39 Best Gifts for People Who Take Whiskey Seriously

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Whiskey drinkers who take the spirit seriously are not messing around. Not even a little bit. They can wax philosophical about Scottish terroir and Kentucky’s limestone water. They’re startling poetic about angel’s share, but militant about barrel staves. They hold celebrity whiskeys to the highest of standards, then fanboy or fangirl out when their favorite independent distiller announces a new blend. So it can be a little intimidating to try to choose an alcohol-themed gift to get one of these big whiskey types, especially if you’re not an expert yourself. But in the end, it’s all about a liquid that’s wonderfully rewarding to drink, and we know a thing or two about that. And we’re more than happy to share our knowledge with you, just like we’d share a dram. Here are the 39 best gifts for people who love whiskey.

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Whiskey Tasting Set

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.

Best Whiskey Club

Flaviar Spirits Subscription

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.

Whiskey Club Subscription

Mash & Grape

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.

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Scotch-Infused Chocolate Collection

Dalmore borrowed the essence of Scotch whisky to flavor these decadent truffles. Two vices, satisfied in one box.

Whiskey & Water Decanter

This decanter houses whiskey and water in an innovative, original way. It’ll go a long way to dispel any myths about water ruining whiskey.

Bourbon Bitters Bundle

Woodford Reserve

With these aromatic, spiced cherry, orange, and chocolate bitters aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, a cocktail will never taste boring again.

‘The Whisky Dictionary’

By Ian Wisniewski

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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.

‘The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem’

By Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, Jillian Vose

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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.

Cocktail Smoking & Infusion Kit

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.

Best Japanese Whisky to Gift

Yamazaki 12 Year Old

Suntory Whisky

Japanese whiskies, as rare and sought-after as they’ve become, aren’t exactly easy to track down. So do your giftee a solid and score a bottle of Yamazaki 12, a quintessential Japanese offering that makes a long-lasting impression.

VSSL Flask

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.

Best Whiskey Backstory

1884 Small Batch Whiskey

Uncle Nearest

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.

American Mountains Glass Set

Whiskey Peaks

The impressions at the bottom of this set of hand-blown whiskey glasses match the topography of iconic peaks: Half Dome, Denali, Mt. Rainer, and Mt. Whitney. For the kind of whiskey drinker who’s happiest out of doors.

‘World Whiskey’

Graphic Image

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.

Whiskey Wedge

For anyone picky about their ice-to-whiskey ratio, this wedge-shaped ice mold and double Old Fashioned glass will give them something to think about.

Glass Whiskey Water Dropper

Angels’ Share Glass

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.

Whiskey Soaps Set

Soap Distillery

Because it’d be frowned upon to bathe in straight whiskey.

Esquire Spirit Award Winner

Gold Fashioned

Sunday’s Finest

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.

Pappy Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

Pappy & Company

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.

Rauk Heavy Whiskey Tumbler

Norlan Glass

Sure, this Norlan glass looks cool as hell. But it’s also carefully crafted for drinking chilled whiskey right. A win-win.

Official Competition Judging Glass

The NEAT Glass

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.

Best Irish Whiskey to Gift

Dram In a Can Irish Whiskey

Two Stacks

Making the world’s first whiskey in a can isn’t the only groundbreaking thing Two Stacks is accomplishing in Ireland, but it is the most giftable. Imagine a picnic with a four-pack of these in two.

Best Single Malt to Gift

“The Wee Witchie” 12-Year-Old Single Malt

There are a million and one excellent, award-winning single malts that are worthy. But for our money, we’d gift Mortlach’s Wee Witchie, a flavorful expression distilled in an intriguing “2.81” method from a relatively under-the-radar distillery. It will surprise and impress.

Best Smokey Whisky to Gift

16-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lagavulin’s 16 Year Old is a bonfire of a whisky, layering smoke on smoke on smoke atop a vanilla and spice foundation. In other words, a peaty single malt experience that cannot be missed.

Esquire Spirit Award Winner

8 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

George Dickel

Dickel bucked its Tennessee whiskey tradition and released an eight-years-aged bourbon that is a surprise of a sipper. Just ask our 2021 Esquire Spirit Awards lineup, which this bottle kicks off.

Best Bourbon to Gift

Wood Finishing Series Limited Release

Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark may be a bourbon heavyweight, but it isn’t afraid to get weird. Its Wood Finishing series, for which the distillery doctored already-matured whiskey with different wooden staves to draw out more flavor and character, is experimental and small batch—and covetable. (That explains the price.)

Bourbon-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set

To tide them over in that short space of time between dinner and after-dinner drinks.

Port Cask Whisky

The Japanese whisky category has largely been defined by the Suntorys and the Hibikis and the Yamazakis. But there’s a funkier side to Japanese whisky. Ohishi Port Cask is one that contains an abundance of chocolate, fruit, and spice aromas.

Best Celebrity Whiskey to Gift

Heaven’s Door Whiskey Collection

Heaven’s Door

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.

Barrel-Finished Cocktail Sampler Set

Barrelsmith

Barrelsmith learned a thing or two from whiskey distilling and stuck its Boulevardier, Manhattan, and Negroni in charred oak barrels to deepen their flavors.

Saucey Gift Card

Saucey

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.

Best Rye to Gift

Double Rye

This is a no-holds-barred spice bomb of a rye whiskey—getting them a bottle is the equivalent of a double-dog drinking dare. Plus, High West is an innovative Utah distillery they’ll definitely want to keep tabs on if they aren’t already.

Elevated Hybrid Cocktail Shaker

Elevated Craft

We’ve never met a whiskey cocktail we didn’t like—unless, of course, that cocktail was poorly made. This elegantly crafted shaker does the art of cocktail-making justice, with features hidden in every curve of stainless steel.

Premium Cocktail Cherries

PENINSULA PREMIUM

Cocktail cherries are a must for many whiskey cocktails that get made at home, like Manhattans. Especially Manhattans.

Whiskey Rocket Decanter

Jonathan Adler

Serve whiskey from something rad and retro, like this 24K-gold-and-porcelain decanter. Plus, it’ll replace all those sticky, half-empty bottles of booze on the bar cart.

Best American Single Malt to Gift

Colorado Single Malt Whiskey

Stranahan’s

If you’re looking for something for the whiskey drinker who thinks they’ve seen it all, point them in the direction of American single malts like Stranahan’s much-lauded Colorado whiskey. The category is newer, more niche, and relatively lawless, which adds to its intrigue.

‘Hacking Whiskey’

By Aaron Goldfarb

This book from Esquire contributor Aaron Goldfarb welcomes drinkers to the strange side of whiskey, where marijuana infusions, Pappy Van Winkle Jell-O shots, and more reign, taking all the stuffiness out of it.

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