Guide: Holiday Shopping 2016

Let’s keep the chit-chat to a minimum here. You don’t have time to read a long intro paragraph anyway. Time is ticking to find that perfect holiday gift. Luckily, we’re here to help.

This list includes stuff that is relatively accessible in most locations. I’m not including super limited bottlings *cough*BTAC*cough* because they won’t be on shelves anyway. In addition to some quick notes about peated scotch and bourbon, I’ve also added some stuff that I think should be avoided because it’s overpriced.

Your prices may vary. ALWAYS shop around for deals!

$50 and Under

  • Glassware: Glencairn glasses
  • Glenmorangie Original 10 Year
  • Evan Williams Single Barrel (Bourbon)
  • Old Weller Antique 107 (Bourbon)
  • Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve
  • Monkey Shoulder
  • Johnnie Walker Green Label (Peaty Vatted Malt)
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask (Peaty)

$51-$100

  • Macallan 12 Year
  • Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood
  • Amrut Fusion (India)
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail (Peaty)
  • Aberlour A’Bunadh
  • EH Taylor Single Barrel (Bourbon)
  • Overpriced over $70: Yamazaki 12 Year

$100-$200

  • Macallan Edition No. 2 (If you can find it!)
  • Kavalan Solist (Any one)
  • Glenfarclas 25 Year
  • Tobermory 15 Year
  • Balblair 1990
  • anCnoc 24 Year
  • Bruichladdich Octomore (Peaty)
  • Overpriced: Any OB Mortlach
  • Overpriced over $130: Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood

$200+

  • Glenlivet XXV
  • Glenfiddich 30
  • Laphroaig 25 Cask Strength (Peaty)
  • Overpriced: Yamazaki 18
  • Overpriced: Macallan Rare Cask
  • Overpriced: Balvenie Tun 1509