The holiday season has rolled around once more, bringing the enchantment of Christmas lights, that cosy feeling at home when friends and family gather to celebrate the festivities—and of course, the quest for that unique Christmas Whisky limited edition bottle to add to your collection!
Over the years, during this enchanting time, distilleries and whisky brands reveal special bottlings, featuring unique finishes, rare expressions, and innovative limited editions. These bottles not only make for a memorable gift but also become cherished collector’s items.
In this article, you’ll find the special Christmas editions that have captured our hearts over the years (and if you’re lucky, you might be able to purchase them at an auction!). Finally, we’ll take a look at what the distilleries will launch this year so you won’t miss out on all the special whisky releases for Christmas 2023.
Whisky Bottles of Christmas Past
We begin our journey into the Christmas past with a roundup of limited-edition bottles released in December. These are just a few of our favourite bottles. But they might inspire you for your letter to Santa this year….
Special Whisky Bottles Editions from Distilleries
Glenfarclas Christmas Bottlings
A noteworthy feature during this season is the Glenfarclas Christmas releases.
This 42-year-old bottling, named “Christmas Day,” was limited to a mere 90 bottles, and it contains spirits distilled on the 25th of December 1959, marking the last time the distillery operated on Christmas Day.
Bladnoch 11-Years-Old – Christmas 2012 Whisky
This bottle has a festive spirit in it! Matured in a sherry cask, and bottled for Christmas 2012, it has the right sweet notes with hints of gingernut biscuits and candied lemon peel. It is the perfect dram to warm you this holiday season!
The Macallan A Night on Earth in Scotland
Unveiled in 2021, A Night on Earth in Scotland captures the essence of Scottish Hogmanay. The packaging draws inspiration from the fire festivals integral to Scottish New Year celebrations, and the tasting notes promise a delightful blend of shortbread, spices, and citrus fruits.
Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter
You are probably familiar with the joy of cozying up in a winter sweater by the fire when the world outside is covered in snow. This bottle perfectly embodies that moment! A Tale of Winter is a warm and spicy single malt from Glenmorangie aged 13 years and then finished in Marsala wine casks. The whisky presents aromas of orange caramel, lavender honey, rose petals, and ripe fruit. The finale is a seemingly endless swirling with the warmth of cinnamon, ginger, and clove.
Special Whisky Bottles Editions from Independent Bottlers
The Big Peat Christmas Edition 2022
Meet the Big Peat Christmas Edition 2022 – the twelfth festive creation by Douglas Laing & Co. This Islay-blended malt is like a peaty party, blending 7 particularly smoky single malts, including Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila, and Port Ellen.
The whisky offers notes of earthy smoke, leather, dry ash, heather honey and oaky vanilla that linger in the finish.
Winter from Mynameiswhisky
We couldn’t pass up featuring Winter, our special Christmas bottle for 2022. This Macallan is so distinctive and exceptional that the only way to elevate the experience further is to enjoy it with your loved ones, making every shared moment even more precious.
All 32 bottles of Winter have been sold out for a while, but you can still savour the Christmas tale accompanying this bottle: A Christmas Dram.
Yamazaki 1989 – The Scotch Whisky Society “I wish it could be Christmas every day”
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled this single cask from Suntory’s Yamazaki distillery. Matured in a first-fill Spanish oak sherry butt, and bottled in 2009, it is an exclusive release of only 465 bottles available worldwide. Truly, one-of-a-kind whisky!
Miltonduff 1998 – Malts of Scotland Christmas 2015
This whisky has the very spirit of Christmas bottled up! The aroma is a captivating blend of sherry and wood. It exudes the sweetness of mulled wine, with a spicy hint of cinnamon.
Adding water transforms the taste into a cherry liqueur from the wooden barrel, with hints of wine-soaked leather and the essence of a cocktail cherry.
Whisky Bottles of Christmas Present
A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas Whisky
It is rich, it is fruity, and it comes with all the spirit of Christmas. Meet the Good Old Fashion by The Whisky Exchange, a 15-year-old Speyside single malt filled with nostalgic notes of fruit cake, clementines, hazelnuts and plum pudding. The perfect dram for anyone to enjoy with friends and loved ones after a great Christmas dinner!
Glenfarclas Christmas Edition 2013/2023
This limited edition was distilled in December 2013 and then matured for 10 years exclusively in former Spanish Oloroso sherry casks in the traditional Dunnage Warehouses of the distillery. This means it tastes like a Christmas glass should taste: with notes of spices, sweet sherry, nuts and toffee. A warm embrace that will set the right tote at your Christmas party.
These whiskies were our top picks for limited editions, dedicated to Christmases – past and present. Which one would you love to find under your Christmas tree? And which one are you planning to taste for the holidays? Share this article on your socials, tag Mynameiswhisky, and share with us your favourite Christmas bottle of all time!