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Top Whisky Picks for 2023

Calling all whisky enthusiasts in the UK! If you're on the hunt for exceptional spirits to elevate your collection, we've curated a handpicked selection of four remarkable gifts for whisky fans that are available to buy right now.

For those who like whisky with a twist

Glen Moray has launched Twisted Vine that’s really exceptional, especially for the price point. Sweet, nutty notes on the nose evolve into spice and coffee on the palette, with a lingering, sweet finish. Matured in ex-Cognac casks, the dried fruit flavours gifted from the wood bring a smooth new dimension to Glen Moray. And the name? Paying tribute to the twisted vines characteristically found in France’s Cognac countryside.

Available Co-Op, Asda, Morrisons and specialist whisky outlets RRP £28.

For those who take their whisky with an “e”

If you are more of an Irish Whiskey drinker, then Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt is an excellent place to start. The Bushmills Distillery still uses 100% Irish malted barley, and River Bush water that flows over the same basalt rock beds that form the Giant’s Causeway. The 16 Year Old is matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and Bourbon-seasoned barrels, before spending a period of finishing time in Port casks. Best enjoyed neat, this is a dram full of flavour.

The high end gift

For a slightly more top end gifting option, Highland Park 18 Year Old is a confident choice to make. Superbly balanced, with contrasting sweet and smoky flavours, the heather-honey peat brings a light smoke to the tasting experience, finishing with soft and spicy notes. Distilled in Orkney, Highland Park’s 18 Year Old whisky is one that’s received world-wide acclaim.

Available RRP £135.

For those that prefer coffee

Nespresso has recently launched Whisky Essence Coffee Capsules. Something slightly different for those that prefer whisky with a caffeinated kick, these new capsules have a smooth and mild double espresso blend, rounded off with a distinguished liquor note.

Available RRP £6.30 X 1 sleeve (10 capsules).

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Chatting Food contributor: Lucie Rhoades is a freelance food & drink copywriter, with a passion for cocktails. Find her@ScenicSipping.


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