With the holidays fast approaching, there are millions of whiskey lovers out there who need the perfect gift this year. You’re looking for something great to buy them, so we’ve got you covered with an expansive list loaded with great options for any price range. This is our 2022 Holiday Whiskey Gift Guide.
Whiskey Scratch Off Chart ($19.99)
Perfect for the eclectic drinker, this scratch-off poster features 50 whiskeys from various countries. The idea is that the owner scratches off each whiskey that they’ve tasted. Once they’ve scratched off all 50, this makes for a great piece of decor.
Buy it from Amazon.
Ice Cube Trays Silicone (Set of 2) Whiskey Ice Ball and Cube Molds ($14.99)
If the whiskey lover in your life doesn’t already have large ice cube molds, this gift is a necessity. Large ice cubes reign supreme to smaller ones when it comes to whiskey or cocktails because they melt slower due to their larger surface area, keeping your drink cold for longer and diluting it less quickly. This two-pack of molds gives the option to make spherical or cubical ice cubes for your cocktail or pour of whiskey.
Buy the molds from Amazon.
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Glencairn Whiskey Glass, Set of 2 ($18.99)
Every whiskey lover in the world should have at least one Glencairn glass. This style of glass is synonymous with whiskey. The shape is optimal for nosing and tasting neat whiskey. Some sellers jack up the price on these bad boys, but there’s really no need to spend an arm and a leg. This set of two official Glencairn glasses is modestly priced and makes for an excellent gift.
Buy the glasses from Amazon.
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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Spirit Barrel-Aged Tasting Collection
If the whiskey lover in your life has a whiskey collection so expansive that you don’t want to get them another bottle — plus has all of the additional things they need to taste in luxury — this is an out-of-the-box option. This affordable sampler pack of wines from Napa Valley vineyard Robert Mondavi features three barrel-aged red wines, two of which used whiskey barrels: a bourbon-barrel-aged cabernet sauvignon, a rye-barrel-aged red blend and a rum-barrel-aged merlot.
All of these wines are tasty and quite different from one another — and the spirit barrels add noticeable flavors. Our spirits critic, Jay West, recently reviewed Robert Mondavi’s bourbon-barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Check out our video on that here.
The recipient of this gift can taste the wines side by side and see if they can pull out the whiskey (and rum!) flavors.
Order the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Spirit Barrel-Aged Tasting Collection from Drizly or find it in retail locations anywhere Robert Mondavi Private Selection is sold.
WhistlePig Barrel Aged Maple Syrup: Black Bourbon Society Selection ($29.99)
WhistlePig Whiskey, Black Bourbon Society and Runamok Maple teamed up to give back to release a special Barrel Aged Maple selection. WhistlePig’s standard barrel-aged maple syrup is a killer addition to your breakfast food items or cocktails, and we’re sure this Black Bourbon Society-picked version is wonderful, as well.
Selected by Black Bourbon Society, the limited-edition “Single Tap” maple syrup is aged in eight 10-year aged whiskey barrels before being blended. It is said to have a full-bodied texture with notes of buttery vanilla, caramel and light smoke.
Even better still, you can feel good about your purchase, because WhistlePig will donate 100% of proceeds from each bottle of Maple Syrup to Diversity Distilled, Black Bourbon Society’s nonprofit consultancy firm. Diversity Distilled advises, advocates and crafts unique strategies to address the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of brands.
Consumers who buy the Single Tap Maple Syrup will be entered into a raffle, and one lucky buyer will win a trip to the WhistlePig Farm in Vermont in 2023.
Buy a 375-milliliter bottle of the maple syrup from Black Bourbon Society’s website.
Starward Gift Pack ($39)
This trio of 200-milliliter whiskies comes from an unlikely source: Australia! Starward has a strong reputation as an excellent whisky maker that makes great use of wine barrels. It’s the first Australian whisky brand to age its spirit exclusively in red wine barrels, and the result tends to be light, fruity, accessible expressions.
This gift pack comprises Starward’s Two Fold, Nova and Solera whiskies.
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Peugeot Whiskey Tasting Set ($40)
A lot of whiskey-tasting sets are overpriced, but this one actually brings solid value for what’s included. The set comes with a whiskey glass, purposefully shaped to funnel aromas to your nose; a metal base for the glass to keep your whiskey cool without diluting it with ice; and a black coaster.
Buy it from Huckberry.
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails ($40)
This cocktail book from famed, influential New York City bar Death & Co features more than 500 of the bar’s most cocktail recipes, plus “information on the theory and philosophy of drink making, a complete guide to buying and using spirits, and step-by-step instructions for mastering key bartending techniques.”
Buy the hardcover book now from Amazon, where it’s currently on sale for $25.99.
The Dalmore Scotch-Infused Chocolate Collection ($42)
This collaboration between scotch whisky brand The Dalmore and chocolate truffle company Vosges features three chocolate parfums intended to complement the aromas of The Dalmore whisky. Each chocolate truffle is infused with Dalmore scotch and paired with raw honey ganache, candied orange peel, early-harvest first press Mediterranean olive oil, spiced ginger crumb, and vanilla bean coffee burnt sugar caramel.
Buy the chocolates from Vosges.
EISCH Whiskey Pipette ($54.90)
Pipettes are an excellent gift for any whiskey lover, particularly those who enjoy higher-ABV whiskeys, particularly cask-strength offerings. Whiskeys with high alcohol content can be hard to enjoy due to their high ethanol content. A good way to enjoy a whiskey that’s a little bit too hot on its own is by adding water. A drop or two of water can open up a whiskey, allowing the drinker to taste different flavors, and making high-octane whiskeys tamer and more accessible.
Pipettes are used to add droplets of water so that the drinker can add exactly as much water as they would like to. Control is very important when it comes to adding water to whiskey, as you don’t want to dilute your dram too much.
Sure, you could use an everyday eyedropper for this task, but what’s the fun in that?
This elegant EISCH Whiskey Pipette, refined with real gold, is available from Amazon for $54.90.
Bushmills Prohibition Recipe + Peaky Blinders Holiday Sweater Bundle ($70)
If the whiskey fan in your life happens to be a fan of the hit Netflix show “Peaky Blinders,” this is the perfect gift. For $70, you get not only a Bushmills x “Peaky Blinders” holiday sweater but also a bottle of Bushmills Prohibition Recipe, the Irish whiskey Bushmills created in collaboration with the show.
Preorder the Bushmills Prohibition Recipe + Peaky Blinders Holiday Sweater Bundle from ReserveBar.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Holiday Edition 2022 ($49.99)
This gift isn’t the best option for someone looking to try something new and adventurous; the juice here is standard Woodford Reserve bourbon, a solid whiskey but nothing that will blow your mind.
Instead, this is a gift for someone who values aesthetics. The limited holiday-edition bottle is beautifully designed and would look great on any bar or bar cart.
Buy Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Holiday Edition 2022 from ReserveBar.
Heaven’s Door Trilogy Collection ($59)
One of the better celebrity-backed whiskey brands, Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door has been well-received since its 2018 launch. This three-pack offers 200-milliliter bottles of the brand’s Straight Bourbon, Double Barrel Whiskey and Straight Rye.
These are all rock-solid whiskeys perfect for any whiskey fan — but especially one who’s a fan of Dylan.
Buy the Trilogy Collection from the Heaven’s Door website.
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Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon ($46.99)
Sometimes, the best gift for a whiskey fan is just… a good old bottle of whiskey. This is a good option for that, particularly if the recipient is a Texan. Milam & Greene is an up and coming distillery founded in 2017 in Blanco, Texas (about an hour north of San Antonio). This particular expression from Milam & Greene is a blend of 3-to-5-year-old Kentucky bourbon distilled at Bardstown Bourbon Co., 3-to-4-year-old Texas bourbon distilled in Blanco and Tennessee bourbon up to 14 years old.
This bourbon delivers notes of custard, banana, peanut brittle, pecans, brown sugar, caramel, buttery popcorn and bread in the oven on the nose, followed by a viscous palate with tons of oak and a bit of heat. This bourbon is a great pick for anyone who likes bourbons that aren’t excessively sweet. It definitely has sweet notes, including cornbread, sweet cream and vanilla, but they’re balanced nicely by oak and notes off sandalwood, pretzels and buttered cinnamon raisin bread.
Buy this bottle from the Milam & Greene website. If you order two or more bottles, you can use code 75SFREE for free shipping.
Redbreast 12 Birdfeeder Bottle ($75)
In November, Irish whiskey brand Redbreast announced the return of its birdfeeder bottle. This bottle of 12-year-old Irish whiskey comes encased in a Redbreast-branded red, copper-finished bird feeder.
The recipient of this gift has the option of hanging the flashy birdfeeder outside and filling it with birdseed — or just leaving it on the bottle as decoration.
Bourbon Nosing Kit ($74.99)
This nosing kit from Vintage Gentleman is for anyone who wants to learn how to taste bourbon like a pro. There are many different nosing kits out there, but this one is thorough and priced well.
Here’s how it works, per the website:
– Pour some bourbon in a glass and swirl it around gently.
– Nose (smell) one of the elements, then nose your bourbon.
– Take a small sip and “chew” the bourbon around in your mouth for 5-10 seconds before swallowing.
– Nose the element and the bourbon again. The aromas present should be more amplified now.
– Take note of what aromas you find in the bourbon you’re nosing. If it smells sweet, can you get more specific? Maybe it’s more like vanilla, honey, or brown sugar. If it’s spicy, is it a cinnamon spice or black pepper spice?
– Repeat the process with each element to see what other nuances you can find in your glass
Buy the Bourbon Nosing Kit from the Vintage Gentleman website.
Virginia Distillery Courage & Conviction Signature Malt Gift Pack ($74.99)
American single malts are the new thing in the whiskey world. This burgeoning category of whiskey made with 100% malted barley in the U.S. continues to grow, and Virginia Distillery is an example of a distillery that’s doing ASMs well.
This gift pack delivers a full 750-milliliter bottle of Virginia Distillery’s flagship offering, Courage & Conviction, as well as 50-milliliter samples of its sherry-, bourbon- and cuvée-finished C&C variants. All of these are solid whiskeys, but the bourbon cask finish is a personal favorite of ours.
Buy the Courage & Conviction Signature Malt Gift Pack from the Virginia Distillery website. At the time of this guide’s publishing, it was discounted down to $69.99, so check to see if that sale is still going.
Bevridge World Whiskies Collection ($99)
Bevridge, which describes itself as “an imbibing experience meets e-commerce platform,” launched its World Whiskies Collection in October, and it makes a rockin’ gift for any whiskey drinker interested in expanding their horizons. The pack comprises five 50-milliliter samples. The best part? Each whiskey is a different type. There’s one scotch, one Irish whiskey, one bourbon, one rye and one American single malt.
Buy the collection from the Bevridge website.
Barrell Craft Spirits Sampler Gift Box ($84.99)
If the whiskey lover in your life hasn’t tasted Barrell Craft Spirits before, chances are they’ve been wanting to. Few if any American companies are blending whiskey as creatively as BCS. Sure, you could buy a bottle of one of Barrell’s flagship expressions for $85 — which would also be a great gift — but why not spend the same amount of money to give tastes of four superb whiskeys?
This pack comprises 100-milliliter bottles of Barrell’s Dovetail, Armida, Seagrass and Vantage expressions — all tremendous whiskeys. Barrell Craft Spirits is the key to most whiskey enthusiasts’ hearts, and this sampler pack makes for an excellent gift.
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Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky Christmas Edition 2022 ($85)
If you’re looking to step out of the common categories of whiskey (scotch, bourbon, rye, Irish, etc.), this Indian single malt from Paul John is a great choice.
The fifth member in Paul John’s series of limited Christmas Edition whiskies, this expression hails from the shores of Goa, India, and is finished in ex-bourbon, brandy and peated Oloroso casks before being bottled at 46% ABV.
This year’s Paul John Christmas release is a fruity, smoky whisky featuring notes of prunes, dates, candied orange, cherries, peaty smoke, sherry, butter and salted caramel on the nose and chardonnay, barbecue smoke, cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, fried peaches and black pepper on the palate. The finish concludes with dark chocolate, oak, sherry, white pepper and a bit of grassiness.
Between its exotic origins and Christmas-themed packaging, this whisky is an excellent gifting option.
Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky Christmas Edition 2022 is available in retail locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, new Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
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WhistlePig Give it 100 PiggyBack Bundle ($99.99)
One of the U.S.’s best rye whiskey producers, WhistlePig recently released a very good bourbon. This bundle comprises a bottle of that bourbon — 6-year PiggyBack Bourbon — and a bottle of its 6-year PiggyBack Rye Whiskey.
Buy the Give it 100 PiggyBack Bundle from the WhistlePig website.
Tom Beckbe Canvas Whiskey Tote ($150)
What do you get for someone who has a ton of whiskey? Something with which to transport whiskey, of course! This sleek bag from Tom Beckbe is made with waterproof materials and features leather carry handles, four exterior slip pockets and a removable divider to secure two bottles of whiskey. This bag makes it easy to bring whiskey on the go.
If you’ve got a higher budget, an even better gift idea is this bag plus a couple of bottles of whiskey to place inside of it. You can choose whichever bottles you’d like, of course, but one good option is a bottle each of Pinhook bourbon and rye (find them near you here). They’re solid, well-priced whiskeys, and the colorful wax seals that top the bottles look great poking out of a bag, adding a nice, aesthetic flair to this gift option, as seen in the below photo, which pictures Pinhook bottles in Tom Beckbe’s Canvas Tailgater bag, which is more expensive than the whiskey tote but also holds more bottles.
Sunday’s Finest Gold Fashioned ($149.99)
This is the rare ready-to-drink cocktail that will hold up to — and frankly, probably kick the ass of — your local bartender’s recipe. This 750-milliliter bottle of delicious Old Fashioned comes with a premium price tag for a reason. Not only is it made from a seriously impressive whiskey base of 15-year Kentucky bourbon, 9-year Kentucky bourbon and 6-year Indiana rye, but it also includes ingredients from each of the six permanently inhabited continents, sourcing saffron from Afghanistan, vanilla from Tahiti, cacao from Ecuador, gentian root from the French Alps, Seville orange peel from Spain, demerara from Malawi and, of course, American whiskey.
You can read more of our thoughts on why The Gold Fashioned is so good here, but know that you’re getting your money’s worth when it comes to quality. This is a phenomenal Old Fashioned.
Buy the 2022 Gold Fashioned from the Sunday’s Finest website.
WhistlePig PiggyBank Rye ($199.99)
This limited-edition release from Vermont distillery WhistlePig is sure to be well-received by any whiskey fan — rye lovers in particular. The juice aside (10-year rye from WhistlePig is sure to be of the utmost quality), this gift’s obvious draw is the pig-shaped decanter. It’s an elegant centerpiece for any bar, and the fact that it pours from the rear adds a humorous touch.
This 110-proof rye is available in limited quantities at select liquor stores across the U.S.
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Knob Creek Behind The Craft Experience ($500)
In December Knob Creek Bourbon announced Behind the Craft, a first-of-its-kind whiskey experience launching just in time for the holidays.
The Behind the Craft experience will be hosted by Knob Creek seventh- and eighth-generation master distillers, Fred and Freddie Noe, and take place Feb. 3 at the James B. Beam Distilling Co. distillery in Clermont, Kentucky. The only Knob Creek-focused experience on the campus, Behind the Craft will allow fans to spend time with the master distillers of its bourbon and participate in an “immersive journey of Knob Creek,” which will include a chance to pick a Knob Creek barrel alongside the Noes, which will end up bottled and on store shelves; a cocktail-making class to learn how to make the best Knob Creek cocktail; previews of upcoming Knob Creek offerings; and a dinner with the Noes.
Behind the Craft will be available for purchase beginning noon EST Dec. 9 for $500 (travel and accommodations not included) at this link, which includes a ticket for fans and their plus-ones (both must be 21 or older). Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, as there are only five packages available.
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