If you’re looking for a gift for the man that’s hard to buy for, you could probably put a smile on his face with a bottle of single malt whisky. Perfect for aficionados and enthusiasts, the Lagavulin 16yr old is celebrated for it’s intense, smoky flavour, very much the hallmark of all the whiskys from the wilds of Islay.

Lagavulin, distilled since 1816 is perhaps the finest example of a smoky single malt and will definitely put hairs on even the most metrosexual of chests.

A complex and spirited blend, the Lagavulin has lapsang souchong on the nose, followed by peat and sea salt on the palate with an elegant wood finish. This drop is ideal for frosty evenings spent in front of a roaring fire, or at least the heater set on high.

The 16yr old has had time to mature and is smoother and sweeter than it’s younger brother (the 12yr old). Available in smaller bottles, these make an impressive gift for well under £20 and could upgrade your Christmas hampers to legendary status.

RRP: £45 available at leading supermarkets, wine merchants, specialist whisky retailers; and as most serious bars.