As we’re less than a month away from the big day, I imagine you’ll all be wondering what is gracing our shelves this Christmas. Well, wonder no more! We’ve gone out to some of our favourite Birmingham whisky personalities to find out what they’re drams they’re drinking and gifting this year…
What’s your name:- Amy Seton
What do you do and where do you do it:- Owner of The Birmingham Whisky Club
What’s your Christmas whisky recommendation and why have you picked it:- GlenDronach Parliament 21 Year Old – this is one of my all time favourite whiskies as I am a real fan of the very heavily sherried variety. I remember the first time I tried the Parliament (named after a Parliament of rooks near the distillery in the Highlands). I was in a small whisky bar in Scotland – naturally. It was cold wet and windy outside – naturally. W
e were huddled in-doors, trying to warm up. In lieu of a hot water bottle, this was the dram we chose. An elegant, rich, creamy, candied fruit bomb, with the consistency of a dessert wine. I think I had three! It’s a sherry-matured, Highland delight – Olorroso and PX to be precise, with the sweetness running throughout, well into the finish. It really is a long, lingering joy to drink. If I didn’t think it was sacrilege, I would say slosh a bit on the Christmas pudding and share widely with your friends and guests. Sadly though, they would keep coming back to see you and the bottle would be gone very quickly! This is the dram to be kept secret and to be quietly contemplated in front of a fire when all the gifts are wrapped and the house is quiet. Works well with mince pies.
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- The Whisky Exchange – £99.95
What’s your name:- Giles Ward
What do you do and where do you do it:- Events Manager and Whisky buff at the Plough Harborne
What’s your Christmas whisky recommendation and why have you picked it:- Douglas Laing’s Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016. For peated whisky lovers this is a rare opportunity to try a blend of whiskies taken from all active Islay distilleries. At cask strength it is a nock your socks off treat to be shared at christmas with friends.
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- Available from the Whisky Exchange online for £51.95
What’s your name:- Jessica Barlow
What do you do and where do you do it:- Assistant Manager at The Wellington, and whisky buyer/resident expert
What’s your Christmas whisky recommendation and why have you picked it:- I’m choosing an old favourite – Glenfarclas 10-Year-Old 40%. At this time of year, I like to have a dram for “medicinal purposes”. There’s a lovely honey sweetness, with sherry, toffee, and barley on the nose. Expect fruitcake, a hint of smoke, and winter spices on the palate, leaving a long spicy, fruity, oaky finish. For me, this is like Christmas in a glass. Warming and delicious!
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- Glenfarclas 10 is available from most websites, and many retailers (including Tesco) for under £35.
What’s your name:- Vin PF
What do you do and where do you do it:- I run a YouTube channel called No Nonsense Whisky where I review our favourite spirit on a weekly show
What’s your Christmas whisky recommendation and why have you picked it:- Now is a great time to get into English whisky so I recommend The English ‘Original’ by the English Whisky Company. It’s malty, flavourful and, above all, doesn’t taste too young.
Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- At the moment, it’s easiest to get direct from the distillery website or from one of the bigger specialist sites but it should set you back more than £35.