“Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!”
– Thomas Hood
Many have raised certain reservations regarding Valentine’s Day—should we honour only a single day in the year as the Day of Love? Is all this just capitalist propaganda? Well, while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, for us, an official day to celebrate, make someone feel special, and feel special ourselves works wonderfully. And can one really celebrate without indulging in whisky? Here’s a list of five whiskies you can gift not just your loved one, but also yourself if you so wish. After all self-love is the best kind of love.
This one’s for the traditional soul. If you and your sweetheart have been together for a while and share similar values, it is understandable if you perhaps crave something new without compromising on your ideals. Clan Campbell follows traditional methods of whisky making, and that is what sets this blended Scotch whisky apart. With Glenallachie and Aberlour in the blend, we hardly need to tell you that it is one of the finest Highland blends available in the market today. Thick with woody vanilla notes balanced by a sharp chilli aftertaste, Clan Campbell is at once smoky, sweet and needless to say, a very refreshing change for the palate.
Price: Rs. 4,000-6,000
Fierce yet feminine, powerful yet soft. Does this sound like your lover? Ballantine’s Miltonduff Single Malt is an extraordinary expression that has come as a delightful surprise to all whisky lovers, and embodies just those characteristics.
Ballantine’s reputation was built around their blends, but the fact that they could release individual single malts, took the world of whisky by storm. And why not? Ballantine’s Miltonduff is a creamy, floral yet powerful malt that can transport you to Speyside in minutes. It also balances the floral notes with hints of cinnamon and liquorice. If you are still wondering whether to gift your valentine a bottle of Ballantine’s Miltonduff, let us tell you that it is indeed exquisite and rare. Who doesn’t enjoy feeling special once in a while?
Price: Rs. 4,000-5,000
The Glenlivet Nàdurra
We most definitely recommend The Glenlivet Nàdurra to every scotch lover. The thing is, you either like peaty whiskies or you don’t. So before you decide to buy your loved one a peated whisky, talk to them, take them out to a bar, and certainly assess his or her palate on the basis of what they order. However, when it comes to The Glenlivet Nàdurra, people have made an exception and changed their opinion about peaty whiskies-- and we can tell you why. This phenomenal whisky preserves the creamy texture of the malt and opens up notes of soft red apples, vanilla toffee and marmalade, creating a mélange of the most delicious flavours in your mouth.
Price: Rs. 6,000-10,000
If you or your loved one have a penchant for extremely rare or vintage whiskies, this one fits the bill perfectly. There was a time when most people did not know the Hibiki 17. After the release of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Hibiki 17 became so popular that supplies in stores would give out in no time, making it a rare find. The other thing that happened was the price of a typical bottle of Hibiki 17 shot up remarkably. Now, unless you have a dram of the Hibiki 17, you cannot possibly guess what makes it so exclusive, but if you and your Valentine are ardent whisky lovers, this Valentine’s Day might be just the opportunity to invest in a bottle.
Price: Rs. 13,000-15,000
100 Pipers 12 Years Old
Accessing all the above listed whiskies might get a little difficult if you live in India. Although you can certainly order them via an online merchant, you would need to consider the time it takes to reach you. In case you do not have that kind of time in hand, you can also look at whiskies that are available easily. The 100 Pipers 12 Years Old is a reliable investment. A splendid blend that reflects finesse and craftsmanship, 100 Pipers is a full-bodied yet mellow scotch whisky with well-balanced notes of fruits and smokiness. If you have had a taste of the 100 Pipers 12 Years Old, you cannot stop!
Price: Rs. 1,500-2,000