BUY WHISKY ONLINE FROM THE UK
Did Highland Crofters
discover "The Water of Life" (Uisge Beatha) while looking for uses for left over
golden barley? Was it Knights returning from the Crusades, or in fact, Irish
Missionary Monks that brought this great treasure to light?
This debate has raged for
many years and will continue long after you and I are gone. Whatever the source,
we should all be grateful that someone came up with the concept and that we can
all now buy whisky of such great variety and quality
Remember, if it wasn’t for
that first mystery distiller you would not be reading this article!
Scotland in a
Since those early days
there has been considerable commercialization at the larger distilleries yet
still you can’t often hear the word “whisky” without conjuring up pictures of
the great Scottish outdoors. The sound of pure water as it runs over clean
granite and filters through the peat beneath your feet. The rustle of the golden
barley in the wind as it takes its nutrients from the rich, life giving earth.
Wherever I am in the world I
can always return to my homeland through the whisky in my glass and that is a
wonderful thing. Does your mind follow the same thought process when you are
buying whisky or is it just me?
influences on this wonderful drink are quite surprising and it may help you to
know the following before you consider which whisky to buy
Highland malts can be found from
Wick in the far North East to Glengoyne outside Glasgow. When buying whisky from
here you will see they are medium to light bodied with heather and some
peatiness in Northern Highland whiskies and a sweeter floral flavour in the
whiskies further South. We generally recommend pairing Romeo Y Julieta cigars
with the Northern Highlands and Montecristo with the Southern Highlands. (That
said the best combination we found was a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 with
the Dalmore Cigar Malt, very tasty indeed!)
Islay malts take their smoky
flavour from the peat fuel used for malting the barley. These malts are often
described as being smoky, medicinal, salty and 'seaweedy'. Given their strong
flavours you must avoid powerful cigars or your palate will never forgive you.
Try an H. Upmann or Punch cigar when next you buy whisky from Islay
The Island whiskies are
produced across a very wide area – from the West coast to the North East. These
whiskies vary although all seem to have been influenced by their seaside
locations - often salty, with a peaty, smoky character. Not as big hitters as
the Islay whiskies but still well worth your consideration when pondering your
next whisky purchase.
If you are about to buy
whisky from Campbeltown be
advised that the general style of these whiskies are medium to full bodied. They
possess some of the peat found in the neighbouring Islay whiskies together with
some saltiness. We recommend pairing these whiskies with a softer cigar such as
The Lowland region lies
South of an imaginary line that runs from Edinburgh to Glasgow. The whiskies
tend to be light and dry and are often used as introductions to the world of
Scotch Whisky or as aperitifs to a connoisseur. The BEST combination of cigar
and whisky from this region (in our view) is the Auchentoshan Triple Woods and
the Bolivar Inmensa.
The whiskies from Speyside are
typically the sweetest of the malts, with a variety of strength from light,
floral flavours to heavy, rich, sherried flavours. Depending on which side of
this spectrum you buy whisky from you could consider pairing a Trinidad cigar
with the light, floral style or a Montecristo with the heavier sherry style
Buying whisky from
Whether you are looking to
buy your next bottle of whisky to drink or you are a whisky collector looking to
add to your showcase at home we are more than happy to serve you from our
extensive range of single malt whiskies.
Many of our lines are from
single casks meaning that only a few hundred people in the world will get to buy
whisky appearing on these pages.
We are proud to have a range
of Robert Grahams exclusive bottlings and you should know that you cannot buy
these whiskies from anyone else but us
If ever you find yourself
needing to buy whisky in Glasgow, Edinburgh or London then please do stop by and say
“hello”….there will be a dram waiting for you when you come!
Robert Graham Ltd Est
West Nile Street, Glasgow ,G1 2PP Phone: +44 (0)141 248 7283
Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AZ - Phone: +44 (0) 131 226 1874
Edinburgh, EH8 8AA Phone: +44(0) 131 556 2791
4, Broadwell Parade, London, NW6 3BQ - Phone +44 (0) 207 624 3351