The majority of the world will be celebrating International Scotch Day north of the Equator today, and, to tell the truth, there's nothing better than sampling a nice whisky around the fire on a fine winter's evening. Except that there is.
Here are our best summer whiskies to finish off the season in Australia with - whether you're by the pool or by the ocean, drop in an ice cube or two and these fruitier and lighter offerings are sure to go down a treat.
An excellent young entry point, Clynelish's offering is a coastal Scotch that hits on an orange, even mandarin-type taste for the palate. A smoky aftertaste ensures its authority on this list.
Scapa 16-Year-Old 'The Orcadian'
As one of the most remote inhabited landmasses in the world, the Orkney Islands offer the perfect stage for a very compelling whisky. A single malt, 'The Orcadian' offers rich flavours of ginger and apple throughout the velvety tasting experience.
Cragganmore 12-Year-Old Speyside
With a well-sherried foundation, this Speyside malt punches far above its price range and has been known to pleasantly surprise many a drinker. A fine duality of sweet taste and smoky notes makes the Cragganmore 12-year-old a successful balancing act.
A solid introduction to the world of summer-friendly whiskies is this Glenkinchie. This Scotch has received a slew of gold medals from the World Spirit Awards in San Franciso and continues to impress with its intermingling of vanilla and floral notes.
Douglas Laing's Rock Oyster Island
One of our personal favourites, Douglas Laing has successfully executed the art of mixing superb whisky with the sea. This dram is a true sea-salt infused joy with hints of honey and a smooth vanilla finish.
Ye olde reliable, Glenmorangie is popular for a reason - a truly floral and fruity character that has become world famous. The Glenmorangie Original is the most recent winner at San Francisco's World Spirits Competition.