Your Impressive Bottle for the Office – Part I (of II)

8 Oct

So you are an important person. You have people to impress. The Japanese CEO of the company that you are about to purchase is coming to your office next week and you need to have a nice bottle on hand to show this CEO who is sophisticated and someone not to second guess. This is a very common scenario, so not to worry, I have some advice to impress.

First, let me ask you this question: did Johnnie Walker Blue pop into your mind yet?

If it did, you need this post more than you think. Poser.


Age matters
Let’s face it. Age is a revered number value on a bottle of single malt scotch whisky. Age drives up the price of bottles. If you want to impress with age, then you should choose something over the age of 18 years.

A 25 year bottle will do nicely, but anything over the age of 30 years is going to be a large taste risk. Aging whisky for long periods of time can create an unwanted change in taste and flavor. If you go over the age of 40, it does not even matter what you are drinking and it will not matter what it tastes like. You will just be considered the man. Remember, a bottle of Glenmorangie 10-year-old that sits on your shelf for five years before you open it does not make it a Glenmorangie 15-year-old… it is now just a 15-year-old Glenmorangie 10-year-old. Mull that over for a moment, Lucas.

My budget recommendations:


Highland Park 25-Year $250-$300 range

Highland Park 25-Year-Old
(Current label style)

Pretty woody from the age, a little lighter on the smoke and peat, but a full body gentleness that is quite soothing. Not tremendously better than the 18-year version, but definitely a giant step up on the impress-me scale.

Talisker 25-Year$190-$250 range

Talisker 25-Year
(Current label style)
This thing is yummy. I would love to have one around just to impress myself with how cool I am. A little woody fullness, a high volume of alcohol that you probably would not notice if you did not see the alcohol volume on the bottle label. It has a gentle pepper with a sherry touch delight. You’ll pull all sorts of dried fruits from the palate.
What would you recommend for a budget impressive bottle?
NEXT UP: My No-Budget Recommendations
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2 Responses to “Your Impressive Bottle for the Office – Part I (of II)”

  1. Brian October 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    How about something like a Balvenie 21/25, or possibly a Glenlivet 21/25…. they seem to be pretty popular with the "executive" crowd… and in the given price ranges. Also, what's with this "me" buying a Japanese company? It would most likely be the other way around. 😉

  2. B. Carr December 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Sorry I didn't comment on this sooner, Bee rye.Balvenie is a bit pricey in the upper ages (17+ years), but are still very decent. Glenlivet gets older and more woody, which doesn't do much to an already bland dram, so I would skip on those.I don't recommend snobbing your nose if these pop up with a potential client or superior! Just drink it, it is by no means "bad."

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