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7 essential gifts for whisky lovers this Christmas

Mark Connelly, co-founder of Glasgow’s Whisky Festival, rounds up some of the best gifts to buy for whisky fans this Christmas.

Published: November 30, 2016
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Create your own Malt at Glengoyne Distillery

(£60 for the Malt Master tour)


Picture: Wikimedia

Most of us have done a tour or two of a distillery but how many have then selected samples from a few casks to bring together in their own single malt in the lab?

The Malt Master tour at Glengoyne Distillery, just outside Glasgow, allows you to do just that. It lasts just under 2 hours and takes place in one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland.

READ MORE: 5 Great Christmas gift ideas for whisky fans (2015)

The Malt Whisky Yearbook

(£13.95 from specialist drinks retailers or online at



There are plenty of good whisky books out there by some fantastic writers on the subject, but with the industry moving so fast these days they can quickly become out of date.

One book steals the show in keeping you fully informed on everything happening in Scotland and further afield. All new and upcoming distilleries are featured as well as the most recent bottlings from each distillery and ones just about to hit the shelves.

Swally Shirts Water & Barley T-Shirt

(£20 from


Picture: Swally Shirts

New this year from Glasgow-based Swally Shirts is this bold statement of the ingredients which make up your favourite dram.

Feis Ile 2023: What to expect from this year's Ardbeg Day - including fancy dress and festival bottlings

Water & Barley & Yeast & Oak sums it all up in a modern style. Sizes range from S to XXL and UK postage is free on all orders.

Lost Distillery Company's Christmas Pudding blended malt whisky

(£49.99 at


Independent Scotch whisky producer, The Lost Distillery Company, has unveiled this limited edition Jericho Christmas Pudding blended malt whisky for the festive season.

Plans submitted for Witchburn Distillery - a new Campbeltown whisky distillery

The new Christmas-themed whisky is part of the Jericho range, styled on the lost distillery in Nether Jericho, Aberdeenshire which closed in 1913 due to its isolated location.

The whisky is described as having "hints of orange zest, rich marzipan, spice and dried fruits" and the "comforting flavours of the much-loved Christmas pudding in each scrumptious sip".

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Membership

(£122 plus P&P at

PIC PHIL WILKINSON 01316186373 - 07740444373 The Scottish Malt Whisky Society 28 Queen Street , Edinburgh.

Picture: Phil Wilkinson\SMWS

A membership of the SMWS allows you access to their huge and varied range of single casks bottlings, plus their member's rooms across the globe.

Lochlea Distillery to launch inaugural Cask Strength single malt

When you join up you receive a welcome pack containing three 10cl bottles plus other goodies.

They currently have an offer until Friday 2nd of December to receive a full bottle free if you sign up.

Glencairn Glass Earrings

(£20 at



Last year we showed you the Glencairn Glass Cufflinks, to which many asked, “Will they be available as earrings?”

This year, that request has been answered. Gents, this is the perfect stocking filler for the whisky-loving lady in your life.

Equally great for wearing to your favourite watering hole, or a posh whisky dinner, they come beautifully presented in a secure gift box.

21-year-old Yamazakura 963

(£278 at



Give your favourite whisky fan something truly unique this Christmas with this cracking little Japanese whisky which has only just become available for the first time in the UK.

This rare whisky is meticulously blended using a combination of single malt and grain whisky, with each component aged for at least 21 years. It is available at cask strength (58% abv)  and comes beautifully gift wrapped.

Mark co-organises Glasgow's Whisky Festival - which is being held at Hampden this year - and has been involved in the whisky industry, both drinking and selling, for over 10 years.

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