You might remember the lovely Katie from one of our very first blog posts (if not, you can catch up here). Since then, she’s been busy trekking around Birmingham and beyond sampling delightful spirits and sharing her love of booze via her company, Crushed & Cubed.
What’s your name:- Katie Rouse
What do you do and where do you do it:- I run a Birmingham based Drinks Agency, which markets premium drinks to the independent trade through training, consultancy, support and events. Click here for more info.
What’s your favourite whisky and why have you picked it:- Impossible to pick one and I’m true lover of all spirits so let’s pick three!
I genuinely believe Monkey Shoulder is an all round winner for Whisky cocktails as it’s a mix of 3 Speyside Malts carrying its flavour through many tasting profiles. Whether it’s a classic boozy drink or a long and refreshing cooler, it’s always packs a punch.
I then have a tie between Auchentoshan Three Wood and Ardbeg Uigeadail. Two massively different styles of whisky here but the Three Wood is your session whisky; thanks to that finish in Pedro Ximénez casks giving the tipple its rich and fruity notes.
Whereas Ardbeg Uigeadail has that stunning ‘right hook in the face’ of peat but this edition has a smooth and sweet finish making it one of the most balanced I’ve ever tried in the Peat category.
I recommend sipping the cask strength Islay at the end of the night, however, as it may take over your senses if you are thinking of switching up your drinks.
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- Monkey Shoulder is just £26.95 at the moment on The Whisky Exchange. Auchentoshan Three Wood is widely available, but currently £47.55 on The Whisky Exchange. Ardbeg Uigeadail is a very reasonable £51.95 from Master of Malt.