You’ve made your list. Heck, you’ve even checked it twice. But the problem isn’t who you’re getting a gift for this year — it’s what glorious bottle of Whisky
to give them. After all, there are only thousands of different kinds out there.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, take heart. These pointers can help you
navigate our virtual shelves and pick a winning Whisky
for everyone on your list.
To help you find the perfect bottle
, here are some options to explore:
Take it back to the basics
The first thing you should be racking your brain for are any patterns that point to a general region
the giftee might like. Do they lean toward a particular country
tend to strike their fancy or is the corn-bread Bourbon
more their style? Getting the lay of land
(and their palate) can help narrow down the options.
Another good gauge of their style is the type of Whisky they enjoy. Are they fearless in the face of spice?
Take a gander at Rye
. Do they flock to a summer camp fire and revel in the smell of the smoke
and kerosene? Get them an Islay Scotch
When all else fails, a special bottling
from their favorite or a well-recognized
brand — like, distillery editions of Macallan
, Caol Ila
— will do in a pinch.
Assess their Whisky knowledge
Next, gauge their familiarity
If they’re aficionados with a well-stocked home bar
, they probably have a wealth of knowledge
about Whiskey and the accessories to best enjoy it. (That means decanters and glasses
are probably out.)
In this case, you’ll want to choose a bottle that’s outside of their go-to category
or something less common. If Scotch lines their shelves, consider getting them started on some Japanese Whisky
that closely mirrors Scotch’s style and is found on most connoisseurs’ wishlists
For the newbs
If one of your giftees is just beginning their Whiskey journey, a good starter bottle
will get them up to speed on the essential Whiskies
and lay the groundwork for understanding some of the industry’s iconic flavors and history, while helping them cultivate an appreciation for basic Whisky characteristics.
It’s also a fantastic way to begin building the basics
of a Whisky lover’s home bar
Decide if you’re going for mass market or craft.
There are certain things you can bank on if you opt for one of the big name brands
in the Whisky game. For one, brand recognition
— your giftee is likely to instantly recognize it. Also, mass market Whiskies offer consistency
from bottle to bottle in terms of flavor and quality.
is generally a bit more expensive because their Whisky is made in smaller batches
, but it can feel like a more intimate choice
. These companies are much smaller than their industry counterparts and offer more variety
, experimentation and excitement
, Anchor Distilling
and High West
are only some of the craft producers
that Flaviar Members love.
Think outside of the bottle
If you find yourself unable to settle on one bottle, start thinking beyond the liquor store
Perhaps a graphic tee with some witty Whisky repartee or a fancy new flask
they can flash when they’re out with friends. A Whisky coffee table book might be a fine gift, but let’s be real — reading
about it isn’t remotely as much fun as drinking it.
In that case, you might consider gifting a membership to Flaviar
. Membership gives them access to themed Tasting Boxes
and full-sized bottles
of Whisky from all over the world along with the opportunity to “choose their own adventure”.
Side effects of being a Flaviarista include becoming an expert aficionado, trying the one-percenter Spirits, taking your hobby to the next level, and sharing your passion for the good stuff.
Never get me a shirt again for Christmas. This is the only gift I want. - Amy’s Dad
Look at the bottom line
Finally, determine your
budget for the gift. If you have a comfortable margin to spend on bottles, the world is your oyster
Keep in mind that Scotch
is generally pricier
than U.S. Whiskey
mainly due to import tariffs, and the popular demand for Japanese Whiskies
means bottles command a higher price point.
But don’t let the big ticket bottles dissuade you, there are plenty of memorable picks
to be found for well under $100
— just browse our recommendation for best Bourbon choices under $70
Take it to the next level
We asked our members
about the best Whisky gift
they’ve ever received. One thing that stood out? Personalization!
For Christmas, my mother and my son got me a personalized bottle of Glenfiddich 18-year-old. I’m taking it on holiday with me and I’m going to pour a dram at my father’s resting place. He loved a good dram.
Adding an engraved message
to the bottle is easier than you think. Flaviar
offers this unique
service making it a simple and convenient one-stop shop for personalized gifting
Brainstorming tips to keep in mind when crafting your message:
– Keep it short; two to three lines with 15 characters per line.
– Inside jokes make for great material.
– Make it a numbers game! Use birthdays, anniversaries or geolocation coordinates.
Flaviar’s Gift Guide
Gifts Outside the Bottle
We hope we made your gift-hunting easier. We wish you lovely holidays and merry Christmas. Cheers!