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Beyond the Bottle

With Christmas fast approaching, it's time for our second gift guide. From cocktails to chocolates, here are some ideas for items and experiences that pair perfectly with a love of whisky!
1. Bourbon bonbons for good


The Jacques Pépin Foundation, which supports free culinary and life skills training, helping individuals detached from the workforce gain employment in food service, has collaborated with American bourbon distiller Woodford Reserve and Jacques Torres Chocolate on a limited-edition signature box of bonbons.

60% Belgian ganache is paired with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon in a box of 12 rich bonbons with notes of dark caramel, nuts and spice.

The bonbons can be purchased through the Jacques Torres website here ($27), with proceeds directly benefiting the Jacques Pépin Foundation.

2. Whisky & chocolate tasting for two


Lake District food delivery service Dine In The Lakes has collaborated with The Lakes distillery on a ‘whisky and chocolate tastings experience’. A local artisan chocolatier has developed chocolate bonbons to pair with The Lakes blended whisky, and the pairing can be enjoyed in the comfort of the home by two whisky lovers.

The hamper contains five The Lakes blended whiskies, a box of chocolates, whisky glasses, two The Lakes distillery tour tickets, a whisky tasting flight mat, and a The Lakes distillery booklet including a QR code to an accompanying video.

3. Tumblers & more for lovers of Scottish wildlife


Family-owned company Just Slate in Fife makes an extensive range of gifts for the whisky lover, including tumblers engraved with a choice of designs, such as a pheasant or a stag. The tumblers come individually with a slate coaster (£20), or boxed as a gift set of four (£40).

Just Slate have also just launched a set of six whisky stones in a velvet bag, each engraved with a Scottish stag or Highland cow, perfect for cooling whisky without diluting it, and available at the stocking-filler price of £12.

To see more of the range, including oak coasters, visit the Just Slate website.

4. Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Gift Pack


Everything you need to mix the classic cocktail at home, this limited-edition gift pack (RRP £26.99) includes a 70cl bottle of Woodford Reserve (43.2% ABV), an ornate rocks glass and 60ml of Old Fashioned Syrup. Simply pour 50ml of the bourbon into the glass, add 10ml of the syrup, stir with ice for 10 seconds, and garnish with an orange peel twist!

5. The perfect whisky hip flask


‘Firsthand’, a new campaign from Benromach celebrating the craft of hand-made products, is marked by a series of partnerships with artisan producers. The first is with Yorkshire-based leather workers HÔRD, who specialise in custom hip-flasks. Benromach x HÔRD sees 80 hip flasks (£50) available to purchase from benromach.com/flask.

Handmade by Gemma Gilleard and Jason Booth, founders of HÔRD, each hip flask uses old leather that would otherwise head to landfill, with all cladding, dyeing and detail added by hand.

6. Glencairn for less


Glencairn Crystal, maker of the very popular Glencairn whisky glass, is doing a 30% discount online across their full range for Black Friday – from gin goblets to coloured whisky tasting glasses, this is a perfect time to get the Christmas shopping in! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout from Friday 26 November until the end of Monday 29 November.

Read Glencairn Crystal's own Christmas gift guide here.