If you're shopping for a gift for someone who loves whisky, it's not too difficult to find something suitable - get them a bottle of whisky. A nice bottle of single malt, from Scotland ideally, will always be gratefully received.
However, if you would like something a little more original, but which will also be well received, you do have a variety of different options. Here are just a few of them:
Books on Whisky
It seems to me that whisky buffs like talking about, and reading about, whisky almost as much as they like drinking the stuff. It's understandable perhaps - there are so many different varieties of whisky available worldwide that no one person could drink them all.
Whisky also has a great deal of history. Your whisky buff may enjoy reading more on the background to their favourite tipple. Alternatively, they might like to study the form and pick out the next exotic whisky for their collection.
Whisky flasks are one of the most popular gifts for whisky buffs. They are great for carrying whisky when you're out and about - and they have a certain decorative aspect to them also. They come in a variety of different designs, materials and sizes. Your whisky buff will be happy to have more than one of these, so don't fret that they might already have one.
The flat, round flask - as shown on the right - are known as "sporran flasks", for the simple reason that they are specially shaped to fit inside a sporran (which Scots wear with a kilt). If your whisky buff doesn't wear a sporran that often this type of flask will fit inside a pocket, or into a bag, just as easily.
The other type is the more traditional "hip flask". This has a slight curve to it so that it will conform to the shape of the user's body when placed in a hip pocket. Again, you can find some very decorative ones - and you can always engrave your gift recipient's initials, or possibly a short message, on it if you want to personalize your gift.
Serious whisky buffs will often like to enjoy their favourite tipple from a nice glass. Cut crystal is always a popular choice - and you could certainly give the gift of a crystal whisky glass set and expect it to be well received. However, if you want something a little different, but every bit as classy, think about a "nosing glass".
A nosing glass has a distinctive tulip shape (see right). This is designed to channel the aroma of the whisky toward the taster's nose, so that they can savor the bouquet before actually drinking.
Some nosing glasses come with "watch glasses". These are simply glass discs which can be placed over the mouth of the glass in order to let the aroma build up for a few minutes. Swirl the glass, cover it with the watch glass, let it stand for 5 minutes or so and then have a good sniff.
This is a classy, and unusual gift for a whisky lover. They'll be delighted with it.
A whisky decanter is another very classy gift which any whisky aficionado will be delighted to receive. There's no end to the different styles and designs on offer, so you should be able to find something that will suit your gift recipient's personal taste.
Speaking for myself, I always prefer a simple design, without too much decoration, either in terms of engraving or glass cutting. It allows the depth of color of the whisky to be the dominant feature, which is a good thing.
Celtic Sporran Flask
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