Scotch help for Christmas gift
I posted this within a thread in the Ontario forum, but thought input from people here may get better results.
I'm looking to buy my dad a bottle of scotch for an xmas gift. He isn't into peaty/smokey scotches as much (I'd like more toned down than Highland Park 12). His favourite is Scapa 12. He also likes The Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12 and Johnny Walker Black. I want to go a step up from these, but still in the general flavour profile.
Here is my short list that I'm considering... what would you recommend from this list? (We have a government liquor control board monopoly as our only store, so selection isn't the best. If you suggest something not on the list, I may be interested in hearing about it, but I likely won't be able to buy it for this Christmas).
AUCHENTOSHAN THREE WOOD LOWLAND SINGLE MALT
THE BALVENIE 12 YR DOUBLEWOOD
CRAGGANMORE 12 YR OLD
GLENFIDDICH SINGLE MALT 15 YEAR OLD*
GLENKINCHIE 12 YEAR OLD LOWLAND SINGLE MALT
GLENMORANGIE SINGLE MALT
THE GLENLIVET 15 YEAR OLD IN LEATHER BOX**
THE GLENLIVET FRENCH OAK 15 YR
Thanks in advance!
it's an interesting list. The Balvenie always works as a gift. It's a fantastic malt that is a very high quality and always pleases. Of the list, Cragganmore probably has the most smoke. and Glenkinchie and Achentoshan have the least. I woudl avoid all three as a gift. Glenmorangie is good but pretty pedestrian. And I like Glenlivet as a good solid everyday malt but i don't think it makes a great gift. I'm simply not a Glendfiddich guy so i wouldn't go for those. The Balvenie would make the best gift from this list. It's different enough from the stuff he usually drinks: The Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12 and Johnny Walker Black, so it will be special. It will be an appreciated gift.
Those are all solid choices based on the flavor profile you described. I think the Cragganmore 12 and Glenfiddich 15 are probably the most interesting of the bunch, but Balvenie Doublewood is a real crowd pleaser and most people love it.
A few more suggestions.
Old Pulteney (rugged but not heavily peated)
Amrut Single Malt (an Indian malt in the Scotch style)
Thanks! (also, double thanks for searching LCBO website before suggestions). Is the Glenfiddich 15 much different than the 12? I've had the 12 many times, but not the 15.
I actually was going to include Old Pulteney on my short list, but it is a product listing with no product in stock anywhere.
Amrut sounds interesting - I hadn't even heard of it. Was planning spending more than he usually spends on bottles for himself though. However, I may pick this up for myself to give it a try.