I was posed an interesting question the other day. A friend of mine inquired via text-message as to what might be a good giftable bourbon. Due to expediency, I gave a hasty reply (which I will not share here). Since then, I’ve been pondering the question, and believe I have a pretty good advice for some tasteful gifts. Below is a list of bourbons that would please any non-aficionado if received as a gift. In other words, these bourbons taste good and look cool.
- William Larue Weller - buy it because it is delicious. May be hard to find, though.
- Colonel E.H. Taylor - Fanciful packaging sure to please, and a unique release each year.
- Willet Family Reserve - Easy to find. Anitque-ish bottle. Tastes like bourbon.
- Wild Turkey American Tradition - Comes in a big-ass box and has a well known name.
- Four Roses Single Barrel – There are dozens of varieties based on different combinations of barrel types. Could be interesting for the recipient to read about, and definitely good to drink.
- Blanton’s – It’s got a metal horse on top of the bottle. Everyone loves this.
- Angel’s Envy – because all the cool kids are drinking it these days, and it’s still possible to get a 1st edition.
- Basil Hayden’s – Smooth and easy drinking. Great for a beginner. Bottle is really cool.
- 1792 - Decent bourbon in a nice, solid looking bottle. Fits in well on a liqour shelf.
- W.L. Weller 12 year – Classic bottle and it’s just good bourbon.
Lower (< $25):
- Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut – Good for people that think they are ‘hard-core’.
- Old Grand Dad 114 – Comes in a nice box. Classic name. Good gift for Grandpa’s 114th birthday.
- Rebel Yell – Don’t be a yankee. Go for the 1.75 L.
- Fighting Cock – You know why.
- Kentucky Tavern – It’s what winners drink.
- Red Stag - Do not under any circumstance give anyone money for this. It will only encourage the manufacture of more.
- Ten Point WhiteTail Buck Brand Caramel Flavored Whiskey