Shopping for a whisky-lover? Sam Wylie-Harris rounds up the finest drams for festive gifting.

If you have a nose for the finer things in life, Scotland's most seductive export is very good place to start.

From the rolling green hills of the Highlands, where Speyside has the greatest concentration of distilleries, to the woolly wilds of Islay and Jura, the wonderful richness and complexity of this liquid gold can be divided into four flavour maps - light, delicate, rich and smoky.

Shopping for a whisky-fan this Christmas?

Whether they prefer bourbon or sherry casks (they say 'wood makes the whisky'), or have a nose for festive flavours, here's what's hot on the whisky trail, from discovery collections to decadent drams...

1. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Scotch Whisky Collection Gift Set (4 x 5cl, £29.95, Master of Malt)

What says 'whistle-stop whisky tour' better than four age-statement, single malt miniatures? Includes Dufftown 10 Year Old, Linkwood 10 Year Old, Teaninich 11 Year Old and Auchroisk 12 Year Old, complete with funky labels.

2. Glen Keith Scotch Whisky (£30, 70cl, Morrisons)

A Speyside no-age statement single malt that's smooth, rich and mellow, this is versatile enough to enjoy on its own or in cocktails, and balances orchard fruits and honeycomb with some delightful toffee sweetness.

3. Glen Scotia Double Cask (£34.89, 70cl, Master of Malt)

A classic Campbeltown single malt with hints of its maritime roots, Double Cask is cited as one of Glen Scotia's sweetest expressions and matured in first-fill bourbon barrels before being finished in pedro ximenez sherry casks. With caramel, vanilla and spice giving way to subtle notes of sea spray, there's a delicious oily richness and sherry wood influence pairs creamy toffee and fudge, with rich spiced fruits and a charred note.

4. Kininvie Single Grain Scotch Whisky, part of the Kininvie Works Collection (£35, 50cl, Amazon)

The team at Kininvie (part of William Grant & Sons) have been experimenting with different flavour profiles shaped by cereals other than malted barley, and this second release in the range is named in reference to the addition of malted rye to the mash. Aged in virgin American oak casks, expect "a distinguished toffee flavour along with the classic spiciness associated with rye".

5. Copper Dog Signature Whisky (£35, 70cl, Getitinkd)

Copper Dog have launched a personalised gifting service, which makes seeking out a signature pressie so much easier. A blend of eight single malts, it's marked by orchard fruits, honey and warming spicy notes and works well in cocktails too.

6. Glengoyne Jolomo Summer Evening light at Glengoyne Distillery 10 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£36.99, 70cl, Glengoyne)

Characterised by a painting of the distillery by contemporary Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison (Jolomo), this is the fourth and final series supporting the Glasgow School of Art, and the limited-edition tin includes a print of the painting. An unpeated whisky, notes of fresh green apples, gentle spice and toffee give way to a nutty sweetness. A dash of water (to release the aromas) will bring even more festive joy.

7. The Three Drinkers Scotch Whisky 17 Year Old - Cask Selection No 1 (£39.95, 70cl, Master of Malt)

Anyone who's seen The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky on Amazon Prime will know how much the 'travelogue trio' appreciate a wee dram - and now they have one to call their own.

This is a blended malt that's non-chill filtered (the chemical compounds aren't filtered out so it may turn hazy when served over ice) and inspired by locations in their show: "We wanted to create a dram that combined all the classic notes of Scotch we've experienced on our travels, so this whisky combines the fruit and spiciness of the highlands with subtle smokiness of Islay and Jura." A limited release of 300 bottles; when it's gone, it's gone.

8. The Whisky Exchange A Fine Christmas Malt (£56.95, 70cl, The Whisky Exchange)

"Amid presents and family and bright festive lights, a whisky that's perfect for long winter nights..." Matured for 10 years in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, this amber nectar has a "core of fruit and festive spice". One for lovers of Christmas spice and all things nice.

9. Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year Old (£220, 70cl, The Whisky Exchange)

A sumptuous stocking-filler indeed, the latest edition to Glenfiddich's prized whisky cabinet is a 23-year-old expression that's been aged in American and European oak casks - before being "further bolstered with extra intensity" from rare French cuvee casks that have previously held wine which ultimately goes on to become champagne.

Expect "an intense aroma of apple blossom, freshly baked bread, candied lemon and layers of rich vanilla oak, sweet brioche, sandalwood, pear sorbet and white grape with a long, opulent and sweet finish". The suggested serve is neat in a coupe glass.

10. Johnnie Walker Blue Label x Timorous Beasties Limited Edition (£275, 70cl, Selfridges)

Another high-end Christmas release, Johnnie Walker Blue Label have teamed up with Glasgow textile studio Timorous Beasties to create a limited-edition bottle adorned with flora and fauna, to bring to life Scotland's wild beauty. A super-premium blend of rare single malt and grain whiskies, this exceptional Scotch offers an intense experience that's complex and rich, with Johnnie Walker signature smokiness.