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Boglehead Birthday Gift for 50th B Day - Fine Spirits

Post by DelcoEE » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:56 pm

One of my oldest and best friends is turning 50 in a month. Our families/spouses are friends so we already got him a nice gifts for the house BUT I want to give him something special just from me (man to man). I would like to spend between $50 and $100.

He is a social drinker so I was thinking of a good bottle of scotch or bourbon or some other fine spirit that he can use for future great events.

I am also considering drinkware or glassware and open for other suggestions.

thanks in advance for any ideas.

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Post by 123 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:01 pm

How about something like whiskey stones, they don't dilute the drink. https://www.amazon.com/Exclusive-Whiske ... +ice+cubes
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Post by DelcoEE » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:06 pm

123 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:01 pm
How about something like whiskey stones, they don't dilute the drink. https://www.amazon.com/Exclusive-Whiske ... +ice+cubes
That actually seems like a pretty cool idea (pun intended) and the type of suggestions I was hoping for.

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Post by bottlecap » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:12 pm

A bottle of Scotch or Bourbon is a great idea, but tastes do vary. Do you know already know what he likes or can you ask his wife?

I'd take that info to a good liquor store and ask for a recommendation. A good Bourbon can be had closer to $50, while Scotch will run a little more.

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Post by SquawkIdent » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:34 pm

123 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:01 pm
How about something like whiskey stones, they don't dilute the drink. https://www.amazon.com/Exclusive-Whiske ... +ice+cubes
Those are cool. I've never heard of them. :sharebeer

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Post by stemikger » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:43 pm

DelcoEE wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:56 pm
One of my oldest and best friends is turning 50 in a month. Our families/spouses are friends so we already got him a nice gifts for the house BUT I want to give him something special just from me (man to man). I would like to spend between $50 and $100.

He is a social drinker so I was thinking of a good bottle of scotch or bourbon or some other fine spirit that he can use for future great events.

I am also considering drinkware or glassware and open for other suggestions.

thanks in advance for any ideas.
I think you figured it out. A bottle of scotch for $50 or $100 is something he probably would not buy for himself, so he would think of you every time he opens it up to enjoy it. He may even share the first drink with you. This is what someone did for my Brother-in-Law, Johnny Walker Blue and he loved it every time he opened it up. I believe that Johnny Walker is more than $100, but I'm sure you can find something really good for $100.

I'm not a scotch drinker, but I love a nice bottle of wine and someone once bought me a bottle of wine for that price (Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon ) and it was something I really enjoyed because I would never buy that for myself, but I sure appreciated it and I still remember who bought it for me. Oh and it was awesome!!
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Post by Notgreg » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:19 pm

If he’s into Scotch, the Glen Moray 18 year should be around $100 and is very good. I think there’s a 15(?) year that’s probably closer to $50 as well.

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Post by Blueskies123 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:36 pm

SquawkIdent wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:34 pm
123 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:01 pm
How about something like whiskey stones, they don't dilute the drink. https://www.amazon.com/Exclusive-Whiske ... +ice+cubes
Those are cool. I've never heard of them. :sharebeer
I got some as a gift. They did not really work. They warm up very quickly. Do not waste your money. The grandkids play with them now as blocks.

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Post by MJW » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:56 pm

Booze as a gift has been pretty hit or miss for me. I haven't been given anything that I thought was awful, but definitely some I wouldn't have chosen for my tastes. Of course, it isn't much different from purchasing new things on my own to try out and not always picking a winner.

What does your friend typically order when he drinks socially? Would his spouse have an idea of what he likes? There are plenty of good options in your price range. An Irish whiskey might be a fun choice if you are struggling to choose between Scotch or Bourbon.

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Post by Sic Vis Pacem » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:19 pm

If you're looking for a bourbon in that price point, I might suggest Blanton's for one of the most well-rounded spirits available. Angel's Envy also sits in your window and is, in my opinion, one of the best values in Bourbon one can find. If you can find it, my current favorite is A Midwinter Night's Dram, by High West, although it may be a bit above $100 depending on the market.

For Scotch, you cannot go wrong with anything by Balvenie (if your friend enjoys the lighter speyside variety of scotch). Suntory's Hibiki is a Japanese Whiskey done in the scotch style that is probably my go-to favorite for Scotch drinkers outside the usual varieties.

If your friend prefers his drinks neat, he may enjoy the Norlan Whiskey glass, which I can say has a similar impact for spirits as a proper wine glass can do for a good red wine. https://norlanglass.com/

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Post by ThriftyPhD » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:42 pm

Consider a personalized set of glassware. A couple examples:

https://swankybadger.com/products/decan ... 9568008897
https://www.markandgraham.com/products/ ... nter-tray/

This way, he'll remember the gift for longer, and there won't be an issue of trying to match his taste preferences.

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Post by tesuzuki2002 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:43 pm

DelcoEE wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:06 pm
123 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:01 pm
How about something like whiskey stones, they don't dilute the drink. https://www.amazon.com/Exclusive-Whiske ... +ice+cubes
That actually seems like a pretty cool idea (pun intended) and the type of suggestions I was hoping for.
As an avid used .... I love Whiskey Stones!!!

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Post by bhsince87 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:53 pm

In my experience, high end booze is rarely a good gift. The exception being if you know for sure there is a specialty liquor he really likes.

The expensive stuff is sort of the opposite of the "least common denominator". As it gets more specialized, people tend to have stronger love it/hate it responses to it.

I'd go for a night out with him, if possible. Go to a place where you can do comparison tastings of something. Beer, wine, whiskey, etc.

Make a memory together!

And if you can't get together, maybe some sort of sampler package might be an option.
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Post by MJW » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:10 am

Sic Vis Pacem wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:19 pm
For Scotch, you cannot go wrong with anything by Balvenie (if your friend enjoys the lighter speyside variety of scotch).
I enjoyed my bottle of Balvenie Doublewood 12yr. It's on my list to repeat. The 14yr Caribbean Cask was good as well, but I was partial to the Doublewood.

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Post by mmcmonster » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:16 am

Nicolas wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:45 pm
How about a case of Bogle wine? It's quite good stuff.
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Wanted to second the Bogle wine. My wife and I love it! :beer

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Post by noco-hawkeye » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:16 am

For a scotch drinker, I like Lagavulin 16. I think this would be around your price point.

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Post by UpperNwGuy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:22 am

Unless you already know what he likes, don't give him booze. My father has a cabinet of high end booze that people have given him, but he doesn't like it, so he now discreetly gives it away to people who do.

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Post by UpperNwGuy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:23 am

noco-hawkeye wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:16 am
For a scotch drinker, I like Lagavulin 16. I think this would be around your price point.
Ok, sorry to be rude, but this is exactly the type of gift that has a high potential of backfiring. Lagavulin 16 has distinct notes of iodine and smoke, and only some Scotch drinkers like it. The others hate it. (I happen to like it.)

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Post by DelcoEE » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:33 am

Thanks for all the help. I am leaning towards DiSaronno Amaretto Liqueur because I know he likes that. Plus you can also make a lot of interesting drinks. It is great for holidays and it seems to appeal to even very light drinkers both male and female.

But I still have a 10 days to decide so suggestions are still welcome.

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Post by elcadarj » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:58 am

I’m a fan of the fine liquor gift as both giver and receiver. Since he likes Amaretto, I suggest you go with the scotch idea but with a twist: port barrel aged scotch. The scotch picks up the fruit flavors from the port barrels. Very tasty after dinner.

I like the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 yr old: https://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/g ... ld-whisky/

The slight sweetness it picks up from the port barrels can be offputting to some tastes but if he likes Amaretto after dinner, I would think he would enjoy this.

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Post by Luke Duke » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:24 am

You might ask his wife to take a picture of his liquor cabinet contents and sent it to you. This would give you a good idea of what he likes.

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Post by goodlifer » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:29 am

I bought my husband a personalized mini oak barrel for Christmas that he likes. Everyone that sees it wants it, and you can age a variety of liquors in it. Personally, I go with a good champagne for a birthday.

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Post by ram » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:42 am

https://www.totalwine.com/spirits/scotc ... p/97175200

Johny walker sampler. Includes 200 ml of blue label.
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Post by noco-hawkeye » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:54 am

Nicolas wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:43 pm
noco-hawkeye wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:16 am
For a scotch drinker, I like Lagavulin 16. I think this would be around your price point.
Noco, sorry for interrupting, but is Lagavulin 16 that much better than say Laphroaig 10? I'm also a fan of smoke and never tasted the Lagavulin, but my Laphroaig is less than half the price. Is it worth it? I just wanted your opinion, thanks.
Yes, I think it is worth it. Perhaps what I would do is try it first at a bar and decide for yourself.

I agree that Islay scotches can have a strong reaction, but the Lagavulin is more balanced and less off putting to most of my non scotch friends. My wife might try a few sips of the Lagavulin, where as Laphroaig she wants to be on the other side of the room with.

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Post by queso » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:44 am

noco-hawkeye wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:54 am
Nicolas wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:43 pm
noco-hawkeye wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:16 am
For a scotch drinker, I like Lagavulin 16. I think this would be around your price point.
Noco, sorry for interrupting, but is Lagavulin 16 that much better than say Laphroaig 10? I'm also a fan of smoke and never tasted the Lagavulin, but my Laphroaig is less than half the price. Is it worth it? I just wanted your opinion, thanks.
Yes, I think it is worth it. Perhaps what I would do is try it first at a bar and decide for yourself.

I agree that Islay scotches can have a strong reaction, but the Lagavulin is more balanced and less off putting to most of my non scotch friends. My wife might try a few sips of the Lagavulin, where as Laphroaig she wants to be on the other side of the room with.
+1. Among the Islay scotches, Lagavulin and Ardbeg are quite a bit less peaty than Laphroaig. It took me a while to appreciate Laphroaig, but now I really like it. I'm not sure I think Lagavulin is worth the price differential it commands vs. the other 2, but I like it so I have a bottle in my bar. I also really like Talisker although it isn't an Islay malt.

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Post by jrbdmb » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:21 pm

UpperNwGuy wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:23 am
noco-hawkeye wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:16 am
For a scotch drinker, I like Lagavulin 16. I think this would be around your price point.
Ok, sorry to be rude, but this is exactly the type of gift that has a high potential of backfiring. Lagavulin 16 has distinct notes of iodine and smoke, and only some Scotch drinkers like it. The others hate it. (I happen to like it.)
Bingo. I would love a bottle of Lagavulin 16 or 12 as a gift, but I would probably consider a bottle of Johnny Walker a waste of money. Others won't go near smokey Scotches like Lagavulin / Laphroiag / Ardbeg but love milder Highland malts. Do not buy Scotch unless you know specifically what this gentleman likes.

You are a "little" safer with American whiskey, but why blow $80 for a bottle of Blanton's on someone who doesn't like whiskey at all or is perfectly happy with a $20 bottom-shelf brand?

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Post by nicad2000 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:15 pm

MJW wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:10 am
Sic Vis Pacem wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:19 pm
For Scotch, you cannot go wrong with anything by Balvenie (if your friend enjoys the lighter speyside variety of scotch).
I enjoyed my bottle of Balvenie Doublewood 12yr. It's on my list to repeat. The 14yr Caribbean Cask was good as well, but I was partial to the Doublewood.
I was going to suggest either the Balvenie Doublewood or the Caribbean Cask as well. Both would appeal to a much wider range of tastes than an Islay single malt.

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