Whisky Magazine Issue 13
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Martine Nouet challenges the stereotypical Christmas dinner with the help of single malt whisky in an attempt to create the perfect family gathering
Would it be considered sacrilege if, instead of conforming to the sacrosanct roast turkey (“roastit bubblyjock” as they call it in Scotland) and Christmas pudding weighed down with high-caloried brandy butter, you went for a malt-whisky inspired Christmas dinner?
It's a novelty to be enjoyed by the whole family, children excepted of course. Anyway, they have usually got their pockets full of candies and chocolates and care more for the size of their stocking rather than what is upon their plate!
This year, why not create a “gathering of the clan” atmosphere with your festive dinner? There's no better time than Christmas for family meetings and often the only one in the year. So gather your clan around the table, imagine you are the Laird (or the Lady) of the castle and toast Christmas day with a special glass of your favorite Speyside malt.
The Speyside single malts starring in this Christmas dinner have one common trait: a high sherried profile. Sherry aging confers the single malt a wide aromatic complexity and a desirable richness and smoothness which fans out into fruity and spicy aromas, underlined by woody tones. Real characters indeed! The chief of the Sherry clan is, without doubt, The Macallan. I essentially use the 12-Year-Old and the 18-Year-Old bottlings.
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Aberlour 10-Years-Old, Glenfarclas 12 or 15-Years-Old, Linkwood 15-Years-Old (Gordon and MacPhail), Balvenie Double Wood,
Glendronach 15-Year-Old match wonderfully with the ...