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Holiday gift guide: Bottles large and small, for richer and poorer

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It’s better to give than to receive—even if it’s whiskey. Whatever your financial circumstances this holiday season, Forbes.com contributor and Rhythm and Booze Project co-founder Felipe Schrieberg has some Scotch gift ideas.

At the lower end, the Edinburgh-based writer names his 10 best presents for $50 or less, from a fruity Balvenie 12-year-old DoubleWood to Diageo’s three-bottle Classic Malts Coastal Collection. Among Schrieberg’s 10 luxury buys: a Penderyn Rich Oak Single Cask ($330) from Wales (hey, isn’t that cheating?) and a smoke-filled 28-year-old Laphroaig ($610).

Counting the days

If you like your daily dram, the nights before Christmas offer a perfect excuse. Just ask Matt Evans at Scotchwhisky.com, who’s rounded up seven whiskey Advent calendars.

At about $17, the Famous Grouse’s calendar is the cheapest of the lot, but it’s mostly Scotch-flavoured chocolate. Feeling richer? We like the look of England’s Drinks by the Dram, which boxes multinational assortments of small bottles starting at some $200 all the way up to $12,500 and change for its Very Old and Rare Whisky Advent Calendar.

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