Updated: Jul 29, 2019
As a dyed-in-the-wool whisky lover myself, when it comes to the question, 'What would you like for fathers day/Christmas/your birthday?' my answer is invariably, 'whisky'! And why not? Like millions of other people out there, I love whisky!
However, in recent years, my family have asked whether there is something other than whisky they could get for me. It turns out, that far from being a really easy person to buy for, I have become predictable to the point where the gift-giver (wife, daughter, etc) gets no particular pleasure in buying me a bottle of whisky.
And I guess that makes sense to a degree. After all, the anticipation element isn't there (because I know what they have bought for me) and they are not on the receiving end of a genuine surprise reaction on my part. Like many people I actually prefer giving to receiving. I enjoy the process of surprising the recipient with a gift I have sourced, that moment when they open a parcel and (hopefully) are genuinely surprised and delighted by what they find. But it seems that I have removed this part of the gift-giving ceremony for my family and friends.
So, what can you buy someone who loves whisky, that isn't whisky? To help you answer this question, we have compiled 10 must-have gifts that are guaranteed to bring joy to the whisky lover in your life (even if that's yourself!)
1. The awesome Norlan whisky glass.
Every whisky fan should have a special glass from which to enjoy their favourite tipple. And it's true to say that for generations, the glass that has held the title of premier whisky glass, has been the Glencairn. However, the game has now changed dramatically with the development and release of the amazing Norlan Whisky Glass.
Designed by Sruli Rect, Brian Fichtner and Shane Bahng and funded by one of Kickstarter's most successful crowd funding campaigns (they hit 1000% of their funding target), the Norlan truly delivers a spectacular whisky drinking experience. In fact, the brand describes their focus as, modernising the whisky drinking experience through design, science and ritual... something they have undoubtedly achieved with this glass.
The Norlan has a modern, lightweight design featuring hand-blown double-walled borosilicate glass and is sculpted to reduce ethanol burn through the specially developed inner protrusions. Its concave outer rim is especially formed to fit the lower lip of the mouth elegantly, making for a totally organic and comforting drinking experience. And if that wasn't enough, the team enlisted the help and advice of master distiller Jim McEwan over the course of a four day workshop, to refine the design even further. For sure, in our opinion, the Norlan whisky glass would make a spectacular gift for anyone who is passionate about their whisky.
A set of 2 Norlan Whisky Glasses, complete with a microfibre polishing cloth, comes in at around £60.
2. Whisky Frames
Until now, the idea of receiving a picture frame as a gift was a bit... meh! However, that has completely changed with the advent of Whisky Frames.
Handmade in Scotland from reclaimed whisky casks, the Whisky Frames team use all parts of the barrels to craft a range of superbly bespoke photo frames with each one (due to the nature of whisky staves) being one-of-a-kind. Produced in a broad range of styles each frame comes with a choice of upgrades and personalised options.
For example, you can choose to have it trimmed with a standard Harris Tweed or select your own tartan, and for the frames that incorporate rivets (from the casks) you are able to have those monogrammed.
In addition, each frame comes with a unique reference number which you can use to locate the origin of the barrel used in its construction. Frames start at just over £40 and can rise to around £100 depending upon the model and number of personalised extras you choose to include.
3. The Glencairn Crystal Pot Still Decanter
There are of course an infinite number of whisky decanters on the market, and the design and style a whisky drinker may choose is definitely a matter of personal taste. Nevertheless, what is in no doubt, is that the style of the Glencairn Pot Still Decanter will undoubtedly appeal to the whisky lover.
Of all the pot still decanters we've seen, this one is the most refined and sophisticated. With its emotive design linking back to the moment of whisky conception it is the perfect vessel for holding your most favoured whisky.
We also love the fact that the relevance and authenticity of the design differentiates this decanter from the plethora of novelty decanters on the market. This has class!
Indeed, we think of it as a genuine piece of art, something that you can proudly display (full or otherwise) on your home-bar or mantle piece.
Surely worth the £75 it costs to buy one!