We’re in the midst of one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments with matches taking place here in Scotland’s capital – yes, the Six Nations Championship is in full swing! Every year we have Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Italy and France compete to see who will win the esteemed Six Nations trophy.
This weekend we have the privilege of hosting the Scotland vs France match right here in Edinburgh, in our legendary Murrayfield Stadium and frankly, we can’t wait! To help you celebrate (or commiserate) with your team during the remainder of the competition we have eight Scotch whiskies for you to enjoy.
We do, of course, have to strongly advise you not to drink all eight at once whilst watching the matches! #DrinkResponsibly
Lowlands – Ailsa Bay
Our Lowland Single Malt for this month is Ailsa Bay, a malt quite different from its fellow Lowland whiskies. Rather unusually for its region, Ailsa Bay is a peated which means it has quite an earthy, smoky edge to its palate.
If smoky whiskies aren’t really your thing, give this one a try. It is also full of vanilla sweetness which means the smokiness is not overpowering – its definitely a great introduction to peated whiskies. What better time to broaden your Scotch palate than whilst watching the Scotland and other rugby teams go head-to-head.
Highlands – Aberfeldy 16
Now time for something a little less robust, we’re heading to the Highland region and specifically to Aberfeldy. Located in the little Perthshire town, the Aberfeldy Single Malt is sometimes referred to as the ‘golden dram’ due to it’s distillery’s water source (the Pitilie Burn) still having traces of gold found in it. So why not sip on a dram of this and if your team is doing well then you can think of gold!!
Aberfeldy 16 is rich and sweet with honey and marzipan, with a little bit of winter spice on the palate. A nice warming dram for this time of year!
Speyside – Aberlour A’Bunadh
If you are looking for something with a bit more a of a kick (pardon the pun) then our Speyside Single Malt this month is perfect for you. We’ve also chosen this whisky as a nod to our French friends who are coming to watch the game at Murrayfield.
Aberlour is one of the most popular Single Malt Scotch whiskies to be sold in France today. The A’Bunadh expression that we’ve chosen this month is in fact a cask strength whisky – if you’re not familiar with this phrase, it means its got a rather high alcohol content of 61% – we really recommend drinking this is the upmost moderation!
Aberlour A’bunadh is matured in Oloroso Sherry casks so it is intensely rich and spicy with aromas and flavour of dried fruits, winter spices, and a treacle sweetness!
Campbeltown – Glen Scotia Victoriana
Our Campbeltown Single Malt for this month is also a little bit of a.. how will we say.. ‘heavy hitter’. Also at cask strength, this one is ideal for being a winter warmer during the championship. It is also perfect for those history buffs out there as it harks back to the Victorian era of whisky making. This specific expression is meant to be a modern interpretation of what a classic Campbeltown malt from the Victorian era might have tasted like.
Glen Scotia Victoriana has lots of sweetness and has a hint of smoky, but it mainly has a sea spray characteristic to it which we associate with the Campbeltown region!
Islay – Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition
If you’re looking for a wee dram from a classic distillery then our Islay Single Malt of the month comes from one of the islands most well-known distilleries. Lagavulin is known and loved all over the world thanks to its rich, smoky and sweet aromas and flavours.
The Distiller’s Edition is even sweeter than other editions thanks to its extra maturation time in Pedro-Ximines Sherry casks! Think of it as a wee half-time pick-me-up!
Blended – Famous Grouse Smoky Black
If you’re looking for something a little bit gentler, perhaps a bit lighter, to drink during the competition then we highly recommend our Blended whisky of the month.
Famous Grouse Smoky Black has a lots of lovely toffee sweetness, whilst also having a nice hint of smoke attached to it. To tie it in beautifully with the competition, Famous Grouse used to sponsor the Scottish Rugby team – what a lovely connection!
Liqueur – Magnum
If you’re in the mood for something much sweeter and you’re a lover of whisky liqueurs, then you can’t go wrong with Magnum. When asking people about the whisky liqueurs they have tried, many will talk of Irish Whiskey Liqueurs, whereas we obviously have the Scotch whisky equivalent – and remember it doesn’t have to be about which team you support, we recommend trying whichever you fancy!
Magnum is super sweet and creamy with loads of vanilla and milk chocolate flavours.
Luxury – The Dalmore King Alexander III
Obviously if your country wins the championship then you need to celebrate with style so our Luxury whisky of the month is ideal for the occasion!
The Dalmore King Alexander III has been made using a combination of six different cask types (Wine, Madeira, Sherry, Marsala, Kentucky Bourbon, and Port). You could even say there’s six casks for six nations!!
The Dalmore King Alexander III is decadently rich and sweet with notes of orange marmalade, dried fruits, winter spice, black treacle, and dark chocolate.