All I want for Christmas 21 A Decent Bottle of Whisky

How about a decent bottle of whisky? If you know someone who likes a decent single malt, then you should know better than to get them a bottle of Bells or such nonsense. The minimum level we’re talking about is a bottle of Talisker or another of those you see on the top shelf of bars, usually at a fair few quid a shot. I could explain how the water that’s used in the distillation process and the peat enhances the flavour of the uisge and how it gives it more body. Well I can’t, but I know what’s smooth and what gives me that yech face to know what I like when I taste it.

So what’ll it be? You can go for the usual single malts, or you could really go for one of the more expensive whiskys out there – such as this 40 year old Glenfiddich  from Fortnum and Mason. It’ll only set you back a little less than two grand.  Though for that you do get the world’s best whiskey as voted by the world’s leading whisky experts who proceeded to award it a gold medal, which was nice of them.

Michael Jackson stated that:

It makes such good company that I am reluctant to share it.

At that price, I can hardly blame him for hiding it under his coat and sneaking out a sly tot every now and then. Just for the record, it’s not that Michael Jackson.

Of course, your common or garden variety of whisky drinker will not spend that much on a bottle and you’ll find that they’ll be quite happy to open a present containing one of the usual Taliskers, Juras or Glenmorangies of this world. The only time they’ll be happier is a few hours after proceeding to open the contents of said present. Not only will they appreciate it, but the fact that you’re still looking at posts for Christmas gift ideas at this late hour means that a trip over to T**** or A***DA might be your only hope. Unless you want a divorce, then don’t even think of going down their camping aisle, head straight for wines and spirits.

What better gift than the water of life itself, something that’s just too good to crack open and share with Famous Grouse drinkers on the 25th. Better to savour it, to wait until that snow’s fallen and you can get out for a bothy trip, wild camp or even a snow holing expedition. What better way to surprise your companions than to produce that out of your pack as it gets dark, along with a few icicles to drop into it. Pour out three or four large measures, depending on the size of your group and then proceed to drink them one at a time. Well this really is too good to share with just anyone!

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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