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Three of the best whiskies for Christmas

Black Bull 40

Multi-award winning Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky, based in the Aberdeenshire town of Huntly, leaves the discerning whisky lover spoiled for choice this Christmas.

We take a look at their most luxurious and expensive whiskies.

Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969

Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969
Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969

The crowning glory of the Duncan Taylor range is the Rarest selection. Macallan 42 Year Old Rarest 1969 (41.6% ABV) embodies unparalleled luxury, refinement and scarcity.

Presented in a decanter of the finest Scottish crystal, intricately engraved with adornments of silver that mirror the whisky’s exquisite refinement.

On the palate it oozes opulence with a rich smooth taste, finishing with lingering toffee, stewed fruits, praline and some fresher grassy notes. A must for any distinguished whisky collection.

Available from thespiritsembassy.com. RRP £12,000.


The Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Tantalus

The Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Tantalus
The Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Tantalus

The Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Tantalus range brings together the most sought after vintages from some of Scotland’s rarest distilleries.

Each whisky is beautifully packaged in hand-blown decanters and housed in a handmade ‘Tantalus’ oak, produced from the very casks that matured it to perfection.

The Glenrothes 1968 45 Year Old Tantalus Cask #13499 (46.9% ABV) has a deep sweet but spicy taste, with a long and gentle pleasant finish. One to savour.

Available from thespiritsembassy.com. RRP £1,500


Black Bull 40

Black Bull 40
Black Bull 40

Black Bull 40 is the most recent addition to Duncan Taylor’s celebrated range. Released earlier this year, this exceptionally rare whisky blends high quality single malts including Aberlour 1975, Macallan 1969 and Glenlivet 1968.

With an ABV of 47.6% this is no ordinary Scotch Whisky. With a ratio of 86% malt to 14% grain it charts the journey of many a fine whisky from as far back as 1966.

On the palate, the tasting notes for the new Black Bull 40 year old reveal a style that is rich, beautifully sweet and full bodied in character. Infused with toffee apples, milk chocolate, grapefruit and mango it gives a very smooth and gentle taste with a warm syrupy finish.

A truly indulgent, perfectly balanced whisky, which is a gorgeous amber colour. With only 1,500 bottles in this batch, this one won’t be available for long!

Available from thespiritsembassy.com. RRP £750.