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The Best Gifts for Whiskey Lovers

December 2, 2019 by Jonathan Paxley

You want to treat a whiskey fan to something special but you can’t bear the thought of handing over yet another bottle? You’ve come to the right place.

We’ve gathered the very best whiskey gifts, from luxury pieces like hand blown whiskey droppers, to practical presents like a book of whiskey cocktail recipes.

So, you can wave goodbye to gifting your whiskey enthusiast the same old stuff, because this time around they’re getting something neat!

The Cocktail Club’s Smoked Old Fashioned

The Cocktail Club’s Smoked Old Fashioned from its inaugural cocktail collection is a delight.

Batched and bottled by award-winning bartenders, using only the best ingredients available – the Smoked Old Fashioned Bottled Cocktail comes in 200ml and 500ml sizes.

Sure to win over whiskey and cocktail lovers alike, its the perfect gift for people who are hard to buy for.

Norlan Whisky Glass in Matte Black

This Norlan Whisky Glass is a lightweight, mouth-blown tumbler with a matte black finish. Completed with a double glass wall, an aesthetic faceted base and a curved inner bowl, this glass has been cleverly designed to improve the whiskey drinking experience.

The most notable feature is the protrusion forms inside the glass, which allow a larger amount of ethanol to escape the whiskey when it’s swirled. The result? A focussed aroma and a truer expression of the whiskey’s flavours. This feature is a Norlan Glass invention, meaning no other design has the same effect, so if you want to gift a whiskey glass, these ones are sure to impress.

While this matte black design is incredibly striking, opt for Norlan Glass’s equally luxurious clear tumblers to make the most of the double-wall feature.

Regional Scotch Scented Candles

Made up of an amalgamation of aromas found in scotch regions, Angels Share Glass’s scented candles bring a sense of your nostalgia to the die-hard scotch fan’s home.

Opt for Speyside for a winning winter combination of apple, pear and cinnamon notes. Or choose the heather, fruitcake and apple scents that make up Angels Share Glass’s Highland candle and transport your friend to one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.

Hand-poured in Scotland and made from 100% soy wax, the eco-conscious vegans will love this one too!

Read more: Vegan Drinks Guide

Tumbler and Decanter Set

Simple, delicate and unique are just three of the words we could use to describe these hand-blown tumblers. Both elegant and practical, the solid cubes and spheres fused to the base of the glasses are designed to chill whiskey without diluting the flavours. Pop these glasses in the freezer for a minimum of 20 minutes for a perfectly-chilled whiskey on the rocks.

Pair the tumblers with these matching decanters and you’ve got a full dinner party set your loved one will take pride in showing off.

Personalised Whiskey Wood Cufflinks

Cufflinks crafted from whiskey barrels? Yes, please!

These unusual cufflinks are created from whiskey wood that has been set in black, bronze, gold or silver metal. Made from unique pieces of wood, no two pairs of are the same.

Choose from nine different brands of whiskey barrel, including The Macallan, Highland Park and Jack Daniels, and personalise each piece with initials, an icon or a number.

These personal cufflinks are the perfect gift for celebrating a milestone birthday, congratulating a friend for getting that dream job or asking your best friend to play a part in your wedding.

For an extra £2, personalise the wooden placard included in the stylish black gift box with your choice of Stag Design’s pre-written messages. For example:

‘Thank you for giving her away’ or ‘Thank you for paying for the wedding’.

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Aspinal of London Hip Flask

During the 1700s, women would smuggle booze onto British warships in pigs’ bladders. Fast forward to America’s prohibition era and animal bladders have been replaced with thin curved metal hip flasks and these have now found their way into the urban gentleman’s (or the ‘hipster’s), pocket.

While it’s no longer necessary to be so discreet with our alcohol consumption, today, the hip flask is an iconic and trendy possession that is often treasured and passed down families.

While curved designs are the most common (and the ideal shape for sneaking your favourite tipple into events), there are plenty of newer, less common designs to choose from.

Made from stainless steel wrapped in Italian calf leather, this cylindrical shaped Aspinal of London flask is completed with a set of two cups and a personalised screw lid. The epitome of luxury, this hip flask is the perfect milestone birthday, bridal party or congratulatory present.

Ultimate Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit

Another awesome cocktail gift from The Cocktail Club, this is the Ultimate Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit.

The Old Fashioned is one of the worlds most popular cocktails and this gift comes beautifully packaged with all the ingredients needed to make the cocktail, a giant ice ball mould, a tasty chocolate bar from the team at Gnaw and a recipe card.

This is the ultimate for cocktail lovers.


Glass Water Droppers

The father half of Angels Share Glass’s father-daughter team has been awarded an MBE for his glass-blowing techniques, and these skills are best-demonstrated in these delicate glass water droppers.

Choose from a variety of unique handmade designs, including a pot still, an angel or a thistle. This personal present is the perfect gift for the passionate whisky connoisseur, and having been given the royal nod, there’s no way your friend won’t be impressed by them.

Watch the following video to find out how to use these delicate designs: Watch Here.

Copper-Plated Mixing Jug Set

This mixing set is an essential addition to any bartender’s kitchen. Including a double-ended jigger; a weighty, thick-walled mixing pitcher; an elegant Japanese mixing spoon and a copper-plated strainer, this decorative copper set contains everything necessary for a kitchen cocktail party.

Adopting a classic, prohibition-era style and finished with a sleek black gift box, this mixing set is bound to stun both the novice mixologist and the professional.

Unsure what these tools are? Find out more about what a bar spoon is used for and how mixologists use cocktail strainers.

Whiskey Barrel-Infused Coffee

Sometimes we have to wake up and smell the coffee. But how much happier would your whisky-loving pal be if said coffee actually smelled like whiskey?

Yep, you read that right. Cannonball Coffee has created a barrel-aged coffee that adopts an intense whiskey aroma.

What Is Barrel Aging?

The Cocktail Service caught up with Duncan, Founder of Cannonball Coffee, to find out more about the inspiration behind his brand. “The barrel-aged coffee was a bit of an experiment after seeing something similar in America,” Duncan explained. “I’m not going to claim I invented the idea, but I’ve certainly not seen anyone else in the UK doing it.”

After teaming up with a London distillery that imports used American bourbon and rye casks, Duncan has perfected his whiskey and oak-infused coffee.

“To age the coffee we put unroasted beans into an emptied bourbon barrel and then seal them inside for 30 days,” Duncan told us. “Green beans are quite porous so absorb the beautiful aromas and flavours left in the barrel. After 30 days we take the beans out and lightly roast the coffee in small batches, which really develops these flavours.”

So, if you want to give someone a present they’ll appreciate, give them the ability to sit at their desk, sipping their morning brew while being transported to their local drinking hole.

Membership to Craft Whisky Club

If only you could hire some sort of personal shopper to pick out the best whiskies from the most passionate, artisan whiskey-makers.

Oh, wait… you can!

Promising great whiskies that can’t be found on the highstreet and delivering them straight to their customers’ doors, Craft Whisky Club does all the hard work for you.

Club membership includes a choice of two hampers that are delivered every two months. The smaller hamper is made up of one bottle of whiskey and pairing foods, while the larger doubles up on the whiskey front.

The frequency of this gift ensures no whiskey lover runs dry and no gift-giver misses a birthday.

Whiskey Cocktails Recipe Book

Book Review: Whiskey Cocktails

Warren Bobrow, or ‘the Cocktail Whisperer’, is a mixologist, chef and multi-published author of six books, and we think Whiskey Cocktails is one of his finest works.

This beautifully illustrated book contains easy-to-follow cocktail recipes that are perfect for making cocktails at home. Inside, you’ll find a range of recipes, from fruity ones to winter warmers, and even one that claims to help fight colds.

So, when buying this book, you won’t only ensure the recipient is entertained for hours, but you’ll basically be helping them maintain their health too!

Flick to the back of the book and find a section on cooking with whiskey. With a background in cheffing, Warren is an authority you want in your kitchen, and his Fernet Branca, Bourbon, and Carpano Antica Glazed Pork Shoulder is a meal you want in your oven.

Or, if you want to pull out all the stops, hire a mobile bar and professional bartender for a night of unbeatable whiskey concoctions.

Whiskey Ice Ball Moulds

Ice balls melt slowly, ensuring the first sip of every drink tastes as good as the last. So, rid your friend of over-diluted whiskey and get them these large Graham and Green ice ball moulds. https://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/glacier-rocks-ice-sphere-mould

While they’re an affordable, no-frills gift, these whiskey ball moulds are a present any whiskey-drinker will undeniably appreciate. Also, you’ve got to admit, the sphere-shaped ice makes drinks look pretty Instagrammable.

Love the look of these? Find out more about ice carving here. 

A Book on the History of Women’s Role in Whiskey

While he’s an author of many books, Fred Minnick’s Whiskey Women has had the biggest impact of all. Following a number of trailblazers, Fred examines the history of whiskey and recounts the often overlooked but vital role women have played in the industry.

You’ll be sure to impress any history buffs and female whiskey fans with this interesting read.

A Day at Whiskey School

Experience gifts are ideal for that friend or family member who seems to have everything. When it comes to the whiskey fans, what greater an experience gift than a day learning about their favourite spirit?

With one of The Whisky Lounge’s experts on hand to teach them all about the world’s most complex spirit, students here learn about the history of whiskey, how whiskey is made, wood maturation and much more.

Including a whiskey tasting class and the opportunity to blend their own whiskey, attendees will receive a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience throughout the day. Every student will leave whiskey school with a certificate, a miniature of their blended whiskey and the ability to talk more confidently on a topic that interests them.

This present is perfect for anyone who indulges in whiskey-related chat, as well as those who could do with a little help in this region too…

Scottish Whiskey Distillery Tour

GlenDronach is a heavy and robust spirit renowned for its deep colour, complex character and depth of taste and its Highlands’ Glendronach Distillery is one of the first ever licensed distilleries. Using the same whiskey-making techniques for the last 200 years, a tour of this Scotish distillery is nothing short of fascinating.

Donned the ‘masters of sherry cask maturation’, any whiskey fanatic will learn a lot from these whiskey pioneers.

Welsh Whiskey Distillery Masterclass

Our team went over to the Brecon Beacons to check out the Penderyn distillery masterclass. Distiller Gillian Howell’s fun and informative guided tour and Irish, bourbon and rye tastings went down a total treat. http://penderyn.wales/masterclass/

A brilliant day out, we’d recommend this as a gift to any whiskey enthusiasts. Find out more about our trip to the distillery here.

A Visit to Lakes Distillery, England

Looking for a distillery in England? Look no further than a tour of the Lakes Distillery. During a guided tour, guests discover not only how this factory produces whiskey, but also gin and vodka. They also get to sample all three!

Whisky Tasting Room

2020 sees the Whisky Tasting Room’s introduction of a new course, Whisky or Wot. Amongst the rounds of whiskey, the team here will slip a rum or cognac under their guests’ noses to show how greatly a cask influences the whiskey’s taste.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them (25 years, for the numbers types), the team here are well-equipped to answer all their guests’ whiskey queries as well as offering fun and adventurous tasting classes.

Looking for more experience gifts? Check out London’s coolest bars or the best bars in Oxford for inspiration.


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