Putting together a Scotch sampler, please help!
I want to put together a sampler of Scotches in 50ml bottles. The recipient has tried and enjoyed Glenlivet 12 and Highland Park 18 (which unfortunately the local store is no longer stocking in the mini airplane bottles). I really wanted to include an Islay (I've had Laphroaig but he hasn't) but no one seems to sell any of the Islays in sample bottles. Buying a larger bottle isn't an option for this particular gift.
Here's what's available to me:
Arran 10 Yr Single Malt Scotch
Glenfiddich Special Reserve 12yr
Glenlivet 12 Scotch
Longmorn 15 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky 90 Proof
Macallan 12 Years Old
The Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year Single Malt Scotch 80 Proof
All of these are Speysides except for maybe the Arran (I'm not familiar with it)? Is there too little variety amongst these bottlings to make a gift sampler interesting? Or does anyone have a fabulous source that stocks a greater variety of 50ml bottles?
All of the more common blended scotches are available in this size too, but I didn't think it made sense to include blended Scotch with single malts. Yes/no?
Arran is an Island Scotch and would be an interesting edition. The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and Glendullan are all pretty similar. The Macallan and Longmorn are a bit different as they are sherried.
Unfortunately, in the US, it's very hard to find good miniature bottles of single malt. I've seen Macallan 18, which is a step above the 15. The more common blends available in mini size aren't going to be comparable to these malts, but you could throw in a Johnny Walker Black for comparison sake.
There are a few miniature sets that are available. I've seen Glenmorangie sets of their four different finishes. There may be others as well.
It looks like the Whisky Shop USA has a larger selection of miniature bottles. They offer more than just Speyside single-malts. Ardbeg, Arran, Isle of Jura and Tobermory are all from the west coast of Scotland.
They also offer several 100ml and 200ml bottles and some "sampler" packs from various distilleries.