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Cocktails & Spirits

Whiskey gift for a beginner?

Ali G | Oct 26, 201401:28 PM     15

I have a 30th birthday coming up for a family member who is starting to get into whiskey a bit. I thought it would be nice to get him a couple of glencairn glasses a decent bottle of whiskey as a gift. Nothing over the top expensive. He is at a point where he still likes a couple of ice cubes to chill and dilute, but will skip the mixers. His job has him out schmoozing on an expense account, so I think he's trying to expand his palette to fit in with the execs who sip scotch and bourbon.

I tend to favor bourbon over scotch, so my mind goes to some of the easy drinking mid-shelf bottles...Four Roses small batch, Knob Creek, Eagle Rare 10, or maybe Elijah Craig. These are all about $25 and under and I enjoy them.

Any suggestions for a new whiskey drinker? Would you go for a scotch instead? Nothing too smokey or complex. Maybe Balvenie Double Wood, Old Pulteney, Highland Park 12, Macallen 12, etc?

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