How to choose whiskey gifts

Whiskey gifts are one of the best gifts that you can give. These can pass of as official gifts and can also be personal in nature. If you don’t know what to give your host then opting for a whiskey is a good option. Traditionally people carry wine to dinners or parties they attend but taking a bottle of a premium whiskey gives you an edge. Earlier, whiskey was counted as the drink of the older generation. But today a good scotch is seen to be enjoyed equally by all irrespective of gender or age.

When you want to give a whiskey as a gift then you should first do your homework and get information on the different kinds of whiskies there are. If you want to buy a premium Scotch then you have to know what makes a whiskey a Scotch. For a whiskey to become a scotch it has to made out of malted grain mainly malted barley or malted rye. These grains then have to be distilled in a distillery located in Scotland and have to be matured in oak casks for three years or more. The whiskies also need to be matured in Scotland to be called a Scotch. The longer the whiskey matures the more premium it becomes.

Another type of premium whiskey is the Bourbon. This is a type of American whiskey and is made out of corn. This spirit is aged in a barrel and gets its name from its historical association with Old Bourbon, an area now known as Bourbon County in Kentucky. Bourbon has been in production since the 18th century and is very strongly related to Kentucky. Much like the good old Scotch, Bourbon can be produced only in America. A Bourbon will not be called so if it is produced in any other part of the world even if all the producing instructions are carried out to the letter.

A good quality Bourbon is made from a grain mix that constitutes of corn by at least 51%. It cannot be distilled to more than 160 proof and has to enter the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof. Finally the Bourbon has to be aged in new charred barrels made of oak. Bourbon can be straight or blended. A Straight Bourbon is one which has been aged for less than four years and has no added flavoring, coloring or any other spirit. A Blended Bourbon normally contains added flavoring and color along with other neutral grain sprits that have not been aged. Out of this mix at least 51% has to be Straight bourbon.

When you want to give whiskey gifts you have to first decide on the age, vintage and flavor that you want to present. You can settle for light single malt Scotches’ or try deeper, warmer and smokier malts for the more experienced whiskey drinker. You can even complement your whiskey gift with a premium cigar and a cigar cutter. Get a little innovative and you can make your gift really stand out and please your host.