A Dram To Take Off The Winter Chill

As winter rages on, few things seem more appropriate to take the edge off as a smooth mellow whisky.

Glenfiddich 18 year old single malt aged in Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks is both smooth and mellow but some seem to think it falls short in terns of complexity. I will just say the palate is restrained  and leave it at that.  It’s still a solid Speyside,  fairly reasonable in price and a thoroughly drinkable whisky.

Should you want to try something more robust and still reasonably priced consider Redbreast Irish Whiskey. Great reviews from Jim Murray and Dave Broom among others over at Whiskey Magazine make this an absolute must try example of pure pot still whiskey. I won’t go on and on about it as the reviews speak for themselves.  So, click the links I’ve provided and read the the accolades first hand.

While we’re on the subject, if you’re inclined to get the most of your whisky experience consider adding some Glencairn glasses to your drinking paraphernalia. The Glencairn glass developed by the whisky industry for the whisky industry had been around for a good twenty years as an idea before it finally made it into production.

It’s roots lie in the traditional nosing glasses used by blenders around the world and features include a tapering mouth which allows for ease of drinking and the capturing of aromas on the nose. The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of a whisky’s colour and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand.

Today the Glencairn Glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA. It has won accolades from around the world including the Queens Award, the highest award for business in the UK.

Since whisky is a drink to be savoured, isn’t the time spent enjoying the flavours on the nose equally as  important as those of the palate?

Joseph Fields