It’s time to look at whisky as the perfect birthday gift

Gifting a bottle of whisky really is one of the most underrated options out there. Not many people consider gifting a bottle of good whisky on birthdays, and as people that love whisky, it just doesn’t sit right with us.

Few things can match the joy of receiving a bottle of whisky on your birthday as an adult. For gift-givers, whisky opens up so many new avenues for gifting that the tired old concepts just cannot keep up with. Wouldn’t you love to receive a bottle of whisky instead of a gift card, flowers or even the personalized office stationery?

Gifting whisky just makes more sense as adults since it not only gives you something you can definitely treasure for many, many years to come, it also enables the gift-giver to showcase their knowledge. Understanding the kind of whisky a person would love, or getting them a bottle of whisky that matches their birth-date is absolutely incredible. You could even go the distance and match the age of the whisky with the age of the receiver if money is no object.

Another interesting option is to match the date of their birthday with the age of the whisky. Let’s just hope they aren’t born between the 20th and 31st of any month or you are looking at a really expensive whisky there.

Whiskies aren’t just amazing collectibles, but can also be wonderful conversation starters for many people. If you are getting a bottle of whisky for someone that truly loves them, it has the potential to show you really care about their interests.

If not for any of the aforementioned reasons, gifting a bottle of whisky is just perfect because that is a gift you can immediately unwrap, and use it to celebrate in that very moment. A bottle of whisky, a reason to celebrate and the people you love can be a wonderful recipe for a memory that can potentially last a lifetime.

If at any point in life have you felt confusion and bewilderment at purchasing a birthday present, we can safely say this for a fact that you can pretty much never go wrong with a bottle of whisky. So as long as you know what you’re getting, and what kind of person you are getting it for, you can rest assured that yours might the best birthday gift they shall receive. Now if you still have some doubts about it, worry not for we are here to help you with five of our best recommendations for whisky gifting.

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish whiskey

Jameson Whiskey

Let’s say you are planning to purchase a whiskey as a gift for someone that doesn’t necessarily drink whiskey a lot. This Jameson expression is the perfect way to turn them into a whiskey lover. Matured in ex-Stout beer barrels, this blended Irish whiskey has some delicious and enticing flavours that can tempt non-whiskey drinkers too. The Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition is full of dark chocolate, coffee, milk toffee, hazelnuts and butterscotch flavours and aromas. The best part? This is an excellent whiskey, and not too expensive either!

Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch whisky

Aberlour 12

Full of Sherry goodness, the Aberlour 12 Year Old is a single malt to gift someone that really loves Scotch whisky. We mean really, really loves them and may even have their own personal collection of whiskies! It is quite impossible to go wrong with a bottle of Aberlour, even if you’re planning to get one for yourself. The guys at Aberlour have mastered Double Cask Maturation, and this Speyside single malt is a testament for the art. Rich, full-bodied, and a well-balanced sweet and spicy whisky, the Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt is the gift for someone you want to impress.

Ballantine’s 17 Year Old Blended Scotch whisky

Ballantines 17

For the veterans of the whisky world, no other bottle of whisky could inspire delight as the Ballantine’s 17 Year Old. A landmark blend created after the end of Prohibition in America, this whisky is the stuff of legends. The Ballantine’s 17 Year Old is considered to be the stuff of dreams for many, and for good reason. It is the Ballantine’s blend to have won the most awards among all their other stellar creations. Honey sweetness, delicious vanilla and soft spice with a hint of smoke complete a fantastic combination of flavours on this one.If you are considering gifting this whisky to a person with grey hair, and lots of life experience, its one of the best ideas you will ever have.

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Whisky

Glenlivet 12

A bottle of The Glenlivet is nothing short of gifting someone the epitome of luxury, and opulence. This Speyside single malt Scotch is considered to be one of the world’s best whisky brands, and the12 Year Old expression is simply divine. It is best described as light, smooth and full of fruity pineapple flavours, floral aromas with a luxuriously long finish. The Glenlivet Distillery was the first licensed distillery in the Speyside, and today, it is one of the world’s bestsellers. If you are looking for a gift that signifies prestige and fine taste, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is your answer. This is an ideal gift for someone you truly respect, and expect to win over because it is not an expense one considers for just anyone.

Chivas Regal Extra Whisky

Glenlivet 12

For our final recommendation, we recommend the Chivas Regal Extra, which is one of our universal choices of whisky gifts for just about anyone. The Extra is one of the newest inclusions into the Chivas Regal core range, and not many people have had the good fortune to try it yet. This is an extraordinary no-age-statement blend from the masters at Chivas, finished in rare Oloroso Sherry barrels from Jerez, Spain. A delicate balance of sweet and spicy flavours with lots of dried fruit, candied ginger and dark chocolate. Phenomenal stuff from Chivas once again.

That concludes our list of recommendations for whisky gifts for birthdays, and you may have noticed a curious absence of whiskies from different parts of the world. For the sake of maximum availability, we have kept our recommendations limited to the best and most premium brands and expressions available throughout India. Unfortunately, save for duty free stores, many Irish, American and Japanese whiskies remain out of our reach.

The Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, Aberlour 12 Year Old, Ballantine’s 17 Year Old, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old and the Chivas Regal Extra are our top picks for whiskies as birthday gifts for your loves ones to shake things up a bit and surprise them!