It’s that time of year again where the run up to Christmas begins and festive bottlings and whisky related gifts are being revealed by distilleries and retailers. You will also many articles suggesting the best whiskies to buy for Christmas. This tends to consist of the most sherry and/or peat influenced malts you can buy on the market. My drinking habit follows a sort of seasonal trend ie. grassy and floral in Spring/Summer and sherry and peat in Autumn and Spring, although I enjoy a peated malt in the summer too.
Instead of listing my top 5 sherried whiskies I would prefer to provide you with a list of whiskies that I consider to offer good value for money at increasing price brackets going up to £75. I stop at £75 because even I am unwilling to part with more than that so I wouldn’t recommend you do either. Within each price bracket I will suggest a peated, sherried, floral whisky styles and also a safe option just in case you don’t want to take a risk. Hopefully this will you provide you with the ideal option(s) to choose from if you are looking to buy whisky as a gift for those that are at any stage of their whisky journey. I have also made sure that the whiskies I am suggestion are accessible in that you will be able to find them stocked at your local supermarket or be able to order it online from the major retailers such as the WhiskyExchange or MasterofMalt.
…and of course I am only recommending whiskies that I have tried and reviewed. If you want to know more about what I think about the suggestions below then you will be able to find my review on this website.
£15-£30 (these whiskies can be found at most major supermarkets and are likely to be on offer at any one of them)
Floral: Glen Moray Elgin Classic Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Sherried: Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Peat: Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Safe option: Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Floral: Green Spot Irish Pot Still Whiskey (I have seen this for under £30 at Costco)
Sherried: Glenallechie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Peat: Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Safe option: AnCnoc 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (price hovers just under and above £30 depending where you shop online)
Floral: Balblair 2000 2nd Release (soon to be discontinued)
Sherried: Glenfarclas 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Peat: Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (possible to find on offer below £50 in major supermarkets)
Safe option: Glen Scotia 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (at this price bracket it is difficult to suggest a safe option so I will go with my favourite all rounder)
If you want to be creative whilst at the same time playing it safe then I would also recommend you check out the MasterofMalt or the WhiskyExchange where you can create your own set of 3cl samples. Maybe the list above will help you with your selection.
Image courtesy of the WhiskyExchange