£30-40, Blends, Ireland

Writers’ Tears Copper Pot (Walsh Whiskey)


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

£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.

£40-50, Blends

Sheep Dip – Amoroso Oloroso 1999


Colour: Golden Sherry

Nose: A trip to the allotments to savour the fresh sugar-snap peas. Sitting on an overcast day eating sugar coated strawberries and drinking a hot chocolate, afterwards making a pot of bramble jam.

Taste: An after Sunday lunch treat, a sweet rhubarb and custard trifle infused with Grannies best gin. Followed by the sherry in Mothers Day fruit chocolate liquers. Pretty mellow all round and smooth for its age.

Finish: Spicy undertones but dissapoints with its lack of warmth, after taste is a regrettable vegtable oil and all round mellow yellow.

Value: a mid-range £47