How to pick the perfect whisky to commemorate your wedding anniversary

Wedding anniversary presents are not easy to purchase, and believe it or not, a lot more thought goes into the exercise than the money. Now if you’re married to a whisky lover, the challenges that await you are quite unique. Ask any person that’s married to a whisky lover, and they will tell you one thing for sure, buying them gifts is not as easy as it looks like.

You would think it can be as simple as ‘Buy them whisky!’ but alas, it’s not. Have you watched a whisky lover indulge in a spirited debate about ‘the difference between a single malt Scotch whisky and blended Scotch whisky’?

To know the perfect bottle to buy for a whisky lover as a wedding anniversary gift, finding the right choice that matches the magnitude of the event is key. Now you may not know your Speyside single malt from your Islay single malt, or a blended Scotch whisky from blended malt, or a straight Bourbon whiskey from a single pot still Irish whiskey, but you needn’t worry. We are here to help you pick out the perfect whisky to commemorate your wedding anniversary with options that you can never go wrong with.

Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Whisky

If it is something as sacred as a marriage that you wish to celebrate, there is nothing allegorical as the Chivas Regal 18 Year Old. Creating through painstaking efforts, built around the rare and coveted 18 Year Old Strathisla single malt to create a Scotch that is quite simply, sublime.

Chivas Regal 18

The Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature was released in 1997 to much acclaim, with exceptional praises being showered upon its rich, complex nature. The Chivas way dictates not only for the Scotch to be a symbol of prestige, but also the vessel that carries it. A stylish, intricately designed bottle embossed with a gold and blue logo makes it worthy of carrying the word ‘Regal’ with authority.

Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Yes you read that right; Ballantine’s did release a line of 15 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskies from their three best distilleries, the Glenburgie, the Miltonduff and the Glentauchers. This single malt is as unique as it is good, and your whisky-loving spouse would definitely be ecstatic at receiving one for their private collection.

Ballentines 15

The Ballantine’s Glenburgie single malt is the blueprint whisky for many Ballantine’s blends, which speaks volumes about just how good it is. Very sweet and fruity with aromas of apples and sweet honey, and rich flavours of ripe pears and oranges make this Glenburgie single malt a tempting delight. The Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15 Year Old makes for the perfect gift, and is the kind of drink that can unanimously secure the vote of approval from whisky lovers for its breath-taking quality.

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

If your spouse shares a proclivity for Irish whiskey, this is the gift that will definitely earn you a whole lot of brownie points with them. Let’s revisit how this whiskey came into being because that’s a story you will love to tell them while you both enjoy this remarkable Jameson achievement. The Master Distiller at Jameson’s Midleton Distillery, and the Master Brewer from the Franciscan Well Brewery were enjoying a drink when they chanced upon an interesting proposition; lending new Jameson barrels to the brewery to mature their stout beer, and then maturing the Jameson whiskey in ex-stout barrels.

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

To a lot of people, the idea sounded absurd but the result was anything but. Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition is a whiskey not just for longtime Jameson lovers, but has the ability to turn even the most massive Scotch or Bourbon fans towards the Irish excellence. Whether it’s rewarding your spouse’s love for Irish whiskey, or perhaps getting them another stamp on their whiskey-passport, the Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition is a marvellous wedding anniversary gift!

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old Whisky

With such an illustrious reputation making the case for it, The Glenlivet 18 does not require a word of praise spoken in its favour, and yet we will. This Speyside brand is considered to be one of the top single malt Scotch makers of the world, and The Glenlivet 18 shows why! The 18 Year Old is their most awarded single malt, a work of art from none other than Alan Winchester.

The Glenlivet 18

The Glenlivet 18 Year Old is the bottle one must bring to a disapproving father-in-law, or to win the favour of your not-too-easy-to-please manager at the office. Of course a Scotch of this magnitude must have the attributes to show for it, and this one knows how. Matured for 18 years in a combination of hand-picked first and second fill American Bourbon barrels, and ex-Sherry butts from Spain. The Glenlivet 18 Year Old is graciously fruity and rich with aromas of toffee and gentle spice, followed by explosive flavours of sweet oranges, and long finish that leaves behind raisins and spice. This is the whisky that made Jim Murray exclaim, “It offers up an intensity that leaves you giving a little groan of pleasure.” Reserve this one for a very special anniversary milestone such as a silver jubilee since this one doesn’t come cheap.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Whisky

Of course there is something for the Bourbon heads too, and with the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, there is a lot of good stuff in store for them. Double Oaked is Woodford Reserve’s brush with an interesting new maturation technique, which ultimately helped them produced this wonderful Bourbon whiskey.

Woodford Reserve

As with typical Bourbon whiskeys, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is matured in charred American Oak barrels first, with an additional nine months of maturation in a special batch of barrels. These barrels are toasted for twice as long, but charred lighter than the ones before, adding a whole new dimension of flavours and aromas to the spirit. The sweetness, vanilla and caramel are all present but are accompanied by toasted oak, dried fruits, hazelnuts and spice to create a well-rounded experience for the drinker. Regular Bourbon enthusiasts have always responded favourably towards the Double Oaked, and if the recipient of your gift is one of them, they will surely love it. Woodford Reserve have also introduced a much more appealing improvement of their standard bottle, with more premium features and a sleeker look.

The Chivas Regal 18 Year Old blended Scotch, Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15 Year Old single malt Scotch, Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish whiskey, The Glenlivet 18 Year Old single malt Scotch and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon whiskey are our top five picks for the perfect wedding anniversary gift to commemorate this special occasion.

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