£30-40, Highland

Dalwhinnie 15

Picture: masterofmalt.com
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, Speyside

Tomintoul 12 Year Old – Oloroso Sherry Cask


Colour: Golden Sherry

Nose: A holiday feast of aromas, strong marzipan covers the steaming Christmas pudding aroma. Sitting alongside is a glass of Port with the surprising addition of banana fritters.

Taste: A selection of sweet delights carried by Chitty Chitty Bang Bangs Childcathcer. strong aniseed balls and Black Jacks open with the warming taste of treacle tarts and brazil nuts tingle the edges.

Finish: Strength and smoothness of a good sherry, slightly smoky but not overpowering. All round a very decent dram.

Price: An extremely affordable £31, very good if you can find it under £30.