The best gifts for whisky lovers
The best whisky gifts offer everything you need for a delicious tipple.
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, which makes it feel like a premium present. Teeling is one of our favourite Irish whiskeys (especially the Blackpitts), so this is one gift that we can guarantee will be more than welcomed.
2. Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Gold Bar Gift Tin
If you want a gold star for your gifting efforts, 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 looks just like a gold bar, which is pretty apt given this whisky has won over 100 gold medals for its taste
3. Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky
If you are looking for a different whisky to give as a gift, 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 collaboration that's worth shouting about. 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.
6. The Peat Monster Gift Set
If strong, smoke-filled whisky is what you're after then there's 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. Deanston 18 Year Old
Want one of the best whiskies of the last few years? If you're looking for a fantastic taste that'll please any whisky fan, then 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.
8. 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 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.
9. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Licensed Dram Limited Edition
This is a great gift: it's an exclusive ‘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.
10. 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.