Many people like a tasty cocktail or a nice glass of whiskey from time to time. Whiskey makes some great cocktails and some of the more premium expressions have amazing flavors to explore. Some people are on another level though, and they love whiskey. Not only do they drink it regularly, but they know which whiskies are their favorites, which go best with certain foods, and which cocktails they like best.
The good thing about whiskey connoisseurs is that they can be fairly easy to buy gifts for – just get a nice bottle of whiskey! What happens when you’ve already done that a few times, though? Or, when you don’t know the first thing about a good whiskey versus a bad one? Well, many other things make a great whiskey-related gift if you know where to look. Some of the best gifts for whiskey lovers aren’t whiskey at all, but something that makes their experience a little better.
The items below are simple things that may not seem like much, but to one who thoroughly enjoys whiskey and everything about it – these gifts are sure to impress them.
The Best Gifts For Whiskey Lovers
1. Whiskey and Water Decanter
If you don’t know much about whiskey, something like this duo whiskey/water decanter may seem odd or even pointless. But, the fact is that many whiskies are only enhanced when you add a bit of water. Whether it’s a single drop or a good splash, it brings out stronger flavors as well as new ones you’d never experience otherwise.
Not only does this decanter look sleek and stylish on the table, but it’s never been easier to enjoy your whiskey with some water. It’s perfect for sipping away on a quiet evening or sharing the experience with friends around the table.
There are many whiskies you can enhance with a bit of water, but a particularly good choice is the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The decanter on its own is still an amazing gift, but if you want to really impress your whiskey-loving giftee, this is a solid choice that’s not too hard on the wallet.
Buffalo Trace is among America’s oldest distilleries, so it’s no surprise they have such a fantastic range of whiskey – their experience and knowledge are unmatched. Their Kentucky Straight Bourbon is their flagship product and it’s aged for a solid eight years. It’s a beautiful amber color in the bottle with notes of caramel, vanilla, mint, and molasses on the nose.
The palate offers brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, baking spice, oak, and anise. The finish is mellow and lingering with notes of oak, vanilla, and rock candy. It’s a complex and impressive experience every time.
2. Insulated Cocktail Shaker
If your whiskey-loving loved one has a thing for cocktails, it doesn’t get much better than this. There are many different styles of cocktails, but a good portion of them require shaking and chilling. This is best done in a proper cocktail shaker, which is easy enough to come by. This beautiful insulated cocktail shaker, though, is a step above the rest.
The insulation means that this shaker chills your drink and not your hands! It’s a small thing, but the cold hands can get annoying when you’re making a super cold cocktail. Other cool features include a built-in measuring system and strainer. It’s ready for any and all cocktails you throw at it!
If you want a good cocktail-making whiskey to go with this gift, grab a bottle of High West Double Rye. It’s an amazing blend of whiskies, ranging greatly in age from two to 16 years. The Whiskey Advocate called it a “must-try” and its diverse flavors are a great base for many cocktails – classics and otherwise!
The aroma is warm with notes of cinnamon, cloves, mint, and pine nuts. The palate offers caramel, vanilla, fresh herbs, and pistachio. Great for shaking up a nice sazerac or stirring a classic Manhattan.
3. Whiskey Water Dropper
Another perfect gift for the whiskey lover who likes to sip! A simple whiskey water dropper not only makes the experience easier but it helps maintain accuracy. Sometimes, a glass of whiskey needs only a drop or two. This can be hard to eyeball if you’re just pouring from another glass. A water dropper ensures you never go too far.
It’s also helpful when trying out new whiskies. You may not know exactly how much water you'll need to suit your exact tastes, so adding a drop at a time and taste testing is the way to go. Not only will this dropper add ease and convenience, but its beautiful shape and thoughtful detailing will fit right in with any collection.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon is another whiskey that provides a top-notch sipping experience. It’s won two gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, among many other awards and titles throughout the years.
The aroma here is well-balanced, with delightful notes of toasted oak and caramel, backed by fruity aromas of orange and apple. The palate is filled with caramel, butterscotch, and rich vanilla with a touch of cinnamon and black pepper. It finishes with a bold medley of all its flavors, fading and cooling slowly on the tongue.
4. Whiskey Chocolates
If the whiskey lover on your list already has all the cool gadgets and accessories, you can never go wrong with chocolate! This set has a nice mix of milk and dark chocolate truffles, all of which have been infused with the perfect touch of Irish whiskey.
These little chocolates are a great little treat any time of day but can be especially enjoyable after a nice dinner, perhaps with a glass of whiskey on the side. Writer’s Tears Double Oak Irish Whiskey would be a great bottle to accompany these delectable chocolates.
This premium whiskey is aged in two different types of wood – French oak and American oak. These two eventually come together and create the perfect harmony of flavors thanks to the triple-distillation and non-chill filtration it goes through before bottling.
You’ll enjoy sweet notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and poached pears on the nose with notes of grapes and citrus zest on the palate. The finish offers a touch of chocolate and lingering spice.
5. Whiskey Stones
Some whiskey is best sipped with a splash of water, others are best when simply chilled and not diluted. It’s common practice to throw some ice cubes into a glass of whiskey for this purpose – known as serving it “on the rocks.” But, the longer you nurse a glass like this, the more the ice cubes will melt into the whiskey.
This isn’t always bad, in fact, sometimes it’s what you want! Other times, though, all you want is to chill the whiskey and a nice set of whiskey stones is the perfect way to do this without using any water. There are many different kinds you can choose from, but this set is a great place to start, especially as a gift. Included here are eight stainless steel stones, a handy freezer tray, tongs, beautiful black coasters, and a lovely gift box.
Lagavulin 16-year is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a great on-the-rocks sipping experience without worrying about melting ice. It’s aged for a minimum of 16 years and has been named the “best single malt whiskey” by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in the past.
It has a smoky, peaty aroma with notes of Earl gray and wood spices. Peat and smoke come through on the palate as well, followed by subtle notes of vanilla, oak, and a touch of salt. The finish is complex and intense, with sweet caramel and fruits behind more of the classic smokey peat.
Honorable Mention – Recipe Books
If you’re still stuck on what to get, or you want a little something extra to accompany a gift from this list, try finding a cool recipe book. If your whiskey lover is a fan of whiskey cocktails, they’re likely quite familiar with the classics and have probably branched out to some modern drinks as well.
But, there’s no way they’ve tried everything. A book like this collection of 100+ recipes is sure to have at least a few surprises. Not only will this help them discover a possible new favorite, but it’ll keep them and their new gifts busy long after the holidays are over!
There are plenty of books out there to choose from, including more on the classics and some collections of rare, lesser-known recipes. Whiskey is no doubt a sophisticated, classy drink but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some real fun with it and try some new, adventurous, less conventional cocktails!