A guide to holiday whiskey gift sets

December 3, 2015

Holiday whiskey gift sets are available at every liquor store, and typically come in a display case with maybe a glass or two, flask, or another small add-on. But if you look a bit deeper, the whiskey gift sets and box sets you’ll find range from the unique and collectible, to the outrageously extravagant. Here are the top 6 to have on your radar right now depending on just how charitable you plan on being with your whiskey gift giving.

Holiday whiskey gift sets: The Unique

Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars – $215-$1,500
Choose from one of four different whiskey advent calendars, each including 24 different 30-ml samples. The four choices starting with the most affordable include the Bourbon Calendar, Whisky Calendar, Premium Whisky Calendar, and Old & Rare Whisky Calendar.

Basil Hayden’s Leather Gift Set – $400
Drink your bourbon in comfort and style, as Basil Hayden’s delivers a gift set with a full bottle, a pair of leather shoes from shoemakers Quoddy, a leather gift box and four rocks glasses wrapped in brown leather.

Johnnie Walker Shoes – $489
Johnnie Walker and shoe company Oliver Sweeney teamed up for The Johnnie Walker Brogue, limited edition brown leather shoes with convenient storage for mini bottles of Johnnie Walker in each heel. You pay for the shoes and novelty, not the whisky, as alas, it’s Red Label under your feet.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century – $500
Frank Sinatra fans can honor his 100th birthday with this excellent release from his go-to brand, Jack Daniel’s. The 1-liter bottles are enclosed in luxury gift boxes which also include a selection of previously unreleased Sinatra tracks, “Sinatra Live at the Sands in1966”.

Holiday whiskey gift sets: The Unbelievable

Glenmorangie 1970s Collection – $50,000
A collection of five ultra-rare Glenmorangie whiskies from the 1970s have been released together in the form of the Glenmorangie 1970s Collection. Only 10 five-bottle sets, each enclosed in a unique wooden rack, are available across the globe. That means if you get your chance, don’t hesitate to break out the checkbook!

Orphan Barrel Project – $125,000
Neiman Marcus has long been the home of creative gifts with exorbitant price tags, and the Orphan Barrel Project certainly meets that criteria. Here, you and five friends get a 3-night luxury trip to Kentucky, including a VIP tour at the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky.

There, you’ll help create two unique Orphan Barrel variants, each hand-bottled and uniquely labeled. Then, you’ll get 24 bottles of each of the eight Orphan Barrel releases – Old Blowhard 26 yr, Lost Prophet 22 yr, Rhetoric 21 yr, Rhetoric 20 yr, Barterhouse 20 yr and Forged Oak 15 yr, and the two you collaborated on – along with a bespoke whiskey cabinet built from reclaimed Stitzel-Weller barrels, which will house your whiskey, as well as the included set of crystal tumblers, copper bar gear and leather coasters.

Neiman Marcus then helps you feel better about the whole thing by donating $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Only one lucky whiskey lover can purchase this experience.

Just remember – no matter which one you may decide on, make sure to gift responsibly! Cheers!

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