For something a bit different we recommend this Celtic whisky from Brittany in France. The nose is rich and opulent with the first powerful notes of grain and slight peat giving way to an aromatic palette combining the sweetness of vanilla, the complexity of leather and smoky tobacco, and some honey. In the mouth, the honey extends supported by slight peat and saline notes with aromas of gingerbread combined with flavours of candied fruit.
Availability: The Whisky Exchange
Gwalarn (meaning North West Wind)
Sagamore Spirit – Double Oak Rye
Origin: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
This is a fantastic example of a Baltimore rye, slightly sweeter than other rye with a higher corn content from a brand that is fast becoming popular in the UK last year this rye won a Master of Category medal in the UK in the American whisky category at The Drinks Business & Spirits Business Spring Blind Tasting. The secret to this Double Oak Rye is 18 months of extended aging time in toasted wave stave barrels, making this whiskey at least seven years old. Delightful notes of caramel, honey, hazelnut, and pecan explode on the palate.
Availability: Native Spirits, Whisky Exchange, Master Of Malt
Nouaison Reserve – Maison Villevert
Origin: Cognac, France
This dark gin made from grapes rather than grain is barrel aged in oak barrels containing cognac creating an ideal spirit to add a new dimension to classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, where gin rather than whisky can be used to create an excellent and unexpected gin cocktail for your Christmas guests.
Availability: Whisky Exchange