Are you struggling to find the perfect, last-minute gift for the brown booze lover in your life? Whether it’s bourbon whiskey, Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky (or Canadian or Japanese) or, heck, even tequila, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve compiled a list of boozes and booze accoutrement sure to please the most discriminating drinker in your life (and we’ve made sure all of these gifts can be delivered in time for Christmas as long as you’re quick on the draw). Note: Prices subject to change.
Here are 15 great gift ideas for every budget.
1. Stainless steel whiskey stones
Watered-down booze, especially high-end whiskey (or whisky — yes, there really is a difference) is no way to appreciate the subtler qualities of a fine mash. That’s why these stones can come in handy. Freeze them and they’ll chill a neat pour without diluting it. Tongs included. Best of all, they’re buy-one-get-one free!
2. ‘Angels’ Share’ pipette
For those who do like a bit of water in their drink, this “Angels’ Share” pipette is just the thing. It allows your whiskey lover to control how much water they add, drop by drop. As for the name, the “angels’ share” is the lovely phrase used for the booze in a bottle that is lost to evaporation over time.
3. Drinks recipes in graphic novel form
From the founders of The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in lower Manhattan (which was named ‘Best Bar in the World’ in 2016) comes this book of recipes in graphic novel style. ‘The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem‘ is described as “‘Gangs of New York’-era tales retold with modern personalities from the bar world (including the authors) portrayed as the heroes and villains of the story.”
4. Bourbon barrel head serving tray
What better way to serve a round of cocktails than from an authentic barrel head tray?
5. Really expensive scotch, for when money is no object
Price: $37,699 – $52,999
If your loved one loves scotch and you have a truly unlimited budget, The Balvenie 50-Year Scotch Whisky is sure to impress. Just 110 bottles of this Speyside scotch were made.
6. Really expensive bourbon
At a significantly lower price point (and still out of reach for 99% of people) is the widely acclaimed Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Family Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. Getting your hands on any bottle of Van Winkle can be tough, so you may want to jump on this one.
7. Redbreast Single Pot Still 15-Year Irish Whiskey
Described by the folks over at MasterOfMalt.com as “really good stuff” and a “rich, thick, sweet, pungent whiskey with loads of flavor and complexity,” Redbreast’s 15-year Irish whiskey is sure to please the Irish whiskey drinker on your list.
8. Whiskey cocktail kit
Create Old Fashioneds, Rob Roys, Manhattans and more. This cocktail kit comes with everything you need (except the booze) to make great drinks: Two low ball glasses, a crystal mixing glass, strainer, bar spoon, jigger, aromatic bitters, garnish picks, ice cube mold and 10 recipe cards are all tucked into a nicely designed package.
9. Golf ball whiskey glasses
Have a whiskey lover in your life who also loves golf? These golf ball whiskey glasses (set of two) will tee up their favorite spirit nicely.
10. The Complete Whiskey Tasting Course
Renowned whiskey educator Robin Robinson demystifies the “water of life” in this definitive, heavily illustrated book designed to take readers on a global tour of the ever-expanding world of whiskey. The book offers 10 “classes” on everything from how whiskey is made, its history and more.
11. R.V.W. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee
This bourbon barrel-aged coffee is the specialty of R.V.W., a small coffee roaster based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. To make it, they “match the flavor profile of the spirit we want to use to the appropriate coffee bean to ensure the flavors blend harmoniously. After we have our pairing, we then age the green coffee beans in the spirit for weeks before roasting and bagging it.”
12. ‘Probably Whiskey’ coffee mug
This novelty cup fashioned after old camping mugs is perfect for your loved one who likes whiskey and cheeky jokes.
13. Whiskey barrel wood, antler and ceramic ring
The wood used to craft this ring was cut from a white oak whiskey barrel and paired with fallen antler and black ceramic, which is nearly scratch proof.
14. Chocisky Chocolate for Whisky
This chocolate is specially formulated to complement whisky, with formulations for pairing with Japanese whisky, Welsh whisky and every regional type of Scotch whisky, including Speyside, Lowland, Highland, Campbeltown and Islay.
15 Rustic cigar holder and whiskey coaster
Fans of a good smoke and mash will love the rustic, heavy look and feel of this cigar holder and whiskey coaster. Pair it with a good cigar and a nice bottle of booze and you’ll have a decadent gift your whiskey lover will truly appreciate.
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