With the ever growing interest in whiskey, there are now a lot more whiskey fans around making your Christmas shopping that bit trickier. Below is TheTaste whiskey guide to Christmas gifts.
Glassware from €7.50
As a whiskey lover I do like to have great glassware for my whiskey but inevitably glasses get broken which can become costly, so when someone gifts me nice glasses I’m delighted. There are many styles you can choose from, the best for nosing a whiskey would be the Glencairn glassware from Celtic Whiskey Shop
Teeling Hip Flask €15
A must have for every whiskey lover. This a cute flask and small enough to fit in your pocket so matter where they are they will be able to share their favouite dram. Teelings newest release Teeling The Revival 15 Year Old Single Malt €100.
A Glass Apart by Fionnan O’Connor €38.80
A fantastic book that was recently Written and published by renowned whiskey expert Fionnan O’Connor. It charts the enthralling history of pot still whiskey in Ireland as well as its exciting future.
Available from Dubray Books, Hodges Fidgis, Teeling Distillery, the Irish Whiskey Museum, the Celtic Whiskey Shop, Mitchell & Sons, L Mulligan Grocer, The Palace Bar, Jameson visitors centre & Amazon.
Membership to the Irish Whiskey Society €50
As a member this is a great place for a whiskey lover or novice. With chapters in Dublin, Cork and Galway and more on the way you are sure to find a chapter close to you. Membership gives you access to a reduced rate of €15 for each tasting no matter how expensive the whiskies are, you also can avail of specially selected bottlings of our own whiskey carefully chosen each year by the committee. The society meets once a month showcasing a minimum of six whiskies each time. Click here for more information.
An obvious gift would be investing in a really good whiskey. Powers Johns Lane is quite a popular whiskey with many enthusiasts right now €63.99. Or you could go with one of the new releases of pot still whiskey: Middleton Diar Ghealach €260, Red Breast Mano A Lamh €65 or a bottle of Green Spot Château Léoville Barton €69.95. Check out our review of them here.
The Whiskey Advent Calendar €213
An early gift for the one you love. Behind each door is a lovely wee dram of whiskey from single grain to scotch. A truly wonderful gift from Master of Malt with a 50year old Scotch hidden behind one special door. Click here to buy.
Boann Distillery Cask Collection €650
The Boann Cask Collection offers members ten exclusive bottlings over a period of ten years. As a member, you will own exclusive bottlings from the Boann Distillery’s choice casks, each handpicked by the Master Distiller. Each of these bottles will carry a unique limited edition label, building a covetable collection of Boann’s special whiskeys. The gift that just keeps giving. Check out all the details here.
Boann Distillery Cask of Whiskey €5,800 +
The Ultimate Christmas gift, a whole cask of your own whiskey. It is an interactive gift too as you get to choose what type of cask you want your whiskey finished in as well as deciding when to bottle. Check out all the details here.
Suzi is passionate about wine, beer and whiskey too, not forgetting a love of food and travel. She has been a part of this industry for a little over 10 years. She has worked on level 4 in WSET during this time and regularly hosts tastings and staff training in these sectors. She has recently started a blog on all wine, beer and spirit related beverages. You can follow her blog at https://www.thetaste.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Febvre-Main-e1453804815474.pngsgrapecrush or follow Suzi on Twitter.