What Do We Mean By New World Whiskies?


Whisky is being distilled in continents worldwide, but what do we mean when we say “New World Whisky”?

The term is used as a catch-all for the growing production of whiskies outside of the traditional markets of Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. (e.g., Australia, India). Or it can also be a fresh style of whisky emanating from a country with a long history of production (e.g., American single malt).

How New World Whisky is different from Traditional Ones?


New World (Single Malt Myth)

Traditional (Blended Scotch)

Distinguishing Factor

New World Whisky is made from water and malted barley and is distilled at a single distillery.

Blended Scotch is made when grain whisky is mixed with malt whisky.

What does it actually mean?

By single malt, we refer to a single producer or distillery. However, the final product need not necessarily be a single malt. It can be an absolute blend of malts of varying ages, such that the viscosity of the product is maintained.

A blended Scotch can also indicate a mixture of 1/3 part of malt whisky and 2/3 parts of grain whisky, but not from the same distillery. Blended Scotch whisky may include a combination of whiskies of more than 30 to 60 different grain and malt distilleries.

Taste Bud speaks

Known for its quality and discrete flavor, the new world Scotch offers a perfect treat to the tongue while keeping you close to earthiness.