First, I realize it is entirely futile to find anything of quality or up to high standards in San Diego. I know I'm an idiot because I enjoy meals as restaurants that are nothing but cafeteria food, and my achingly low standards indicate my complete inferiority to the elite chowhounds.
And, just to prove it, I'll tell you I know nothng of fine whiskey.
Thus, my plea. A very good friend enjoys a fine whiskey called Hibiki- it's Japanese, and my friend enjoys it enough that it rarely remains in the cupboard.
I'm interested in buying something similar as a gift for my friend- similar quality and style, but not the same stuff.
If it helps, I promise not to besmirch the content by sampling it myself- it would, after all, be wasted on my SuperSergio palate.
Are there any whiskeyphiles here that might make a suggestion?
To their great credit, BevMo in MV freely admitted to being clueless about this.
Thank you in advance.
This is not intended to be a joke answer, really.
Eureka Burger, your most recent addition to San Diego's proliferation of upscale burger joints (at the revamped UTC mall, roughly between the new Arclight Cinema and Macy's in the old Miami Grill footprint), claims to have an extensive whiskey and craft beer list. They'd have a hard time standing out on the latter in San Diego at large, though that part of town is desperately void of places with nice beer lists. You should give them a call and see if they carry Hibiki, though - it is worth a shot.
Your best bet (not to add anymore to your, ahem, inferiority complex) is to try a couple of shops up in LA.
KL Wines (in Hollywood) and Wally's (in Westwood) both carry a wide selection of foreign whiskeys, incl. Japanese imports by Suntory.
If they do not have Hibiki in stock, they can most likely order it for you.