Stay merry this Christmas—
BEST WHISKY: Glenfarclas 15 Year Old (46%) £49.55 masterofmalt.com. A thing of beauty this whisky and thanks to the sherry casks which give fruity sweetness it reminds me of all things Christmas. An exquisite dram for the price.
BEST COGNAC: Hermitage Chez Richon 2008 (45%) £98.36 brandyclassics.com. The spirit of Christmas! Richly layered with alluring aromas and flavours of frangipani, walnuts, spiced apple pie, cinnamon and orange zest, this rare single cask Cognac is at the very top of my festive tree. (Only 250 bottles, so get in quick!).
BEST GIN: Brockman’s Premium Gin (40%) Asda, on offer £30. Stunning fruity and floral gin that you can drink pretty much neat or make cocktail paradise!
BEST WITH MINCE PIES: Maynard’s 30 Year Old Tawny Port (20%) £34.99 Aldi. Stellar! Sweet, spicy and splendid, this is immense quality and even though a splash out still presents comparative value with other 30 year old tawnies. Serve chilled.
BEST WITH STILTON: Quinta de la Rosa Vintage Port 2015 (20%) £35 Waitrose. Deep and spicy, this silky luxuriant Port is the best I’ve tasted this year. Try it with a slice of dark chocolate.
BEST SWEET WINE WITH CHRISTMAS PUDDING: Pedro’s Almacenista Selection PX (15%) £9.99* Majestic. Sleek, dark, sweet and rich, this tastes like figs and dates. No brainer and a must-buy to serve cool with your hot Christmas pudding. Mix six price.
BEST WITH CHRISTMAS CAKE: The Best Botrytis Semillon 2014 (37.5cl 11%) £7 Morrison’s. Outrageously good and sweeter than a mango dipped in honey. Try it with a slice of Christmas cake and live the dream.
BEST FIZZ WITH CHRISTMAS PUDDING: Asti Martini (7.5%) £7.50 Sainsbury’s. Sweet and frothy, serve this fridge-cold with your Christmas pud for a delightfully refreshing contrast.
BEST WITH CHOCS: Rubis Chocolate Wine (15%) £9.99 Aldi. Does exactly as you’d expect – a wine that tastes of chocolate!
BEST ALCOHOL FREE: Alcohol Free Sparkling Muscat (0%) NV £4 M&S. Pretty decent booze free option that’s easy to jazz up with fruity cordials.