Here at World Whisky Day, we’re all about enjoying the amber stuff in a way that’s individual to you. Over ice, in a cocktail, with food or on its own, we’re not here to police how whisky makes it onto your palate!
Whisky beer is one combination that’s been catching our attention lately and who could blame us? Here are a few of our favourites to get you started:
1. Harviestoun Ola Dubh 18
Gaelic for ‘black oil’, this dark, dark ale has been aged in casks from Orkney’s Highland Park Distillery. Expect a bold, smokey aftertaste combined with toffee and a hint of dried fruit – like raisins – which is a nod to Highland Park’s use of sherry casks.
2. Tennent’s Beer Aged with Whisky Oak
Brewed at the ancestral home of Scotland’s oldest brewery, Tennent’s Beer Aged with Whisky Oak is a lager / ale hybrid aged with Speyside Single Malt Whisky infused oak. Warming on the palate and fruity on the nose – thanks to some unexpected American hops – it’s best to drink this beer at room temperature for maximum flavour.
3. BrewDog Paradox Jura
Aberdeenshire craft brewery, BrewDog, have been producing a fine line of whisky beers for a while now. Paradox – which is aged in barrels previously used to house Isle of Jura whisky – is oaky, smoky and a riot of coffee, chocolate and rich caramel flavours. At £10.95 a bottle, this limited release beer is becoming a rare find and most certainly worth adding to your collection for savouring on a special occasion.