£80-100, Highland

AnCnoc Cutter

The cutter is so named after a peat tool that is used to take peat from shallower bogs. This peat is drier and easier burn thus producing a more rich peat flavour in the whisky made.

Nose: Intense smoke and peat gives way to a medical ward.

Taste: Strong peat and smoke alongside hints of warm spices and vanilla notes. A winter bonfire by the bog.

Finish: Oil thrown on a BBQ

Abv: 46%

Cost: £99

£50-60, Ireland

Walsh Whiskey Writers’ Tears Red Head

writerstears-redheadMatured in Spanish Sherry casks previously filled with Olorso sherry, Red Head has an ABV 46%.

Nose: Sugary fruits raisins, apples and oranges. Also a bit of musk perfume.

Palate: Ginger tea with a side of chilli’s, very fiery. Likely a fiery Viking, definately a Red Head at heart.

Finish: Musk on the finish as nose but with a sweetness.

Price: Around £55

£60-80, Ireland

Walsh Whisky The Irishman 12 Year Old

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Launched 2013, limited to just 6000 bottles batch numbered bottles a year. The 12 year old Irishman Won the Gold and best in class at the 2013 International Spirits Challenge. Matured in a first fill flame charred bourbon barrel.

Nose: Fresh fruit, some pear drops from your old sweet shop and a bit of spice. A drop of banana.

Palate: Banana fritters with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Very smooth and toffee apples.

Finish: Spicy cinnamon and honey.

Cost: £65

£30-40, Blends, Ireland

Writers’ Tears Copper Pot (Walsh Whiskey)

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A blend of single malt (60%) and single pot still (40%) whiskey but no grain. The Writers’ Tears is triple distilled, non-peated and matured in American Oak bourbon casks. A gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murrays Iconic “Whiskey Bible” it also features in Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die”.

Nose: Fruity with both apples and pineapples. Underlying mintyness with chocolate, like after eight mints.

Palate: Sweet warm rhubarb sprinkled with sugar

Finish: Boozy hot chocolate

Price: around £35

Blends, Over £100

Cutty Sark 33

Picture: Cutty Sark
Picture: Cutty Sark

Colour: Polished Copper

Nose: Very sweet on the nose, maple syrup, apricot, butter with a dash note of mixed spice.

Taste: Extremely smooth from its 33 years maturity. Brilliantly yummy on the palate we got mandarins with chocolate sauce and a spattering of pepper on top.

Finish: Very smooth creamy warming notes that are very long lasting.

Price: This extremely accomplished dram, with matching art deco glasses and book will set you back a cool £650. There is only 3,456 bottles released by Cutty Sark which might find itself snapped up by collectors pretty fast.

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Neat Glass

Whisky is whisky no matter what you drink it out of right? We at A Whet For Whisky have had it out of Beatles branded mugs, plastic cups and even the odd saucer.

But when it comes to drinking out a glass we thought it’s all the same. Don’t get us wrong a good nosing glass is much better than a thick tumbler. The shape made to funnel the aromas giving a greater appreciation of the nose.

When Neat Glass contacted us and said we’ve got something we’d think you’d like at first we were skeptical. Would it replace the floral shape nosing glasses filling the Whet For Whisky cabinet? Well we had to give it a go.

First impressions there is no annoying stem that frequently break on other nosing glasses. It has a slight funnel shape to collect the nose. But what’s with the wide rim all about? But then we found out after taking a quick dram of Highland Park and the legs of the malt beautifully flown down the edge of the glass round the curve of the glass.

The glass is sufficiently robust to prevent breaks without being too thick for warming and the shape of the base fits perfectly into the hand again making it easier to warm and release the flavours in your favourite dram.

Oh and yes in a braw wee wink to the home of whisky its profile resembles a thistle, national flower of Scotland. Clearly the designer has drank a great deal of the good stuff to appreciate what would make the perfect tasting glass.

We loved the new Neat Glass and would suggest you get out and try it to. After one dram in it you won’t being going back to anything else.

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£30-40, Highland

Dalwhinnie 15

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Picture: masterofmalt.com

Nose: Very fresh but has slightly nutty tones. Like sitting out on a damp summer morning eating Crunchy Nut.

Taste: Very sweet almost treacle like. Has another fruity taste not unlike lychees. Will go down well with fans of Glenmorangie.

Finish: Unsurprisingly smooth after the taste, a little bit winey which is the only down point of this great example of the Highland style.

Price: For £35 a good standard buy and a must have for any Highland fan.

£30-40, Lowland

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old

Picture: whiskybarrel.com
Picture: whiskybarrel.com

Colour: Gold

Nose: An English country inn in the summer. Hoppy notes that you would expect on a micro-brew ale. Dig deeper to find floral notes from the beer garden.

Palate: Olde fashioned sweet shop, very sharp, a little sour not dissimilar to black wine gums but not quite as strong as a soor plum. Fair enough dram but not a huge depth to it.

Finish: Once again sharp on the finish, winey and a ticklish feather at the back of the throat. Lacking a real punch.

Price: £35, we were left a little flat by this dram with a lack of depth and knowing there was more exciting 12yo on the market.