Getting wedding anniversary gift for your spouse can be a tricky affair, and since circumventing clichés is the new norm, fresh ideas can really be hard to find. Of course, diamonds, wristwatches and vacations may still be on the table, but there’s another interesting choice that most people tend to overlook. It’s a bottle of fine whisky, and here’s why
Whiskies make for great gifts almost all the time, but when it’s a wedding anniversary, a bottle of whisky just makes things so much better. It is one of the classiest and fancy gifts one can give, no matter the occasion. Gifting a bottle of whisky is a great idea because you can get a bottle of whisky with an age statement that represents your anniversary milestone.
Whether your spouse is a whisky lover, or you’re buying an anniversary gift for a whisky loving couple, everyone appreciates a bottle of expensive whisky. In a lot of ways, whisky and marriage share some interesting similarities. A lot of love, skill and painstaking effort is poured into making them both work. When handled with the utmost care, the result is absolutely wholesome and enriching, not to mention the sheer joy of receiving whisky no matter the occasion.
Our suggestions of whiskies from all over the world to match the most significant wedding anniversary milestones will help you pick the best possible gift for your spouse, or your friends.
5 Year Anniversary
Not many whisky brands release 5 year old expressions, although there are a few robust no-age-statement releases out there that more than make up for it. The Laphraoig Quarter Cask is a terrific single malt Scotch Whisky that has been aged for roughly five years.
Among our recommendations of no-age-statement whiskies for gifts to commemorate a five year wedding anniversary are the Chivas Regal Extra, Jameson Irish whiskey and the Dead Rabbit Irish whiskey are our top choices.
10 Year Anniversary
A ten-year anniversary is quite significant, and a major milestone for any marriage. If you’re celebrating a ten-year anniversary and wish to look for bottle of whisky that has spent an equal amount of time maturing as you have in your marriage, we have some terrific recommendations for you.
Among Scotch whiskies, the Glenmorangie The Original and Bowmore 10 Year Old are two wonderful choices. For lovers of peaty and smoky whiskies, the famous Islay single malt, Laphroaig has a very good 10 Year Old to offer. Even the Port Charlotte 10 Year Old is a great heavily peated whisky to bring as a gift for your 10 Year Wedding Anniversary. Bourbon lovers, do not be disappointed as the Bulleit 10 Year Old is another option to go for, as is the WhistlePig 10 Year Old rye whiskey!
15 Year Anniversary
Spending fifteen years in matrimony is not only significant, but represents a huge event for you both. At 15 years of maturation, the whisky begins to transform into something extraordinary much like a relationship. Complexity and smoothness are the most important attributes that whiskies 15 years and older are known for.
Our top pick for a whisky gift for your 15th wedding anniversary milestone is the Chivas Regal XV, one of the best new releases in recent years from the powerhouse of blended Scotch whiskies.
Among single malt Scotch whiskies, The Glenlivet 15 year old, the Ballantine’s Miltonduff 15 Year Old single malt and the Dalwhinnie 15 Year old have our strongest recommendation
For lovers of Irish whiskey, the Redbreast 15 year old is an amazing expression to gift, and the Togouchi 15 Year Old is another great option from the erstwhile elusive Japanese whisky industry.
20 Year Anniversary
Since there aren’t many 20 year old whisky releases except for some limited edition and rare releases from the yesteryears which are extremely hard to find, we are going with the age of 21 years for this milestone.
Among all the 21 year old whiskies of the world, the Royal Salute 21 Year Old is perhaps the most attractive one of all. The Royal Salute 21 Year Old was created in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It is blended with the most exclusive and rare whiskies from the Strathisla distillery and bottled in a hand-made porcelain flagon.
Other phenomenal choices from the Scotch segment include The Glenlivet 21 year old single malt Scotch, the new Highland Park 21 Year old single malt Scotch and the Glenfiddich 21 Year old single malt Scotch. From other parts of the world, the Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old is also strongly recommended, but can be difficult to find in a nearby store.
25 Year Anniversary
Spending a quarter of a century with the one you love is a feeling that cannot be encapsulated into words. A landmark not just in matrimony, but also when it comes to whisky since 25 year old whisky is among the most highly prized and coveted out there. They have an astonishing depth of flavours, an immensely rich and luxurious texture and enticing aromas that are unrivalled.
At 25 year old whiskies, most whisky brands end their core range, only releasing bottlings and expressions older than them as limited editions. They are some of the most expensive, decadent and lavishly crafted whiskies ever created. Most people never taste a 25 Year Old whisky, and many who do, never do it again.
Among the best of the best are Scotch whiskies from The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal, Laphroaig, Highland Park and the Glengoyne among others. All 25 year old releases from the aforementioned brands are single malt Scotch whiskies, with the Chivas Regal being the only blend.
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