Gifts for Whiskey Lovers
Whiskey is the drink that legends are made of. Its roots date back to the 15th century, when Europeans used this distilled spirit for medicinal purposes. Depending on the region, malted barley or grains like wheat, rye or corn were distilled in copper stills, then aged in wooden casks. As the practice spread, whiskey never tasted better—and the drink became less medicinal and more recreational. When Prohibition was passed, banning the sale of alcohol in the U.S. from 1920 to 1933, whiskey was available only with a doctor’s prescription. Ironically enough, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores in 1920 to more than 525 a decade later. Whether the sophisticated drinker in your life reaches for Irish whiskey that is dried in a closed kiln away from fire and smoke, prefers an aged single-malt or blended Scotch, or takes a charcoal-filtered Tennessee whiskey on the rocks, here are a few gift ideas he or she will love.
Aged to Perfection
Small enough to sit on a countertop but designed to deliver big flavor, this personalized, miniature oak Whiskey Barrel ($295) turns any bottle of whiskey into something extra special. Turn the barrel weekly and enjoy a perfectly aged drink straight from the tap.
Keep It Chill
As any whiskey lover will attest, you want your whiskey chilled, but not diluted. Which is the genius behind these soapstone ROX Eternal Ice Cubes ($20) for civilized drinkers.
Savor in Style
Fine whiskey should be savored in style. As in high ball glasses nestled in rustic holders made of top-grain leather, like this Gentlemen’s Whiskey Glass Set ($62).
The Perfect Complement
What goes better with a glass of whiskey on the rocks than a Whiskey Marinated Top Sirloin Steak ($65)? Bold, juicy and delicious, this is the meal the whiskey lover in your life has dreamed of.
Take It Old School
Add the perfect touch to any whiskey-lover’s home bar with the Personalized Whiskey Barrel Sign ($150) . Simply add the name, city and year of your choice for a unique, premium-aged conversation piece. And help them keep track with a Whiskey Tasting Kit ($50), so a whiskey lover can record their favorite drinks with detailed notes, vocabulary cheat sheets and even a fold-out map showcasing the geography of whiskey.
When Jennifer Benson is an avid hiker and walker who has taken up running. With a half marathon under her belt, what began as a forced activity has surprisingly become more of a necessity. This is good since rumor has it that every six-mile run burns off a whole bottle of wine.