Tuesday, 4 December 2018

A Tasty Dram's 2018 Christmas Guide

A Tasty Dram's 2018 Christmas Guide


The first empty doors of the boozy advent calendars are popping up on social media, Christmas trees are decorated and people are inundating their followers with #whiskysanta wishes. That means it's time to start compiling the annual Christmas gift list for whisky geeks and occasional whisky drinkers.

Christmas Malts

Some whiskies have Christmas written all over it. They are easy targets for Christmas shoppers in search of something for their whisky-loving target.

Douglas Laing's Big Peat Christmas 2018

Douglas Laing's annual limited edition of Big Peat is a true classic on this list. The cask strength version of their Islay blended malt features Big Peat in his Santa Claus attire and will have a warming effect on you, even on the North Pole.

Douglas Laing's Big Peat Christmas 2018
Picture: Douglas Laing

A Fine Christmas Malt

This sherried single malt from The Whisky Exchange comes from an unnamed distillery. The people of the Whisky Exchange seem to have a nose for quality whiskies. You rarely can go wrong with their picks. A no-brainer.

A fine Christmas malt
Picture: The Whisky Exchange


Paul John Christmas

If I'm not mistaken, this is Paul John's first Christmas-themed whisky. Again an Oloroso sherry-matured whisky with a hint peat that will inject some extra sweetness into the holidays.

Paul John Christmas
Picture: Whiskysite


New Whisky Releases

The Christmas period is traditionally a busy one. Lots of whisky brands will present at least one or two new releases that hopefully will end under the whisky geek's Christmas tree.

Port Charlotte MRC:01

Bruichladdich continues its cask exploration project with this MRC:01 release. The peaty Port Charlotte spirit finished in Mouton Rothschild wine casks. My favourite distillery and one of my favourite type of casks. It should be on the list. Period.

Port Charlotte MRC:01
Picture: Bruichladdich


Red Spot 15YO

Another shiny new release from the Emerald Isle. This revived brand from the 1960's matured in bourbon, sherry and marsala casks.

Red Spot 15YO
Picture: Spot Whiskeys


Books

Aaaah books. Christmas trees are the preferred hiding spot for gift-wrapped books.

Whisky - Aeneas MacDonald

This classic book from the 1930s is as timeless and relevant as Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.

Whisky - Aeneas MacDonald
Picture: bol.com


Malt Whisky Yearbook 2019 - Ingvar Ronde

Yet another classic that appears on every Christmas gift guide for whisky geeks. The book sports a few in-depth articles from well-known writers in the drinks industry and an overview of whisky distilleries and their recent releases plus some geeky numbers and facts.
Malt Whisky Yearbook 2019 - Ingvar Ronde
Picture: The Whisky Exchange


Other whisky-related stuff


Let's assume you do want to offer a bottle of whisky or a book every year. There's plenty of whisky-related stuff that can be great stocking fillers or exclusive gifts.

Mahoney's Beard Brew whisky beard oil and beard balm

Mahoney's Beard Brew brand has a beard oil and balm with a distinct whisky note. (Please note that it will rarely be a pure whisk(e)y scent. After all, you do not want to smell like a homeless drunk guy at 6.00AM in the morning.).

Mahoney"s Water of Life Beard Oil
Picture: mijnbaard.nl

Mahoney's Bear Brew Water of Life beard balm
Picture: mijnbaard.nl


Suavecito Whiskeyfest Fall pomade

Make sure you (or the whisky-loving geek in your life) make(s) it through the day with that fancy hipster haircut!

Suavecito Whiskeyfest fall 2018 pomade
Picture: mijnbaard.nl

Razor Master Markku Whiskey shaving soap

If you love whisky, this is THE shaving soap for you. You might want to lick the soap...

Razor Master Markku Whiskey shaving soap
Picture: Mroomshop

Whisk(e)y fountain pens

If he or she is always scribbling tasting notes, why not offer him a quality fountain pen made from whiske(y) barrels? Add a bottle of De Atramentis Whisky Ink and he'll enjoy writing his tasting notes even more.

Whisky Wood Pens The Clansman
Picture: Whiskywoodpens


I wanted to end this wish list with a personal note. You might have noticed there are very few truly expensive gift ideas in this list. The reasoning behind this is quite simple. Don't put yourself in problems by overspending on gifts either for yourself or for loved ones. You don't want to start January 20189 with a massive hangover and an equally massive credit card invoice. Be creative when the budget is limited.

Enjoy the holidays and all the little things crossing your path! Slainte!
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