With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a bit of love. You’ll know your partner better than anyone, so whether they’re an old soul, the trendsetter, or someone who just loves a cosy night in, we’ve made it easy for you with the five picks for the whisky lover in your life.
For the coffee lover…
If your true love adores the rich aromas of bitter espresso, surprise them with a bottle of Smoky Shores this Valentine’s Day. With intense smoke and explosive citrus notes on the palate, before bitter espresso brings in the finish, they’ll be glad to share a dram of Smoky Shores into the wee hours.
For the trendsetter…
Enjoy a night out in Edinburgh and treat your love to an evening of cocktails at The Cocktail Mafia in Edinburgh. A fusion of trendy glamour and elegance with a theatrical flair, newly opened The Cocktail Mafia’s experimental and adventurous range of cocktails has something for everyone. We’re partial to ‘The Five Families’, featuring Spice King in a twist on the NY Sour, but we’ll let you follow your heart’s desire.
For the old soul…
If you’d regularly find your Valentine wandering old bookshops and exploring antique stores, they’ll love Vintage Chesterfields. A 30 year old Invergordon single cask single grain whisky, they’ll love the way this whisky develops from sweet, almost rum-like notes through to dry walnut and raisins, evocative of oloroso sherry. Perfect for sipping in a cosy nook together.
For a romantic night in…
Spend some quality time together this Valentine’s Day, cooking your favourite meal and indulging in some cocktails at home. For a simple and romantic serve, try the Spice King Fizz. Go all out and enjoy alongside bittersweet dark chocolate truffles or pair with a cheese board.
Here’s how to make the Spice King Fizz
25ml Spice King Blended Malt Whisky
1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1) Soak a sugar cube in 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
2) Add to a champagne flute
3) Pour in 25ml Spice King
4) Top with Prosecco
For the one who just can’t decide…
If you just can’t pick, you can’t go wrong with the Bold Trio. Featuring The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney, enjoy a dram of each as part of an evening of whisky tasting. Take a twist on a traditional tasting and explore whisky highballs. We’d recommend picking up your favourite soda water, a bottle of ginger ale, and cloudy lemonade, but above all have fun and experiment together.
WRITTEN BY ELEANOR ROBSON