Whisky or whiskey, depending on your location, is a spirit loved by many connoisseurs around the world. If someone you know is a whisky lover, then finding the perfect whisky gift is an incredible way to show your appreciation to them. Whether it’s for a special occasion like a birthday or wedding or just a way to say thank you, whisky has always been a great gift.
A great gift for a true whisky connoisseur is a bottle of aged whisky. This classic choice will always be appreciated, even more so if it is rare. Before you go out and buy a bottle of any 12-year-old plus whisky, there are a few considerations. For example, do they drink all whisky? Whether it’s Bourbon, rye, Irish Whiskey or Scotch whisky. If it is Scotch whisky, do they have a specific region they prefer their whisky to come from? Typically someone who likes the smoothness and sweetness of Speyside whisky will not appreciate the smoky flavours of peat in the whisky of Islay. Do they like blended or single-malt whisky? This is important as a blend tends to be lighter and smoother but can lack in the rich flavour department.
Once you have figured out which type of whisky the present receiver prefers it’s time to look at price ranges.
Sometimes the look of a bottle is good enough alone. If you have no idea what type of whisky to buy for your whisky enthusiast, you can just get a nice-looking bottle, The Dalmore tends to be a popular go-to, and the Stag on the front certainly stands out amongst the rest. Another present idea that is whisky-related is whisky decanters. They make a bottle of whisky look rather standard and the decanter presents the whisky in a way that allows it to breathe and even enhances the flavour. Many decanters come with two glasses, designed to be enjoyed in a gathering rather than singularly.
If you know what brand of whisky the other person likes but wouldn’t know what to get them then whisky miniature gift packs are the perfect gift. There are many brands from many different distilleries that offer more than one expression, for example, Jura does over 7 different expressions so it can be difficult to know which one to get but that is where the Jura triple pack comes in handy. It comes with three different miniatures that they may have not tried before, they can be enjoyed in one glass and then they can decide if they want to buy the bottle.
If your loved one has plenty of whisky to enjoy and you have decided not to give them any more then maybe consider a whisky tour. Distilleries like The Balvenie and Glengoyne tend to offer distillery tours to the public. They usually involve a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery including how they make their whisky and what makes them unique. After the tour of the distillery, you normally get given samples of what they produce first hand and sometimes they will provide you with something that isn’t available on the market. While trying these amazing whiskies, experts are also on hand to answer any questions. At the end there is a gift shop where you can purchase accessories and of course whisky!
An accessory will always be appreciated. They will always need to use a glass to drink the whisky, so why not purchase them a beautiful glass? These glasses are different to normal glasses as they will be designed with the whisky drinker in mind. You can purchase different types of whisky glasses, however, the Glencairn glass is the most popular. The design of this glass helps you swirl the whisky around, which then unleashes the beautiful aromas contained inside and is then perfect to drink. Another accessory to buy a whisky lover is a hip flask. They are great for long days out when you need a pick-me-up or to make a simple drink more interesting.
When choosing a whisky gift for your loved one, it’s important to consider their personal preferences. Do they have a favourite brand or type of whisky? Would they benefit from a whisky-related accessory? True whisky lovers always appreciate a thoughtful gift that aligns with their interests. Therefore, taking their preferences into account will help ensure that your gift is well-received.
Author: Oliver has worked at a whisky and cigar shop for over four years. When he first started, he didn’t enjoy whisky at all. However, he has since learned how to sample a dram to taste its full potential and has never looked back. He has dedicated many hours a day to learning more about whisky and is now sharing his findings with you. His favourite whisky is the Tomatin 14-Year-Old Port Cask.