The discerning gent can never have too much of a good thing – this goes across the board in everything he does – from work, leisure and pleasure. In the context of his drinks cabinet – and element of pleasure of course – having too many whiskies is never an issue. So this month Elysium Magazine would like to introduce the discerning gent to another whisky that is deserving of a place in his drinks cabinet – Haig Club single grain Scotch whisky.
Those of you already familiar with Haig Club with know that’s it’s backed by none other than Elysium Magazine favourite, David Beckham, the now retired footballer. This isn’t just another celebrity endorsement – this is a partnership between Beckham and Simon Fuller – the media mogul and backed by the drinks behemoth Diageo.
Haig Club is a new whisky brand from Scotland that emerged a few years ago with the backing of the heavyweights mentioned above but is in fact from Scotland’s oldest grain whisky producer, the House of Haig, which dates back to the 17th Century. Originally named John Haig & Co. Ltd.
Back to the actual whisky, it’s of the single grain variety. Whilst some might favour a tipple of the malt whisky variety, single grain versions have a lot going for them too. Differing in the main by the type of grain used, those of the single grain type rely on wheat (or sometimes maize) to provide the natural sugars needed to create alcohol and thus a whisky – often resulting in a higher ABV compared to malt whiskies.
It’s a deep copper in colour with a nose that’s strong on the dairy theme – think creamy brie and milk with some earthy agricultural scent too. Vanilla is also a key note here. On the palate it’s smooth with hints of caramel and charred wood character. The finish is of dried fruits whilst the vanilla emerges again. It’s also worth noting how a bottle as unique as this blue number will look as part of your drinks cabinet collection.
Haig Club Scotch whisky is 40% ABV and available in 70cl bottles from Selfridges and Waitrose stores, RRP £45.
For further details visit Haig Club.