From bottles of whisky for £40 or under to accessories, limited editions and buys from independent shops, there’s something for all dram fans this Christmas.
This Glasgow business is an ideal pit stop for drinks gifts this Christmas.
Choose from gift sets including White Box cocktails, or why not try their own bottled creations?
For something a bit different, there’s a virtual whisky tasting available online for £30. It’s taking place on Saturday 20 January from 7-9pm. More information is here.
Available from Top Whiskies for £84.95, you can personalise a bottle of whisky. There are three single cask bottlings to choose from:
You can then personalise the bottle label and gift box label and it’ll be sent out to you in time for the big day. Find out more here.
Recipients of a Whisky Me subscription will receive a gift box with a free whisky pouch to give a taster of the delights to come, as well as a code to redeem their subscription and access to an exclusive 10,000+ online community for rewards, offers and recommendations on everything from whisky hotels to gin distillery tours.
On the website you can pick a tasting pack, from £25 or a subscription, which include traditional (premium Scotch whiskies) and Discovery (premium whiskies from around the world) from £53.70.
Say it was a bottle of Jura, which you can personalise.
The team at the distillery will personalise the label with whatever you want to put on it, and send you the label free of charge (along with the bottle of whisky you’ve bought).
Then, at home, all you need to do is apply the label to the bottle.
Find out more here.
The Glasgow Distillery has partnered with watch specialist FIODH to transform oak staves previously used to mature its flagship Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky into a handcrafted timepiece.
Assembled in FIODH’s studio in Glasgow’s East End, the partnership has produced a limited run of two styles of whisky watch, available in natural oak and in black.
An initial limited run of watches have been produced, retailing at £225 and available from the distillery’s website and from the distillery’s Princes Square pop up.
In this latest book, award winning writer Dave Broom examines Scotch whisky’s links to landscape, agriculture, culture and community.
Starting in Orkney he travels south via the north east coast and Spey Valley to the westerly peninsulas and Hebridean islands, before his journey finishes, via the blenders of the central belt, on the island of Islay.
The trip also follows Scotch’s history from Neolithic brewers to today’s innovators, a tale told by distillers, but also musicians, writers and poets.
Broom considers what it means to make whisky in these places, how a distillery reflects place in its flavour, and what its role is within its community.
Priced at £38, buy it here from independent booksellers.
Premium whisky for water, Larkfire, has a range of tasting kits ideal for those looking to get into whisky or for connoisseurs.
The new kids on the block kit features three newly released whiskies - 50ml Wolfburn Northland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 50ml Nc’Nean Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky and 50ml Lindores Lowland Single Malt Whisky MCDXCIV plus two 150ml cans Larkfire Wild Water for Whisky.
There’s also individual tasting notes for each of the whiskies.
Priced at £36, you can find out more and buy here.
Fresh from landing a highly coveted Gold Award for savoury biscuits presented by legendary chef Raymond Blanc OBE at the Great British Food Awards 2023 and after scoring a hat-trick with their third successive victory at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards, The Discerning Drinker’s Gift Set from Scottish premium savoury snack brand The Drinks Bakery will make the ideal Christmas stocking-filler for the foodie and whisky fan in your life.
Priced at £11.95, this stylish collection features all four of their signature Drinks Biscuits varieties (36g) and includes two coasters in a special presentation box – ideal as a gift to present to your host or hostess at Christmas drinks and occasions.
Drinks Biscuits are savoury biscuits, thoughtfully crafted to balance with and enhance the character of your favourite drink.
The pack contains: Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil – ideal with craft lagers and fruity white wines; Lancashire Cheese and Spring Onion – delicious paired with Speyside cask-finished whisky and bitter beers; Pecorino, Rosemary and Seaweed – superb served with a G&T or gin cocktails; and Mature Cheddar, Chilli and Almond – the ideal partner for ciders and Malbec style red wines.
Visit the UK’s first vertical whisky distillery where over the course of 90 minutes with your expert guide you will:
• Hear the story of the company’s unlikely conception.
• Fill your own miniature bottle with new make spirit.
• Taste your way through the production process in the beautiful purpose built Quality Control Tasting Laboratory.
• All complimented by outstanding views of Edinburgh and its scenic surroundings.
Tours are available Wednesday to Sunday and run every hour from noon to 8pm on weekdays, 7pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. They cost £26 per person and there's more information here.]
New for 2023, the gift of 12 months’ membership to the world’s biggest whisky club, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), now gives recipients a full 70cl bottle of the Society’s limited edition single cask single malt Scotch whisky with a new option to tailor the bottle to your taste (£129).
In past years, new members received a 50ml sample. The bottle is beautifully packaged in a stylish new presentation box.
How is the bottle tailored? Buyers will be asked four simple fun questions to help find a bottle of whisky that will match the recipient’s tastes and personality.
Or they can skip the questions and simply let the Society decide
What else do new Society members get: In a nutshell, a year of whisky exploration and discovery.
In addition to the full bottle and pack, which includes a membership card, pin badge and welcome magazine, new members get access to:
You don't need to spend a fortune on a bottle of whisky for yourself or a loved one this Christmas.
Here are some suggestions for £40 or under, with many from independent whisky shops.
Speyburn 10 years old single malt is matured in a combination of American Oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
A medium bodied malt, with hints of toffee and butterscotch and a long, the 10 Years Old truly embodies the rich, fresh sweetness of the Speyside region.
A global favourite, Speyburn 10 years old is ever the crowd-pleaser, making it a fantastic choice to gift this Christmas.
Find out more and buy here.
Hailing from what was the most northerly distillery on the mainland, Old Pulteney is a wonderful example of a maritime malt, taking its character from the fishing village of Wick in which it is located.
Matured wholly in ex-bourbon casks, the Old Pulteney 12-years-old is the definitive expression in the Old Pulteney family.
Mixing the citrus fruit flavours of lemon and lime with honey and a hint of coastal sea air, it’s a distinctive character worthy of those looking for something a little more complex.
Find out more and buy here.
This whisky from the Isle of Arran is a fresh and light dram that’s ideal for cocktails and long drinks, as well as enjoying neat.
Buy it now at this special price from Luvians.
This festive sounding whisky is currently on offer at Master of Malt.
From the team at &Whisky, it’s a flavourful, sweet dram with hints of smoke.
Ideal for Christmas as it’ll go well with cake and mince pies.
This easy to drink, sweet Speyside single malt is an ideal gift for a whisky fan as it’s lovely on its own, or in cocktails.
Buy it now from The Speyside Whisky Shop
This Aberfeldy 12 Year Old, is presented in a gold bar gift tin, making it an ideal gift. Aberfeldy distillery continues to draw water from the Pitilie Burn, renowned for its promise of gold.
Time-honoured techniques, such as longer fermentation, conjure rare citrus and honeyed notes.
On tasting, you can expect spices and honeyed plump fruits with lots of vanilla and fudge - and just a whisper of smoke on the finish.
Arguably one of the lesser celebration regions of Scotch whisky, give the gift of the Highlands this Christmas with this tasting kit.
Inside there’s three single malt whiskies, chosen by Select Drams. Whiskies could include Loch Lomond, Deanston or Glenmorangie and the flavour profile is generally fruit, floral and heathery.
Find out more and buy here.
Delve into the distinct character of this sherried 8 Year Old Canadian corn whisky. Matured in 100% Oloroso casks, this is a reminder of the Canadian landscape, a spirited embodiment of the land's rich agricultural heritage.
On the nose there’s fruity muffins, buttery oak, opening up into sherried goodness: raisins, prunes, dates, drizzles of runny toffee and toasted nuts.
On the palate you may get big, bold, and fruity notes. Toffee ripple ice cream, wafer, and popcorn join toasted almonds and cooked peach, white cracks of black pepper nestle in the depths.
Find out more and buy here.
The Whiskies of the World tasting set includes five 3cl samples of some of the world's best whiskies.
Priced at £27.95, you can find out more and buy here.