A Guide To Fine Winter Whiskys

Baby, it’s starting to get cold outside! That means you are probably thinking about a warming dram of whisky to take the edge off the wind, rain and cold weather. To make it a little easier in selecting which tipple to opt for, we have collected some of this year’s finest offerings with the help of online specialist’s 31DOVER.

The Dalmore 12 Year Old WhiskyScreen Shot 2015-10-19 at 16.46.51The Scottish Highlands are of course synonymous with fantastic, high-quality whisky production. This 12 year single malt has accumulated a spicy, aromatic flavour with hints of chocolate. Aged for 9 years in ex-bourbon casks, it is then carefully matured in 30 year old sherry casks. This is a joyous whisky and is one to be enjoyed slowly. (£36.95, 70cl).


Monkey Shoulder

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Monkey Shoulder is a blend of 3 single malts and therefore slightly different to the offering from Dalmore. The quirky bottle makes for a fantastic gift and the three monkeys clearly depict the three malts, which go in to combine this fairly young whisky. The flavour is perfect the person who is looking to get into whisky and who would appreciate a slight sweetness, from hints of honey and fruit. More ideal for cocktails rather than sipping, we had a great deal of fun with our bottle of Monkey Shoulder. It’s not perfect, but it is a great drink for novices and a good introduction to the tipple. (£24.95 for 70cl).

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Lagavulin 16 year Old Whisky

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This single malt is steeped in history and is a deep, complex and far more grown up whisky than the Monkey Shoulder. Perfect with a little water, this is a really intense and rich whisky. Hailing as far back as 1742, Lagavulin, situated on the Isle of Islay, this will warm you up for sure. Beautiful toffee and pepper come through as you sip here. (£49.95 for 70cl)

All of the whiskeys and prices are from 31DOVER, one of the UK’s finest online purveyors of spirits.

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