What do you really need to know about England and Wales? At Forbes.com, the musically inclined Felipe Schrieberg obliges with an alphabetized guide to every whiskey distillery he can name in both countries.
His rapid-fire list of 19 includes The Oxford Artisan Distillery—aka TOAD—located in the college town that figured heavily in our formative years. On offer: your own cask of Oxford Rye, delivering 200 litres of cask-strength enjoyment crafted from organic grain. Geeks among you will appreciate Oxford Artisan’s Mr. Toad nod and its Ashmolean Dry Gin, named after one of our favorite museums.
It’s on me, Your Royal Highness
In a less posh patch of Old Blighty, Hackney’s East London Liquor Company is the area’s first whiskey, gin and vodka distillery in more than a century. The three-year-old outfit’s only whiskey to date: its 46.8% ABV London Rye.
Among the three Welsh establishments is Dà Mhìle Distillery, whose limited-edition Single Grain Welsh Whisky spent four years in sherry casks. The joint also sells a 1992 single malt Scotch that its founder calls “the world’s first organic whisky of the modern era,” whatever that means. He’s been known to give the stuff away to Prince Charles, who can afford to pay.