We are living in the golden age of whiskey (and whisky) right now. The amber ambrosia has benefitted from a massive boom in popularity over the past decade, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Chances are you, or somebody you know, is a fan of the famed spirit, which makes sense. Of all spirits, whiskey boasts one of the greatest varieties on the planet. It’s a beloved spirit that has dozens of permutations from the countries in which it’s made, and its ubiquitousness has made it so there are delicious offerings at virtually all price points.
In fact, whiskey’s popularity has become so titanic that its influence has transcended the liquid medium. There are an endless amount of whiskey-tasting accoutrements, snacks, and whiskey-inspired knick-knacks that only add to the multitude of ways to enjoy the stuff. The sheer amount of these whiskey-centric products can be overwhelming to sift through when coming up with gift ideas for the whiskey lover in your life. Thankfully, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite whiskey-inspired and whiskey-adjacent gifts to help you or the whiskey-loving people in your life appreciate the popular spirit. From soaps to books to bottles of our favorite whiskeys and everything in between, here is our list of the best gifts for the whiskey lover. Cheers.
Soap Distillery Whiskey Soaps: Set of 2
For those who love whiskey so much that their appreciation goes beyond ingesting it, these whiskey soaps allow the whiskey lover in your life to bathe in whiskey, kind of. They’re handmade and feature an exfoliating scrub that’s infused with delicious smelling honey whiskey to imbue your hand washing experience with the water of life.
Pappy & Company Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Nib Brittle
Few things go better with each other than chocolate and bourbon, and that knowledge didn’t escape the legendary Pappy & Co. when they used bourbon-aged chocolate from Olive & Sinclair to make this delicious confectionary offering. Each bite of this delectable brittle is a harmonization of rich flavors that can only be produced when you combine the taste of slow-roasted, stone-ground cocoa beans and aged bourbon.
Pappy & Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer
For those concerned with getting their mix of bitters and sugar right when mixing Don Draper’s fave cocktail, Pappy & Company offers a delicious, premium mixer that simplifies the process for you. Simply add whiskey, ice, and an orange peel for garnish, and you have yourself a professional-caliber cocktail.
‘The Whisky Dictionary’
The Whisky Dictionary is the ideal book for every beginning whiskey aficionado. From Scotch to bourbon and everything in between, this guide to all things whisky will teach you everything you need to know to sound like a whiskey-drinking pro.
Jack Rudy Bourbon Cocktail Cherries
Jack Rudy’s bourbon cocktail cherries are the ultimate garnish for any Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or sweet whiskey-based cocktail. The fact that they’re steeped in Kentucky bourbon makes these Oregon-grown cherries all the more enticing to add to your bar set.
Barrelsmith Cocktails Sampler Pack
Aside from their fantastic quality, one of the best qualities of the Barrelsmith Cocktails Sampler Pack is that everything comes pre-mixed and ready to drink. The only difficult part of enjoying this sample pack is choosing whether you’ll have the Negroni, Manhattan, or Boulevardier first.
Minute Cocktail Sugar Cube Trio
These are like bath bombs, except instead of making a nice bubble bath, you drop them into straight whiskey to make instant cocktails. The minute cocktail sugar cubes are hand-infused with concentrated cocktail ingredients like spiced cherry, Angostura bitters, vermouth extract, and spearmint leaves to make instant, delicious cocktails.
Peugeot Whiskey Tasting Set
If you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on premium whiskey, you might as well enjoy them the way they were intended. Peugeot’s whiskey tasting set captures alcohol burn while releasing the aroma of your whiskey to unlock its true flavor. What’s more, it features a metal base that can chill your whiskey to the ideal 45 degrees in just a few minutes without any ice dilution
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Bitters Bundle
Who better to buy your bourbon accessories from than one of the premier bourbon makers in the world? These premium bitters were aged in Woodford Reserve’s bourbon barrels to up the ante of any Old Fashioned or whiskey cocktails you make. Flavors included are Aromatic, Spiced Cherry, Orange, and Cholocate.
Brixton Whiskey Decanter
While the jury’s still out on whether or not whiskey decanters actually improve the taste of your whiskey, they indubitably make your bar look better. Brixton’s offering features a gorgeous, geographic motif that will make even the lowest shelf whiskey look premium.
EISCH Whiskey Pipette Platinum
As you approach the upper echelon of premium whiskeys, many call for a small amount of water to be added to them in order to open their palate. EISCH offers a sleek, modern pipette that enables you to add just the right amount of water without committing the crime of watering down your whiskey.
Aged & Ore Whiskey Tasting Flight
Whether you’re sharing with friends, comparing and contrasting whiskey types, or just escaping the harshness of life, Aged & Ore’s whiskey tasting flight is right for you. This fun set includes tasting-sized glasses with laser-etched letters that correspond with silicone bottle tags for blind tasting setups.
Whiskey Peaks American Mountains: Set of 4
Unless you’re sitting in your own mountain home, it’s difficult to enjoy a glass of whiskey and the unique topography of our country’s mountains. Thankfully, Whiskey Peaks made a stunning set of glasses that each feature a unique topographic impression of one of America’s greatest mountain peaks: Half Dome, Denali, Mt. Rainer, and Mt. Whitney.
Elevated Craft The Elevated Cocktail Shaker
The geniuses at Elevated Craft must have worked at NASA before they made the world’s best shaker. It sports a professional-grade stainless steel build, durable silicone gaskets, and vacuum insulated double-wall construction that won’t leave condensation rings or freeze your hands while mixing drinks.
Whiskey Leatherworks The Clark Fork Copper Flask
What’s not to love about a handsome vessel that allows you to enjoy your favorite whiskey on the go? This flask from Whiskey Leatherworks features a gorgeous Horween leather cover on a sleek flask that’s made from copper-coated stainless steel.
Kings County Aged Whiskey Gift Set
If you’re looking to gift the bourbon lover in your life the ultimate stocking stuffer, then the Kings County Aged Whiskey Gift Set has you covered. It includes three bourbons made of 100% New York grain: Kings County Bourbon, Kings County Peated Bourbon, and Kings County Single Malt Whiskey.
Whiskey Cocktails Book
Whiskey and literature go hand-in-hand, and the Whiskey Cocktails Book takes things one step further by acting as a gorgeous coffee table book as well. It comes loaded with an artfully curated collection that features over 100 recipes for whiskey, bourbon, and rye cocktails, as well as distillery profiles. Even better, this beautiful offering can be personalized with the recipient’s initials for an added personal touch.
homia Smoking Gun
If you’re looking to give a gift that makes a statement, then homia’s smoking gun is sure to wow whomever you grace with it. This multi-use smoking machine is guaranteed to add a level of flair to your mixology routine while also imbuing your cocktail with the delicious flavor of fire.
Viski Ice Sphere Maker
Aside from looking more elegant and sophisticated, ice spheres chill your whiskey faster, dilute your drink less, and last longer than cubes do. They’re superior in every way. Viski’s ice sphere maker has an aluminum and stainless steel construction that can transform a jagged chunk of ice into a pristine 55mm ice sphere in a matter of minutes.
The Gift of Great Whiskey
Let’s be honest, the main reason people fall in love with whiskey isn’t for the delicious whiskey-flavored snacks or trinkets, it’s because whiskey is the water of life! What better way to put a smile on your favorite whiskey lover’s face than by gifting them a bottle of the good stuff? Some may go with a peat-forward Islay standout like Lagavulin 16 Year that has a balanced taste and a salt finish. Others may take the American-made route and go with a bottle of WhistlePig 10 Year Straight Rye, which offers an enticingly sweet aroma and a spicy palate. And for those wanting a more subtle offering, you can’t go wrong with the crisp, fruity palate of Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky. Regardless of your tastes, a good bottle of whiskey is always a fine gift.
How to Start a Whiskey Collection
For those of you looking to graduate to the next level of whiskey-loving, check out our guide on how to start a whiskey collection to cover all the basics.