Wow...that might have been the worst choice you could have made without knowing what he likes. That is one of the most aggressive Islays in the price range you set, if not the most aggressive. Its like you posted a thread asking for advice, got a bunch of good advice and then did the opposite. Best of luck on that gift, hope your boss like iodine and campfires.
(Nice picture though )
Aaack!!! What a thread.
I actually would not have agreed with gnat's advice on the three G's (very dull whiskys), though I always bow to his knowledge of bourbon, or the Laphroaig, though I would not have been as harsh as ama. I think that a Scotch lover would appreciate Laph even if he did not like it, and eventually, he might like it, or at least would want to try it again.
Quality glasses are a great gift. Even though I do not own, and do not like, the ones lefty has, had I received them as a gift I would be ecstatic, because they are Scotch glasses and they say that, so I would know my gift0giver gave it some thought. I might not appreciate that impolyt's selections are also good for Scotch (though I enjoy, as he pointed out, heavily sherried whiskys in my Sommeliers XO Cognac glasses).
But for any other reader of this thread, looking to gift scotch: Finding out your recipient's favorite region is great! But if not, it is really hard to go wrong with Speyside, as it is a very versatile all-rounder. My choice would be Cragganmore. If you have a store that has special editions by bottlers such as Signatory, Murray McDavid, or Cadenhead, any of those would likely be appreciated for their rarity. I would also suggest any of Diageo's 'Distillery's Edition' whiskys, which have an additional layer of flavor from secondary maturation -- the Cragganmore, Oban, Dalwhinnie would not be kicked out of bed by any Scotch drinker, and can be had for ~$50.