The Nicholson's Whisky Showcase

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Come on in, get comfortable and explore the wonderful world of whisky at our third annual Whisky Showcase. From Monday 14th January until Sunday 24th February, get together with friends and family then take your pick from our exciting hand picked collection of world whiskies.

We’ve got a wide range of flavours and styles that’ll suit every palate, so you don’t need to be a whisky lover, or even a connoisseur to come along — everyone’s welcome.

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Introducing

New additions for 2019

We're always on the lookout for the finest whiskies that the world has to offer. So, whether you like your whisky rich and fruity, delicate or light, with hints of caramel, or even maritime and smoky, at Nicholson’s you can be sure to find a fine selection of big, bold and full-flavoured whiskies, as well as softer, more delicate drams — should you wish of course.

Pick up one of our Whisky Booklets to keep track of each whisky that we have on offer. Our handy guide will tell you all you need to know about the whisky distillation and mashing process, flavour profiles, our own recommendations, and much more.

See our new whisky additions especially for our 2019 showcase below:

Sexton Single Malt

The Sexton Single Malt • 40%

Originating from Bushmills in Northern Ireland, this single malt is rich in hue and bold in taste, with bold, dried fruits and memorable toasted oak notes.

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

GLENFIDDICH FIRE & CANE • 43%

This single malt Scotch whisky is like a Highland peat campfire, with oak notes and toffee. Originating from Speyside, Scotland it carries aromas of sharp green fruit, sweet baked apple and soft smoke.

Gentleman Jack

GENTLEMAN JACK • 40%

All the way from Tennessee, this sweet premium whiskey is from the Jack Daniel’s family of brands. It’s double mellowed, before and after the ageing process, resulting in a cleaner, more refined end product.

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Whisky rewards on our app!

Get involved on the Nicholson’s app throughout our Whisky Showcase to find out all you need to know about each of our whiskies and for exclusive offers. What’s more, when you register on our app you’ll receive a whisky highball for just £1.

Already got our app? You can start collecting stamps on your ‘Whisky Pass’ right now and for every whisky you enjoy, you’ll get a free one when you collect three stamps.

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FLAVOUR PROFILES

Sweet flavour

A sweet treat for the taste buds, these whiskies offer the soft notes of rich toffee, creamy vanilla and honey in a glass.

• Glenfiddich Fire & Cane
• Auchentoshan 12 Year Old
• Haig Clubman
• Maker’s Mark
• Gentleman Jack

Fruity flavour

Ripe with fruitiness, these whiskies can be as zesty as lemons, mellow like autumn berries or rich like a plump fruitcake.

• Copper Dog
• The Sexton Single Malt
• Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
• The Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood
• Glen Grant 10 Year Old

Spicy flavour

From warming cinnamon and ginger to the bold intensity of chilli pepper, these whiskies offer an array of spicy flavours.

• Johnnie Walker Red Label
• Singleton of Dufftown Spey Cascade
• Bulleit Bourbon
• Woodford Reserve

Smoky flavour

These whiskies capture the smokiness of peat fires, hot coals and sea spray for bold flavours. Once tasted, never forgotten.

• Johnnie Walker Black Label
• Talisker 10 Year Old
• Laphroaig 10 Year Old
• Lagavulin 16 Year Old
• Highland Park 12 Year Old

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Glenfiddich Virtual Tour

Take a journey into the mind of the malt master with our interactive video, which showcases the Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery in Scotland.

You’ll be guided through the distillery and given insight into how Glenfiddich make their award winning single malt Scotch whiskies.

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The world of whisky is a wonderful place, from the subtle to the complex, there are a plethora of styles and flavours to suit every palate – from the whisky beginner to the connoisseur. Join us on our journey to showcase our whiskies and guide you through the best ways to drink them, taste them and enjoy them.

WHISKY KNOW IT ALL

If you're not a whisky connoisseur don’t fear, here are some facts to make sure you never feel like a novice again.

  • The export of whisky generates a healthy £125 per second. That’s just under 38 bottles of whisky being exported from Scotland every second.
  • Laid end to end, the 99 million cases of whisky exported each year would span the distance between Edinburgh and New York – six times.
  • Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing whisky. That’s almost four for every person living there.
  • Whisky accounts for about a quarter of UK food and drink exports.
  • To be Scotch whisky, the spirit must mature in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years.
  • 115 distilleries are licensed to produce whisky in Scotland.
     

THE WAY TO DRINK WHISKY

Put simply, you can drink whisky however you please. A whisky purist would recommend two cubes of ice or a dash of water. But it’s more important to drink it the way you enjoy it most. Be it neat or with ice, water, cola, Irn-Bru –  it’s totally up to you. You can even drink it standing on one leg if you like. Just make sure you haven't had too many first.

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THE WHISKY PROCESS

INTRODUCTION

The principles for the distillation of whisky have changed little over the last 200 years. And despite technological advances, producing it is still a real art. Generations continue to pass on their skills, knowledge and wisdoms – one of which is, it can’t be rushed. Maturing helps give whisky its unique characteristics, flavour and colour, and the longer it matures for, often the better the quality.

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Malting

It all starts by soaking the barley grain, which turns its starch reserves into fermentable sugars to make alcohol. To halt the process, the grain is dried. If peat is used at this stage, a distinctive smoky character makes its way into the finished whisky.

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Mashing

The grains are then milled into a coarse flour known as grist, before being mixed with hot water in a mash tun to extract the sugars produced during the malting process. The end result is a sugary liquid called ‘wort’.

3

Fermenting

Yeast is added to the wort, which consumes the sugar and produces alcohol, heat and carbon dioxide. This turns the sweet wort into an alcoholic distiller’s beer, or ‘wash’, of around 7 – 10% ABV.

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane
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Distilling

The wash is then distilled in a traditional pot still. The still is heated, causing the alcohol to evaporate into steam, which gets condensed back into a liquid with a higher level of alcohol. The end result is a clear ‘new make spirit’ at around 70 – 80% ABV.

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Ageing

The new make spirit is placed in wooden casks to mature. In Scotland, it must remain in a cask for a minimum of three years before it can legally be referred to as ‘Scotch whisky’. It’s often left for much longer to take on the colour and flavour of the wood, which helps create the unique, complex characteristics.

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Bottling

When the Master Blender is happy with the flavour profile, the whisky is bottled. The label specifies the distillery where it was produced and, in some cases, how long it was matured for. If an age is given, it represents the youngest cask that was used to produce it. So a 10-year-old single malt will often contain some whisky that was aged for longer.

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THE REGIONAL DIFFERENCES

INTRODUCTION

Scotland’s whisky-producing regions are as diverse as the wine regions of France.
They give us single malt whiskies with distinct qualities and characteristics borne out of their location, climate and hundreds of years of crafting.

Lowlands

Light & Fresh

The softer landscape is mirrored in the region’s single malts, which tend to be lighter in both colour and body than those of the Highlands. With little or no peat used in the drying of the malt, the whiskies distilled here are generally fresh and light, fragrant and vourings.

Islands (Islay & Skye)

Peaty & Maritime

The Islands malts are unmistakably powerful and bursvour, from the recognised smokiness apparent in almost all offerings, to the more surprising notes, such as the black pepper found in Talisker.

Highlands

Smooth & Floral

Scotland’s largest whisky region boasts many different styles, from rich and textured to al. The large landscape of coastline, moor and mountain make many of these whiskies unique. From the coastal smoky Oban to the central honey notes of Dalwhinnie.

Speyside

Fruity & Delicate

With its ‘Golden Triangle’ of distilleries - its clasvours of honey, vanilla and fresh fruits (apples, pears) combine to create whiskies that are both sophisticated and elegant. With age, and especially when matured in sherry casks, they evolve to deliver dried fruit and swvours.

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Scottish Flight
Glengrant
Auchentoshan
Macallan

SCOTLAND vs THE WORLD

We’re proud of our unique, distinct, and travelled selection of speciality Scottish and World Whiskies. To this end, we’re rather confident that you’ll be feeling spoilt for choice with our large collection of UK and global drams on offer — highlights for 2019, include the likes of Glenfiddich Fire & Cane, The Sexton Single Malt, and Gentleman Jack.

Immerse yourself in the experience with our tasting events and workshops, which will allow you to explore and discover a range of both classic and lesser-known whisky brands. Head on down to your local Nicholson's during this year’s showcase and prepare to enter into a whole new world of whisky!