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Sure, some may like “whiskey”; others a peated or peppery “whisky.” But whether their dream vacation is in Islay or Bardstown, Kentucky, the best gifts for whiskey drinkers are somewhere between the neck and the bottom of these bottles — and in using the best whiskey accessories and gifts, from the right Star Wars ice molds to an encyclopedia of whiskey cocktails.

Lagavulin Nick Offerman Edition

Well, it was bound to happen. After his 'Parks and Recreation' character mentioned Lagavulin in every other episode, the 200-year-old distillery gave actor Nick Offerman his own expression. Big and complex like the actor/woodworker's beard, the whisky features notes of toasted marshmallow, banana, and caramel that charge through the intense smoke.


American Mountains Glasses by Whiskey Peaks

Whiskey on the rocks, anyone? This set of four handblown glasses feature an oh-so-clever nod to some of our country’s most famous peaks. The bottom of each is raised in a topographical homage to Half Dome, Denali, Mount Rainer, and Mount Whitney. It’s a subtle yet striking design element that takes these glasses from meh to majestic.


'The Complete Whiskey Course' Guidebook

Know someone that wants to take their whiskey love to the next level, who wishes to speak of each glass as though they are a master distiller? In this 304-page, illustrated guide, whiskey educator Robin Robinson presents a course over 10 “classes” that covers everything from the subtle — and not so subtle — differences between whiskey varieties to how to create a home collection worthy of the most discerning critics. Consider it a starting course for the budding whiskey snob.

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Macallan 12-Year Scotch Whisky

Accessible, approachable and classic, The Macallan 12-Year is a sumptuous whisky at a reasonable price. With notes of oak, fruit, and spice, it's delicious enough to enjoy on occasions common and special alike.


Whiskey and Tobacco Spirit Candle by Northern Lights Candles

The smell of whiskey is one of its most inviting aspects. This candle from Northern Lights, part of their craft cocktail collection, captures the aroma well and mingles it with the sharp notes of tobacco. It’s a very particular scent. But any whiskey lover should appreciate it.

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Gourmet Maraschino Cherries by Luxardo

Forget those bright red cherries found floating in the bottom of Shirley temples or on top of Mister Softee sundaes. These syrupy, sweet, deep-red orbs — rich and savory with hints of amaretto — are the ideal cocktail cherry. Plunked into an old fashioned, Manhattan or other such whiskey cocktail, maraschinos provide the perfect complement to a strong, bracing drink.

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Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit Set by Seedlip

Nothing beats a cocktail after a long day, but sometimes even your favorite whiskey lover isn't in the mood to tie one on. For those taking it mellow in 2021, the non-alcoholic spirits by Seelip are a welcome addition. This three-bottle set from Garden, Grove, and Spice can be relished sans booze and over ice for a mocktail that won't leave him wanting.


Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup by Pappy and Company

It’s nearly impossible to find a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. This bourbon-infused maple syrup made by Pappy & Company, however, isn't. It's aged in previously used barrels once used to make the coveted hooch. Fantastic on pancakes or French Toast, the syrup is also an excellent sweetener in a whiskey cocktail.


Whiskey Stones Set by XINLI

In the rickhouses of Kentucky, master distillers will tell you they only use two substances to dilute barreled whiskey: water and other whiskeys. XINLI's set of granite balls can be chilled to cool your spirit without diluting it, or the included silicone tray can be used to freeze perfect spherical balls to add just enough water to get that whiskey to breathe. This all-in-one set offers no wrong options.

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'Nightcap' Cocktail Recipe Book

Featuring more than 40 cocktails expertly assembled by Kara Newman, the spirits editor at Wine Enthusiast magazine, and beautifully photographed Antonis Achilleos, Nightcap makes for great inspiration whether you’re whipping up the final cocktail of the evening or just getting the party started. Try the Storm King, a fun play on the classic Rob Roy.

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'I'm Just Here for the Drinks' Cocktail Recipe Book

This illustrated guide to cocktails, written top mixologist Sother Teague, is an excellent gift for stiff drink lovers of any stripe. Part recipe collection, part history of spirits, part explainer of cocktail components, the unstuffy guide demystifies cocktail making and while offering a number of old and new drinks that will quickly become favorites.

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Glenmorangie Signet Scotch Whisky

Not only is Glenmorangie Signet one of our go-to special occasion whiskies, but it’s also simply one of our perennial favorites. This deep amber whisky is beautifully complex thanks in part to the roasted chocolate barley used in the distilling process. After a lengthy time maturing in virgin American oak, the result is flawless — and like all great whisky there is something new to discover in every bottle.


Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey

Often overlooked when compared to its corn-fed bourbon brethren, rye whiskey lacks the trademark punch of the latter, making it an easy-drinking contrast in any man's liquor cabinet. Sweet on the front and finishing with a mild peppery kick, Sagamore's is complex and yet affordable for the everyman.


Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold by WllRun

We love a big old rock in an old fashioned and this one that molds the ice into the shape of the Death Star is sure to bring a smile to Star Wars fans no matter what their favorite cocktail might be.

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Bulleit Bourbon

Even Joe Rogan is a fan of Bulleit, a family-owned Kentucky distillery that has been making whiskey since before the Civil War. Of a quality to enjoy neat or with a globe of ice, it's not too expensive to mix and elevate your favorite holiday drinks. Every home should have a bottle.


Basil Hayden Caribbean Rye Whiskey

A blend of Kentucky rye and Canadian rye, plus a touch of black strap Caribbean rum, Basil Hayden Caribbean Reserve Rye is one of our favorite new whiskies of 2019, perfect for sipping or creating slightly new twists on old fashioned cocktails. That small portion of rum goes a long way, giving the juice strong notes of burnt sugar and rum spice, that plays nicely with the rye’s vanilla and oak.


Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Despite the fact that Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 (named after a local Islay beach) is a new addition to the brand’s core range, it’s a staggeringly hard bottle to find at your local shop (it's an annual release). But if you happen across one of this year’s batch, we highly recommend you grab it and don’t let go till it’s safely stashed on your bar. Through the signature Ardbeg smoke, a radiant note of juicy pineapple arrests your palate in a way that will alter the way you think about whisky.


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