Best Whiskies that you can gift your Boss this Christmas
Buying Christmas presents is perhaps one of the most rewarding yet stressful things in life, and even more so when you’re buying one for your boss. As easy as it can be to get away with gifting with friends and family, getting a Christmas present for your boss is one situation where you want everything to be perfect.
An important opportunity to make an impression, it would be advisable to play to your strengths and avoid the usual clichés involved in gifting at the office. Yes, it means exactly what you think it means; no desk decorations, no cheeky greeting cards, no coffee mugs, no books or even accessories. These are highly subjective choices, and what you love could end up being despised by the person you are gifting it to.
Now there are some things that are loved universally, and if you’re looking forward to creating a lasting impression on your manager, getting them a bottle of whisky is the right thing to do. But not just any bottle of whisky will do for Christmas, and the gift has to live up to the magnitude of the occasion.
Here are our top picks for the perfect whisky gift ideas for your boss this Christmas that will not only help you make a good impression, but might also earn you an invite to share a drink with them. Beginning from the mildly expensive to the obscenely generous, these are our 9 best whisky gifting recommendations this Christmas.
The holidays are the ideal moment to introduce your boss to the exceptional goodness of Jameson Caskmates, the creamy and delicious sibling of the Jameson family. Finished in ex-Stout barrels sourced from a local brewery, this is innovation at its finest, backed with the quality that Jameson has been known for worldwide.
Irish whiskeys are highly underrated in India, and if this is the chance for you to introduce your boss to a whole new spectrum of brilliance, this is the bottle to do it with. Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition falls in the price range of 4300-4500 INR.
Nothing spells elegance and fine taste like a bottle of Chivas Regal, and to do it with one of their newest releases would truly be sublime. The Chivas Regal Extra is a Sherry finished blended Scotch whisky that brings the best of both worlds; the creamy smoothness of Chivas Regal, and the rich flavours absorbed from the Sherry cask.
If your boss is a whiskyhead like you have observed him to be, this is a bottle that they will add to their collection with a wide smile. The Chivas Regal Extra is available under the price range of 6000-6500 INR.
A classic Speyside single malt Scotch that has wowed one and all with its immense quality. Double-cask-matured, the Aberlour 12 borrows its rich flavours and aroma from a combination of the conventional Oak and Sherry barrels.
It is the perfect balance of the quintessential Speyside characteristics mingling in harmony with a considerable Sherry influence. The Aberlour 12 is a blessing for single malt lovers, and if your boss treasures his single malts, this is a gift that will earn you a lot of brownie points with him. A bottle of the Aberlour 12 Year Old will cost you anywhere between 5000-5500 INR.
The Ballantine’s 17 Year Old is as good as blends get, and we can say that with certainty about this serial-Gold-medal winning Scotch because, it is! While it is impossible to ever go wrong with a bottle of Ballantine’s, this is one expression from the historic house of blends that inspires universal acclaim.
Sweet and creamy with explosions of vanilla, honey and smoke, the Ballantine’s 17 Year Old ticks off all the desired characteristics on the checklist of the most desirable blended Scotch whiskies ever released. If you truly love your boss and wish to convey your gratitude to them, this is Christmas whisky to do it with. The Ballantine’s 17 Year Old falls under the 8000 INR price range.
‘The Single Malt that started it all’ would be the most immaculate choice of whisky to gift someone that not only appreciates, but understands what decadence and exclusivity mean. The Glenlivet 15 Year Old is a single malt so uniquely created, it would be impossible to do without the expertise of Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller with over 40 years of experience.
As smooth as one would expect a 15 year old single malt Scotch, this masterpiece was finished in French Limousin Oak barrels, sourced from Dordogne, France. This type of wood is used to mature cognac, and The Glenlivet was one of the first distilleries to foresee the magic this could work on their single malt. Fruity, creamy and rich with a delicate spiciness describes The Glenlivet 15 very well. A bottle of this magnificent single malt Scotch falls under the range of 6000-6500 INR.
Blended malt Scotch whiskies were once very popular, but have since faded away but when Monkey Shoulder arrived, it resurrected this dying category with style. A triple blended malt Scotch, this is a fine whisky that has gained a lot of prominence in recent years.
A lot of the young whisky loving audience has developed an affinity towards this delightful whisky that works great as a mixer for a variety of whisky based cocktails. It’s an amazing Scotch to drink neat too, as one would expect from a blend of three stellar William Grant & Sons distilleries from the Speyside. Incredibly flavourful, smooth and creamy, and falls under the price range of 5800-6000 INR.
A landmark Indian whisky, and not to forget, comes from the house of Amrut Distilleries, creators of the first ever Indian single malt. The Fusion is a great addition to the core Amrut inventory, bringing the best of Scottish and Indian ingredients and technique together, hence the name.
Amrut Fusion is distilled separately from mash bills of unpeated Indian barley (75%) and peated Scottish barley (25%), and aged for four years, then blended together and finished in Oak barrels for a further three months. The result is a whole lot of fruit with just a hint of smoke and spice in flavour that proves a point as to how far Indian whisky has come over the years. This is an extraordinary Indian whisky, and has yet to burst through the mainstream whisky scene, making it a valuable addition to any private whisky collection. A bottle of Amrut Fusion Indian single malt whisky will cost you around 4700-5000 INR.
This is a little known, yet phenomenal Speyside single malt that deserves more recognition. The Singleton Glendullan is a very light and refreshing drink with a gentle sweetness that makes it a great base for cocktails, and an equally wonderful neat drink.
Outside of Europe, the Singleton Glendullan hasn’t found mainstream success as many other boutique and fashionable single malts and other classic heavyweights such as The Glenlivet, but not for the lack of quality. The Singleton Glendullan 12 Year Old makes for a terrific gift since the receiver shall be thanking you later for introducing them to a must-try drink. You can purchase The Singleton Glendullan 12 Year Old for around 6700-7000 INR.
An incredible Johnnie Walker blend that gets overlooked too often in favour of the Red, Black and Double Blacks. A replacement blend for the Centenary blend, this is an elusive Johnnie Walker, but one that will be immensely appreciated by the person receiving it.
The Gold Label Reserve is a great blend full of caramel, toffee and fruity notes, and is a phenomenal drink no matter the drinking preferences. For people who love to take their Scotch with a modest splash of water, this is the go-to blend. What’s surprising about this expression, even for long time Johnnie Walker fans, is the noticeable absence of any smoke. A bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve will cost you around 7800-8500 INR.
These were our choices for the best whisky gifting options for your whisky loving boss this Christmas, and they include multiple options no matter your budget.