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The best single malt whiskies for Christmas

By LLM Reporters on 28th November 2015

This Christmas why not treat your loved one to one of the finest single malts? Whether they’re a whisky connoisseur or a newcomer, we’ve picked out the very best single malts to suit every taste.

The Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan Rare Cask
The Macallan Rare Cask

New to The Macallan portfolio, The Macallan Rare Cask will be available to purchase as a Christmas gift for the first time this year. Aged exclusively in Sherry Oak casks, The Macallan Rare Cask sees soft notes of opulent vanilla and raisin pique the nose, giving way to a sweet ensemble of apple, lemon, and orange. A Single Malt produced through meticulous dedication to wood – with some of the casks used to age the whisky from Sherry bodegas no longer in existence – it is the perfect gift for those who are fans of craftsmanship and quality.

The Macallan Rare Cask is available in select whisky retailers including The Whisky Shop (RRP £200). themacallan.com


Laphroaig Select

Laphroaig Select
Laphroaig Select

Fans of Laphroaig’s trademark ‘peat reek’ will love Laphroaig Select. This expression offers a deep, smoky taste yet surprises the palate with a gentle sweetness and is a must have for the drinks cabinet this festive season.

Laphroaig Select is available in retailers including Morrisons, www.thewhiskyexchange.com and www.masterofmalt.com (RRP £34.99). laphroaig.com


Highland Park 12 Year Old

Highland Park 12 Year Old
Highland Park 12 Year Old

Highland Park 12 Year Old is the ideal malt for fans of flavour and the perfect accompaniment for your Christmas pudding this festive season. This single malt boasts a honey sweetness, followed by fruity notes with a hint of gentle smoke. Highland Park 12 Year Old is available at multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Co-op (RRP £35.12). highlandpark.co.uk


The Macallan Gold

The Macallan Gold
The Macallan Gold

Give the gift of gold this Christmas with the limited edition Ernie Button presentation of the first whisky in The 1824 Series, The Macallan Gold. Showcasing the single malt’s natural colour, Button’s photography microscopically captures the traces of whisky left in a glass. The Macallan Gold has notes of vanilla followed by dark chocolate, with lingering floral and light oak notes. The Macallan Gold is available in multiple retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons (RRP £38.95). themacallan.com


The Ardmore Legacy

The Ardmore Legacy
The Ardmore Legacy

The Ardmore Legacy is the perfect introduction to peated single malt whisky. With notes of creamy vanilla, followed by smoky charcoal and savoury spices with a pleasant peaty taste, The Ardmore Legacy is a full-bodied and smooth dram with a dry, spicy and long-lasting finish. The Ardmore Legacy is available in multiple retailers including Tesco and Morrisons (RRP £29.99). ardmorewhisky.com


Please enjoy all brands featured above responsibly – www.drinkaware.co.uk