07 Oct Fine Single Malts for the Festive Season
From peaty Islay malts to luxury Speyside whisky, fine single malts make ideal Christmas gifts for both whisky connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of single malts. Here are a few prime choices suitable for any taste and budget.
Macallan Rare Cask
Making its first year debut as a Christmas Gift, the Macallan Rare Cask is a delightful single malt that opens with nose-stimulating soft notes of raisins and opulent vanilla before giving way to the sweet sensation of apples, oranges and lemons. Produced with diligent dedication to wood, Macallan Rare Cask is available from Macallan, The Whisky Shop and other select whisky retailers at an RRP of £200, making it the perfect gift for those who appreciate true quality and craftsmanship.
A must-have for anyone with a love for peaty malts, the Laphroaig Select features a deep, smoky taste that ultimately surprises the drinker’s palate with an unexpectedly gentle sweetness. Perfect for newcomers and connoisseurs alike, this fine single malt is available at an RRP of just £34.99 from a variety of retailers including The Whisky Exchange; Master of Malt; Morrisons and, of course, Laphroaig.
Highland Park 12 Year Old
Boasting delicious honey sweetness; fruity notes and just a gently hint of smoke, the 12-Year Old Highland Park Single Malt is the perfect present for malt lovers and the ideal companion for Christmas pudding. Available from retailers including Asda, Co-Op and Morrisons; Sainsbury’s; Tesco, Waitrose and HighlandPark, this fine whisky will only set you back £35.12, a price well worth paying for this special festive treat.
The first of the Macallen 1824 Series of whiskys, the Macallan Gold showcases the natural colour of single malt. Featuring notes of vanilla; dark chocolate and light oak, as well as some lingering floral notes, this ‘gift of gold’ will tickle the senses of new and experienced whisky lovers at a price of just £38.95 (RRP). It is available from Macallan and many retailers, including Morrisons, Asda and Tesco; Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.
The perfect gift as an introduction to peaty single malts, the Ardmore Legacy is a smooth, full-bodied whisky with creamy vanilla notes; savoury spices and smoky charcoal combining with a satisfying peaty taste to provide a long-lasting, dry and spicy finish. Priced at just £29.99 (RRP), this fine example of a single malt is available from ArdmoreWhisky, Tesco, Morrisons and other retailers.