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Issue 78 - Scottish Gifts

Scotland Magazine Issue 78
December 2014


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Scottish Gifts

Scotland Magazine's gift suggestions for that special occasion

The Best of The Pipes of Christmas

The best of The Pipes of Christmas, recorded at performances in New York and New Jersey is featured on a superb CD which includes
Amazing Grace, Highland Cathedral and Lament for the Lost – the haunting pipe solo written on 11 September 2001.

Such iconic music can be enjoyed throughout the year – a remarkable collection of favourite and much loved tunes.

Copies at $19 (+$6 ship handling USA / international orders +$10 ship handling) or £18.25 (£12 for CD + £6.25 P&P) can be ordered from:

The Pipes of Christmas CD, P.O. Box 541, Summit, NJ 07902-0541. E-mail:

Baubles of delight

Inspired by the legend of the angels' share, the lost spirits of distillation, this family business has come up with an enchanting range of gifts and keepsakes in hand blown glass. Perfect for storing that special dram of Scotch. Each bauble has a whisky quote sealed inside, but you can also personalise one with your own special message.

Whisky Quote Baubles start at £6.50; Angel Decorations start at £8.50. All hand crafted in Scotland by master glass makers.

The Tobermory Cat 1,2,3 by Debi Gliori

The Tobermory Cat wakes up with an empty tummy. ‘MIAOW,’ he wails, ‘FEED ME!’ These are the opening lines of this delightful counting book for kids who will love it. The world famous Isle of Mull ginger tom wakes up hungry one morning and sets off in search of something to eat.

Birlinn. £6.95. ISBN 978-1-78027-199-6

Pens of distinction

A brilliant recycling of no longer in use woods from Scottish distilleries – hand crafted, stylish and elegant, with just a touch of single malt class. First, choose a pen from The Whisky Wood Pen Company's large selection of fountain pens, rollerballs, ballpoints and mechanical pencils. Then select from a range of casks and wash backs currently in stock.

For example, The Munro, with a Parker style ink refill is made from genuine oak Scotch whisky casks with a ‘soft click’ button mechanism and has 18ct gold plated fittings highlighted with black enamel accents. A gift to treasure. At £39.

Harris Tweed handbags

Hand Crafted handbags and fashion accessories from the Outer Hebrides, inspired by the colours of the islands, and lovingly crafted in Harris tweed. A unique heritage with a contemporary edge. Purse: £20 + P&P.

By Rosie, 89-93 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Eilean Siar (Isle of Lewis). Telephone: +44 (0)1851 701622. Email:

Uisge Source
How do you take your whisky?

Scottish entertainer Chic Murray said there are only two rules for drinking whisky; first, never take whisky without water; and second, never take water without whisky.

Whisky experts recommend adding a dash of water to open up and appreciate the complex aromas and flavours of whisky and that the best water to use is from the same source as the whisky.

This will ensure you don’t taint your dram and that its true and original character is retained.

Uisge Source waters come from private springs close to the leading distilleries in the whisky regions of Scotland and match the chemistries of the waters they use: hard, mineral rich spring water from Ross-shire for Highland single malts; spring water from Islay which has a higher natural acidity, for adding to Islay whiskies; and soft, low-mineral water from one of Scotland’s highest natural mountain springs in the Cairngorms, for adding to Speyside whiskies.

The Three Regions selection gift pack contains a 100ml glass bottle of each spring water and makes an ideal accompaniment for single malt Scotch whiskies.
The drop that makes the dram.

Slainte mhath

In Dufftown, which some would consider the middle
of nowhere, but is in fact the heart of single malt whisky
and the Whisky Trail, Mike Lord of The Whisky Shop Dufftown, has been pondering his festive single
malt recommendations.

Drams for the holiday season...

Aberlour Abunadh
Produced in batches that vary slightly, this Scotch whisky is exclusively from ex-Oloroso sherry casks and so always gives a big sherry hit interlaced with lots of festive spices and tangerines on the nose. It's as big in the mouth as it is on the nose and with those Oloroso notes comes dark chocolate, caramel and dried fruit. Some would say this is an after dinner dram but it is so vibrant it works as a morning pick-me-up as well. Grab a dram or two while you are preparing for the party.

Glenlivet 18
I have recently rediscovered this whisky, like meeting an old friend and wondering why you lost touch. Certainly sherry influences here as well but it is much more rounded and elegant. Rich fruit and praline on the nose. Oranges and raisins on the palate. This is one to serve when the friends come round. It's the kind of whisky to help the conversation and the good times flow.

Lagavulin 16
When the party has gone quiet and it needs some fire in its belly then pour the Lagavulin. Intense peat smoke on the nose. All that iodine and seaweed bonfires. The taste adds malt biscuits and fishing gear on fire to the mix. You will be braced for a stroll up the garden.

Glenfarclas 30
The dram to have when the party is over and you want to sit back and chill. Smooth as silk. Nat King Cole in a glass. The nose is warm dates with hints of marzipan. A cornucopia of different cakes fresh from the oven. In the mouth it's so reminiscent of Christmas cake but with toffee sauce. Put the Hugh Lawrie CD on and relax.

For more whisky inspiration, contact Mike at The Whisky Shop Dufftown on +44 (0) 1340 821097.