decanter.com's Christmas whisky and spirits guide
Many drinkers limit their whisky purchasing to one bottle a year, a few weeks before Christmas - but whisky should not be looked upon as only a winter beverage, nor should it be the preserve of the after-dinner drinker, says Stuart Peskett
With Christmas fast approaching, Champagne, Port and whisky are the fail-safe drinks to stock up on and proffer as gifts. But what about something a bit more quirky for the wine drinker that has everything? Rebecca Gibb gives her top ten spirits.
Annabel Meikle is a sensory whisky creator for Glenmorangie. As well as travelling the world to educate consumers about whisky, she is also a member of Glenmorangie's whisky creation team that develops new products.
Fred Noe is the seventh-generation master distiller at Jim Beam in Kentucky. He took over in 2007, and is a direct descendent of Jacob Beam, who sold his first barrel of whisky in 1795.
Bourbon production is among the most tightly governed of all spirits. It must be made from a grain mix, at least 51% of which must be corn, although it usually makes up around 70%...