Thinking about the perfect gift to give your loved ones? If you think whisky is a bad idea just because not all your family and friends are whisky drinkers, think again. There are many types of whisky than you know, and you can find the perfect match for everyone — even if they’re not whisky drinkers just yet!
What if you’re not a whisky drinker?
You know, some people think whisky isn’t for them just because they sipped on something that didn’t suit them the first time they tried it.
If you’re one of them and you’re off to a bad start, here’s a little tip for you: Don’t assume right away that you are not and cannot be a whisky drinker. It’s like being offered an old tea and then dismissing all types of tea based on a single cup you didn’t like. That’s as irrational as it sounds.
Well, that’s probably why a whisky gift set isn’t the first idea that crosses your mind when you think about the perfect gift. But don’t you think it’s unfair to judge whisky after a single sip? Truth be told, whiskies come in a wide range of flavors — it’s just a question of finding the right one for you!
Why is whisky the perfect gift?
There are two types of whiskies: Single malts and blended. While a single malt whisky is produced at only one distillery, a blended whisky is produced from two or more distilleries.
The liquor comes in different names, too. You call it “scotch” when it’s made in Scotland, and you call it “bourbon” when it’s made in the U.S. Bourbon isn’t a malt but a blended type of whisky.
Now let’s talk about why whisky is the perfect gift for special occasions. You may find picking the right bottle to be a little too daunting with so many choices on the table, but take it from us—you can find the right match for each of your loved ones when you know the distinct personalities of each bottle!
Here are five of our whisky recommendations. Take a look at their distinct characteristics and decide which one suits each of your loved ones best:
1. Ballantine’s Blended Scotch Whisky
This 17-year-old whisky is perfect for the less experienced palate, thanks to its refined texture when sipped.
2. Highland Park 12 Year Whisky
Aged in ex-sherry casks, this whisky is a mishmash of dried fruit flavor, nuttiness, and a little spice. It is also best known for its smoky essence.
Characterized by its smooth, sweet, and delicate taste, this 12-year-old whisky is also perfect for the untrained palate.
4. Barrell Bourbon Batch 005
Probably one of the nuttiest and spiciest whiskies out there, this liquor comes with notes of cinnamon and pepper, along with stone fruit, chocolate, and cherries.
5. Glen Grant
This single malt scotch whisky features refined vanilla and caramel taste with a spicy finish. Its intricate flavors make it the perfect gift for those with sophisticated palates.
The Bottom Line
You may find picking the right whisky bottle a whale of a task with so many choices on the table. But like we said, breaking down each bottle's distinct flavors will make it much easier for you to find the perfect match for everyone.
Treat your loved ones to a bottle of whisky and make celebrations and other special occasions merry and bright for them!