Single-Malt Suggestion for a Present?
Looking to send someone a bottle that's not too obvious, but not too obscure. Maybe in the $40-60 price range. Don't think he's a connoisseur, but would like to get something that he'd like, even if he is (and wouldn't be too off-putting, if he isn't).
Dalmore? Macallan? Laphroaig? Oban?
Please let me know -- thanks!
If I were getting a gift of Single-malt, I would love a Balvenie Double-Wood. I can find it in that price range.
I would recommend against "Islay" scotches as gifts. Most scotch drinkers like Highland, among others. Some are not as fond of Islay products.
Just my my experience. Your mileage may vary.
I think the Balvenie Double Wood is a fine one, too. Macallan is also a classic. If you're thinking lighter, the first bottle of single malt that I bought was Dalwhinnie, and it's a fine "training wheels" Scotch.
Another that I've been really excited about lately is Bunnahabhain. The standard bottling (forget the age statement w/o going and looking) is very rich and complex without being overly island-y. And it's reasonably priced and hasn't gone through the inflation that a lot of my other favorite brands have seen lately.
I concur on Islay malts..I like Bruichladdich, which is Islay's only independent distillery and has some great malts with great stories to accompany them. I believe several of their expressions are in the $60 range. A great, unbiased site for tasting videos and information is singlemalt.tv. Cheers and good luck!