What it is When this Scottish blended whisky landed on my desk I was a little bamboozled. The last time I saw this whisky was in France when I was on a one-day trip to Calais. France’s appetite for blended whisky remains resolute, and this is where William Peel thrives. Whilst many have not heard of it, it had an incredible 21.9 per cent market share in France two years ago.

What it tastes like Created from 18 malts and grains, there’s plenty of honey, oak spice, vanilla and liquorice with a big grain kick. Give this five minutes and further subtle notes become apparent. The palate provides caramel, burnt toffee and slight vanilla that leads to a delicate malty finish. Approachable, inoffensive and it will continue to grow in stature at this price point.