The Guide to Gifting Whiskey
Buying whiskey can be an exciting, yet daunting task, especially with the vast array of options available on the market. To ensure you make an informed and satisfying purchase, launch into this comprehensive guide and explore the diverse world of whiskey.
Bourbon Whiskey – Two Bitch
And now even more Bourbon has come forth! The latest and greatest installment in our special batches from the Two Bitch line carries heavy charred oak tones, with a decadent honeycomb and spice notes on the profile. With a rich mouthfeel and scary smooth finish, this Bourbon will have you saying, “Bitch, please!” As in, YES, PLEASE!
THE SINGLE MALT OF SCOTLAND BUNNAHABHAIN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH, AGED 11 YEARS
Distilled at the Bunnahabhain distillery in 2010 and aged for more than 11 years in a single ex-sherry butt, which yielded a total of 609 bottles. This Bunnahabhain is entwined with rich smokiness, intense heat, and a hint of fruit.
SCOTCH WHISKY SET
The hills of Scotland are calling your name and this amazing Scotch Whisky set is answering with a big “Heck Yeah!” Containing three, 100ml bottles of our favorite Scotches including The Great Glen Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, Two Casks Blended Malt Scotch, and Mac Spey Speyside Blended Malt Whisky. An amazing way to try an array of Scotches or a perfect gift for whisky connoisseurs.
BARREL WHISKEY PRIVATE RELEASE IN COGNAC CASKS
This private selection was handcrafted and selected by Spirits & Spice, blended from some of the finest whiskey available, and aged in single vineyard Cognac Casks from Borderies. A true symphony of flavor, the fine Cognac and American Whiskey medley produces a robust yet refined profile. The nose is floral and oaky, which gives way to deep caramel, smoke, and orchard fruit flavors. The finish is powerful without being abrasive. This limited bottling is sure not to last, so get it while you can!
HARP’S SONG IRISH SINGLE MALT WHISKEY 16 YEAR
Let this rare 16 year Irish Single Malt lure you in with its symphony of aromas and tastes. The nose enthralls with mingling apricot, vanilla, and toasted oak. You will be mesmerized by the rush of flavors on the palate, like orange, caramel, and peaches & cream. Its complex finale dances all over the palate, beckoning you ever closer to that next sip.
JUST LEDOUX IT DOUBLE CASK STRAIGHT WHISKEY FINISHED IN WINE BARRELS
Named after country legend Chris LeDoux, you’ll enjoy this Kentucky Straight Whiskey, aged no less than four years, and finished in wine barrels. Bottled with crisp, clean water straight from the Rocky Mountains this wine barrel finish has rich dried raisin and bitter chocolate notes followed by a smooth, subtle, smoky finish.
Explore Different Types: Whiskey comes in a range of varieties, including Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, and rye. Familiarize yourself with the different styles to understand their unique characteristics and flavor profiles. For instance, while Bourbon has a sweeter, more subdued flavor, Scotch packs a smokier punch. This knowledge will help you narrow down your preferences and make an educated choice.
Set a Budget: Determine your budget before diving into the world of whiskey. Scotch whiskey tends to run pricey, though there are plenty of affordable Bourbons on the market. Prices can range significantly, so having a price range in mind will help you make appropriate selections without overspending.
Research Brands and Distilleries: Take the time to research reputable whiskey brands and renowned distilleries. Look for distilleries with a rich history, excellent craftsmanship, and positive reviews. This background information will give you a sense of the quality and reputation associated with a particular brand.
Read Reviews and Seek Recommendations: Consult whiskey reviews and seek recommendations from friends, family, or whiskey enthusiasts. Websites, magazines, and online communities dedicated to whiskey can provide valuable insights and suggestions to guide your decision-making process.
Consider Age and Maturation: Whiskey often carries an age statement, indicating the number of years it has been aged in oak barrels. Generally, older whiskeys tend to be more complex and smoother, although personal preferences may vary. Additionally, pay attention to the maturation process, such as whether the whiskey was aged in ex-bourbon casks or sherry casks, as it significantly impacts the flavor profile.
Attend Tastings: Whenever possible, attend whiskey tastings or visit distilleries that offer tours. Tastings provide an opportunity to sample different whiskies, allowing you to explore your palate and discover preferred flavors and styles. It’s an excellent way to expand your knowledge and refine your preferences.
Experiment and Discover: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new whiskeys. With the vast selection available, there’s always an opportunity to discover hidden gems and lesser-known brands that suit your taste preferences perfectly.
Check Whiskey Awards: Keep an eye out for whiskey awards and competitions. Recognitions such as “World Whiskies Awards” or “International Wine and Spirit Competition” can help you identify exceptional whiskies that have been acknowledged by experts in the field.
Purchase from Reputable Retailers: When buying whiskey, choose reputable retailers or online platforms known for their quality selection and customer service. These retailers often have knowledgeable staff who can provide guidance and assistance in your purchase.
Enjoy Responsibly: Once you’ve made your selection, savor your whiskey responsibly and take the time to appreciate its aroma, flavor, and craftsmanship. Share the experience with friends or loved ones who appreciate whiskey, as it can create memorable moments and deepen your appreciation for this timeless spirit.
By following these guidelines, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the whiskey market and find bottles that align with your preferences and budget. Remember, whiskey appreciation is subjective, so trust your palate and enjoy the journey of discovering your favorite drams.
Here are some fun Whiskey drink recipes to pair with your purchase:
Whiskey Sour: A classic cocktail that combines whiskey, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake the ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with a cherry or a lemon slice and enjoy the delicious sharpness that this timeless recipe has to offer.
Mint Julep: A quintessential summer drink, especially popular during the Kentucky Derby. Mix bourbon, simple syrup, and muddled fresh mint leaves. Serve over crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of mint, and escape the summer heat with this refreshing classic.
Highball: A simple and crisp whiskey cocktail. Fill a glass with ice, add whiskey, and top off with ginger ale or soda water. Ginger ale will give this cocktail a sweeter edge, while soda water will provide a milder flavor, allowing you to taste the fullness of the whiskey. Garnish the drink with a lemon or lime wedge and enjoy.
Whiskey Smash: A zesty whiskey cocktail full of citrus charm. In a shaker, muddle fresh mint leaves, lemon wedges, and a little sugar. Add whiskey and crushed ice, shake well, and strain into a glass. Garnish with mint sprigs and lemon slices.
Whiskey Iced Tea: The perfect way to spice up your average iced tea. Combine whiskey, iced tea, and a splash of lemon juice. Serve it over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. You can also add a sweetener like simple syrup if desired.
Boulevardier: This cocktail is a summer twist on the classic Negroni. Mix whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Serve it over ice and garnish with an orange twist.
Whiskey Mojito: An adventurous take on the classic Mojito. Muddle fresh mint leaves and lime wedges in a glass. Add whiskey, simple syrup, and soda water. Stir gently, add ice, and garnish with mint sprigs and lime wedges.
Whiskey Smash Slushie: The ideal remedy for summer heat. Blend whiskey, lemon juice, fresh mint leaves, and crushed ice until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a mint sprig.
Whiskey Ginger Lemonade: Mix whiskey, ginger ale, and freshly squeezed lemonade. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice or fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary.
Irish Buck: A basic blend of citrus and whiskey. Pour Irish whiskey over ice, add ginger ale or ginger beer, and squeeze in some fresh lime juice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
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