Whiskey for a gift
So I am looking for a gift, a nice bottle of whiskey. Probably Canadian. but not sure. So normally my friend drinks Crown Royal, or Canadian Club Sherry Cask..sometimes will venture into Knob Creek, Devils Cut. I'd like to get him a nice bottle of somethig for Christmas. My budget is 100$ or a little more. Any good ideas?
Scotch is probably the broadest and most rewarding whiskey category. Something like Auchentoshan Three Wood ($80-ish in Boston) would have lots of sherry notes that you know he likes and is very accessible (for Scotch).
The downside is that nice everyday Scotches are hard to find under $30-$40.
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If he likes Crown Royal, Forty Creek is a bit more elegant Canadian Whisky that he might enjoy. Another nice Canadian that's pretty easy to find is Caribou Crossing. These retain those sweet Canadian notes but with a bit more complexity, and in Caribou Crossing's case, a bit of spice.
If he sometimes ventures into American whiskies... try Eagle Rare, you just can't miss. Buffalo Trace a close 2nd.