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The Best Whiskeys To Gift Someone

Giving whiskey as a gift is a great way to show someone you care, but there are a few things to consider before making your purchase.

First, consider the recipient's taste. Not everyone likes the same type of whiskey, so it's important to know if they prefer a smooth, mellow whiskey or a bold, smoky one. You can ask them directly or take note of what they usually drink.

Next, think about the occasion. Is this a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, or is it just a casual gift? Different occasions call for different types of whiskey. For example, a high-end whiskey might be more appropriate for a milestone celebration, while a more affordable option might be better for a casual gift.

It's also important to consider the price point. While some people may appreciate a more expensive whiskey, others may not. If you're not sure what the recipient would like, a mid-range whiskey is a safe option.

Finally, consider the packaging. Some whiskey comes in elegant bottles that can make a great presentation, while others are more plain. If you're giving the whiskey as a gift, the packaging can add an extra special touch.

With these things in mind, you're sure to choose the perfect bottle of whiskey that the recipient will love. But just in case, here are a few whiskeys that we would recommend.

Our Favorite Whiskeys To Give As A Gift

Jameson 18 Year Irish Whiskey

ABV: 40%

Description: Matured for 18 years in hand-selected oak casks from Europe and America, this rare whiskey is finished in first-fill bourbon barrels. This rite of passage introduces subtle traces of vanilla to an exceptionally balanced, mellow whiskey with a lingering finale of wood, spice and toffee. An elder statesman of our portfolio.

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Hibiki Japanese Whiskey

ABV: 43%

Description: “Kanzen” or complete, Hibiki Whisky is a harmonious blend of innumerous malt and grain whiskies which are meticulously blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas. Seductive, blossoming and enigmatic, Hibiki Whisky celebrates an unrivaled art of blending, fine craftsmanship and a sense of luxury from the House of Suntory.

Hibiki was launched in 1989 to commemorate Suntory’s 90th anniversary, and has ever since been embraced as the paragon of The Art of Japanese Whisky, the very product of Japanese nature and her people. Hibiki Whisky is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, but among the most prestigious and honored whiskies in the world.

Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select

ABV: 45%

Description: Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey pays tribute to Jack Daniel’s biggest fan: Frank Sinatra. To give Sinatra Select its distinct flavor, deep grooves are carved into handcrafted, charred oak barrels. This proprietary process doubles the barrel’s surface exposing whiskey to unprecedented levels of toasted oak. The added exposure imparts a rich amber color, bold character, and pleasant smokiness, punctuated by an incredibly smooth vanilla finish. Much like Frank, this Tennessee Whiskey is one of a kind. Before bottling, each drop is delicately balanced for refined smoothness.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select celebrates a man who lived without hesitation or compromise. The result is a distinctive expression of style and grace, in keeping with the kindred spirit that it honors.

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Whiskey 

ABV: 46%

Description: Midleton, the brand name synonymous with the annual vintage release of Midleton Very Rare and with the limited releases of Midleton Single Pot Still Whiskeys, added its first permanent Single Pot Still Whiskey to its range in 2011.

Bearing the name of the celebrated second generation Midleton Master Distiller, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy represents a selection of pot still whiskeys which have been matured exclusively in American bourbon barrels with a subtle contribution from a pot still distillate which has matured in an unseasoned American barrel.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch

ABV: 40%

Description: Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an unrivaled masterpiece – an exquisite combination of Scotland’s rarest and most exceptional whiskies. Only one in every ten thousand casks has the elusive quality, character and flavor to deliver the remarkable signature taste. An extraordinary whisky for extraordinary occasions.

The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Year Old Scotch Whiskey

ABV: 43%

Description: When matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry seasoned oak casks from Jerez, Spain, our rich, fruity and full bodied ‘new make’ spirit is transformed into a classic single malt. Once filled, the maturing spirit remains undisturbed in the same casks for 12 years and is brought together in this rich and complex whisky characterized by spice and dried fruit and a natural rich golden color.

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