5 Exceptional Whiskies to try this Christmas

Friday 15th Dec 2023 |

There’s always a good reason to crack out the whisky, but let’s be honest – it’s a tipple that really sings throughout winter. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur looking for your new go-to bottle, or need to find your dad something special for Christmas, these five exceptional whiskies have got you covered.

Gulliver’s PX Sherry Single Cask Malt Whisky

Whisky lovers with a bit of a sweet tooth will find it hard to resist this beautiful release from Gulliver’s. The raisin and caramel notes found in this artisan sherry cask whisky make this a rare find – a tipple that has the potential to convert non-believers in whisky. 

A gift sure to go down as well as the whisky itself, you can pick this up directly from Samuel Gulliver for £79. 

Meikle Tòir Chinquapin Whisky 

If you like your whisky smoky with a hint of sweetness, then Meikle Tòir Chinquapin Whisky from acclaimed Speyside distillery Glenallachie is a must. Matured in virgin Chinquapin oak casks sourced from the Northern Ozark region of Missouri in the USA, this single malt Scotch whisky is a feast for all senses. Expect notes of milk chocolate, charred hazelnut and toasted cinnamon. 

Available from Master of Malt for £49.99.

Smokehead High Voltage Single Malt Whisky

Smokehead’s super-strength release (58% abv) does exactly what it says on the tin – blows your socks off. But don’t let that put you off. This whisky has great depth of flavour, is intensely peaty and hits up your tastebuds with black smoke, creamy and nutty notes which leads to a tangy sea salt finish. Pick it up directly from Smokehead for £68 a bottle. 

Aber Falls Single Malt Welsh Whisky

Boasting an  array of aromas including vanilla, toffee, candied citrus fruits, fig, sultana and an impressive flavour profile of sweet sherry, dark chocolate, espresso and creamy malt, this affordable Welsh whisky is a real crowd pleaser. Pick up a bottle of the award-winning Aber Falls from their online store for just £27

Mossburn Cask Collaboration Series 12 YO Speyside Foursquare finish 

With notes of peppermint, nutmeg, Christmas cake, and marmalade, tis’ the season to sip a wee glass of Speyside Foursquare Finish over ice. Aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon casks before re-ageing in ex-rum American oak casks, this complex and refined whisky is well worth its £65 price tag.