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.
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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.
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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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Minute Cocktail Sugar Cubes
Stick one of these cubes in a glass of whiskey, wait a minute, and then sip on a premade Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Pretty neat, right? And tailormade for those nights when you can’t even bother to lift a hand to measure vermouth into a jigger.
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Best Whiskey-Drinking Accessory
Double-Wall Highball Chill Glass
Some prefer their whiskey to be ice cold sans any ice in the glass. That’s a tough balance to strike. But this tumbler goes in the freezer to build up a chill on the glass, with a cork sleeve to prevent frostbitten fingers or ruined coffee tables. Balance, struck.
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Bourbon Bitters Bundle
With these aromatic, spiced cherry, orange, and chocolate bitters aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, a cocktail will never taste boring again.
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‘The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem’
By Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, Jillian Vose
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘The Whisky Dictionary’
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.
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Best Japanese Whisky to Gift
Yamazaki 12 Year Old
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.
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American Mountains Glass Set
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.
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Glass Whiskey Water Dropper
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.
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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.
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Esquire Spirit Award Winner
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.
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Esquire Spirit Award Winner
8 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
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.
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Saucey Gift Card
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.
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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.
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Whiskey Soaps Set
Because it’d be frowned upon to bathe in straight whiskey.
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Pappy Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
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.
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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.
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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.
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Rauk Heavy Whiskey Tumbler
Sure, this Norlan glass looks cool as hell. But it’s also carefully crafted for drinking chilled whiskey right. A win-win.
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Official Competition Judging 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.
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Barrel-Finished Cocktail Sampler Set
Barrelsmith learned a thing or two from whiskey distilling and stuck its Boulevardier, Manhattan, and Negroni in charred oak barrels to deepen their flavors.
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Best Rye to Gift
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.
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Best Irish Whiskey to Gift
Dram In a Can Irish Whiskey
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.
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Elevated Hybrid Cocktail Shaker
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.