The Handy Holiday Guide to Wonderful Whiskies

The Handy Holiday Guide to Wonderful Whiskies

Whether they’re making their coffee Irish, mixing into a cocktail or sipping over ice, the whisky aficionado in your life will be enjoying their favourite dram while decking the halls this holiday season.

Whether they’re choosing to make their coffee Irish, enjoy a dram over ice, or mix a blended whisky into a cocktail, there’s a whisky for everyone.

With a range of price points and flavours, find the perfect whisky to give this holiday for the whisky aficionado in your life.

 

For the true Canadian: Gibson’s Finest  

Gibson’s Finest Rare 12 Year Old Whisky is made right here in Canada, Ontario to be precise.

Distilled over 12 years, this medium and sweet whisky has lovely aromas of spicy oak, crème brûlée and orange zest; rich with smooth and balanced flavours of caramel and spicy notes on a lengthy finish.

Perfect for anyone who loves a locally made beverage.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

 

For the luck of the Irish: Tullamore D.E.W. (750ml)

Triple distilled and patiently aged in two different cask and this original blended Irish whiskey is known for its smooth and gentle complexity.

The floral yet biscuit flavour reflects the grain whiskey, while the soft spicy notes can be attributed to the pot still whiskey in the blend. The citrus flavour is complemented by the malt and the nutty or even marzipan note combined with distinctive vanilla in the finish are imparted by the sherry and bourbon casks used.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

 

For the cocktail lover: Monkey Shoulder Whisky (750ml) 

Designed to create a liquid with the credentials of a great malt whisky as well as versatility and mixability, Monkey Shoulder’s richness and vibrancy combine with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes, making it perfect for mixing.

Made in small batches of three fine Speyside Single malts, expertly blended then married together to achieve a smoother, richer taste have created a top-notch quality whisky that is refreshingly approachable and introduces scotch to a new generation.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

 

For the sweet and spicy dram: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 (750ml)

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of The Balvenie DoubleWood, aged 12 years.

DoubleWood 12 is made using a process known as ‘wood finishing’, gaining its distinctive character from being matured in two different wood types, each lending different qualities to the resulting single malt whisky.

The DoubleWood 12 has notes of sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry, layered with honey and vanilla and beautifully combines flavours of nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness smooth and mellow and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

 

For the complex and rich dram: The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 (750ml)

The Balvenie Doublewood 17 is the older sibling to the Doublewood 12 and shares its honeyed and spicy characteristics, but differs with deeper vanilla notes, hints of green apple, creamy toffee and a striking richness and complexity.

Cask finished first matured in American oak barrels, and then European oak sherry casks, the DoubleWood 17 has elegant and complex oak notes with vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple. Tasting sweet with dried fruits, sherbet spice, toasted almonds and cinnamon, layered with a richness of creamy toffee notes and traces of oak and deep vanilla, this whisky leaves vanilla oak, honey and spicy sweetness on the pallet.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

 

For the mature whisky drinker: The Balvenie PortWood 21 (750ml)

To create The Balvenie PortWood 21-year-old single malt whisky, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines.

Considered to be one of the finest in The Balvenie collection and has won an array of highly coveted industry awards since its release in 1996.

With a perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness, the PortWood 21 tastes refined with remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

ABOUT MONKEY SHOULDER WHISKY

Monkey Shoulder is a unique combination of three different Speyside single malts expertly blended then married together, creating a smooth, versatile and approachable whisky.

The name is rooted in malt whisky history and inspired by the malt men who turned the malting barley by hand with a shiel (wooden Shovel) and developed a temporary strain known by the men as Monkey Shoulder. Thankfully practices have changed and the condition no longer exists!

Not that we like to brag, but Monkey Shoulder’s mantelpiece is resplendent with numerous awards and accolades including winners of double gold at the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition, gold at the 2017 Global Spirits Masters and gold in the 2017 International Spirits Challenge. Not to forget, we were also the 2017 world top trending scotch whisky for the fourth year in a row!

We’re a proud member of the William Grant & Sons family which distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts, Reyka® Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin® and Milagros® Tequila.

ABOUT WILLIAM GRANT & SONS

The makers of Hendrick’s® Gin, William Grant & Sons, Ltd. are an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts, Reyka® Vodka, Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch and Milagro® Tequila. Represented in Canada by PMA Canada Agency www.pmacanada.com.

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