The January blues are upon us. Credit Cards to pay off, an extra week till payday, all the Christmas Booze gone over Hogmanay and back to work. It isn’t the most pleasurable of times, especially with the bitter cold coming in.
It doesn’t have to be all bad though does it? Here are five budget whiskies that won’t break the bank and will give you a tremendous warmth in these chilly times. Forget Dryanuary, we’re all for Tryanuary – give it a go at these prices all under £40.
A deliciously sweet malt from Gordon and MacPhail’s Benromach Distillery in Forres. Hugely under-rated and probably my favourite Benromach whisky. A creamy texture filled with toffee and vanilla notes and a sweet, ripe banana. Subtle hints of pepper give the whisky bite but it is the sweet notes, including milk chocolate and vanilla fudge that make this a very moreish dram.
A wonderful malty dram from the Lochranza Distillery on Arran. This is a lovely entry-level malt which is fantastic for the end of the working day enjoyment. A moreish bitter chocolate finish leaves you enjoying the taste long after you’ve swallowed. A smooth, orange flavour comes out of the vanilla with just a spot of water.
A very enjoyable blend of Highland and Speyside whiskies make up the first edition of this small batch Blended Malt. The nose gives of delicate hints of smoke with a buttery smoothness and notes of poached pear and lemon. To taste this is a very light and dainty whisky Quite nutty with almond and hazelnuts with vanilla in there too. There is a spice kick just on the swallow adding a bit of a bite to this, but if you prefer a smoother finish add just a touch of water and this dram melts away, leaving a dry, mouth sapping finish.
Distilled at the world renowned The MacAllan distillery but sold at a very affordable price. This dram just about takes you back to the old school MacAllan 10 year old which was such a dominant force in Sherry Whisky. You can buy the 10 year old here or you can try this one at a third of the price! Blood Orange, Dark Chocolate and Orchard fruits are noticeable on the palate and the oh-so-familiar sherry influences on the nose are very attractive indeed. It’s a wonderful bottling at a wonderfully underpriced £30.90. Definitely one for the drinkers cabinet.
This is the first edition of the Old Perth Peaty, and delivers exactly what you would expect from the name. It’s not an overpowering peat, the flavor is certainly there, meaning that this Blend would appease both peat lovers and newbies alike. Definitely one to warm the soul on a cold January evening, an earthy nose also contains very subtle hints of vanilla and light citrus. It is inoffensive on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel, allowing the smoke to filter through you while the flavours of treacle, vanilla and Cocoa linger around your mouth.