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Scotch Whiskey gift for the Scotch drinker who has everything?

Hello! I'm looking for a Scotch gift for a friend who probably has all the classics. So I'm looking for something somewhat obscure, but great that they may not have heard of. I'd like to spend under $50 but would consider more if it's fantastic :)

I was hoping some of you might have an under-appreciated favorite. I'll need to be able to order it over the internet.

Thanks so much!

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  1. I hate to be discouraging, but this is tough. First, you haven't said what he (or she) has already. A Scotch "Collector" probably has a couple dozen bottles at least, and most of them will be over $50. If he loves a "bargain" < $50 scotch, he probably already owns it.

    Forging ahead anyhow...

    If you think he loves smokey, peaty Islay scotches, Michel Couvreur is excellent and little-known, and on sale for $50 (plus shipping unless you can buy more an qualify for free shipping to NY and nearby states):

    www.kindredcocktails.com | Craft + Collect + Concoct + Categorize + Community

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      I know -- I don't know what is in their collection, so that's why it has to be as obscure as I can find. Maybe there's something that my friend hasn't heard of? And it would be a total giveaway if I asked what they have or want! Thanks so much for the recommendation :)

    2. Instead of a Scotch whisky, why not give your friend a quality Irish whiskey? I think Irish whiskies might be a better value these days.

      Red Breast 12-year old is very good and sells in the $45-50 range.
      Bushmills Blackbush is very drinkable and sells in the $30-$35 range.

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      1. re: DavidT

        That's a good idea! He probably doesn't have any Irish whiskey either so I'd have a lot more freedom with that. Thanks -- those options look good!

      2. Does he have any Japanese Scotch?

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        1. re: kagemusha49

          I think you mean Japanese single-malt whisky. At the risk of picking a nit, Scotch whisky is only made in Scotland! That being said, Japanese whisky can be very, very good.

          1. re: DavidT

            Yes a Japanese made Scotch style single malt - should appeal to a Scotchophilr

            1. re: kagemusha49

              He probably doesn't, that's a great idea too. Thanks!

              1. re: alexisr

                I would second this approach and would recommend Japanese Whisky over Irish- it's flavor profile is more similar and approachable. It does not need to be Single Malt- Hibiki is a fine blended whisky.

        2. I ran this past the husband, he suggested The Macallan Cask Strength. A bit less well-known but your friend may well have had it. Prob $55-65 plus shipping.

          I would suggest to consider whisky tasting glasses; your friend may already have these -- have you been over for some Scotch and seen if he has these? A set of four plus shipping would be in your price range.


          (Vendor spells it wrong: s/be Glencairn)

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          1. re: DuchessNukem

            Thanks, that one looks good! I believe he does have some whiskey glasses though as we've had Scotch with them a couple times. But maybe there's some other scotch-related things to get him, so that's a good line of thought :) Thanks!

          2. Not sure what you mean by "all the classics", but if he likes smoky / peaty Islays this is one I have yet to try but have heard many say is worth twice the cost


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            1. re: ncyankee101

              Thanks so much! That looks like a really good find. By classics I just meant the expensive go-to gift Scotches, the most popular and well-known ones. I was just hoping to dig up something a little obscure. :)

              1. re: alexisr

                The Ardbeg is definitely fairly obscure, it's a limited release and not all that easy to find. But be sure he likes the heavily peated / smoky ones such as laphroaig or Lagavulin, because they are definitely an acquired taste.

                1. re: ncyankee101

                  Is Ardbeg so hard to find? I once thought it made a good gift for my friends in the U.S. and elsewhere (I am in Scotland), but then I started seeing it on all the high street shelves during my visits. Same with Caol Ila (my preferred Islay; it's lovely.)

                  1. re: Lizard

                    The uigeadail that I linked to in the post above is not easy to find.

                    I like Caol ila 12 yr quite a bit, I find it has a similar profile to Lagavulin though not quite as intense. I found a couple bottles on closeout in PA for $29 US and was quite happy.

            2. Depending upon where you live, ordering off the internet may NOT be available to you. That said, I'd check out the private and/or independent bottlings at D&M -- http://dandm.com/scotch-whisky.html -- or at K&L -- http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?N=...

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              1. re: zin1953

                Awesome. Private/Independent bottlings could be perfect. Thanks!

                1. re: alexisr

                  I'd definitely recommend the Bunnahabhain 12 year. It's a lovely whisky.

              2. Dont know if they ship to where your at but one of these would cover all of your bases:


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                1. re: evansp60

                  oh wow! Those look fantastic. Thanks so much!

                  1. re: evansp60

                    Yes, well -- if the OP does not reside in the UK, then what?

                  2. Another gift idea for a Scotch is a very nice aged Gouda.
                    I help a few Scotch clubs with cheese parings,
                    and the very best IMO, is Serafina from Two Sisters Dairy.
                    The combo with Scotch on the palate transforms the cheese
                    into something incredible.

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                    1. re: pacheeseguy

                      Another idea. Maybe a Blended Scotch. A good obscure, inexpensive one is Hankey- Bannister that works neat, on the Rocks, or in cocktails and is purportedly the favorite of Sir Winston Churchill. Make for a great story with the gift. Around $15-22!

                    2. If you don't mind my piggy-backing on this topic, how about a gift of American whiskey for someone from Scotland? A coworker of mine if having a birthday next week. He enjoys Scotch and drinks the native stuff, natch. What kinds of American whiskeys would appeal to him?

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                      1. re: shoes

                        Well, in an ideal situation, you would give him a bottle of whiskey made by a craft distiller in the US that is NOT for sale in the UK. There are dozens available . . . it all depends upon your budget, and what's available in your area.

                        Examples of what I mean would include:
                        -- http://www.stgeorgespirits.com/st-geo...
                        -- http://hudsonwhiskey.com/whiskeys/
                        -- http://www.stranahans.com/home/

                        . . . . and on and on and on.

                      2. How about Green Spot? It's a limited run single pot Irish Whiskey. Supposed to be very good.