Take it back to the basics
Does Scotland tend to strike their fancy or is the corn-bread Bourbon more their style? Getting the lay of the land (and their palate) can help narrow down the options.
Assess their Whisky knowledge
If they’re aficionados with a well-stocked home bar, they probably have a wealth of knowledge about Whiskey and the accessories to best enjoy it. (That means decanters and glasses are probably out.)
In this case, you’ll want to choose a bottle that’s outside of their go-to category or something less common. If Scotch lines their shelves, consider getting them started on some Japanese Whisky that closely mirrors Scotch’s style and is found on most connoisseurs’ wishlists.
For the newbs
It’s also a fantastic way to begin building the basics of a Whisky lover’s home bar.
Decide if you’re going for mass-market or craft.
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Think outside of the bottle
Perhaps a graphic tee with some witty Whisky repartee or a fancy new flask they can flash when they’re out with friends. A Whisky coffee table book might be a fine gift, but let’s be real — reading about it isn’t remotely as much fun as drinking it.
In that case, you might consider gifting a Flaviar membership. Show them you care and gift your Whisky lover a year of good things!
Membership gives them access to themed Tasting Boxes and full-sized bottles of Whisky from all over the world along with the opportunity to “choose their own adventure”.
Side effects of being a Flaviarista include becoming an expert aficionado, trying the one-percenter Spirits, taking your hobby to the next level, and sharing your passion for the good stuff.
Look at the bottom line
Keep in mind that Scotch is generally pricier than U.S. Whiskey mainly due to import tariffs, and the popular demand for Japanese Whiskies means bottles command a higher price point.
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The hot stuff
1) Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon Whiskey won a 2020 Whiskies of the World Gold Medal. It is a true estate operation with everything done on-site from field to bottle. This is a four-grain Bourbon and they raise their own — non-GMO corn, winter rye, winter wheat, and two-row barley.
It’s continuously distilled in a 3-tower Vendome set-up and aged for four years in new oak. There is zero chill-filtration and cut to proof with the amazing snow-melt water to serve at 45% ABV for your pleasure.
Flaviar sat down with Colby and Ashley Frey to chat about the Spirit, the passion, the art of distillation, and women in the Whiskey industry. Uncover more secrets of Whiskey grains from Frey Ranch Distillery in this interview.
2) Wild Turkey Longbranch Small Batch Bourbon
One day, Matthew McConaughey said "Alright, alright, alright" and called the Bourbon legend Eddie Russel of Wild Turkey and told him he'd love to make a special kind of Whiskey. And they did. They compared notes, Matthew made a lot of calls in the middle of the night, and they created Longbranch.
Longbranch means an extending welcoming hand and it's not-so-secret secret is Mesquite. It's the actor's favorite grilling wood and it grows in Texas. They used it to refine the Bourbon and give it "that scent you remember."
Hum and pound your chest like a Wolf from Wall Street and share a sip of this rare and special potion with your Bourbon lover.
3.) Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon was first released in 1991. Since then, there have only been 10 releases. So now you understand why it’s called “Rare Bird.” Let’s cut right to the specs. Don’t worry that there is no age statement.
All the experts agree that this powerhouse Bourbon is a combination of six, eight, and twelve-year-old top-end product. The mash bill is 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley. And it’s bottled at cask strength! We’ve tested it straight up, but this monster was made to stand up to ice and a splash of water and teach it who’s boss.
Take it to the next level
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