The serious whiskey drinkers in your life may be pickier, but they aren’t afraid to let you know about their proclivities. They wax philosophical about Whiskey dogs—a black Scottish Terrier and a West Highland white Terrier—daily. They might discuss the merits of celebrity-owned spirits before lauding new rare blends from an independent Scotch distiller. Or they may find deeper poetry in the term angel's share. But in the end, they’re still whiskey lovers—just serious enough to want to be buried with a bottle of Pappy when the time comes.
So when you’re searching for an alcohol-themed gift to get one of your whiskey lovers, do not mess around with their preferences. But we do have some tips that’ll help you get creative while staying on their good side: It all boils down to bourbons or ryes that are sublime to drink, or tools like whiskey glasses that’ll make them divine. So here with the assist are 30 best whiskey gifts for those who treat whiskey like it's their religion.
Designed to make every drop of whiskey taste its best, this tasting set includes a hand-blown glass, expertly shaped to reduce alcohol burn, and a chilling base that can cool your drink to 45°F in under five minutes—no ice needed.
Why pick one present? A Flaviar membership introduces them to a digital whiskey-drinking club, with access to bottles and tastings, special whiskey releases, member events, and more.
Here's a straight-forward monthly subscription to some of the best whiskeys, with categories covering Japanese, bourbon, and scotch. Recent selections have included Redbreast Lustau, Kavalan Concertmaster, and Barrell Bourbon 015, which ought to entice.
Stick one of these cubes in a glass of whiskey, wait a minute, and then sip on a pre-made Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Pretty neat, right? And tailor-made for those nights when you can't even bother to lift a hand to measure vermouth into a jigger.
The impressions at the bottom of Whiskey Peaks' set of hand-blown whiskey glasses match the topography of iconic mountains: Grand Tetons, Rockies, Zions, etc. For the kind of whiskey drinker who's happiest out of doors.
Some prefer their whiskey to be ice cold sans any ice in the glass. That's a tough balance to strike. But this tumbler goes in the freezer to build up a chill on the glass, with a cork sleeve to prevent frostbitten fingers or ruined coffee tables. Balance, struck.
The barrels that hold Pappy's legendary bourbon later house maple syrup collected from a farm in Ohio, giving us all the gift of bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Besides, it's not like getting them a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is feasible.
The essence of Dalmore Scotch whisky is used to flavor these decadent truffles. Two vices, satisfied in one box.
Tap into their inner mad scientist with this cloche and torche, designed to steep cocktails in smoky flavors. That'll be one hell of an Old Fashioned.
Don't turn your nose up at this bottled cocktail. For one, it's mixed from eight-year-old Kentucky bourbon, five-year-old Indiana rye, saffron bitters, and demerara sugar. For another, it comes with an orange zest atomizer. That's one hell of an Old Fashioned—and one that requires zero prep.
With these aromatic, orange, ginger, citrus, and even chili bitters, a whisky cocktail will never taste boring again.
Survival is important and all, but so is always having a good age statement on hand. VSSL checks off both with this gadget, a flashlight, compass, bottle opener, and nine-ounce flask with two shot glasses collapsed into one.
Because nothing hits quite like a homemade Old Fashioned when the days get short, the nights get cold, and the air smells like dead leaves. This box has the right accessories—crystal glasses, ice molds, syrup, and a field guide—to make that first sip sublime.
Bob Dylan, the voice of the Americana spirit, built a distillery called Heaven's Door to make American whiskey. It's one more way Dylan is preserving the American story.
Sure, this Norlan glass looks cool as hell. But it's also carefully crafted for drinking chilled whiskey right. A win-win.
To tide them over in that short space of time between dinner and after-dinner drinks.
Uncle Nearest is a newer distillery, but it digs deep into American history—all the way to the formerly enslaved Black man who taught Jack Daniel how to distill, Nearest Green himself. This bottle will give your giftee a real appreciation for Tennessee whiskey, as well as new insight into the spirit's backstory.
This scientifically designed snifter is used by whiskey competition judges. Get it for the drinker who can spin a professional-level yarn about the notes, aromas, and nose of a whiskey.
This gorgeous, leather-bound guidebook serves as an encyclopedia to 700 of the most interesting whiskey makers in the world, from Scotland to Japan to Australia.
The correct way to drink whiskey is with a few drops of water to unlock the fullest flavor, or so the Scots say. This crystal dropper ensures they don't overdo it.
The Dead Rabbit is a world-renowned bar hiding in downtown Manhattan, with an ethos built on the lore of Irish gangsters and Irish whiskey. Its cocktail recipe book is full of utterly astounding cocktails, as well as a nefarious tale of blood and revenge (and drinking) told in graphic novel form. You have to read it to believe it.
Because it'd be frowned upon to bathe in straight whiskey.
Cask strength, floor malting, tannins...even the most whiskey-literate person you know would be forgiven for getting tripped up on the distillers lingo. This guidebook will give them a refresher on all terms that matter in whiskey-making.
A whiskey aficionado is always in the mood to sip a nice one ASAP. Saucey, thankfully, will deliver them gems of bourbon, scotch, or rye within 30 minutes. All they need is a gift card of $20 (or $2,000) from you to satiate their thirst.