5 Whiskey to Gift Your Loved Ones This Valentine’s
Love is around the corner, and for the courting couples gifting for their valentine turns out to be a great dilemma. Do grown-up women still like teddy bears and aren’t most of them too choosy when it comes to jewelry or apparel? And, when it comes to gifting men, our choices are limited. We cannot repeat the same thing year after year. But the solution might be simple. All you need to do is to follow the age-old principle of gifting what you like the most.
1. Angel’s Envy Straight Bourbon
It is one of the top-rated Kentucky bourbons. It is aged for a minimum of three to four years in white oak barrels. It has soft aromas of caramels and candies that suit perfectly for the occasion. The main ingredient is either corn or rye. The whiskey has around 43 percent alcohol and complements different flavors like that of vanilla cake, orange marmalade, fresh mint, and even spices like cinnamon. Thus you can make a variety of cocktails suited to your taste. Few famous ones are the Saratoga Cocktail, the Brown Derby, the Hoosier Heritage, etc.
2. Compass Box’s Hedonism
It is a blended Scottish whiskey with aromas of vanilla cream and fruitiness. It is lighter but delicately creamy and is capable of enticing both ardent whiskey lovers and beginners. It has 43 percent alcohol by volume, but the soft texture feels like a dessert in a glass. At the same time, it also has mild flavors of red pepper. You can make drinks like the classic rob Roy or try to pair with food items like salted caramel. Its reddish and pinkish colors give a great visual appeal too. It is the first whiskey to perfectly suit the slowcore and romantic music in the background.
3. Toasted Caramel
The toasted caramel whiskey from the Canadian Black Velvet whiskey brand is the drink meant for the youth. It is very versatile and can be combined with a variety of substances like apple cider, coke, lime juice, milk cream, mint juice, and soda to form different types of cocktails and mojitos. The whiskey has a creamy, velvety texture. The balance of toffee, caramel, and wooden oak is just right. It has notes of vanilla and cinnamon too. It is an easy drink, and one can have it straight on the rocks also. Its versatility allows it to complement different cuisines and is an excellent option at the parties.
4. W & H Botanic kiss
If the name sounds appealing, then equally interesting is its taste and aroma. It comes in a cubical container that can fit well in a gift box. It has a beautiful light pink color that could set a romantic mood. The floral aroma is from a variety of ingredients like juniper berries, lemon peel, and citrus fruits like oranges, Buddha’s hand, etc. The triple-distilled grain content makes it an incredibly light drink, and the fruity deliciousness makes it an excellent option to conclude your supper on Valentine’s Day.
5. Old Forester Rye
The old forester is one of the favorite brands in the United States and one of the most popular ones too. In a time when a bottle of whiskey costs around $40 to $100, the old forester rye comes at a price tag of $23. With its rich, spicy taste of black pepper and cinnamon, it can freshen up moods. The unique part is that it has 65 percent rye, 20 percent malted barley, and 15 percent corn. The high amount of malted content allows natural fermentation, and there are artificial enzymes added. It has 50 percent alcohol by volume. Bitter cocoas, sweet red cherries, and the rye spices give a rich aroma. It has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy content along with buttery and nutty texture. So, it represents a complete package and is the best way to surprise your valentine.
Gifting a whiskey can be a daunting task. The receiver must like the aroma first and should know to pair it well. But there is a separate whiskey for the dessert lover or the cocktail guzzler. And, you have the easy-to-drink varieties for the newbie. As a safe option, you can always choose one that pairs well with chocolates which are the must include on Valentine’s Day. Remember, your gift should not only satisfy the whiskey lover but should excite the uninitiated too. To make the day more special, you could take your valentine to some picturesque distilleries too.
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#EatDrinkExplore – by Heidi Jones