We all love a good housewarming. And we commend Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher Clayton Kershaw's for gifting every L.A. Rams team member a $230 bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label (he bought 200 bottles, so coaches and other staffers likely got to dip into the bounty). And sure, we commend the fact that his gentlemanly sportsmanship went a step further by engraving each bottle with "Welcome home! L.A. all day." But considering you can buy a shot of this pricy whiskey at pretty much any cookie cutter watering hole in America, we're wondering why he didn't opt for more special stuff.
Our pick for a clutch whiskey gift if you've got some cash to drop? Glenmorangie Signet Scotch. The deep amber liquor, packaged in a handsome (albeit vaguely sensual-looking) bottle, is one of our favorite whiskeys in the $200 neighborhood. With notes of chocolate, coffee, and spice on the nose, it's the perfect nightcap after a day of hard knocks. The whiskey's coffee flavor dusts your palate, mingling with the sweetness of an apricot, before a long finish leaves you wrapped in citrus and mint. And at only $200 — sorry folks, engraving not included — use the $30 you saved to buy a shot of pricy (and, yes, delicious) Blue Label the next time you find yourself at an airport bar as you sip slowly and relish your sage decision to opt for Glenmorangie.