Tesco is full of Christmas Spirit(s)

Peter Morrell tastes the Tesco Finest 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky and recommends some other festive tipples from their extensive range

Tesco Speyside

Tesco has a vast range of spirits and liqueurs, but which ones do you choose? To help you decide, I have tasted one of Tesco’s own brand whiskies, and picked out a selection of other own label drinks for you to enjoy at Christmas.

I tried the Tesco Finest 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Whisky, Expertly crafted by cask master Davide Semple and aged for twelve years in American oak casks has created a well- rounded, smooth winner.

The whisky is attractively packaged in a well-designed presentation sleeve,which makes it ideal for gifting. It pours a light golden colour, and the first sniff reveals layers of complex aromas. There are floral notes together with raisins, lemon and oaky vanilla. As it moves to the palate it reveals a pleasant sweetness with hints of peat smoke, malt, cinnamon and crisp fruit. The finish is exceptionally smooth with a buttery character,

This IWC 2021 Silver medal winner will please any whisky fan, and in addition, is excellent value for money, priced at £23 for a 70cl bottle

Here are some other festive drinks for your enjoyment

Tesco Finest Highland Single Malt Whisky 40% abv, £23.00

IWC 2021 Silver medal winner
Crafted in the Highland region in Scotland, this single malt whisky has been aged for 12 years in American Oak casks, imbuing it with aromas and flavours of citrus fruits, crushed almonds and a subtle hint of marzipan and chocolate. Delicious paired with dark chocolate or enjoyed on its own, ideally in front of a roaring fire.

Tesco Finest XO Cognac – £35.00

XO cognac alc. 40% vol Fine and elegant blend of cru cognacs. Expertly crafted by the cellar master. Steeped in years of tradition and family heritage, set in the heart of Cognac. This fine and elegant cognac is characterised by a combination of subtle vanilla, almond and candied orange notes. XO COGNAC Appellation d’origine contrôlée

Tesco Finest The Melodist London Dry Gin – £20.00

A blend of fine botanicals sourced from around the world; notes of classic juniper, coriander seed and angelica work in perfect harmony with top notes of yuzu and green tea for a distinctive, characterful symphony. Expertly crafted botanically bold London Dry gin in partnership with the Master Distiller at The Two Tykes distillery. Serve with tonic water over ice with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

Tesco Finest The Melodist Sloe Gin – £17.00

A complementary duo of London Dry Gin & sloe berries; notes of cherry & almond lifted on the base notes of classic juniper gin. A distinctive & fruity symphony. Expertly crafted by award winning liqueur experts Gabriel Boudier. Serve with tonic and a slice of lemon or with Prosecco for a Sloe Royale. Silver award 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Notes of Juniper, Sloe Berries, Angelica, Lemon & Orange Peel, Orris Root & Fennel Whole Berry Sloe Gin Family Distiller “Yves Battault” 29% vol. 70cl

Tesco Finest Lebkuchen Irish Cream Liqueur – £12.00

Festive flavours from traditional markets with aromas of gingerbread and spice notes, warming spirit & Irish single malt whiskey, enveloped in velvety Ballyrashane double cream. Perfect served over ice.


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