Five Whiskeys to Make your Guy Smile on Valentine's Day

Westland American Single Malt WhiskeyShopping for a Valentine’s Day gift for your main man? We can almost guarantee that whiskey will hit the spot. Here are our five top picks for husbands and boyfriends this Valentine’s Day:

Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt

Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington, catapulted onto the scene a few years back. It only makes one category of whiskey, single malt, but boy does Westland do it right. Their Sherry Wood American Single Malt spends time in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a sweet, rich flavor redolent with stewed fruit and raisins.

Barrell Bourbon 010

The newest release from Barrell is another high-proof bruiser of a bourbon, perfect for somebody who loves Bookers but is looking to mix it up. This edition’s got a particularly interesting pedigree: Distilled in Indiana, then aged in Michigan, and finally “crafted and bottled” in Kentucky. Circuitous? Perhaps. Delicious? Definitely.

Springbank 10-Year-Old

If your man’s ready to level up from Johnnie Walker or Glenfiddich, here’s what to do. Go out and buy a bottle of Springbank 10-Year-Old. This cult-favorite distillery from the Campbelltown region of Scotland is known for its earthy, smoky, funky style. Just be warned: This could be the beginning of a lifelong obsession.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

So your guy’s a Canadian fan? If he hasn’t already tasted Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye, this is a good time. After winning “World Whisky of the Year” from Jim Murray a couple years back, this whisky was surrounded by hype and haters. Now that’s all died down, and all that’s left is this excellent, affordable, full-flavored rye from Crown Royal.

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Hakushu 12-Year-Old

If your husband has been thinking about hopping on the Japanese whisky bandwagon, Hakushu 12-Year-Old from Suntory is a perfect place to start. It can be a little hard to track down, but it’s worth the hunt. Complex flavors of fruit, smoke, and grass make this a supremely elegant single malt with a slightly mysterious quality.