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Winter whiskies to enjoy by the fireplace
As is the norm during winter, our palate craves those rich and spicy flavours often found in rich dishes, full-bodied drinks and decadent desserts. With the cold weather refusing to leave and the sun hiding behind the clouds we suggest you warm up with any of these winter whiskies. Sit back by the fire place and sip a dram or two.
With its rich palate and up-front sweetness, this single malt is a true winter warmer. Expect sweet notes of toffee and ripe banana followed by a pleasant warmth. This whisky was bottled at cask strength and if you find it a bit too punchy, you can always add a few drops of water to tame the fire.
We managed to get hold of a single cask of Bruichladdich whisky. The whisky was bottled at natural cask strength, un-chillfiltered and showing its natural colour. This specimen is a powerful beast, it has a 60.4% ABV. With notes of popcorn, walnuts and toast, this is another superb whisky to warm up with.
This single malt is a vatting of various vintage distillations. Some of the whiskies in the vatting were distilled as far back as 1989 while the youngest whisky was distilled in 2006. This whisky has a sweet and intricate palate, you will find cinnamon, maple and nutty notes. Its palate has a pleasant and round body.
Got a sweet tooth, you're not a big fan of cask strength whiskies and prefer older whiskies? Then the Benriach 21 Tawny Port finish is perfect for you. With its red berries palate, its toasted oak notes and hints of candied orange peel, this is a phenomenal single malt.
Need peat and smoke in your life? Then the Finlaggan Cask Strength is your perfect end-of-winter whisky. This superb Islay malt has just the right amount of peat and smoke on the palate and its 58% ABV adds a pleasantly warming palate. All you need to do no is just sit back by the fire place, relax and enjoy a dram.