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Festive Whisky Guide

Festive Whisky Guide

The festive season is probably our favorite time to snuggle up and explore the vast world of Scottish whisky. We’ve picked out a few of our single malt and blended favourites. Slàinte!

SPICE KING Wemyss Malts

Blended from a selection of single malts from across Scotland, Spice King from Wemyss Malts has a sweet and spicy character. With hints of marmalade syrup sponge, drinking a dram feels like it’s been topped by a grind of cracked pepper.

£37.95 | wemyssmalts.com

MONKEY SHOULDER William Grant & Sons

Monkey Shoulder is a whisky for drinking whichever way you like it, whether you prefer a dram on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail. This blended whisky has notes of orange zest, vanilla as well as spicy and floral aromas.

£27 | drinkmonger.com

CLYDEBUILT Ardgowan Distillery

A blend of malts from Speyside and Highland distilleries, matured in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. Coppersmith is the first in the Clydebuilt series of whiskies which Ardgowan Distillery will release in the years ahead. The whisky is a balance of sweet and spicy, heather honey, sultanas and dark chocolate.

£49.99 | thegoodspiritsco.com


Pronounced ‘Glen Murray’, the base of the Elgin Classic, vanilla and light oak, is still here. However,
maturation in Oloroso casks brings flavours of dried fruits and nutty, earthy notes. Sherry casks are
expensive so you will struggle to find a cheaper sherry finish bottle
but there is no compromise on taste. This is as good as some bottles that are two and three times the price.

£25.00 | royalmilewhiskies.com

BENRIACH 10-YEAR-OLD BenRiach Distillery

This BenRiach is matured for ten years in two different casks. These are ex- bourbon and ex-sherry casks to give a warming spiced and fruity whisky. Crisp fruit, ginger and vanilla linger on the nose.

£35.90 | valhallasgoat.com

ROCK ISLAND Douglas Laing

A mixture of Single Malts from Arran, Jura, Orkney and Islay. Designed to reflect the sea with a salty nose and a sweet peaty palate. How we imagine it would be like sitting on the Vital Spark sharing a dram with Para Handy. £40 | valhallasgoat.com

1770 PEATED RELEASE NO1 Glasgow Distillery

Glasgow 1770 Peated is matured in first-fill ex-sherry casks and finished in virgin oak. A smoky single malt with hints of flamed orange zest and rich caramel toffee, followed by dark fruits. The whisky takes its name from the year when the original Glasgow Distillery was founded.

£49 | glasgowdistillery.com


Eden Mill

Better known for their gin, Eden Mill have released a 2019 single malt in a limited release of 3,000 70cl bottles following the success of the 2018 bottle. For the artwork they have

collaborated with local Fife artist Hilke MacIntyre to create a single malt presentation box, which depicts famous landmarks in St Andrews, the home of Eden Mill. The scarcity and unique artwork make this the ideal gift for whisky fans who are fond of Fife.

£79.00 | edenmill.com


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