This may be the single best present for your whiskey loving friend (or for yourself, we won’t judge!). This wonderful five whisky set is a tour de force of world whiskies featuring highlights from Scotland, the USA, Japan, and Ireland. Every single one of these whiskies is worth your time and it is quite interesting to be able to taste such different styles alongside each other.
From Scotland we have two excellent entries with very different styles. Lagavulin 16 Year Old is a wonderful single malt scotch form the Island of Islay. This region is known for its massive peat-smoke flavor and the Lagavulin doesn’t disappoint. The second scotch is the well-known Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Platinum Label. A thankfully distant cousin to the Johnnie Walker Red or Black Label you may have had in college, this magnificent blended scotch is a fantastic example of just how good blended whiskies can be. From the USA we have the Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Bourbon. Noted for its wonderful notes of caramel and vanilla, Smooth ambler is a great representative bourbon in this sampler. From Japan we have the Nikka Whisky From The Barrel. Full bodied with plenty of winter spice, this is noted as one of the greatest values of whiskies in the world. Finally form Ireland, we have the delicious Teeling Single Grain, a whiskey aged to perfection to Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. Look for big notes of spice and fruit throughout.
This tasting set is a great introduction to anyone who loves spirits. Whether they have tasted dozens of world whiskies or have only had a few, this set will undoubtedly expand their palate and is thoroughly enjoyable throughout. Get your set for that special someone this holiday season!