Whisky is the perfect drink to enjoy on Burns’ Night and luxury drinks retailer The Whisky Shop,which has a store in Manchester on 3 Exchange Street, presents the finest whiskies to enjoy with the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties to celebrate ‘the bard’ – poet Robert Burns – on Saturday 25th January 2014.
Talisker Storm – £48.49 – www.whiskyshop.com
Talisker has always been a favoured match for haggis and the new Storm is sure to impress. At first sweetly mellow and rich in the mouth, then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through.
It’s as if the pure, tongue-coating sweetness joins hands with a deep nutty smokiness to embrace those spicier notes.
The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added.
Isle of Jura 16 year old – Diurachs’ Own Islands – £51.49 – www.whiskyshop.com
This sweet and spice island whisky offers an excellent dram for a Burns’ Night toast.
Aptly named the Diurachs’ Own Islands, Diurachs is the Gaelic word for the people of Jura. Although less than 200 strong they are united by their love of the island and its world-renowned whisky.
The Isle of Jura 16 year old is sumptuous yet gently spiced. Soft peaches and honey with a hint of citrus and marzipan. Bottled at 40% volume.
Dalmore Cigar Malt – £65.99 – www.whiskyshop.com
The Dalmore Cigar Malt is a sweet and spice highland whisky which can be enjoyed with haggis or a cigar.
Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve is taken from a selection of aged stocks from 10 to 15 years, matured in both American white oak ex-bourbon barrels and Matusalem oloroso sherry casks from Gonzalez Byass before a final finesse in Premier Cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques. Bottled at 44% volume.
On the palate creamy vanilla, toffee and sweet pineapples open, followed by rich mango, crushed pear and kiwi fruits. An aftertaste of unsurpassed elegance. Matured 70% Oloroso Sherry Wood; 30% Bourbon American White Oak.
Kilchoman Machir Bay – £43.99 – www.whiskyshop.com
Kilchoman is one of the smallest and newest distilleries in Scotland – built in 2005 – and the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years. Kilchoman is one of only six distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings, using barley grown on the distillery farm.
Kilchoman Machir Bay is the first general release from the distillery and its core expression – first launched in 2012. The smoky malt is the perfect partner for haggis. It is a vatting of 3, 4 and 5 year old, matured in fresh bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry butts for 8 weeks. Machir Bay has a well-balanced combination of rich tropical fruit, peat smoke, light vanilla and intense sweetness. Bottled at 46% ABV.
Andrew Torrance, Managing Director of The Whisky Shop, said: “Burns’ Night is a traditional Scottish celebration and it is important to have the right whisky to complement the distinctive flavour of the spicy haggis.”
The Whisky Shop is the UK’s largest whisky only specialist retailer with a full range available online at www.whiskyshop.com and at 22 stores nationwide, including premium flagships in London’s Piccadilly and on Manchester’s Exchange Street.
For further information please visit www.whiskyshop.com