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Top 10 drams for cold evenings

 

 

 

 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish - 48% 70cl - Peat and sherry go hand in hand, and this whisky proves it! The 10 year old release was finished in ex sherry casks for up to 12 months, adding an amazing layer of fruitiness to the Islay smoke bomb, followed by dark chocolate sweetness, and of course peat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oban Little Bay - 43% 70cl - With Oban literally meaning “Little Bay” we must say they used some pleonasm for this release, nevertheless, the liquid in the bottle is very robust and pleasant, with complex flavours invading the palate, like orange, chocolate, spices, and nuttiness. Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hennessy XO Cognac - 40% 70cl - Up for a fancy dram? The XO is Hennessy’s synonymous of excellence. The iconic Cognac is well-rounded full of heat, sweet notes, woodiness, chocolate, and a spicy edge. Created in 1870 for Maurice Hennessy’s circle of friends, it was one of the first Cognacs to be classified as “extra old”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stalla Dhu Linkwood 13 Year Old Reserve Cask Strength - 57.3% 70cl - Nothing better than a cask strength whisky to warm you up. This “handsome” release of 13 year old Linkwood will surely surprise you, as even if bottled at the high abv of 57.3% it carries itself extremely well. Balanced notes of nougat richness, silky mouthfeel, and hints of salinity on the finish. Just delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

Lagavulin 16 Year Old - 43% 70cl - Brine, orange, exotic fruits, kippers, and smoke. The age statement on this release from Lagavulin adds in more complexity to the dram. As expected from an Islay malt, the peat is heavily present, but it also has a lovely sweetness to it, making it a great sipping whisky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky - 40% 50cl - Due to Taiwan’s warm and humid climate, this whisky has an incredible complexity, even without an age statement. Kavalan, being a relatively new distillery, has achieved a great following in the whisky world, winning multiple international awards over the years. Tropical and elegant would describe this dram well.

 

 

 

 

 

Hakushu Distillers Reserve Single Malt Japanese Whisky - 70cl 43% - Herbal, slightly smoky and citrusy Japanese Single malt, Hakushu distillery is located at the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake. Heavily peated and lightly peated malt was used to create this no age statement whisky.

 

 

 

 

 

Edradour 10 Year Old - 40% 70cl - Once the smallest distillery in Scotland, Edradour’s 10 year old is a classic sherried Highland dram, matured in both ex bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks. Dried fruit richness, spice and nuttiness notes on the palate are followed by a syrupy warmth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

High West Whisky Campfire - 46% 70cl - The distillery founder, David Perkins, sought to combine peated single malt with bourbon and rye to create a unique and interesting dram. These three types of spirit balance each other beautifully, bringing together toffee sweetness, honey, rye spiciness and a slight peat influence on the finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tobermory 17 Year Old 2004 Oloroso Cask Matured - 55.9% 70cl - This Scotch comes from the Islay of Mull, aged for 17 years in Oloroso Sherry casks, and bottled at the cask strength of 55.9%. Full bodied, rich, and spicy, the palate brings forest fruit sweetness with lingering orange and warming spices. Perfect for Autumn.

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