Gaining experience as a whisky drinker can be expensive, but Master of Malt has made it much easier with their excellent range of samples.
Master of Malt offers a range of spirits at sample size – from highly venerated single malts older than your grandfather to younger blends. These samples contain just enough for a good-sized dram, around 3cl. Samples are available from distilleries based in Japan and the United States, as well as a fine selection of Cognac and Armagnac.
Rather than spending £30 or £40 on one 70cl bottle, you could fill your basket with a selection of spirits from around the globe. Frugality aside, it is a wonderful opportunity to explore the whisky producing regions of Scotland in one transaction. Below are five recommendations, which highlights the diversity of Scotch whisky:
Glenfarclas 10 year old 40% 3cl £3.92
Classic syrupy Speysider – the ultimate after dinner malt. Glenfarclas represents the region well, offering quality clean sherry and rich malted barely. This is a gateway whisky, and could lead to a dependency on heavily sherried malts; you have been warned.
Caol Ila 12 year old 40% 3cl £4.14
Islay’s most understated whisky? Far from the peaty blast of Ardbeg, Caol Ila offers a more fragrant, gentler character – redolent of peppermint and grass. Caol Ila sits north of the famous triumvirate of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg on the west coast of Islay.
Arran 16 year old Single Cask (Master of Malt bottling) 55.4% 3cl £4.52
A wonderful opportunity from the Isle of Arran. I’ve chosen this slightly more expensive dram from the Islands because it’s bottled from a single cask at cask strength. Coastal, honeyed malt. Dessert wine character with a complex finish.
Dalwhinnie 15 year old 43% 3cl £4.07
Scotland’s highest distillery. This is a lush, complex highlander with plenty of fruit on display. Dalwhinnie is so well balanced with a hint of smoke keeping floral company.
Auchentoshan 12 year old 40% 3cl £3.90
A smooth Lowlander, stylishly presented. ‘Tosh is subtle, offering cereal, tannins and a very long finish. An excellent malt for beginners because of its mid-afternoon character. Light as a feather.
Springbank 10 year old 40% 3cl £4.11
Campbeltown’s most famous distillery is Springbank. The legendary malt offers the most experienced drinkers a challenge with its trademark quirkiness. Earthen with a unique peatiness, while offering exotic fruit. Dry, coastal finish.
Total cost: £24.66 plus £4.95 (Approx) delivery.
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