The best gifts for whisky lovers
The best whisky gifts offer everything you need for a delicious tipple.
Those who love whisky really love whisky. Though it certainly has casual fans, there are also scores of people who take their love of the drink very seriously indeed. So when choosing the best gifts for whisky lovers you need to make sure you are getting things they will actually like.
It's not difficult to see why whisky is so loved - complex flavours from distilleries across the world, aged to perfection and full of surprising notes are found in every good bottle.
So if you're not a fan yourself but are looking to buy a gift for someone who is, it can be pretty darn intimidating. Which blend do you get? Should you go for Scottish or Japanese? And is what you've bought worth the money?
Well, don't worry – you don't have to buy the perfect bottle to please the whisky fan in your life (though if you'd like to, our list of the best whisky in the world will probably help).
There are plenty of fun, interesting and sophisticated gifts to buy for your favourite whisky lover - and from whisky stones to flasks, we've collected the best.
- Don't miss the best whisky deals available today
Best gifts for whisky lovers
1. Teeling Small Batch Gold Presentation Tin Gift Pack
This Teeling whiskey gift set is a great stocking filler, offering a brilliant bottle of the small batch Irish whiskey, two branded glasses and a gold tin to give it that premium present look. Teeling is one of our favourite Irish whiskeys (especially the Blackpitts), so this is one gift that will be more than welcomed.
2. Bushmills 1991 Madeira Cask
This is a stunning whisky. 30 years in the making, the Bushmills 1991 Madeira Cask is a special release where only 738 bottles have been made. We have been lucky enough to have a taste test and it's a rich, luxurious dram packed with cream and pralines in its taste with an underlying sweetness in there as well, thanks to dried fruit and mandarin notes coming through. Yes, the price is premium but this is one that is going to sell out and fast.
3. Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Gold Bar Gift Tin
If you want a gold star from your gifting this year, then the Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Gold Bar Gift Tin is a must. This is a delicious 12 year old, offering up a smooth taste and sweet notes. We got some fantastic vanilla and fudge notes when we taste tested. The gift tin it comes in looks fantastic, too. It's a gold bar look which is pretty apt given this whisky has won over 100 gold medals for its taste
4. Bang & Olufsen x Johnnie Walker Blue Label x Diary of a CEO: Limited Edition Christmas Gift Set
Bang & Olufsen has teamed up with Johnnie Walker Blue Label to create an exclusive, limited run of 100 luxury gift sets, with each set including: a 70cl bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch whisky and a set of the rather brilliant B&0 Beoplay EQ adaptive noise cancelling wireless earphones. The luxury gift set was launched at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge with a live conversation with Steven Bartlett, host of famous Diary of a CEO podcast, which was a great way to reveal the team-up. You also get a QR code of his podcast in the pack.
5. Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky
If you are looking for a different whisky to give this Christmas, then something that's been distilled in England is certainly it. This Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky has been taste tested by ShortList and is a great-tasting spirit. There's a real smoothness to the taste, with honey and vanilla notes. This is truly a product of its region, using locally sourced water and barley from the Cotswolds.
6. The Peat Monster Gift Set
If strong, smoke-filled whisky is your thing then there is no better than The Peat Monster. This dram is a rich malt whisky with a fruity character and that all-important smoky, peaty nose and palate. This gift set comes complete with a full-sized bottle of The Peat Monster, as well as two laser-etched glasses. The box they come in is superb, too.
7. Smokehead Whisky Tin
This Smokehead whisky tin has three great Islay whiskies inside: the original Smokehead, Smokehead High Voltage (which is a whopping 58%) and Smokehead Rum Rebel. Each can be made into a decent Christmas cocktail, says Smokehead, with the cocktails including: The Smokehead Snowball (made with Smokehead, Advocaat, gingerbread syrup and lemonade); the Smokehead Grinch (mix Smokehead with melon liqueur, lemon juice and sugar syrup); and Hot Buttered Rum Rebel (Rum Rebel, mixed with mixed spice, butter and hot cider). Or you could just drink them straight, we aren't going to judge.
8. The Whisky Exchange's A Fine Christmas Malt 2021
This is always one of our favourite gifts over Christmas, the The Whisky Exchange's A Fine Christmas Malt. It's a 16-year-old whisky that can't be found anywhere else and one that has an abundance of festive flavours. So, if you want a heady malt that's packed with fruit cake notes ad a hint of chocolate orange then this is the stocking filler for you.
9. Jameson Black Barrel Fan Gift Set
This is a great gift set for any Jameson fan. You get a bottle of Jameson Black Barrel Proof 700ml, an engraved Jameson Black Barrel Hip Flask, miniature Jameson Black Barrel and a set of Jameson Black Barrel glasses. Those who haven't tried Jameson's Black Barrel yet are in for a treat - it's a richer taste to the original Jameson's with more of a mouth feel and chocolate notes. Perfect, then, for a winter's night.
10. That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Greatest Hits of Whisky: Volume 1
We were big fans of this gift set last year and still think it's a fantastic gift for any whisky lover. You get 10 drams (50ml) in the box, all from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. The whiskies range from a GlenAllachie 10 Year Old to a superb 24-Year-Old Speyside. These really are great whiskies and this is a great way to try out the greatest hits, without breaking the bank too much.
11. The Character of Islay Whisky Company Premium Whisky Tasting Set
This five-dram set is for those who want the real Islay experience, with whiskies ranging from 10 years to 33 years old. In the pack you get a dram of: an Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old; Grace Île 25 Year Old; The Legend of Fiona Macleod 33 Year Old; Octomore 9 Year Old 2011 (from The Stories of Wind & Wave collection); and Bowmore 16 Year Old 2003 (also from The Stories of Wind & Wave collection). Brilliant stuff.
12. Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter
This limited-edition release from Glenmorangie is a delight. Not only does the bottle's label give the tipple a fetching Christmas jumper look, the whisky is meant to conjure up images of your most vibrant festive knitwear when you taste it. The release is the idea of Director of Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden, who came up with it while snowed in at home. The whisky has been finished in Marsala wine casks from Sicily and is a 13-year-old single malt Scotch that packs in fruit and honey, cocoa dust and spice.
13. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society membership
There's no better time to become a member of the The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Not only do you get exclusive access to whisky events, tastings and whisky experts, the club has a great new collaboration. The Society Kingdom Collaboration sees the society team up with Scotland's first fragrance house. There are two collaborations, Metamorphic paired with Lightly Peated (the smell combines black pepper with tobacco notes) and Portal paired with Juicy Oak & Vanilla. This has a Scots pine and forest aroma. Get the membership now and you can sample the collaboration.
14. Deanston 18 Year Old
This Christmas, you may as well get right up to date with your whisky and invest in The Whisky Exchange's whisky of the year for 2022. The Deanston 18 Year Old was voted the best in a blind taste test (something ShortList took part in) and is a very special whisky that has some £11 off of it right now.
15. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Licensed Dram Limited Edition
This is a great gift: it's an exclusive new ‘Licensed Dram’ from Glenlivet which celebrates the distillery's founder, George Smith, who was the first person to obtain a whisky making license in the Livet Valley. It comes in some great-looking packaging and the whisky inside is rather special, too. ShortList has taste tested this one and can definitely recommend. This one has an RRP for £50 but we've seen it as low as £41.99 on Amazon, which is a bargain
16. NOVELTEA X Leysieffer Chocolate Experience
Cold-brewed, alcoholic tea brand, NOVELTEA has launched its own range of luxury pralines, collaborating with Germany based traditional chocolate manufacturer, Leysieffer. The handcrafted praline consist of a creamy ganache and have been infused with winter-spiced tea, which is blended with Scotch Whisky, and topped off with dark chocolate. Oh, and you get a bottle of NOVELTEA in the gift set, too.
17. Pot Still Decanter & Glasses
There are plenty of great-looking whisky bottles out there, but you'd be hard pressed to top this beautiful Pot Still decanter and glasses. The perfect gift for anyone who is both a whisky lover and a design fan. It comes filled with 20cl of Highland malt whisky too, so you're ready to go.
18. Whisky Stones Gift Set
No whisky lover's drinks cabinet is complete without some whisky stones. Made of granite, these stones help keep your drink colder for longer – no melting ice cubes in sight.
19. Spreadable Whisky Marmalade
You might not be able to have a drink at 9am, but this is the next best thing – spreadable whisky for your breakfast toast. A great, affordable little gift. It's 4% real whisky. The rest is, like any marmalade, sugar and oranges for the most part.
20. Whisky Made Me Do It cocktail recipe book
Good for anyone who wants to mix it up a bit, this beautifully designed book has sixty recipes for whisky and bourbon cocktails. From the classic Old Fashioned to surprising modern inventions, there'll be something for everyone to enjoy.
21. Whisky Loose Tea Pouch
Whisky might be boozy, but your gift doesn't have to be. This rich black tea is laced with flavours of whisky, and heather petals add another Scottish twist. Just as warming as a hot toddy, but slightly more safe for work.
22. Classic 5oz Leather Hip Flask
Made from stainless steel and crocodile print Italian leather, this kidney shaped flash from Aspinal of London is a beautiful gift for a whisky fan. You can also get it engraved, which adds a lovely personalised touch to an already stunning gift.