That Russia’s sole choice of drink is vodka, is a notion ingrained in our minds for decades. Similarly, another assumption we often make is that the perfect drink to accompany a good game of football is beer. The FIFA World Cup 2018, being hosted by Russia, is the perfect occasion to break these two stereotypes and start a new trend. All you need to do is try it and find out for yourself-- a glass of premium Scotch whisky, with an intense match of football. Here’s a list of five whiskies to help you celebrate this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Aberlour 12 Year Old
The Aberlour 12 year old Scotch whisky is one of the finest Speyside malts available and a brilliant choice to keep you company during the matchup between Germany and Sweden being held in Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea. This double matured malt is a blend of traditional oak and sherry casks with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, raisins and Christmas cake. Just as Germany is synonymous with football, so is Aberlour with whisky. With fluid movement across the field and a clinically efficient striker to net the ball, the German team possesses a balance other nations have seldom achieved. Similarly, the Aberlour scotch with its levels of sherry spice and richness, has a hint of bitter char that rounds off the flavours before it can become overly sweet, striking the perfect balance.
Price: Rs. 3, 300-3,600
Availability: Europe, Asia
Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel
The host country will be facing Egypt in the iconic city of Saint Petersburg. Russia and Egypt have little in common, but in the pages of history you will find that both the nations share a history of revolts and revolutions, much like Ireland. This World Cup season, raise a toast to the spirit of revolution and to the brotherhood of football, with a dram or two of Jameson Irish Whiskey. The Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel is a special pot still whisky, a heavier version of the standard Jameson. This whisky has a lot of first-fill bourbon and sherry casks, allowing the whisky to imbue richer flavours, making this the perfect choice for the match between Russia and Egypt.
Price: Rs. 3,300
Royal Salute Blended Scotch Whisky
Kaliningrad will be hosting the face-off between England and Belgium, and what better way to support the English (if you do support them, that is) than with a bottle of Royal Salute 21 Year Old. Royal Salute is the only Scotch whisky collection that begins at 21 years of age, and calls for a celebration. This exquisite Scotch was created to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953, and the World Cup is definitely an occasion to celebrate with one of the finest whisky ever distilled. The special long-aged blend is fresh to the nose with hints of orange zest, soft spices and gingerbread, with a taste that matches the nose, leading the way to some burnt caramel and an oaky smokiness. We don’t think you need any further convincing, so go right ahead, salute the English team and enjoy the match with your glass of Royal Salute.
Price: Rs. 10,000-31,26,480
Ballantine’s Gold Seal
Another much awaited match this World Cup season, is that between Portugal and Spain, which shall be held in Sochi. With this clash of the titans promising to be a match to remember, choose your side carefully, but be wiser when you choose what to have in your glass. We’d suggest the Ballantine’s Gold Seal 12 Year Old Special Reserve Scotch whisky. This beautiful blend, to the nose, has a honey sweetness along with a complex balance of oak and vanilla aromas. The creamy body gives way to honey and floral flavours, with the oak sweetness balancing everything to perfection.
Price: Rs. 70,000-80,000
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve
Built around a core of single malt whisky, this elite elixir, is the ideal choice for the grand final of the FIFA World Cup 2018, which will be held in none other than the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow. Considering that the finals will be nothing short of epic, we very firmly recommend, that you complete your World Cup experience with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve. This luxurious, creamy and honeyed whisky, is the perfect blend for the perfect celebration. The whisky opens up with a burst of delicate nectar and smokiness, which gives way to fruity and velvety tones, and the finish leaves a lingering taste of smoke and oak. Nothing can complement the World Cup final any better, so we suggest that you get yourself a bottle with this slice of heaven, before you decide on which jersey to wear.
Price: Rs. 4,000-5000