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Whisky is good for you…

It’s open season for influenza and us mere mortals are easy pickings! We know this time of year well. We sit anxiously at our desks, playing Russian roulette with our colleagues as to who will be struck down with Sue from accounting’s lurgy next!

For once, science has brought us some good tidings that proves it’s not all doom and gloom. Whisky my friends, is good for you! It is your ally in this winter war against the sniffles. For the cure-less common cold whisky may in fact lessen the symptoms. We’re looking at you Hot Toddy! HT, the classic winter warmer of whisky, honey, lemon and hot water that your great Aunt swears by! Where the hot water lessens nasal congestion, the alcohol itself dilates the blood vessels allowing your mucus membranes to fight off the infection!  WOAH!

It got us thinking…why stop at a hot toddy? We may not be dr’s here at HOM but we do know our whiskies so using the principles listed above, here are our suggestions to ease your seasonal ailments!

Arran Gold Latte

Cream liqueur and steamed milk meld seamlessly together with dark, rich espresso cutting through the sweetness.  The caffeine in the coffee also has pain killing properties that will directly target a head cold and clear the fog a little.

50ml Arran Gold

1 shot of espresso

200ml steamed milk

Scotch Coffee

John Dolan; Photographer; 2017.07

A highland twist on the Irish classic. Big sherry cask whisky nods from Glendronach and rich and aromatic tones from the cafetière coffee. Not forgetting a generous helping of whipped cream.

50ml of Glendronach 12

200ml Medium Roast Cafetière coffee with a spoonful of brown sugar

However much whipped cream you can handle

Cinnamon sugar for dusting

Spiked Apple and Ginger


This one has both vitamins to get you back to fighting strength and ginger, a natural cure for stomach woes. Take equal parts Apple Juice and Ginger Ale and bring to a simmer, add a couple of cloves and a stick of cinnamon. Pour into your favourite mug, jar or goblet of fire and add a generous shot of Bourbon. Garnish with an orange slice for yet more vitamin goodness.

100ml Apple Juice

100ml Ginger Ale

50ml Bourbon (we suggest FEW or Elijah Craig)

2 cloves

1 Cinnamon Stick

1 slice of Orange

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In the spirit of giving (Part 1)

As the unspeakably fast approaching, unmentionable festive period of gift giving dawns upon us we have been stocking up on goodies to give to loved ones or to bequeath to oneself to simply take the edge off of the coming excitement!

Gin David

Have you met David? Hailing from the rugged landscapes of Tuscany this handsome chap is not just a pretty face. The cleanest, most crisp gin to grace the shelves of House Of Malt it boasts prominent notes of juniper, coriander and sweet orange peel.  It was created with a “Thirst of Magnificence” in mind and we happen to think it achieved this quite nicely. Ideal for the gin aficionado in your life that you’re looking to impress!

Crystal Head Vodka Range

From the OG Ghostbuster Dan Ackroyd himself comes the Crystal Head Vodka range. From the highest quality peaches and cream corn this four-time distilled premium vodka is blended with pristine Canadian water and filtered through…DIAMONDS! We have the regular 70cl but for something rather outlandishly spectacular we also have the 1.75 litre magnums. As if that wasn’t enough food for thought we also have the epically designed John Alexander edition. For the ever so difficult to buy for… look no further because I bet they don’t have this!

Gift Packs!Gift Packs! Gift Packs!

Back to the drams we have a selection of glass packs from some of the finest whisky distilleries in all the land. Certainly, two whiskies that need no introduction, Islay darlings Port Charlotte and Bruchladdich to name but two! . We also have gift sets from Talisker, Glendronach, Glen Moray and many more.

Kilchoman Machir Bay and Sanaig 20cl Gift Pack

Finally, from Kilchoman comes a gift that any smoke show whisky fan will delight in, Kilchoman Machir Bay & Sanaig 20cl Gift Pack. Embodying the best of both worlds we have Sanaig aged in both bourbon and sherry casks with hints of smokey plum, butterscotch and dried fruit and Machir Bay championing the sweet peatiness the distillery is renowned for.