Odds are that within your gift-buying regiment this year one of your family members or friends is probably a whiskey lover. And we’re not talking cheap, drink to get drunk, whiskey lover either. This is the individual who sips a fine bourbon after a long day, who has a preferred region for their Scotch, or is known for their cocktail making expertise. Whatever the case, whiskey is readily available at their home bar and they’re always looking to discover new variants in the process.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise why we’d put together a list of the best gifts for the whiskey lover. It’s a spirit that doesn’t discriminate, as it can be enjoyed by both men and women, and is always there to warm you up and envelope you in its comforting embrace. Fortunately, whiskey has resurged in popularity to a point where there’s more to the culture than just bottles of the good stuff. Which is great for someone looking for a quality gift for the whiskey lover that’s unique, though we made sure to provide some options if a bottle of the industry’s finest is where your mind’s at this holiday season.
Signature Whiskey Elements Set
Turn that $20 bottle into a $60 bottle with these unique aging tools. Each set of Whiskey Elements are laser cut from white oak and can be used with just about any whiskey variant around. Simply drop one stick into a 750ml bottle and after 24 hours that glass of cheap bourbon will resemble a mid to top shelf bottle of aged glory. Perfect for sipping.
Glencairn Whiskey Glass Set
Any fan of whiskey needs a set of tasting glassware for their home bar. So what better pair of glasses to set the stage for their nightly sip than these Glencairns, hailed as the “Official Whiskey Glass.” They’re made from non-lead crystal, feature a tapered mouth for easy sipping, and a wide bowl for thorough inspection of the whiskey’s character and hue.
Whiskey and literature go hand-in-hand, especially if it’s you who’s scribing about the experience. Whiskey Notes offers just that, serving as a guide for personal exploration through the spirited drink. It hosts a hardcover journal with guided pages for tasting notes, a slim notebook complete with worksheets for the home distiller, and even a fold-out American Whiskey Family Tree poster.
Whiskey Soaked Campfire Jerky
There are two ways to a whiskey lover’s heart. More whiskey and beef. Luckily, ManReady Mercantile combined the two in the form of this whiskey-soaked campfire jerky, soaked overnight in Bulleit Bourbon before getting slowly smoked in a Texas smokehouse with Texas pecan wood. Each piece is also hand cut, measured, and inspected so nothing but the best makes it out of the Lone Star State for your enjoyment.
Guide To Urban Moonshining
In case home distilling or general DIY is your whiskey lover’s forte then this Guide to Urban Moonshining is an obvious choice. Written by the founders of King’s Country Distillery in NY, it explores the American obsession with whiskey beginning in 1640 and later offers a complete guide for safe, at-home distilling including supplies and step-by-step instructions. Readers will also find pictures, anecdotes, cocktail and food recipes to boot.
Keep you dram cool without watering it down thanks to the Whiskey Wedge from Corkcicle. The increased surface area from the wedge reduces the amount of melting that occurs, thus chilling the whiskey just right without losing its unique flavor and profile.
Angostura Classic Bitters
Nothing like the original. And if cocktails are your thing then it’d be wise to pick up some bitters for the bar. I mean, it’s one of the main ingredients to an Old Fashioned. Their unique blend of natural herbs and spices result in a one-of-a-kind addition to any craft cocktail scene. They even pair well with food preparation too.
Teroforma Whisky Stones
Watered-down whiskey sucks. But if drinking your spirit neat isn’t an option then chill it down with some natural soapstone whiskey rocks. They’ll keep things cool without letting the whiskey lose flavor. Simply freeze for four hours before using, place them in the glass, and enjoy your favorite after dinner pour in style.
Wood’s Vermont Bourbon Maple Syrup
In case whiskey isn’t on the menu come breakfast time, check out this bottle of Wood’s classic Vermont Maple Syrup aged in bourbon barrels. They get their barrels from Tuthilltown Spirits in NY, the distillers of famed Hudson Baby Bourbon no less, offering notes of rich char and oak grain from the barrel in addition to the handmade Vermont Maple Syrup.
Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee
For a little pick-me-up that comes complete with a nice whiskey flavor, Coopers Cask Coffee is the best way to get the day started right. They pair their single-sourced coffee beans with award winning whiskey to provide a roast with a subtle barrel-aged flavor. Can’t go wrong here.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Ball Candy
Who doesn’t like chocolate? Pair that with some fine Woodford Reserve and you have yourself the recipe for a holiday gift that will please any whiskey enthusiast. They’re a tribute to the age-old bourbon ball tradition, garnished with a pecan to boot as well. And since it features some of the best Kentucky-made bourbon around, it’s a delicious gift that’s tough to beat this year.
Scotch Infused Toothpicks
When the meal is over and you’re waiting for that after-dinner scotch to arrive, there’s nothing better than these Scotch Infused Toothpicks to clean everything out in the interim. They’re made from sustainably forested wood and infused with barrel aged Islay single malt for a smokey flavor with subtle notes of peat and caramel. A no-brainer stocking stuffer.
Waldorf “Men’s Bar” Crystal Glasses
For fans of vintage anything these crystal glasses are a great gift idea. Each glass, inspired by the stemware from the Old Waldorf Hotel’s famous Men-Only Bar, features a faceted and textured surface crafted from nearly a full pound of lead-free crystal. The Waldorf glasses are also dishwasher safe, and tough enough to withstand years of continued use.
101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die Tasting Set
Bucket lists these days are a great way to motivate devotees to get out there and get exploring. But if time off work or travel isn’t on the table, this bucket list tasting set comes complete with 101 separate tasting samples including a guide to walk you through the entire process. Definitely one of the more tasty offerings around.
Moore & Giles Leather Coasters
Once that cocktail is made or that spirit poured into the proper glassware, it would be wise to reduce the risk of unsightly rings on your wooden bar or coffee table with these leather coasters from Moore & Giles. They host brown suede on the underside for reduced slippage and come in a black walnut box for convenient storage when not in use.
There really is no better way to display your finest spirit than with a quality decanter. This beveled option from Ravenscroft is made from lead-free crystal and boasts a capacity of 34-ounces. It’s also hand-cut and designed with old-world spirits in mind for those looking for some extra flair in the den.
Great American Flask
Let them keep their spirit close by this holiday season. This Great American Flask is hand built out of pure, solid copper and is simple in design, alluding to the frontier whiskey-drinking days of decades past. It’ll certainly catch their eye this year, and you can bet this flask will see immediate use once unwrapped.
Whiskey Wood Bar Stool
Any home bar requires bar stools. So why not pick up a set of all wood barstools made from reclaimed whiskey barrel wood from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery? They come in either a swivel for fixed setup and are finished to preserve the woods’ past life as an aging medium for some of America’s most well-known whiskey.
Stag Horn Whiskey Flight
Nothing like enjoying a flight of your favorite drams out of a genuine stag horn. Each Sir Jack’s Whiskey Flight is handmade in Scotland from a real deer antler, comes equipped with four 6oz tasting glasses and will certainly class up the home bar or library for the better. And in case you were wondering, yes, the antler is ethically sourced as well.
The Gift Of Great Whiskey
Regardless of what you’re considering as a gift for the whiskey lover in your life this year, nothing tops a bottle of the good stuff. Be it a Scotch from their favorite region (like the Islay-based Ardbeg), some good old American bourbon (Colonel E.H. Taylor), or a bottle of quality Rye (WhistlePig) for an old fashioned. Nothing spreads cheer like that famed spirit we all know and love so much. And who knows, you’ll probably get to enjoy some yourself in the process.