Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Spirits Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Spirits Offer

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It is no great revelation that the very best whiskies come from Scotland.

However, the only nation that runs the Scots close is Japan. Irish whiskey is currently the most dynamic category in brown spirits and the finest bourbons are fine indeed. Why not compare? Three bottles have been selected to represent the 'Best of Scotland', and an Irish, Japanese and bourbon to fly the flag for 'Whiskies of the World'.

Great King Street (1) is a recent release from Compass Box heralding the rebirth of the Scotch blend. The charismatic John Glaser approaches whisky-making like a Californian winemaker. Rich and round, this whisky is nearly 50 per cent single malts, giving splendid complexity, and has the body to make a refreshing highball.

Glenfarclas 10 years old (2) is the younger sibling of the 21-year-old featured in the last spirits offer. It makes a splendid winter aperitif; honey, sherry and toffee on the palate cede to fruitcake on the palate and a long, spicy finish.

The Inner Hebridean Isle of Islay is known for its smoky malts and Ardbeg, at 55 phenol parts per million, is the peatiest of them all. Ardbeg 10 years old (3) is a classic, with lightness, floral complexity and a perfect balance between sweetness and smokiness. …

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