Holiday Gift Guide: Scotch
The world of Scotch (and Scotch-like whiskies) has exploded, with tons of bottlings from around the globe. To help you navigate this new landscape, we got spirits maven Jamie Boudreau, whose establishment Canon in Seattle stocks what it claims is the western hemisphere’s largest liquor collection, to share with us his five favorite whisky gifts.

Bunnahabhain Toiteach Single Malt Scotch ($86)

“Pronounced ‘toe-chack,’ this is the first heavily peated Bunnahabhain to come to the US,” Boudreau says. “Unchillfiltered to retain as much flavor as possible, this buttery peat monster will satisfy all but the most robust peat-hunter.”

Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition Single Malt Scotch ($80)

“I am big fan of Diageo’s Distiller’s Edition series of single malts, and the Caol Ila edition is no exception,” Boudreau says. “Smoky Christmas fruit and cinnamon spice make this the perfect holiday dram.”

Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt ($65)

“Proof that good single malt can come from anywhere in the world, the Amrut Peated Single Malt is not too peaty, but a rough-and-tumble malt with notes of banana, smoky tea and dark chocolate,” Boudreau says.

Nikka Single Malt “Yoichi” 15 Years ($130)

“Beautiful and elegant like most Japanese whiskies,” Boudreau says. “This beauty is filled with creamy fruit, salted caramel and smoke.”

Laphroaig 25-Year-Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch ($500)

“In my humble opinion, if one ever has a choice between cask-strength and regular proof, always choose cask strength” Boudreau says. “This is a perfect example. While the regular-strength 25-year is lovely, increasing the alcohol increases the flavor profile, with big hits of powerful wood smoke, coal, sherry and salt. For that extra-special person in your life.”

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