17 Gifts for Whiskey Lovers Worth Toasting To

From bottles to barware, these gift ideas are certainly worth celebrating.

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October 28, 2020


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As far as we’re concerned, whiskey drinkers are some of the most dedicated hobbyists we know. Fans of the spirit don’t simply like whiskey — they’re certified super-fans. They can rattle off the differences between bourbon and scotch, know all the popular distilling regions and have a pretty impressive collection of varieties in their bar cart. Even the more “unenthusiastic” drinkers will light up when you ask them about their favorite single malt whiskey.

If you’re going to buy a gift for a whiskey lover this year, why not make it aligned with their favorite pastime? But, whether you’re non-whiskey drinker shopping for a whiskey lover or unsure what to get the connoisseur who has everything, buying the perfect present can be a tall order. To help, we’re sharing incredible gifts for the whiskey lover in your life. From obscure bottles and barware to whiskey-infused treats, these ideas are certainly worth toasting to. Cheers!

Why pour the liquid gold straight from the bottle when you can enjoy a fancy decanter? This hand-blown style from Whiskey Peaks features glass reconstructions of a breathtaking mountain range. It’s a classy addition to any bar cart and will double as a conversation starter during your next virtual happy hour.

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Your special someone isn’t the only person who loves whiskey. Turns out, some of the most legendary writers including Dorothy Parker, William Faulkner and James Baldwin are big fans of the spirit, too. If they want to discover a new recipe or have a penchant for the classics, "How to Drink Like a Writer" is bound to deliver.

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Pappy Van Winkle might be the gold standard of bourbon, but it has a notoriously steep price tag. If you want to give your favorite whiskey drinker the luxury of the label, minus the sticker shock, check out this coffee from Pappy & Company. The brand uses Pappy Van Winkle’s barrels to bring that remarkable taste to their morning routine.

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While many whiskey lovers prefer their spirits served neat, others like to give their drink some extra oomph with a dash of bitters. This kit from Woodford Reserve features five flavors — orange, spiced cherry, sorghum and sassafras, aromatic and chocolate — so they can try their luck with mixology.

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You can never go wrong with a big bottle of whiskey. If you want to expand their drinking horizons, stray away from the usual suspects and opt for Uncle Nearest’s 1856 whiskey. With aromas of hay, dried grass, stone fruit, caramel corn and sweet maple, this Tennessee-based brand serves up a delicious dose of Southern hospitality.

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Thanks to InBooze’s cocktail kit, your special someone won’t have to venture to a bar every single time they crave an Old Fashioned. Not only does this kit have all the ingredients for a delicious cocktail, but this single package can also make up to 10 drinks. All they have to do is add their favorite liquor.

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Your whiskey lover doesn’t have to wait until happy hour to soak up all the delicious aromas. With notes of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon, this candle is a work-friendly way to enjoy some whiskey. This pick has a burn time of 36 hours, plus the canister can double as a rocks glass when empty.

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Treat your recipient to the lap of luxury with a handsome set of matching drinkware. Inspired by her late grandma’s antique collection, founder Stephanie Summerson Hall designed her very own heirloom-worthy glassware. (Translation: This is one set of rocks glasses your whiskey lover can pass down from generation to generation.)

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From Highland single malts to spirits hailing from Speyside, scotch alone is a very nuanced spirit. If you want to help someone brush up on their liquor knowledge, surprise them with this modern print from PopCharts. It’s a scotch cheat sheet that will look good above their bar cart.

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Speaking of scotch, why not pick up a bottle from an under-the-radar distillery? With a rich toffee flavor and notes of fruit, this Speyside-based single malt will be a sweet addition to any growing collection.

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Anyone who enjoys a stiff drink on-the-go will find a lot to love about a brand-new flask. Shinola covered this stainless steel canister in leather, giving this staple an elegant, adult edge. Whether they bring it on a trip or to a socially distanced picnic, this handsome flask will receive plenty of compliments.

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Very few things can ruin a delicious pour like ice cubes. If you want your special someone to enjoy a cold glass of whiskey — without the melting water diluting their beverage — pick up these geometric rocks from Areaware. Made with marble and soapstone, these artful pieces offer a water-free way to keep whiskey cool. All they need to do is place them in their freezer beforehand and enjoy a perfectly chilled drink come happy hour.

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Go ahead, let them wear their love of whiskey on their sleeves — literally. Designer Tim Wood reimagines materials from Jack Daniel’s barrels into elegant cufflinks that will look good with just about everything. With three finishes and two colors to choose from, there’s bound to be an option that suits their style.

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Give their bar cart a global appeal with this bottle from Suntory Hakushu. The Japanese brand has been distilling delicious blends since 1899, so it knows a thing or two about great spirits. This aged bottle features refreshing notes of basil, pine needle and green apple, offering an innovative take on the classics.

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Marshmallows from Wondermade are laced with Maker’s Mark bourbon to offer the perfect cross between sweet and savory. Whether you pair them with your favorite whiskey or devour them solo, one thing’s for sure — this is one gift that’ll have them begging for seconds.

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Designed by the legendary Glemorangie distillers and partnered with pastry master Dominique Ansel, this limited edition scotch is designed for dessert lovers. Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, finished this scotch in dessert wine casks and the result is a scotch that perfectly pairs with cake — or really any sweet treat you can think of.

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If you're a fan or know a fan of Bailey's Irish Cream, consider this another after-dinner drink to get on their radar. This bourbon-based cream is delicious served over ice or in a cocktail. Don't be surprised when it becomes a staple on their bar cart.

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