It's That Time of Year

It's That Time of Year

Give someone special a whisky inspired gift

Whisky & Culture | 02 Dec 2016 | Issue 140 | By Rupert Wheeler

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Here at Whisky Magazine, we are contacted by many different companies at this time of the year giving information on whisky related gifts. The vast majority of these include exclusive bottle releases which are usually very expensive and can run into hundreds of pounds, and in some instances thousands. Instead of picking out the best of these, we have gathered together nine whisky related gifts that span the very wide spectrum of gifts that are on offer outside that special bottle of whisky.

So, if you know someone who is keen on whisky, then I hope that one of the ideas shown on these two pages gives you some inspiration. In some cases, we have been able to secure our readers a small discount, which are indicated. Of course, we would encourage you to choose the digital version of our magazine as one of those gifts.

LSTN Chivas Headphones


Chivas and LSTN Sound Co have created a limited edition run of handcrafted headphones, using elements of upcycled American oak whisky casks and modelled on LSTN Sound Co's best-selling 'troubadour' shape. The headphones come packaged in a customed wood gift box, canvas drawstring travel bag and are Bluetooth enabled. A portion of proceeds will be donated to help someone hear for the first time through The Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Na Tùsairean Club membership (R&B Distillers)


The first 100 casks from the new Isle of Raasay Distillery will be reserved for Na Tùsairean Club, Gaelic for 'The Pioneers.' A fitting term for just 1,000 members who will own the first whisky from this innovative distillery and have their names displayed there. The welcome pack includes Raasay 'While We Wait' single malt. Whisky Magazine readers who become members will receive an email giving a code for 15 per cent off products in the whisky shop.

Buffalo Trace Mini Barrel

Usually $83 but for Whisky Magazine readers inserting WSKYMAG you will receive a 15 per cent discount

This Buffalo Trace logoed hand-crafted five litre barrel makes a wonderful centerpiece for any home bar, or can easily be a unique gift for a Bourbon enthusiast who already has it all. Every five litre barrel is carefully made using only American White Oak and each with a medium char. These barrel details are precisely what Buffalo Trace Distillery utilises while ageing each of its full barrels to maturity.

Norlan Glass

£42.00 Whisky Magazine readers receive a 10 per cent discount which is valid until 31 January 2017 with the code: CASKSTRENGTH

Inspired by nature, digitally crafted, and refined with master distillers, the Norlan Glass is a modern, lightweight design featuring double-walled glass, combining a faceted base with a curved inner bowl. Through the addition of specially placed inner protrusions, the Norlan glass aerates better than any other vessel, reducing volatility of spirit, requiring less water dilution for richer aromas.

Barley Tap


The Barley Tap Whisky Still is an original and unique gift which beautifully captures the traditional whisky making process. Featuring a handmade glass mini pot still (32cm in height) with a special barley insert. Mounted on a wooded stand with a working gold tap, the glass is filled with 350ml of the finest Highland single malt Scotch whisky. When the 'liquid gold' runs out you can refill the still for future use. The still is presented in an elegant gift box which includes a free personal gift card.

Whisky Magazine (Digital edition)


If you are always on the move then the digital version of the magazine is the one for you. 

• Download every edition to your iPad/iPhone/Android/Kindle device.

• Access each issue whenever and wherever you want.

• Have full access to our digital archive going back to Issue 24 from 2002.

Glass Fronted Hip Flask


A truly sleek round personalised hip flask with a screw top. This personalised hip flask has a glass front so you can see how much whisky you have left in your flask!

Supplied in a sleek black presentation box, this is an ideal personalised hip flask gift for your loved one, wedding party or special occasion. These engraved hip flasks are made from highly polished stainless steel, and they are a great size to fit into any pocket. Make sure you fill with a really good whisky before giving.

Distillery Tours: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The English Whisky Company (England)

From £10.00

Teeling Whiskey (Ireland)

From £14.00

Penderyn Distillery (Wales - pictured)

From £8.50

The Famous Grouse Experience (Scotland)

From £10.00

Master of Malt The Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar (2016) - Walnut


Developing on a theme introduced in 2015 the Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar features 24 different 3cl drams of extraordinarily rare, exciting whiskies from producers around the world, including single malts from long-closed distilleries, multi-award-winning expressions and a whisky worth up to £19,000 a bottle. Each calendar is in a beautiful bespoke wooden box hand crafted by cabinet-maker Simon Jewell Designs in Kent.
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