5 Whiskies for Beginners

5 Whiskies for Beginners

Whisky is a pretty versatile drink and caters to many tastes. When you're new to it, the Whisky world can seem like a maze with so many different brands and expressions out there.

To give some direction to all Whisky newbies, we compiled a list o 5 great single malts and blends that are perfect for those looking to discover their first dram.


Auchentoshan American Oak

This is a super smooth, triple distilled expression from Auchentoshan in the Lowlands. It is perfect for beginners as it has a nice, sweet disposition that will ease you into the world of dramming.

At the same time, it is high quality and dense with different flavours, so you’ll get the full effect of the Bourbon barrel used for maturation. It is full of vanilla oakiness, with coconut and light citrus fruits in the background.

Aberlour A'Bunadh

Abunadh has a fantastically creamy mouth feel that makes it highly enjoyable. It is also full of character and it a truly classic single malt. You will not be disappointed if you begin your whisky life with this malt. it is sweet with plenty of cinnamon spices to go around and keep you warm over these cold winter nights!

Glenmorangie Tùsail Private Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Another classic is the Glenmorangie Tùsail. Made from Maris Otter barley, this dram is rich and malty and a testament to the quality of Glenmorangie. The Glenmorangie Original is quite well known itself, but this gives you a little something more interesting and less well known to try. The key flavours are rich and earthy with a little bit of sugary sweetness and cinnamon spice as well.

Teeling Small Batch

This is an Irish Whisky that is the perfect first dram. It has been matured in Rum casks to give it a little something extra in the spice department and due to the characteristic Irish triple distillation, it is super smooth and velvety soft. It also has some earthy notes on the palate and some wonderful hints of lemon juice and caramel.

Redbreast 15 Year Old

Another Irish Whisky, this is also a wonderfully smooth expression, packed full of flavours and depth. It is a lot fruitier than the Teeling and has a rich honeyed note throughout. The depth of Redbreast will give you something to really consider if you choose this for your first dram. There are plenty of flavours for you to really get your taste buds around!

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