Know someone that loves a dram? Then read on for our ultimate Christmas gift guide for whisky fans.

With the big day only a few weeks away, we take a look at some whisky gifts ideal for the connoisseur in your life.

From limited editions to club memberships, there’s something for all tastes this Christmas.

Membership to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Dram loving family members or friends will appreciate a membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which will soon open the doors to its latest venue in Glasgow.

Members can enjoy the ever-changing range of the Society’s one-off whiskies, released each month in the comfort of the Edinburgh, London or Glasgow bars, as well as a calendar of UK-wide tasting events.

Annual membership to the Society costs £65 and provides whisky-lovers with benefits throughout the year, including access to the multi award-winning monthly outturns of around 20 new single cask whiskies; free subscription to Unfiltered, its award-winning members’ magazine; and a calendar of colourful events and intriguing whisky experiences to share alongside other like-minded members.

Add-ons such as dram tasting boxes, a bottle of the moment and a three dram serve can also be included when purchasing a new membership.

To buy membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society as a gift this Christmas, visit their website here.

The Macallan Distillery Experience

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The Macallan Distillery Experience Bar

For a distillery tour with a visit head north to the Macallan distillery in Speyside.

Located in Craigellachie, The Macallan Distillery Experience, designed by internationally acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, recently won the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and was included in TIME Magazine’s 2019 list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places.

The distillery has been transformed into a festive wonderland this month and will be serving a range of Christmas cocktails at the Macallan bar, where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills of Speyside.

 The festive cocktails on offer include The Clootie, which celebrates Scotland’s famous clootie dumpling, a steamed pudding traditionally enjoyed at Christmas.

Featuring The Macallan Lumina, a cinnamon, star anise and juniper berry syrup, orange and Angostura bitters and plum, this seasonal serve is an old fashioned styled cocktail reminiscent of Christmas spice and based on a recipe which first appeared in 1747.

Tours of the Macallan distillery start from £15 with more info and how to book here.

Loch Lomond Whisky gift pack

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Loch Lomond Whiskies has curated a gift box this Christmas – ideal for fans of the distillery.

The specially created gift pack, priced at £50 features a 70cl bottle of Loch Lomond 12 year old and 5cl bottles of the distillery’s 12 year old Inchmurrin (46% ABV) and Inchmoan expressions.

Each expression features the underlying fruit character for which Loch Lomond whiskies are renowned. The gift pack is available online and specialist whisky retailers.

Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and Fire

Johnnie Walker has a great range of limited-edition whiskies which are guaranteed to impress whisky fans on Christmas morning.

The Game of Thrones bottlings – A Song of Ice and Fire – are sure to put a smile on many faces.

Inspired by the iconic and powerful houses of Westeros, the two bottles are the ultimate gift for fans of the iconic TV series.

Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice represents House Stark and Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire represents House Targaryen.

For those looking forward to a white Christmas, A Song of Ice is the perfect present. Featuring single malts from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries.

Those looking for a winter warmer will enjoy A Song of Fire, representing House Targaryen. A rich whisky with a full-bodied flavour, boasting flavours of sweet smoke and a hint of spice from the peated malts of Caol Ila distillery on Islay.

Priced at £34 each, the whiskies are available to buy online here.

BenRiach 10 year old gift pack

This BenRiach whisky gift, which is new for this festive season, is ideal for those in pursuit of a flavoursome single malt.

The BenRiach 10 Years Old is three-cask matured in bourbon, Oloroso sherry and virgin oak barrels and boasts the classic, fruit-laden style of BenRiach with orchard fruits, toasted oak spice and the sweetness of malt.

The gift pack, priced at £40, includes a 70cl bottle of the expression, plus two branded tumbler-style glasses.

The Woodsman old fashioned tool box

The Woodsman whisky have given the toolbox a modern makeover to contain the tools dads really want this Christmas – everything you need to make a Maple Syrup Old Fashioned.

The unique box includes: Woodsman glass, stirrer, spoon, maple syrup, bitters, and a bottle of The Woodsman Whisky – the only other thing you’ll need is an orange.

The Woodsman is mix of freshly-built oak casks and double-scorched Bourbon barrels, giving it a smooth, sweet taste, with a hint of smoke – perfect mixed long or straight over ice.

The Woodsman old fashioned toolbox is priced at £40.27 with more info available here.

Glengoyne and Jolomo limited editions

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“Summer Eveninglight at Glengoyne Distillery” is the fourth and final release from a special collaboration between Glengoyne and renowned Glasgow contemporary artist, Jolomo.

The limited edition case was painted by Jolomo after he was inspired by weekends spent at the distillery as a student and is an ideal Christmas gift for whisky fans and collectors alike.

Inside contains a print of the painting and bottle of Glengoyne 10 Year Old Highland Single Malt – a smooth, fruity whisky that’s an ideal tipple to accompany  any festive feast.

The Jolomo series was set up to help support the Glasgow School of Art following two fires which destroyed the iconic Mackintosh building.

Priced at £36.99, the whisky is available to buy here.

Bunnahabhain 25 year old

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This 25 year old single malt is a perfect gift for whisky connoisseurs. Fully matured in ex-sherry casks the 25 year old Bunnahabhain is a rich, sweet burst of caramel and berries.

And with more than two decades of slumber by the sea, this premuim whisky is imbued with a delicious salty sea air influence.

Priced at £375, it is available to buy here.

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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