I'm looking to purchase a whisky tasting set for my brother-in-law, but I'm torn between which one to get. The "example" I was sent from my sister was for one of Master of Malt's sets, but since I don't know anything about whisky, I'm not sure if they are worth the price. The set is 5 (30 ml) bottles of various brands from around the world, all of which seem to be distillers you wouldn't be able to find "just anywhere." However, it's $80 (with shipping) for what amounts to 1/2 c of liquor. (And, strangely, most similar tasting sets I've seen have all bee from the UK.) The brands included in the set are Connemara Peated, Mackmyra First Edition, Sullivan's Cove Double Cask, Hancock's President's Reserve, Yoichi 20 Year Old.
On the other hand, there is a Glenfiddich set at the liquor store for $43 that contains 3 (200 ml) bottles of their 12, 15, and 18 year. I understand that is generally regarded as a good brand, as well.
My dilemma is this: do I get him the (potentially) super-fancy but stingy set or the (boring?) but more than a sip set? I am willing to spend the money on something nice if it's really worth it, but without being a whisky drinker, I have no idea if it is worth it. For the record, the recipient is not a whisky connoisseur, either.