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A Burns Night guide to whisky

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A Burns Night guide to whisky

In honour of  the great Scottish poet, Robbie Burns, whose birthday we remember this Sunday, let's take a look at the best whiskys with which to raise a toast to him.

1. The Black Grouse Scotch Whisky

Made in Perth, this whisky is the cheapest on the round-up at £19.10 which makes it a great one to try if you're new to whisky and just want to try it out. You’ll like it if you like toasted orange peel, cinnamon sticks, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and dry smoky flavours. Try this neat or with a mixer such as coke.

2. The Dalmore

This 15 year old whisky heralds from the Dalmore distillery. It's got a premium taste and a more premium price point but you’ll love it if you like the smell of raisin, mandarine, chocolate and prunes and the taste of clementine, ginger, coffee and Christmas cake. Drink it neat or with water.

3. Johnnie Walker Blue Label

This one's from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and is the priciest at £183.50. But for that price you do get this super-premium blend, made up of the finest old-aged malt and grain whiskys . You’ll like it if you like hazelnuts, honey, sherry and oranges. There’s also a rich finish of smoke and pepper, ending with a lovely touch of spice. Best served just with water.

4. The Balvenie Peated Cask Finish, Speyside

This is a 17 year-old tipple that's from Speyside. It's got gentle floral and smoky aromas balance honeyed vanilla and oakiness and finishes off with a warm spice. Drink neat or with water. Price: £80

5. Caol Ila 12-Year-Old Islay Single Malt Whisky

Caol Ila is the colour of pale straw and is made with a delicate balance of flavours. It's fresh, sweetly fruity and smooth-bodied too. Drink neat or with a splash of water.

Advice from cellar specialist, Stephane Sanchez, for Waitrose Cellar.

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