Make sure your liver and your heart are ready to go this weekend because Outlander is set to premiere on Saturday, April 4. The love story of the millennium continues and for super fans of the show, you’ve got reason to celebrate.
As many of you may or may not know, Outlander tells the story of Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie (played by Sam Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
If you’re planning a party with friends to watch the premier or upcoming episodes, you might want to consider serving a little whiskey, the drink of choice among the show’s characters. We recommend pairing some of these great Scottish blends with a loved one and a comfy sofa. That way, women get to watch the show and the men get to reap the benefits. Consider these whiskeys just for fun:
- Compass Box Hedonism–One hundred percent grain whisky is a rarity today but was an everyday occurrence 100 years ago. The lost art of grain whisky is revived as these older barrels are sourced from distinguished distillers like Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge, Cambus, Port Dundas and Dumbarton.Price: $80
- The Dimple Pinch–Haig, Scotland’s oldest surviving Scotch whisky distiller, produces this fifteen-year-old blended whisky. Started in 1893, it is known as much for its taste as it is for its distinguished bottle. The famous, triangular, dimpled container was the first three-sided bottle to be registered as a trademark in the U.S.Price: $45
- Buchanan 18 Year Special Reserve–A classic blended scotch that has withstood the test of time since 1884, the 18 Year Buchanan Special Reserve is, well, special. With a nose of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, prunes, tangerine zest and honeyed tree fruit, it immediately draws you in with its rare complexity.Price: $70
If you have anything left over in the liquor cabinet, make sure you save it for Sunday night’s premiere of Mad Men!