One of the most common questions we answer here at The Whiskey Hotline is the one about gifts. It goes like this: “My friend really likes Scotch. What should I get him?” The answer, of course, is Scotch. That said, here are the TOP TEN SPIRITS GIFTS that we’d be thrilled to find under our own tree.
Cedar Ridge Age Your Own Whiskey Kit
You’ve read about them on the Binny’s Blog and seen them in stores. Age Your Own Whiskey Kits are hot. The newest kit on the block is by Cedar Ridge in Iowa. Along with the one-liter barrel, this kit comes with a 750mL bottle of Cedar Ridge Unaged Whiskey to start your experiments.
Oban 18 Year Old
This is always a special bottle of whisky with its soft orchard fruit framed in light moss. But right now it’s a little easier to give at less than a hundred bucks. Oban 18 usually retails around $140! They don’t have to know, all they have to do is enjoy.
Binny’s Hand Picked Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserves
We have a blast hand picking special Knob Creek Single Barrel Special Reserve bottlings, only those good enough to carry the Binny’s name. The newest batch has just arrived! If last time was any indication, they won’t last long. These are the most exclusive versions of an already exclusive product.
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Gift Set
This is the perfect gift for somebody just getting into whiskey. Not only is the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old a great entry point into the world of Scotch, plus this year’s gift set comes with a genuine Glencairn nosing glass. With the included whisky diary, and that’s a heck of a gift.
Glencairn Nosing Glasses
Speaking of Glencairn glasses… these are the best nosing glasses around, and as pros, we’ve tried a few. A lot of research went into making the Glencairn glass the best glass possible for making your whiskey experiences even better.
Old Pulteney 30 Year Old
We just picked up a tiny allotment of this favorite at last year’s Whiskey Fest. This stuff is amazing: unchillfiltered, uncolored, timeless, in a fantastic gift package. It’s quite rare.
St. George Terroir Gin
St. George calls this their “ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State.” They give it a sense of place by using botanicals found on California’s Mount Tam. We love this idea as we are big wilderness advocates. Big in the sense of advocacy as well as girth.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2012
Hot off the presses! Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible is the essential guide for anybody exploring the world of whiskey. The newest edition just hit, with more whiskeys tasted than ever and freshly updated ratings on the classics. We can learn to live with the fact that The Whiskey Hotline isn’t the only whiskey guide.
Teroforma Whisky Stones
We’re trying not to fall on the old “on the rocks” pun here, but Whisky Stones make it hard. Keep ‘em in your freezer, drop ‘em into your drink to keep it chilled, and they don’t melt like ice. Cool.
The Season’s Hottest
We’re cheating a little by stretching this out to more than ten, but there are several more extremely popular releases that hit just recently, including: Johnnie Walker Double Black, Balvenie Tun 1401, and the great Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt (Shackleton’s Whisky). If they know whiskey, they’ve heard folks talking about all of these.