Outlander actor Sam Heughan reveals some of his favourite whiskies

Outlander star Sam Heughan picks out some of his favourite whiskies that are perfect for enjoying while watching the show.

Published 26th Jun 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Following the huge success of the launch of season three of the hit TV show Outlander, a time-travel drama based on the massively popular series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, we asked its leading star Sam Heughan to pick out some of his favourite Scottish whiskies.

Here are his choices, each of which are perfect for a spot of time-travelling (or you know, for sharing with your friends as you sit back and enjoy the show).

Picture: John Devlin

Sam, who is a huge fan of Scotch whisky, said: "I wanted to choose a few whiskies that were easily purchased, no matter where in the world or what time period you are in."

Talisker 10-year-old

(From the isle of Skye)

Outlander's Sam Heughan

Picture: Whisky Exchange

Sam says: "A place with faerie glens and magic stones.

"Tasting this transports me back to when I first visited my favourite (and the rather magical) Isle."

READ MORE: Sam Heughan’s career and roles before Outlander fame

Oban 14-year-old

(From Oban, Argyll)

Sam Heughan

Picture: Whisky Exchange

Sam says: "Easily quaffable, rich and sweet. The very first whisky I tried (thinking I was very 'grown up') and really loved.

"Tasting it now reminds me of when I was much, much younger! Also reported one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, a taste of the past.."

Laphroaig 21 - friends of Laphroig edition

(From Islay)

Picture: Laphroaig

Sam says: "I was lucky to attend the 200th anniversary of Laphroaig on Islay, the unique smokey isle.

"In attendance was Iain Henderson (former head distiller) who laid down the barrels of this special wee bottle - that we got to taste 21 years later - a true time travelling whisky."

Sam adds: "Speaking of time travel, I'm looking to the future! I predict The Great Glen Company will produce some super delicious heritage and contemporary whiskies... Watch this space!"

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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