The perfect stocking-filler, and something any true malt fan would love to find in their hipflask - or a little treat for yourself? Brimful of coastal power and elegance, with the hallmark chilli and white pepper notes tantalising the tastebuds.
A 20cl quarter bottle of the lipsmacking Benromach 10yo, which has been a revelation since its introduction by owners Gordon & Macphail in late 2009, and is really putting this great distillery back on the map.
An interesting spicy dram from Glen Moray - a 10 year old whisky entirely matured in Chardonnay casks. The start of what we hope is a continuing line of new whiskies from this often overlooked distillery.
Given that Miltonduff is the seventh largest distillery in Scotland, one would think that it would be more common - however the vast majority of its output goes into the Ballantine's blends. This G&M bottling has an attractive grassy, fruity character.
Pretty much the only expression of Speyburn on the market until 2008. The 10 year old may now have stable mates but it still keeps its place as the easy drinking centre of the range. Speyburn continues to gather quiet momentum in the wake of updated packaging and 2012's shock World Whisky Award win for the 25 year old.
The 'original' sets a high standard for Highland whisky, and has gone from strength to strength since its slightly controversial packaging redesign a few years ago. Medium-bodied and gently warming, with pleasant spicy notes.
Very reliable quality Speyside from a distillery founded in 1840. Glen Grant is one of the world's best-selling single malts and is particularly popular in Italy. A huge 95 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013, along with the title of Single Malt of the Year (10yo & Under).
The benchmark Irish single malt, this has a far greater depth of flavour than standard Irish blends. A previous winner of the 'Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey in the World' at the World Whiskies Awards.
An official bottling of 10yo single malt from the Macduff distillery. Previous bottlings of Glen Deveron have been vintage releases - perhaps the dropping of the vintage statement indicates that bigger batches are being created, which might suggest that demand for this neglected malt is going up.