The best Scotch whiskies to drink this Burns Night

Tamdhu 15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

46%, Master of malt£77.50 for 70cl

Located in the heart of Speyside, Tamdhu Distillery is known for maturing its single malt exclusively in expensive sherry casks. The result of this expression, which has been aged for 15 years, is a rich and smooth Scotch with notes of Christmas cake, honey, dates and figs.

Ledaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

46.3%, The Whiskey Fair£79.95 for 70cl instead of £84.95

Made at the Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull, Ledaig has a different name from the main Tobermory malt whisky, to indicate that it carries a smoky, peaty style. This expression won the 2023 Whiskey Exchange’s Whiskey of the Year from the specialty store and comes with notes of black pepper, sweet oak and rich smoke.

GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

46%, Royal Mile whiskies£53.95 for 70cl

The independent GlenAllachie Distillery has become a “one to watch” since it was taken over by Billy Walker, the man who gave GlenDronach malt whiskey such a great reputation. His style is for big tastes, and aged for a minimum of 12 years in former Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks, this whiskey has an explosion of sweet cherry notes and rich oak spice

Ardnamurchan AD/Single Malt Scotch Whisky

46.8%, Self backs£68.99 for 70cl

A new Scottish distillery, based in Glenbeg in the West Highlands, opened in 2014 and its releases are garnering critical acclaim. AD/ is the distillery’s first consistent and regular release after a series of limited editions. A blend of 50% peated and 50% unpeated whisky, it shows off maturity after years.

Glen Scotia Double Cask Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

46%, Amazon£71.95 for 70cl

Remote Campbeltown is Scotland’s smallest whiskey-producing region, with just three distilleries. However, in the Victorian era it was one of the largest and busiest in the country and was known as “the whiskey capital of the world”. This single malt from the region’s Glen Scotia Distillery aims to recreate the oily, smooth and hugely flavorful malt whiskey of the era, and it does so with aplomb.

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