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Holiday Men’s gift guide: Scotch Whiskeys and more

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Whisky, whisky, whisky… Whisky for everyone, whisky lovers are some of the freest lovers of all. If you like Scotch whisky you’ll pretty much try or like a lot of different brands of whiskeys. Below I have highlighted whiskeys from Chivas, Royal Salute, The Glenlivet, Lot 40 and Redbreast. Along with a whisky inspired fragrance and a top notch Absinthe.

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Royal Salute 21 Year Old

*Royal Salute is the only Scotch whisky collection that begins at 21 years of age.

*Royal Salute was created in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elisabeth II of England.

*Named Royal Salute 21 Years Old, after the 21-gun salute of friendship and respect that has been fired to honor dignitaries, sovereigns and nations since medieval times.

*Comes porcelain flagon, not a glass bottle

*MSRP: $199

The Glenlivet 21 Year Old

*The 21 Year Old is produced in small, bespoke batches.

*The complex combination of cask types imparts richness, intensity and a long finish to the whisky.

*A sizable inventory of whisky of this age is extremely rare and only the best are selected for this expression.

*Each cask is nosed and approved, making every batch unique.

*Tasting notes:

*Character: The mature and debonair one

*Color: Amber with sparkling copper shades

*Nose: Aromas of dried fruit with a sherry influence

*Palate: Cinnamon and ginger with a syrupy mouth feel

*Finish: Lasting and warm with a hint of toasted hazelnuts

*MSRP: ~$180

Spirit of the Glen fragrance:

HYLNDS by D.S. & Durga releases its new scent, Spirit of the Glen, in collaboration with The Glenlivet. D.S. & Durga have delved deep into the rich history, flora, and pristine whisky of legendary Speyside, Scotland, home of The Glenlivet. This unisex eau de parfum uses accords taken from all aspects of whisky production: fruity-green Speyside spirit, aged Limousin oak casks, charred bourbon barrels, and wild pineapple weed. Spirit of the Glen starts fresh, releases wood in the heart, and dries down to a rich vanillic wood reminiscent of the lingering finish of The Glenlivet.

18. 50ml

Chivas 18 year old

*Chivas 18 is a uniquely rich and multi-layered blend that includes over twenty of Scotland’s rarest single malt Scotch whiskies. With 85 flavor notes in every drop, each sip is a new discovery.

*Awards: 2012 - Gold award, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2011 - Gold award, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2010 - Gold award, International Wine & Spirits Competition; 2009 - Gold award, International Wine & Spirits Challenge.

Chivas 25 year old

*Chivas 25 is a rare and exclusive blend of the finest Scotch whiskies, which have all been aged for a minimum of 25 years. Chivas Regal 25 Year Old is available only as a strictly limited release in individually numbered bottles.

*Awards: 2012 - Double Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2011 - Double Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2009 - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible Awards. Scotch Blended Whisky of the Year (18 years and over); 2008 - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible Awards. Scotch Blended Whisky of the Year (over 12 years old).

Chivas 12 Made for Gentlemen Limited Edition tin

*Chivas 12 Made for Gentlemen Limited Edition Gift Tin by Patrick Grant – This striking collectible was designed in partnership with Patrick Grant, a modern icon in menswear design credited with reinventing bespoke tailor Norton & Sons of Savile Row in London.

*The limited edition tin houses a bottle of Chivas 12 blended Scotch whisky and showcases four modern, tailored. Each silhouette features a different accessory: a tie, a cufflink, a watch or pocket square - the expressive details that Patrick Grant believes make a personal style statement. The limited edition tin’s lid nods to the label used on the inside of a bespoke Norton & Sons suit. SRP $35.99.

Pernod Absinthe “Original Recipe”*Pernod Absinthe: the first ever absinthe commercially produced and sold, re-launched its original pre-ban formula, developed during a two-year process using the few remaining records of how Pernod Absinthe was made in the 1800s. Since the 1912 ban on absinthe in the United States was lifted in 2007, Pernod Absinthe has been at the forefront of the spirit’s renaissance. The recipe change features a neutral wine spirit, grande wormwood cultivated in Pontarlier, France and natural coloration through the maceration of green nettles, instead of added dyes and artificial colors – all per the original manuscript. SRP $68.00

Lot 40 (high end Canadian whisky, very award winning)

*Expertly distilled in small batches using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Aged in virgin white oak barrels to balance the robust flavor of 100% rye.

*Lot 40 has already been awarded Whiskey Advocate prestigious

“Canadian of the Year” award and has received numerous other awards and accolades.

*MSRP: $59.99

Redbreast Cask Strength (high end Irish)

*Full to the rafters with aroma and flavor. A strong contribution from distillates, which have matured in Oloroso sherry casks, give Redbreast its trademark Christmas cake character.

*This is Redbreast 12 Years Old Irish Whiskey in its original state, with no addition of water and non-chill filtered.

*Taste: A fruit explosion of figs, dates, and banana with hints of vanilla. 115 Proof.

*96 points Whisky Advocate

*MSRP: $63.99

For more ideas on the perfect gift click on #Drinks. Cheers and Salute!

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