After emailing with a few readers who took me to task for my post on K5, the Bhutan whisky just introduced to the US, I want to clarify the point in tracking world whiskies. My tone in the post might have been light, and it might have seemed like I was making fun of K5, but that was not at all my intention.
I find it interesting that there are now whiskies made in Bhutan and Italy and South Africa, but I’m not passing judgment on either the whiskies themselves or the trend in general. I certainly don’t believe that whisky can only be made in Scotland, Ireland and Kentucky. Like wine, it can be made almost anywhere. It’s up to the distiller to work with the local conditions and ingredients to produce a good drink. If anything, I hope that by highlighting whiskies like K5 I’ll encourage a few readers to go try them. Clay Risen