The Best Gifts for Bourbon LoversTired of gifting the same bottle of Jameson because you’ve been playing it safe or have an unrefined palate for bourbon? While no one should say no to a glass of Jameson, there are other creative ways to fill the whiskey-colored heart of your bourbon-loving friend. Let’s take a walk on the wild side of gift-giving and show you a few distinctive gifts for bourbon lovers in your life, whether you’re shopping for Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or just because.
The #1 Best Gift for Bourbon Lovers – Taster’s Club
Know your friend likes bourbon but not sure what brand is their favorite? No problem. That’s why Taster’s Club is here to save you from the agony of shopping.
Taster’s Club curates sought-after, rare bottles from around the world, puts them in a subscription box, and sends them to your doorstep every month. Each box contains one 750ml bottle of Bourbon and tasting, history, and distillery notes from experts. We prefer the element of surprise and don’t pre-announce the upcoming month’s selection.
Best Gifts for the Bourbon-Loving Man in Your Life
Looking for a gift for the special man in your life? We’ve curated a list of our favorite gifts for bourbon lovers (besides our own, of course).
MONOGRAM WHISKEY GLASSES
Who wouldn’t want a classy glass with their initials or family seal on it? This drinkware is sold on Etsy and is one of the most thoughtful gifts for bourbon lovers.
In a description from the store, “For every classy man who likes to live the drinking experience to the limit, we present our personalized whiskey glasses which are an eye-catching addition to men’s drinking accessories, bar cabinet & home bar. Whether you want a gift for a father, a grandpa, an uncle, a boss, a best friend, or a husband, our whiskey glasses will be a great gift idea to take into consideration.”
THREE GLASS WHISKEY FLIGHT BOARD
A necessary bourbon accessory. Each board is made from Genuine Buffalo Trace or Makers Mark Barrels AND smells like whiskey. They are each handmade and include an option to add (3) Glencairn Glasses with option glasses engraving.
Tasting bourbons on a flight is a common pastime for connoisseurs–comparing and contrasting smells and flavors which give us life.
There are a couple of other flight board options:
- Four glencairns and a barrel stave flight board.
- Four glencairns and an acacia wood board.
- Four glencairns and a customizable wood board.
ENGRAVED DECANTER SET
Sure, the glasses were classy, but imagine pouring your friends a glass from your engraved decanter? This set starts at $63.95 for a decanter + two glasses.
Ice molds are a must-have for whiskey and bourbon lovers. They are necessary for a couple of reasons:
- Ice can help bridge the flavor profiles, making the bourbon palatable.
- A sphere of ice has the least amount of surface area of any ice shape. They melt slower and dilute your drink slower.
- They look gorgeous!
A few options:
- Williams Sonoma Disco Ball 3D Ice Mold – Set of 2
- (For Star Wars lovers!–that should be all of you!) Death Star Ice Molds
- Brümate Ice Spheres – Set of 2
BOURBON NOSING KIT
(Photo used with permission by Nose Your Bourbon)
This gift helps your Bourbon-lover train their nose for nuances.
From the store, “Do you roll your eyes when you read reviews that note “dark cherry, brown sugar, and leather,” and think, there is NO WAY that someone is tasting all of that in their bourbon? I did too until I realized that it was simply a lack of experience and that I could train my nose to find the nuances in bourbon. Sensory scientists have proven that over 80% of what we taste comes from what we smell, and that’s why I created these bourbon nosing kits. By simply training your nose to become more familiar with these aromas, you’ll be able to more easily detect them in a glass of bourbon.”
No list of gifts for bourbon lovers would be complete without the King of Bourbon Accessories: a mixology set! Create craft cocktails like a professional bartender. This set includes a martini shaker, jigger, strainer, bar mixer, spoon, tongs, and a bottle opener.
CRAFTHOUSE BY FORTESSA COCKTAIL SMOKING BOX
Okay, honestly I only put this on the list because it looks so cool! But also, it’s useful in adding a smoky flavor to your cocktails. It includes a handheld smoker with smoking wood chips, stainless-steel frame with a walnut base. Charles Joly, the creator of Crafthouse Cocktails, teamed up with Fortessa to design a line of bar tools and this is one of their creations.
BOURBON BARREL STAVE WOOD SIGN
Made from a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel stave and barrel rings. You can add any personalization you’d like from your surname to your favorite quote or coordinates.
BOURBON VANILLA SOAP
This is also an excellent stocking stuffer! It’s perfect for a man who loves to smell the sweet, scintillating scent of Bourbon, and also smell like Bourbon. It’s cold-processed with ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, saponified olive, and cocoa butter (with Bourbon, of course).
BLANTON’S BOURBON BOTTLE GLORIFIER
Another perfect bourbon accessory: this displays 8 Blanton’s horse stoppers, although the horses are not included with the display. It looks gorgeous and is especially good at making your bourbon look a little “extra.”
BOURBON LIP BALM
You heard this right – Bourbon Lip Balm. Flavored after a single malt. From the store, “Picture this: It’s guys’ night out, you’re comparing notes while tasting a flight of whiskeys or lounging in the company of fellow cigar enthusiasts when you start to feel chapped…What do you do? You can’t reach for a tacky drugstore chapstick that will taint your tasting. Now you can whiskey your whistle with our Bourbon Lip Balm perfectly packaged to blend into the hippest of surroundings.”
GIFT A DISTILLERY EXPERIENCE
Whiskey distilleries are all over the country! Whiskey lovers like to learn about whiskey (and drink it in the process). Distilleries offer a variety of learning opportunities from classes to tastings to tours.
There are even bourbon certificates from Moonshine University. You can earn a certificate in one day either online or at their location in Louisville.
There are other opportunities for bourbon and whiskey experiences. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking:
- Bottle your own whiskey with Angel’s Envy.
- Bourbon Academy with Woodford Reserve. (interesting fact: Woodford Reserve is the oldest Kentucky distillery!)
- A tour of the urban Bourbon trail.
- George Washington’s distillery & Gristmill
There are dozens of experiences available at distilleries all around the United States. If you aren’t near a distillery, that’s okay. There are plenty of opportunities for virtual tours or you can give a gift certificate for a future trip!
These are just a few of the many fabulous experiences available at distilleries and bourbon tour companies in and around Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, but any distillery is going to have special events to offer for the bourbon lover.
Our favorite pairing: chocolates and bourbon. Kelly Ramsey owns Art Eatables, pairing whiskies to complimentary chocolates thereby creating bourbon truffles.
- Small Batch Bourbon Truffles are made with a variety of whiskies from around the state.
- Small Batch Whiskey Truffles
- Old Forester chocolates and get this – 84 proof truffles!
Again, another way to pique the interest of a bourbon drinker–buying them books about bourbon. Books are a safe way to send a gift instead of selecting a bourbon your friend may or may not like. Here are a few we recommend:
- Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last This book centers on the history of America’s rarest and most sought-after bourbon, Pappy Van, and the origins of the bourbon business.
- The Bourbon Bible A guide exploring 100 of the world’s finest whiskies and bourbons. It includes flavor profiles as well as recommendations for the best way to drink each whiskey. There are also recipes for bourbon cocktails and advice on buying the best bottle.
- Which Fork do I Use with my Bourbon? Whether you are hosting a Derby party, dinner, or having an afternoon snack, Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler have you covered. They offer expert tips on how to set up your bar, arrange tables, and offer food pairings for whiskies.
Hopefully, this guide helps you on your gift-giving journey. Remember to buy at a trusted store to avoid any fraudulence, trade fancy, higher-end unicorn bottles for a local bottle, and when in doubt, gift a membership to Taster’s Club–we’ll help select the finest bottles for your bourbon-lover.