Unless you want to get chastised for buying a subpar bottle as a gift for your whiskey-loving friend (hint: these are the best bourbons and these are the best scotch whiskies), skip the actual whiskey and get them a whiskey-adjacent gift — something the whiskey lover will use every time they go for a dram. The perfect whiskey gifts could be their next go-to glass or a set of cigars to enjoy with their juice. What's more, these gifts for whiskey lovers last way longer than however many pours you can get from a bottle of whiskey. Whether they're a bourbon fanatic or a scotch stan or whatever's in between, your whiskey-loving friend will equally love whatever you buy them from this list.
On the rocks? More like on the boulders. These ice colds make giant ice cubes that take forever to melt — preventing too much dilution — while it keeps your whiskey cold until it's time for another pour.
This is the whiskey glass to end all whiskey glasses. It's the one that judges use to taste whiskey in competitions because they offer up the ultimate drinking experience from achieving the perfect swirl to the way it accentuates the whiskey's aromas.
Unless you really love your whiskey-loving friend and have an endless pit of cash, you aren't gifting a bottle of Pappy any time soon. The folks at Pappy & Co. are direct descendants of the bespectacled, cigar-smoking Pappy himself, and they age maple syrup in retired Pappy barrels. Bourbon for breakfast? Sign us up.
Lew Bryson, a longtime editor of Whisky Advocate, takes the whiskey lover through everything they need to hack the spirit and have the truly perfect drink.
The world of bitters is far wider than your standard Angostura bitters. Try Jack Rudy's to dramatically change the way your Old Fashioned tastes.
Nope, those aren't rubies in a jar — they're just the most perfect Maraschino cherries made by a company that's been doing it for four generations.
Great, an excuse to drink even more whiskey so you can scratch off every bottle on this chart.
Skip the day drinking for a whiskey-infused toothpick that screams less "drinking problem" and more "drinking fanatic."
Whether they are calling the shots or behind some of the best bottles lining shelves, these are the women you should know in the whiskey world.
Is there an 18-year-old scotch in there or some Jack Daniel's? No one will ever know.
Spark up while you drink up. Cigar newbies and cigar experts alike will enjoy these cigars, and you'll be one step closer to emulating Pappy Van Winkle.
Gotta have your whiskey on the go! Do it in style with this copper flask that's both beautiful and functional. It is a piece that will only get better with age and can be passed down for generations.
World-champion bartender Charles Joly helped design this set, and it'll have you prepping drinks like you're a world-champion bartender.
You might not know what whiskey you're buying, but the people at Flaviar sure know what they're doing. Let the experts pick what whiskeys your friend gets, and you can expect a similarly excellent gift from your giftee next time.
This hardcover from Whisky Lounge founder Eddie Ludlow takes the whiskey lover through a series of tastings, leaving no stone unturned in the world of whiskey, from making simple pours to concocting speakeasy-worthy cocktails.
Whether it's one bottle or one hundred bottles, whiskey and other spirits need a nice place to call home. That place should be West Elm's Mid-Century Bar Cart. And it's on wheels so you can bring the party anywhere.
For the home mixologist, get a kit that helps them get that delicious smokey taste in their cocktails that is usually reserved for the bar. No mustache and leather apron required.
Looking to craft the ultimate smoke-infused cocktail at home? Get this gravity infuser from Stundenglass and add even more smokey flavors to a mezcal drink or make a smoked old-fashioned that you won't find at your local bar.
Snacks, spices and full-on meals — these gifts won't last long after being unwrapped.