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The 10 best Whiskeys for 2018: The top tipples from Talisker, Lagavulin, Aldi and more


With plenty of flavour combinations, and popular bottles, deciding which bottle of Whiskey to go for can be a minefield. Luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of our favourite tipples to help you decide on your next bottle.

Whether you’re looking to spend a little, or a lot, our list contains supermarket favourites from £12.99, to premium bottles at near the £100 mark.

There’s even a surprise addition from Aldi, whose bottle beat competitors double it’s price to win big at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters – the Oscars of the Whisky world.

1. Yamazaki 12 Year Japanese Whisky £89.99


Suntory Yamazaki is a popular Japanese 12 year old Whiskey which, despite its expensive price tag, is worth every penny.

It’s aged in Sherry and Japanese oak casks, and is ‘delicate and elegant with plenty of fruit aromas’.

Get it from Drink Supermarket for £89.99

2. Highland Park 18 Year Whisky £97.79


This one is seen as a bit of an ‘industry favourite’, with the Single Island maturing over 18 years to balance out the flavours of ‘fruit notes, marzipan and golden syrup, all wrapped up in swathes of distinctive, subtle floral peat smoke’.

Get it from Drink Supermarket for £97.79

3. The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask £49.84


This Macallan Whisky has been matured in a combination of American and European Sherry Oak for minimum of 12 years for a well-developed taste.

With a fruiter finish, and hints of vanilla and sultana, it’s a slightly sweeter option that non-traditionalists will love.

Get it from Masters of Malt for £49.84

4. Bowmore Darkest 15 Year Whisky £52.99


This one has been matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks, with the final three years in Oloroso sherry casks. This final touch gives is what gives the whisky it’s name, and ‘its warming finish’.

Get it from Drink Supermarket for £52.99

5. Highland Black Scotch Whisky £12.99


Don’t be put off by Aldi, this Whisky has been awarded a gold medal at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters , beating bottles double it’s price.

It’s been blended using a range of the finest Speyside and Highland Malt whiskies, together with Grain whisky from Girvan in the Lowlands of Scotland. It’s then matured for a minimum of 8 years, before being selected to create the final award-winning blend.

It’s a great tasting option that won’t break the bank.

Get it from Aldi for £17.49

6. Ardmore Legacy £31.00


We love the bottle on this one, but there’ so much more to it than just that.

It’s full of interesting flavours, some notes even including cured meat and horseradish smells, and a tastes of menthol, apple and pear. However, the bottle describes itself as having sweet honey, vanilla, and spice flavours.

If you’re looking for something unique, Ardmore is worth a try.

Get it from Tescos for £31.00

7. Talisker 10 Year Old £38.75


This Talisker 10 Year Old has a smoky and sweet flavour that will keep you going back for more.

There’s a complex blend of flavours including barley, pepper, sweetness and smoke that delivers a full taste for the price. Pour yourself a dram now!

Get it from The Whisky Exchange for £38.75

8. Glen Garioch 12 Year Old £40.95


This Whiskey has been made in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks, and delivers a fruity flavour. There are also notes of mocha, alongside a spicy and smooth well balanced flavour.

It’s a great, not too complicated whiskey,which is perfect for every occasion.

Get it from The Whiskey Exchange for £40.95

9. Lagavulin 16 Year Old £55.45


The Lagavulin has a complex flavour, with reviews calling it ‘Smokey, smooth and aromatic’. It’s one for existing whisky drinkers over newbies, but it a great treat and an indulgent drink for whiskey fans.

Get it from The Whiskey Exchange for £55.45

10. Monkey Shoulder £23.00


With vanilla and spicy flavours, Monkey Shoulder delivers a smooth taste. Monkey Shoulder is made using three of Speyside’s finest single malt whiskies, so is perfect for those who love blends.

The whiskey gets it name from the old technique of turning the malting barley by hand, leading malt men to develop a strain injury called ‘Monkey Shoulder’.

Get it from Tesco for £23.00



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