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Suggestions For A Dramming Christmas

by Oliver Klimek on November 29, 2012

It’s that time of year again. The unavoidable invasion of red-nosed reindeers and chubby old men dressed in Coca Cola colours lies ahead of us. For anyone on the lookout for whisky-realated gifts – be it for friends and family or for themselves – here are a few recommendations that offer great value for their price tags.

Budget: The Laddie Ten

Bruichladdich’s entry level bottling is the current leader of the Dramming Bang-For-The-Buck List. A perfectly balanced whisky with a gentle maritime influence.

Score: 90/100 – Price Tag: £30

 

Intermediate: Ardbeg Uigeadail

Arguably this whisky offers the best value of the entire Ardbeg range. The strong peat is perfectly complemented by fruity sherry aromas that add another dimension to this dram.

Score: 92/100 – Price Tag: £50

 

Elevated: Yamazaki 18 yo

No, it does not have to be Scotch for Christmas. Here is a true classic from Japan’s oldest distillery. There is sherry, there is wood, there is smoke, there is spice – this whisky has it all.

Score: 90/100 – Price Tag: £105

 

Deeper Pockets: Glenfarclas 40 yo

This is the the epitome of an aged sherried whisky, and furthermore it is one of the most affordable Scotch whiskies of this age. The luxurious character of this malt makes it the perfect Christmas whisky.

Score: 92/100 – Price Tag: £275

 

Bookshelf: Canadian Whisky – The Portable Expert

This book impressed me the most in 2012. Davin de Kergommeaux traces back the rich but largely forgotten history of Canada’s favourite tipple and explains the present.

Score: Brilliant – Price Tag: $15

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