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If you’re looking for the ideal gift this Christmas or the perfect festive tipple, we have hand-picked a selection of award-winning single malts for your consideration, and suggested the perfect way to serve them.
These days, when it comes to buying Christmas presents, a bottle of whisky springs to mind as readily as gold, frankincense and myrrh did to the Three Wise Men. Which can be a problem, because no one wants to feel they’re simply receiving whatever happened to be the most attractive 2-for-1 Crimbo promotion when you were at the supermarket buying cat food. So, if you want to give whisky, and you want it to be appreciated, you need to put a little bit more thought into your gift. Here are a few suggestions for some of the usual suspects on your present-buying list…
It’s hard to find a better base for a Manhattan cocktail than a generous helping of hand-crafted Woodford Reserve bourbon, but a tour of New York’s top bars reveals more than one interpretation of this classic drink.
If you like Jack Daniel’s, chances are you’ll like its Single Barrel bottlings too
Super-premium brand The Macallan makes a perfect gift, and this Christmas its new packaging serves to emphasise the quality of the spirit within
Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye is best approached by boat, so Charles MacLean sets sail on the Classic Malts Cruise
Glenmorangie is turning wood into gold with its latest whisky
Blasda, the lightly peated expression of Ardbeg, makes a heavenly match with cheese
Glenfarclas has been at the heart of the Grant family for six generations and now both its Family Casks and Glenfarclas 105 are winning a legion of loyal followers
Named after the iconic tea clipper, Cutty Sark whisky is enjoying renewed popularity in the city of its birth
Triple distillation is just one thing that sets Auchentoshan single malt apart from the rest
Forget the traditional Port and Stilton combo. Stop searching for that one red wine to match an entire cheeseboard. Instead, end your meal on a magical note by pairing fine single malts with distinctive cheeses. Jon Allen reports
A project combining one of Britain’s most lauded chefs with Scotland’s bestselling single malt is destined for success. Kate Ennis chats to Tom Aikens about whisky and food matching with Glenmorangie
Single barrel and small batch are bourbon’s way of fighting off super-premium competition from other spirits categories. Good ol’ boy Dominic Roskrow goes behind the hype to tell you how to get the most out of Kentucky’s finest