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Buying whisky as a gift

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2y, 1m agoPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
When you know the person you're buying a gift for is fond of whisky, but you're not sure which whisky.

Here's a couple of reasonable choices at okayish prices.

These are the ones I usually hand out to friends and they do tend be rather pleased.
If anyone else has some good recommendations please feel free to share.
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2y, 1m agoPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
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This is always number one choice.

It's a single malt, not too expensive and nobody - not even serious whisky drinkers - ever objected to it. It's fairly 'safe' to give as a pressie;
http://images4.mysupermarket.co.uk/Products_1000/69/000769.jpg?v=7?1418846311921%20=1418846311921

Cheapest I can find it at the moment is £25 Tesco - usually closer to £35 - so nice price too.
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BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

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5 Likes #1
This is always number one choice.

It's a single malt, not too expensive and nobody - not even serious whisky drinkers - ever objected to it. It's fairly 'safe' to give as a pressie;
http://images4.mysupermarket.co.uk/Products_1000/69/000769.jpg?v=7?1418846311921%20=1418846311921

Cheapest I can find it at the moment is £25 Tesco - usually closer to £35 - so nice price too.
#2
The Laphroaig quarter cask is an Islay Whisky - DON'T give this unless you know for sure the whisky-lover likes 'peaty' island whisky.

It's very nice, not quite a Bowmore 18, but then again not quite £70 either.

http://images.mysupermarket.co.uk/Products/5/045005.jpg?v=7

Cheapest I can find it at the moment is £33 in Asda.
***# £25 Tesco #***


Edited By: tryn2help on Mar 18, 2015 13:13: i
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My brother drinks this and rates it.
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For the less discerning, but nevertheless appreciative whisky drinker it's difficult to go wrong with what is probably the best blended on the market; Grants family reserve.

http://images3.mysupermarket.co.uk/Products_1000/38/000738.jpg?v=7?1418847047737%20=1418847047737

Bit of a steal at only £12 in Asda.
#5
Well, that's my three fairly safe 'shouts' when buying whisky as a gift ( nice to see Donald's Monkey Shoulder in there too).

I'm no expert, and others may well have far better choices, but I'm fairly confident most peeps would appreciate any of those choices.
3 Likes #6
http://www.malts.com/var/plain_site/storage/images/our-whiskies/talisker/talisker-scotch-whisky-10-year-old/1574-21-eng-GB/Talisker-Scotch-Whisky-10-year-old.png

my favourite
1 Like #7
I normally love Jamesons at Christmas, but was tempted today when I saw Bushmill Black Bush in a shop today, I may be tempted to treat myself with a bottle.
1 Like #8
Great thread T2H. I wouldn't have a clue which whisky to buy as I don't drink it myself, so this is very helpful information :)
2 Likes #9
FTCom
I normally love Jamesons at Christmas, but was tempted today when I saw Bushmill Black Bush in a shop today, I may be tempted to treat myself with a bottle.
X) That's the trouble with most whisky lovers - they tend to buy gifts for themselves X)

My brother's been treating himself for years - say's nobody understands whisky like he does. (_;)
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Unless you know what your subject likes to drink, it's very difficult to know what to buy.

If you've got a spare few quid and you fancy getting me a bottle, I'll have one of these please 8)

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vics219
Great thread T2H. I wouldn't have a clue which whisky to buy as I don't drink it myself, so this is very helpful information :)
That's exactly why I made this thread, Vics - it's for peeps like yourself. <3
I remember how difficult it was trying to buy the right whisky - especially for some of my old Uncles (God rest their souls) - whisky was a serious business to them and they could be quite aggressive if I got it wrong - not quite 'throw the bottle to the floor aggressive' (they were never that offended) but 'throw me to the floor aggressive'. X)

Edited By: tryn2help on Dec 17, 2014 20:34
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Where's MaCallan and isle of jura. Ummmmmm
2 Likes #13
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)
3 Likes #14
BlackJax
Where's MaCallan and isle of jura. Ummmmmm
MA Callan is oot at the Bingo and Jura is due west of Glasgow by aboot a hunner miles.
#15
BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)
Soda Stream made up as a mix and fizzed with an empty Co2 bottle. the fizzy stuff ruins it for me.
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BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

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1 Like #17
The biggest tip I have for buying Whiskey is avoid Peaty for someone's first tipple. You could put them off whisky for life.
Glenmorangie is a good safe bet.
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BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

Omg, my first troll!
Never knew the thread was going to be this popular - I'm not prepared - I haven't got any witty retorts, dash and blast, can you delete it and come back in about 10mins - promise I'll have something ready <3
3 Likes #19
Yum.

http://www.talkingretail.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2010/11/05/new-look-for-bushmills-irish-whiskey/bushmills.jpg
1 Like #20
......waiting......
1 Like #21
If anyone posts JD, I'm going to smash their face in X)
1 Like #22
Monkeybumcheeks
Yum.

http://www.talkingretail.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2010/11/05/new-look-for-bushmills-irish-whiskey/bushmills.jpg
I'll bite. that's WhiskEy not Whisky

Edited By: Oneday77 on Dec 17, 2014 20:49
1 Like #23
Oneday77
Monkeybumcheeks
Yum.

http://www.talkingretail.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2010/11/05/new-look-for-bushmills-irish-whiskey/bushmills.jpg
I'll bite. that's WhiskEy not Whisky

See post #20
1 Like #24
Monkeybumcheeks
......waiting......
I visited Bushmills when I was over that way - can't remember the taste but it was a weird day of hexagonal rocks, rope bridges and leprechauns stealing golf balls.
2 Likes #25
Slightly off topic, but I've been getting into rum recently. Not the spiced stuff, but the nice stuff...

Anything made by El Dorado is very tasty.
2 Likes #26
powers whiskey.
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tryn2help
BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

Omg, my first troll!
Never knew the thread was going to be this popular - I'm not prepared - I haven't got any witty retorts, dash and blast, can you delete it and come back in about 10mins - promise I'll have something ready <3

Troll oO you clearly don't know what a troll is. Think yourself lucky you don't trolls are nasty pieces of work that can ruin peoples lives.

A little remark is not trolling :)
2 Likes #28
BlackJax
tryn2help
BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

Omg, my first troll!
Never knew the thread was going to be this popular - I'm not prepared - I haven't got any witty retorts, dash and blast, can you delete it and come back in about 10mins - promise I'll have something ready <3

Troll oO you clearly don't know what a troll is. Think yourself lucky you don't trolls are nasty pieces of work that can ruin peoples lives.

A little remark is not trolling :)

I think it was a light hearted comment.

Calm down. (_;)
2 Likes #29
Really though it does make me laugh when people say you can't add a mixer to malt, if that's how you like it then that's fine.
1 Like #30
Monkeybumcheeks
BlackJax
tryn2help
BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

Omg, my first troll!
Never knew the thread was going to be this popular - I'm not prepared - I haven't got any witty retorts, dash and blast, can you delete it and come back in about 10mins - promise I'll have something ready <3

Troll oO you clearly don't know what a troll is. Think yourself lucky you don't trolls are nasty pieces of work that can ruin peoples lives.

A little remark is not trolling :)

I think it was a light hearted comment.

Calm down. (_;)

So was my reply :| I'm very calm :)
2 Likes #31
BlackJax
Really though it does make me laugh when people say you can't add a mixer to malt, if that's how you like it then that's fine.

Horses for courses.

If you're going to dilute it, you might as well use Teachers, Bells or Grouse.
#32
Monkeybumcheeks
BlackJax
Really though it does make me laugh when people say you can't add a mixer to malt, if that's how you like it then that's fine.

Horses for courses.

If you're going to dilute it, you might as well use Teachers, Bells or Grouse.

I agree, I like a little water in my malts :)
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BlackJax


I agree, I like a little water in my malts :)
Whenever I've gone around distilleries they always say to add 2-3 drops of water to help release the flavour... it seems to work, but is it a placebo, since all non-cask strength whisky is diluted with water prior to bottling?
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fanpages
http://blogs.people.co.uk/take-it-easy/minimixset.jpg

I still have a bottle of "Discovery edition" waiting in the wings.
2 Likes #36
Just to throw my own tuppence worth in, my favourite Scottish malt is Bunnahabhain, it's an islay one so quite complex and powerful, but also different to any other islay I've tried.

I do have a soft spot for Japanese whisky too, some of the Yamazakis are sublime, I recently got a bottle of Nikka from the Barrel in an Amazon lightning deal, it's a blend and it comes in 50cl bottles but it's out of this world :)
2 Likes #37
BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

The best thing to put with a glass of whisky is another one.

http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2014/04/whisky.jpg
#38
BlackJax
tryn2help
BlackJax
Which brand of cola do you guys use in these? (_;)

Omg, my first troll!
Never knew the thread was going to be this popular - I'm not prepared - I haven't got any witty retorts, dash and blast, can you delete it and come back in about 10mins - promise I'll have something ready <3

Troll oO you clearly don't know what a troll is. Think yourself lucky you don't trolls are nasty pieces of work that can ruin peoples lives.

A little remark is not trolling :)
Lighten up BJ, was just joking with you <3

Edited By: tryn2help on Dec 17, 2014 21:28: i
1 Like #39
Monkeybumcheeks
BlackJax
Really though it does make me laugh when people say you can't add a mixer to malt, if that's how you like it then that's fine.

Horses for courses.

If you're going to dilute it, you might as well use Teachers, Bells or Grouse.
Even when I was a drinker I couldn't stand these brews - not even in hot toddy's - they were just too rough.
1 Like #40
IndianaBlues
Just to throw my own tuppence worth in, my favourite Scottish malt is Bunnahabhain, it's an islay one so quite complex and powerful, but also different to any other islay I've tried.

I do have a soft spot for Japanese whisky too, some of the Yamazakis are sublime, I recently got a bottle of Nikka from the Barrel in an Amazon lightning deal, it's a blend and it comes in 50cl bottles but it's out of this world :)

Japanese is the way forward apparently.

I must try some soon :)

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