Best gifts for whisky lovers in Christmas 2020
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.
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Best gifts for whisky lovers
1. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Greatest Hits Of Whisky Vol. 1
This is That Boutique-y Whisky Company's radical take on the 'whisky box set'. It includes 10x50ml bottles of their favourite whiskies from around the globe. And it all comes in this fancy-looking punk-inspired box. Whiskies include, among others: Speyside #3 6 Year Old, Auchroisk 12 Year Old and Cotswolds 3 Year Old.
2. 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.
3. Savour the oldest-ever Glengoyne whisky - worth £22,500!
After a year of cancelled celebrations and missed moments with friends and family, Glengoyne has announced a rather special once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy an extremely rare bottle of its 50-year-old whisky. The whisky is priced at £22,500, and with only 150 decanters available around the world, the distillery has decided it will make a reunion extra special by opening an extremely rare bottle for one a group of friends in 2021.
To enter and be in with a chance of winning this special release, you'll need a minimum of four people who you plan on sharing the whisky with to sign up through this ballot. The entry will become valid once all members have signed up. It's free, so well worth trying! The ballot ends
4. Limited Edition Redbreast Bird Feeder
This is a great gift but you will have to be quick to get one. This Limited Edition Project Wingman Bird Feeder Bottle has been designed in partnership with Birdlife International. Once you have finished the drink, the bottle becomes a bird feeder. It is limited edition so 500 bottles are being sold at a time on certain days. Head to the site to be in with a chance of getting one.
5. Glengoyne 18 Year Old + jigsaw
To get you in the festive spirit, Glengoyne is offering a great Christmas package. It consists of a bottle of its brilliant Glengoyne 18 Year Old and a 500 piece jigsaw. The picture on the jigsaw is by Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison and is a piece called Heavy Snow at Glengoyne Distillery. As for the whisky, it's a corker. It's got "spicy vanilla fruit, ripe apples and a rich, luxurious mouthfeel" and has been maturing for 18 long years in first-fill sherry casks.
6. Compass Box Signature Malt Whisky Collection
The Compass Box Signature Malt Whisky Collection is a great way to taste some of the best of what Compass Box has to offer, including the fantastic The Peat Monster (smoky and Islay-inspired), The Spice Tree (packed with Christmassy spices, freshly hewn oak and malted milk biscuits) and The Story of the Spaniard (the taste here evokes Rioja, Sherry, Highland spice, Speyside honey, cranachan and worn leather).
7. Benromach Organic
The Benromach 15 is one of our whiskies of the year, so it's great to see another whisky come from the distillery. It's the first certified organic whisky. Its been fully certified by the Soil Association and is made using unpeated barley sourced from a local organic farmer at Auchlunkart Farm, Speyside and is matured in casks crafted from American Virgin Oak obtained from environmentally-managed forests in Missouri.. Taste wise, Benromach Organic is "a smooth and mellow bodied expression with sweet, malty notes alongside creamy pepper, banana, coffee and dark chocolate".
8. 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.
9. Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky Blending Kit
Fancy distilling your own whisky? With this set, you can. It comes with a pipette, a mixing beaker, a bottle for your final blend and six different malt and grain whiskies, all with different flavour profiles to help you make your perfect tipple.
10. Johnnie Walker 200th anniversary pack
This great gift pack has three versions of Johnnie Walker: it's gold, red and black label varieties. All of these bottles are limited edition and have been made to celebrate 200 years of the distillery. You get 3x 70cl bottles
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. River Rock: whisky in a 'wonky' bottle
River Rock is a new whisky brand and is perfect for those who want a way into whisky without the fuss (and the heat). We've taste tested and it's a lovely clean whisky with hints of both sweet and spice but there isn't the fire you normally get at the end of a dram. It comes in a sustainable bottle, too, and is a nice alternative to the glut of traditional whisky on the market.
15. A personalised bottle of Jim Beam
A personalised bottle of Jim Beam is a decent way to make sure that Christmas starts the right way. Jim Beam is offering this service on its Jim Beam Black and Jim Beam White. You can personalise the label how you want, alongside some standard celebratory suggestions.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. The Whisky Exchange's Christmas Malt 2020
The Whisky Exchange's Christmas malt is always a cracking drink. This one is a 19 Year Old that's "packed with festive spice, Christmas cake, poached orchard fruit and zingy apples – an excellent all-rounder that's perfect for sipping by the fire." There are 1918 bottle available, so you better be quick.
19. Whisky Bathing Gel
In a liquor inspired bottle, this whiskey scented bath oil will look and smell good in your bathroom. Pour yourself a drink, pour this into a hot bath and... relax. It's made in England by a company based in the Lake District called Sting in the Tail.