There are lots of different ways you can buy whisky to enjoy at home - ranging from placing an online order, to popping in to your local specialist. But what if you want to try a range of whisky every month, and need a little help choosing drams to taste?
A growing trend is for mail-order whisky subscriptions. For a monthly fee, dedicated specialists will select a range of the best and most interesting whiskies for you to try, and send them straight to your front door. Easy.
Here are five of the best monthly whisky subscriptions, 2018, in alphabetical order.
Many of you might be familiar with Master of Malt, as they are one of the largest online whisky specialists. You might even be aware that, through their partnership with Drinks by the Dram, you can order 30ml samples of certain bottles - so you can try before you commit to a whole bottle of an expensive whisky. But did you know that Master of Malt have a monthly "Dram Club"? There are three levels: basic, costing £29.95 a month; premium, costing £49.95 a month; and 'old and rare', costing £99.95 a month. You can cancel at any time, but there are rewards if you stay for certain lengths of time.
The Dram Team look to bring out-of-the-ordinary whisky tastings right to your door. They have a variety of subscription models, including: limited edition single boxes; a one-month subscription; quarterly; half-annual; and, annual. Each box includes five 25ml samples, a sixth 10ml sample of a super premium whisky, and tasting notes for all six drams. A single month will cost you £27.50.
The W Club offer a range of services for the whisky lover, including a club, auctions, and a monthly subscription service. For £24.99 a month, you will receive a monthly "Explorer Safari" box including two 100ml sample bottles, making this a perfect option for those of you who want enough to share a healthy dram with a friend. Each month has a theme, giving you something new to explore each time.
Wishky are setting out to be a big player in the field of subscriptions. They offer two variant boxes, a trio whisky box giving you three 50ml samples, and a quartet giving you four 50ml samples. You can choose to subscribe monthly, for three months, or for six months; and, in a nice move recognising the social nature of whisky, you and a friend can sign up together and receive a box each. The prices vary depending which options you go for, but prices start from £25 for one month's trio box.
Remember that joy when, as a kid, your mum handed you a squeezy pouch of fruit juice on a hot summer's day? Well, you'll get that same joy, this time as a grown-up, when Whisky Me send you a squeezy pouch of delicious whisky - whatever the weather. For just £7.95 a month (or £7.00 if you sign up for a year's subscription), Whisky Me will send you a 50ml pouch of rare or exclusive whisky - from the packaging, through the free postage, to the delicious dram, this service is set up to make you feel that joy once a month.
... if you haven't already, make sure you subscribe to Dream Whiskies' free monthly competition for a chance to win a bottle of rare, luxury whisky each month; you can read more about Dream Whiskies here.
All prices correct as of 26th June 2018.