 bottles produced, only 360 bottles were available for sale at the distillery, each selling at the cost of £495 per bottle. Bottled at 45.5% abv, this elegant whisky is said to have a subtle taste of sweet dried fruits, oak, apple, chocolate, cinnamon and ginger with a warming finish.

Japanese Whisky: A Crisis of Supply and Demand

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Japanese Whisky: A Crisis of Supply and Demand

If, like me, you’re a lover of fine international whiskies, I’ve got some worrying news for you. Fans of Japanese whisky, in particular, may want to brace themselves. I’d suggest you hol d onto any aged Japanese whisky you have, as it’s going to get a lot harder to come across.

Suntory, the Japanese distillery that’s widely known for producing prize-winning whiskies, is discontinuing two of its most acclaimed lines, the Hakushu 12, and Hibiki 17, due to a lack of supply in the face of fast-growing demand. This is part of an ongoing trend of Japanese distilleries not having enough product to keep up with the surge in popularity. In 2015, Nikka Whisky was forced to discontinue its popular Miyagikyo and Yoichi lines, along with the rest of its entire single-malt line-up. It’s clear that the Japanese whisky industry is facing a supply crisis, but how did this happen?

Whisky aficionados and business analysts both point to a slowdown in Japanese whisky sales during the 80’s as the main source of today’s scarcity. With limited international demand for fine Japanese whisky, distillers began cutting back on production. What no analyst could predict, however, was the sudden rise in popularity that was to come. Today, with the appreciation for fine international whiskies steadily on the rise, the Japanese whisky business is booming. Due to the necessarily long maturation process of high-quality whiskies, Japanese distilleries just can’t keep up with the demand.

What’s the Future of Japanese Whisky?

According to a representative from Suntory, it will be “quite a long time” before the brand is able to restart sales, Japanese newspaper, Nikkei, reported. The representative also stated that Suntory was focusing on giving “top priority to quality” and “emphasizing quality over quantity.”

Currently, Japanese whisky represents 5% of global whisky sales, according to trade publication The Spirits Business. Suntory has already invested 1 billion yen into its Hibiki distillery and has seen a 30% increase in its productions.

Although the world has been gifted with some of the best whiskies from Scotland or Kentucky, Japanese whisky has become quite popular in recent years. In 2013, Jim Murray’s influential Whisky Bible named Suntory’s Yamazaki Sherry Cask 13 “the best in the world”, calling it a “near indescribable genius”. There’s no telling what’s to come for the Japanese whisky industry but one thing is for sure, quality whisky can’t be rushed.

What’s my verdict? I say savour it while you can, as you never know when sales will begin again.

Luckily, there’s still hope for you to relish in some of these timeless Japanese whiskies right here, at The House of Whisky.

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