Like fragrances and fashion, Scotch whisky can be an incredibly complex and personal affair, and those who are armed with discerning tastebuds and a keen eye for detail would know that nothing but the very best would do when enjoying a stiff glass of their favourite tipple.
If you’re shopping for a special someone who falls into the above category, you’ll know that the road to the perfect gift can be daunting and intimidating, which is why we’ve done the scouring for you so you don’t disappoint on the big day.
Whether for beginners or expert-level imbibers, here’s what you should be ordering for Scotch whisky lovers in your life.
Finally, a glassware collection worthy of the finest Scotches. This year, famed Parisian manufacturer Baccarat has launched a set inspired by the four elements required to make their glass. Featuring designs that harken to air, wind, fire, and water, the visually arresting tumblers play on the concept of light and space, giving each a distinct character. Besides, you’ll have bragging rights for using the same glasses used used exclusively for their signature cocktails at the Baccarat Hotel New York.
Synonymous for creating modern Scandinavian objects for the home that blend design fluidity with functionality, Georg Jensen takes inspiration from the rigid Art Deco lines of New York City’s Gatsby era to create this cocktail shaker. The stainless steel bar accessory was designed to heighten the enjoyment of making artisanal cocktails such as the Manhattan or Old Fashioned at home, and its bold geometric lines will make for a striking addition when hosting guests.
With a 40-year experience of creating exquisite handmade, mouthblown glass and porcelain homeware, the family-owned firm deviates from the norm slightly for the Islay Whisky Connoisseur set. Expect the contemporary containers and glasses for storing and then enjoying your favourite Scotch whiskies, alongside solid walnut serving accessories that make as big a statement as the fine Scotch you’re about to serve.
A rare and velvety blend that marries the best of treasured ‘ghost’ whiskies, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen is a sensorial adventure into the iconic closed distillery with its distinctly smokiness and long, warming finish. Caledonian and Carsebridge whiskies are added for a creamy vanilla sweetness here, which then gives way to unique citrus and rich malt flavours courtesy of the rare Mortlach, Dailuaine, cragganmore, Blair Athol, and Oban. Exceptional balance and taste aside, it wouldn’t take long for this Port Ellen special to become a holy grail blend to collectors.
Designed to keep your precious liquids at optimum temperature without watering them down, these whisky cubes are hand-carved from solid, smoky quartz that makes for a striking gift for whisky enthusiasts and deserving hosts alike. The San Francisco-based design studio is the brainchild of product designer and professor Anna Rabinowicz, who has a penchant for fusing minerals, metals, and stones to create home accessories that exude organic glamour.
If it’s name isn’t enough of a giveaway, this handcrafted cabinet is truly the ultimate way to store your entire collection, and then some. Designed and crafted by luxury furniture maker Timothy Oulton, the Ultimate Bar Cabinet sits within his speakeasy-inspired Hudson Bar Furniture and Cabinet Collection, using aniline-treated leather for an organic, multi-tonal look. The vintage finishes continue inside with cigars and other accoutrements, and as a bonus, award-winning bartender Marian Beke, who will arrive with the cabinet and spend the weekend making cocktails for you and your guests, alongside a masterclass in mixology.