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can i get a decent bottle of scotch for $50?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by XKxRome0ox, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    want to get a christmas gift for one of the bosses...
    i have been told that he enjoys scotch so i was thinking of getting him a bottle of something
    i don't want to spend too much ... and i don't know jack about scotch

    what are some of the "better" scotch brands?
    can i get a decent bottle for about $50?
     
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    JohnGalt Senior member

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    If he enjoys scotch and you don't know what he drinks, you are better off not buying it for him.
     
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    +1, 50 bucks isn't gonna get you into anything great if you don't really know the guy closely, so what I'd suggest is that you get him some Riedel small digestif glasses for drinking whisky from. They're quite nice and you might be able to get a pair for $50.
     
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    I have the 1991's and like them very much.

    lefty
     
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    +1 on the 2002. I love these glasses.
     
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    You can get a Laphroaig 10 year or quarter cask for under $50. Laphroaig is my favorite single malt. BUT it is very peaty and briny, so usually not something I'd give unless you know if he likes that style of scotch.
     
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    for whisky, broseph
     
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    yeah those are excellent, probably the best OP is gonna do. I would love those as a gift.
     
  10. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    cool thanks
    someone else mentioned laphroaig
    i will see if i can find it


    i don't want to get him the glasses ... he's a bachelor and i don't know what his living space is like... or whether he cares for nice drinking glasses at home
    i know that he likes to go out
    if i can get a decent scotch for $50-$60ish, i will call it a day
     
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    Romeo, K romeo - in America a decent bottle of single malt starts around $40-45 plus tax, and you can't be sure if he's a novice or experienced and will like or dislike a bottle. You don't even need to sell a decently cultured person on a boxed set of Riedels, even a pair- at worst they will sit in the box until the owner can appreciate them, or they'll be a $50 pair of glasses broken at a rich guy's bro party once filled with Johnny black and ice, whatever. If it's the guy whose Maserati you were driving around, I'd say get the $50 glassware instead of the $50 bottle of whisky - I know which one I'd rather have, and which one people would buy for themselves first.
     
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    ^

    I agree. As someone who has received a $50 bottle of scotch that I didn't much care for, I can tell you that the glasses will be a much more thoughtful and less presumptuous gift.

    If you're hellbent on getting him a bottle of scotch, at least find out which region he prefers.
     
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  14. lefty

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    Is this pee?

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    lefty

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    it might be man, maybe mine if I crash too soon after a bar heist; but Riedel type 1998 is great for mellow older whiskies, type 1987 (the cognac) is great for the sweet tooth drinkers who drink the sherry casked stuff because you can see the sugars cascade down the sides nicely, and then then type 2002 (lefty's pee pee glass) is nice as an all-rounder if you're drinking younger SMS.
     
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    To be honest, more often than not I just reach for a rock glass and pour.

    lefty
     
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    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    hmm
    ok
    point well taken

    so if i can find out what type of scotch he likes, i will try for a bottle
    otherwise i guess i will get him some glasses

    so... which one is the right one for a scotch? you guys are talking about whiskey now
     
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    Sir,

    This figure is about CHF10?
    Then the answer is certainly 'no'.

    Yours,

    Smith
     

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