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The 2022 edition of The Whisky Exchange's festive whisky is a classic seasonal dram – a good old-fashioned Christmas whisky. A blend of hogsheads and sherry butts from Glen Elgin, Linkwood, Blair Athol, Strathclyde and Cameronbridge, it's rich, spicy, fruity and packed with festive cheer – Christmas in a glass.Tasting Notes (1)
We’ve blended barrels of Strathclyde with butts of Cameronbridge to provide an elegant old backbone to our Christmas whisky.
Built in Glasgow in 1927 on the site of an old cotton mill, this distillery is now owned by Chivas Brothers and provides delicate, floral Lowland grain for their blends.
Founded just over a century before Strathclyde, Cameronbridge is the largest grain distillery in Europe and is known to many as the maker of Haig Club. Independent bottlings of Cameronbridge are often prized for their toffee, vanilla and cereal notes.
We’ve used three different single malts in our blend, drawn from a variety of casks, to add layers of festive complexity.
The distillery has been making whisky — on and off — since 1900, and although still something of a hidden gem it has been bottled as a lushly fruity single malt in both the Flora and Fauna range and Diageo’s Special Releases.
A distillery close to our co-founder Sukhinder Singh’s heart, Linkwood is just an hour’s walk from its Speyside neighbour Glen Elgin and has been producing citrussy, apple-y, spicy whisky since 1824.
This Highland distillery has been operating for more than two centuries and was originally named Aldour. Today, most of its production goes into the Bell’s blend, but single malt bottlings often focus on the effect of sherry casks on this rich, weighty spirit.
This whisky has been specifically blended to evoke the flavours which remind us of a good old-fashioned Christmas. There’s Christmas Cake: all the flavours of a rich, brandy-soaked fruitcake covered in marzipan and icing, spiced raisins that seem lifted straight out of a particularly juicy mince pie, and decorative chocolates stolen off the tree. Rounding it all off is Boxing Day ramble through mulchy leaves in the forest — all that’s missing is snow.
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Sticky Christmas cake up front: plump raisins and juicy sultanas with cherries and black treacle, all stirred through with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and topped with chopped dates. Fruity dark chocolate and hints of barrel char build, balanced by crisp glacé cherry and brown sugar sweetness. Weighty red wine, sweet barley sugar, sugared almonds and treacle toffee notes develop.
There’s a gentle start to the palate, with a thick mouthfeel giving weight to elegant old polished oak, as layers of dried fruit and spice gently build. Rich, dark and savoury notes are pitted against raisins, prunes and dates, creating an intense and fruity backbone. Baked apple and barrel char notes build, as the elegant polished oak is joined by honey, spiced shortbread and cherry bakewells – almond-rich sponge cake, frangipane and glacé sherry sweetness.
Very long – damp leaves and driftwood lead to molasses-rich fruit cake with singed raisins and bittersweet dark chocolate. Gentle barrel char builds and lingers with sweet raisins.
Solid Blend. Packed with flavour. Lots of complexity here and good range of flavours, quiet harsh on the finish due to the high ABV and potential youth of the spirits used, but nevertheless very enjoyable.
The best Christmas edition so far. Taste description above is to the point. Super smooth at 50.5
Christmas in a glass. Perfect!
I dare say that this is one of the best whiskeys I've tasted. Light fragrance, sweet and oh, so smooth and delicious. Stock up, it's the best Christmas edition thus far.
Christmas in a bottle. Feels like drinking an English Christmas cake with lots of ripe plums. Truly sets you in the Cristmas spirit, already in November.
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