Best Alcohol Gift

I need to find a bottle of booze to give to someone as a huge thank you for something professional they did for me.. My budget is under $750. What do you think is a good bottle (not most expensive, but best)?

Also does anyone know the best way to score Pappy?

Investment Banking Interview Course

  • 7,548 questions across 469 investment banks. Crowdsourced from over 500,000 members.
  • Technical, behavioral, networking, case videos, templates. All included.
  • Most comprehensive IB interview course in the world.

Comments (33)

Feb 21, 2018

No shit, if they're European, the money shot is to give them something according to their ethnicity. If they're Dutch/Italian/German/French etc. find a bottle of wine or liqueur imported from that country, where the label is written in the native language and they'll go crazy for it.

    • 7
Feb 21, 2018

Costco has a nice wine set for $40 and a whiskey set for $100. $700? Fuck is wrong with you?

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

    • 3
    • 3
Feb 21, 2018

or just get a bottle of Maker's. Don't be such a pansy

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

    • 1
    • 2
Feb 21, 2018

Blantons if you can find it.

    • 2
Feb 22, 2018

A good way to score Pappy is to check eBay for "empty" bottles....

Or you could treat your person to a drink at the Stanley in Estes Park, CO (incidentally, where Steven King wrote the Shining) and they have the largest collection of whiskey west of the Mississippi (7,000+ unique bottles)

    • 1
Learn More

Side-by-side comparison of top modeling training courses + exclusive discount through WSO here.

Feb 22, 2018

$750 for a bottle? I'm more interested in what they did for you that you owe them such a huge thank you.

Feb 22, 2018

haha, helped me land dream job

Feb 22, 2018

If he/she is a whisky fun there are plenty of choices in your budget. Still, you might need some research or just ask what does he/she like.

Feb 22, 2018

If you're in London, Fortnum & Mason carry a good selection of whiskeys in their basement. There is also a wine bar down there and a wine store if you'd prefer a bottle of vino. Harrod's also carries a wide selection of high end wines and whiskeys in their food hall.

Since you quoted your maximum price in dollars, though, I assume you're in the US. If you have your heart set on whiskey, I'd consider some of the Japanese whiskeys in addition to the Van Winkles and George T. Stagg's. Even Maker's Mark has some rarer bottles. There are a few of the Maker's Mark Black and the Maker's Mark Gold left, but you'll have to search for them. The Black Label was originally meant for export only. When i was in graduate school in London, Vinopolis near London Bridge would sell the bottles for 65 GBP. They're now almost all in private collections, and normally auction for 200 GBP in London. I am afraid I don't know the auction prices in the US at the moment.

That said, I strongly encourage you to try a high-end Japanese whiskey. Yamazaki Black Label is excellent. It's about $300 in NY. There was a special edition made in 1984 of the Yamazaki Black which is exceptionally tasty, but I think it's a bit out of your price range. I honestly think that at $300/bottle the Yamazaki is under-priced. In addition to being delicious if the person drinks it, if they don't drink it, it should appreciate in value.

I think the Van Winkles are overpriced at the moment because a few years ago, the majority of the Pappy Van Winkle (the 20 year) and the Van Winkle Family Reserve (23 year) was stolen in a highway heist. As a result, the market was under-supplied for at least a year. And because the 23-year was already so rare, a lot of restaurants were only allowed to buy one bottle for a time. From a marketing perspective, I wouldn't be surprised if that heist increased the value of the rest of the Van Winkle reserves by more than the loss (which I'm sure was insured anyway).

For what it's worth, someone above mentioned Blanton's. Blanton's is my go-to sipping Bourbon. Higher-end bars generally stock it, and it's not wildly pretentious. Their main bottle is maybe $60, but like every other distiller on the planet at the moment, they do a range of 'finishes'. Bourbons have to age in oak barrels to carry the name, but they can be finished in sherry casks, for instance (or a range of others). They also do some higher-end bottles, but not in the range you're looking at. And while they're different classes of whiskey (Japanese whiskeys were based on Scotch, and are essentially smoother, sweeter variants of Scotch), Yamazaki Black is a comparatively better bottle. I've bought high end alcohol as gifts before, and no one ever complains about Yamazaki Black.

Beyond that, if you're looking for a bottle of wine instead, I'd consider Vega Sicilia. They have several different labels, but they're all great. Even the Alion, their lowest quality wine, is still excellent. It probably costs $70-$80 per bottle for the Alion. The Unico is my personal favorite. If you could find a birth-year bottle, that would be a great (though costly) gift. Unico ranges widely in price, but you should be able to get something in the $300 range for a decent year.

Vega Sicilia is made from a Bordeaux grape that was transplanted to Spain 150-200 years ago, so you get a distinct flavor from the wine that I've not found in any other label. Much like Yamazaki Black, I think Vega Sicilia wines will increase in value over time. They are also delicious.

I think a gift that is both tasty and an investment (assuming you don't drink it) is a great gift for someone who did you a professional favor (assuming you're in investments).

    • 12
Feb 22, 2018

How do you know all this things?

    • 1
Best Response
Feb 22, 2018

I'm rich and I drink a lot.

    • 45
Feb 22, 2018

If in London and looking for whisky, I would head to the Whisky Exchange near Trafalgar square instead of F&M. I needed a Whisky gift and went to Harrods, F&M, Whisky Shop and some independent stores and couldn't find what I needed, but the Whisky Exchange had everything

Feb 22, 2018

Funny you mention the rarity of Pappi, especially given the heist (didn't know that). A buddy of mine has been in a serious relationship for ~5 years and her father told him he can only ask for his daughter's hand in marriage over a bottle of Pappi..... suffice to say he was a little disappointed when I sent him this lol

Feb 22, 2018

If in NYC, Astor Wine and Spirits is a great spot. The stupid rich bourbon hipsters roll through and clean out the Blantons and Buffalo Trace, but the staff is usually helpful. Dilly dilly

    • 1
Feb 22, 2018

Great post

Feb 22, 2018

wow i wonder how many people didnt read this. god knows i didnt

    • 1
Learn More

Side-by-side comparison of top modeling training courses + exclusive discount through WSO here.

Feb 23, 2018

Some champagne ideas:

Moet MCIII costs almost 750 and if they haven't tried it yet chances are they'll be very curious. It's fashionable and innovative.

A Dom Perignon dated back to the year they were born may cost approximately that much, unless they were born before the sixties.

DP also supposedly makes the best rose (especially appropriate if the person is a woman), it's about 500, but you may even find its OEnotheque Rose, which should be the very best, for 750, with some luck. Alternatively, a good vintage Cristal rose.

The Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises is the best contemporary example of champagne a l'ancienne, supposedly reflects how it was made in the 19th century, almost legendary, limited production from two very small clos.

Feb 22, 2018

I see no mention yet of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It's worth looking at the logistics of getting deliveries from here depending on your location, as presents don't come much more unique than this (if you live outside Scotland/the UK).

https://www.smws.com/whisky?limit=all&price=5%2C100

Feb 22, 2018

If you could explain the nature of the favor they did for you, it would give us added context and help us provide you with the perfect choice.

(not really but I know they had to have really hooked you up somehow and I'm curious)

Feb 22, 2018

There's a liquor store next to my apartment (NYC) that had 2 bottles of Pappy last I saw.

Feb 22, 2018

I'm on the West Coast (Best Coast)

Feb 22, 2018

2012 Caymus

Feb 22, 2018

Anyone else interested in seeing @PrestigeCaller's alcohol rankings here?

    • 3
Feb 22, 2018

Go to TJ's and get 375 bottles of two buck Chuck

Feb 22, 2018

My father is super into whiskey / single malts and all I ever fucking hear him talk about is Bruichladdich, Lagavulin, Glenfiddich, and Octomore

Feb 21, 2018

Add Macallan to that list

    • 1
Feb 22, 2018

Agreed. Nothing better than a couple Macallan 25 and Diet Cokes.

Feb 22, 2018

Suntory.

Feb 23, 2018

Got a bottle of the 12 year lot b I've been holding on to for a few years... Picked it up at $120! Best investment I've made a while!
Honestly , it's not about the dollar figure, it's about thought. The idea of wine of a birth year is interesting, or if there is a great bottle of wine from a year important to both of you, that could work too.
If you know they are an officianado of something in particular (bourbon or otherwise) that would be a good place to start. If it is bourbon, spend your time tracking down a bottle of eh Taylor barrel proof. I'd put it against pappy 23 anytime (and I did just that a few years ago... It won). It's like $90 and awesome, but liekly something this person hasn't seen.

    • 1
Feb 24, 2018

$750 is a huge budget for a good bottle of almost anything, short of the most premium or exclusive bottles sprinkled with fairy dust and unicorn poop.