Looking for something sweet to sip after dinner? Warming and comforting, these whisky liqueurs make for the perfect winter digestif.


Sweet and indulgent, whisky liqueurs are perfect for sipping on chilly evenings – especially at Christmas time. They're versatile, too: add a dash to coffee, pour over ice cream, drink neat or use in cocktails. Our drinks expert Hannah Guinness has chosen six of the best whisky liqueurs to try, from bargain purchases to decadent white chocolate creations.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our round-ups of the best chocolate liqueurs, coffee liqueurs (perfect for espresso martinis) or the best Irish creams and liqueurs, from familiar Baileys to new favourites. If you're a whisky connoisseur, we've got tried and tested round-ups of everything from the best English whiskies to Japanese, Scotch whiskies and more, plus plenty of bottles to browse at our very own olive shop.

6 best whisky liqueurs at a glance

  • Best classic whisky liqueur: Drambuie Scotch whisky liqueur, £24.99
  • Best whisky liqueur for caramel notes: Shanky's Whip, £22.99
  • Best for a boozy coffee: Norfolk Nog Liqueur, £21.90
  • Best white chocolate liqueur: Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur, £26
  • Best for sipping: Lucky Sod, £23.74
  • Best value whisky liqueur: Samuel Gelston’s Irish Whiskey Cream Liqueur, £14

6 best whisky liqueurs to try 2023

Drambuie Scotch Whisky Liqueur

Bottle of Drambuie whisky liqueur

Best classic whisky liqueur

This Scotch whisky liqueur with heather honey has an appealing herbal edge that adds complexity to your drink. Combine with scotch to make a classic rusty nail cocktail. It also makes an indulgent butterscotch-flavoured espresso martini.

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Shanky’s Whip

Bottle of Shankys Whip liqueur

Best whisky liqueur for caramel notes

Brimming with caramel and creamy vanilla flavours, this Irish whiskey liqueur is buttery smooth, like liquid fudge in a glass. Drink with fiery ginger beer.

Norfolk Nog Liqueur

Bottle of Norfolk Nog liqueur

Best for a boozy coffee

The English Whisky Company has created an opulent, velvety marriage of its single-malt whisky and cream. A dram of this would be delicious in coffee.

Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur

Bottle of Coole Swan liqueur

Best white chocolate liqueur

A velvety blend of cream, Belgian white chocolate and single malt Irish whiskey, this is a rich and sumptuous liqueur that’s not too sickly. Swirl into a hot chocolate.

Available from:
Amazon (£26/700ml)
John Lewis (£26/700ml)
Waitrose Cellar (£32.99/1l)

Lucky Sod

Bottle of Lucky Sod

Best for sipping

A creamy mouthfeel and luscious fudgy vanilla tones balanced by a robust, fiery kick of Irish whiskey. Sip from a hip flask on a festive winter walk.

Samuel Gelston’s Irish Whiskey Cream Liqueur

Bottle of Samuel Gelston's cream liqueur

Best value whisky liqueur

Featuring cream, chocolate and Samuel Gelston’s own blended whiskey, expect creamy vanilla notes and a fiery, spicy edge from the booze. Drizzle over vanilla ice cream.

Available from:
The Drop Store (£14)


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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