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Gifts For A Scotch Whisky Drinker
Top Gift Ideas For a Man or Woman Who Likes Whisky
As a seasoned Single Malt Scotch Whisky drinker, people are always looking to buy me Whisky related gifts for my Birthday or Christmas. The problem is, Whisky enjoyment is thought to be a (relatively) expensive hobby. Subsequently those who simply can't afford to buy me a Bottle of the good stuff, have to struggle to come up with a new gift idea. So this is where I hope this page will help, its for anyone who's ever said, "I know he (or she) likes Single Malt Scotch but I got him a Bottle for his Birthday, for Christmas, for Valentine's Day and for our Anniversary, at this rate he'll need a second liquor cabinet".
Aerators - Bring out the full flavour and aroma of a whisky with a Spirit Aerator.
Enhance flavours and aromas without losing anything or adding anything to your drink. The effect of an Aerator is to make your whisky experience smoother.
Experience the improved taste of Scotch Cognac Port Tequila Whiskey Bourbon Vodka Gin Rum Brandy and Sake Liqueurs like never before! comes with a built-in jigger with volume markers and flow control that lets you measure and aerate at the same time. Includes a stand. Made from Acrylic. Aerator and stand are dishwasher safe.
You will the find the Spirits Smoother very easy to use... it has no moving parts, requires no maintenance, is easily hand washed, is durable, and provides drip less pouring. Simply "plug" snugly into the bottle-neck and pour away! Only beverages poured through the Spirit's Smoother are altered; beverage left in the bottle remains unaltered. Neodymium magnets create the powerful magnetic field that works the Spirits Smoother's magic. Magnetic treatment for beverages is not new; however, our method, which combines oxygenation and specially designed magnets is so unique that the Spirits Smoother has been issued a US Patent. The Bev Wizard is an ingeniously designed pouring device that improves many wood matured spirits, including bourbon, scotch, cognac, brandy, calvados, Irish and Canadian whiskies and oak matured tequilas. Aging spirits, tequilas or whiskies in wood barrels improves flavor and richness at the expense of tannins which cause bitterness on the "finish". As tannic spirits or whiskies pass through a combination of oxygen and the high-intensity magnetic field in the pouring spout, the structure of the tannins is rapidly altered, yielding a softer, silkier mouthfeel. Wooded spirits are made to taste softer, smoother, and richer.
This innovative bottle-top aerator infuses wine with air as it's poured from the bottle -- immediately enhancing taste, bouquet, and smoothness.
This is the smallest profile, full-stream infusion aerator on the market! Made 100% in the USA!
How to use and enjoy Vinturi Spirit Aerator
In the long and illustrious history of whisky, there has never been a single definitive glass that the whisky world could call its own. Wine, Champagne, Brandy, each has its own recognizable glass associated with it. Over the years, whisky has been served in anything from shot glasses to wine glasses. Now following in the tradition of Scottish innovation, The Glencairn Glass has arrived. Combining the knowledge and expertise of some of the whisky world's leading innovators, The Glencairn Glass' roots lie in the traditional nosing glasses used by master blenders around the world. The crystal and glass specialist, Glencairn Crystal of Scotland who have an intimate knowledge of the whisky world's needs and requirements, brought together the industries biggest companies to create a glass for the whisky industry, by the whisky industry. A glass for whisky...Finally, from Stolzle.
Let the good times roll with this set of 6, 6-3/4-ounce rocking whiskey glasses from Sagaform. They are precision-made glasses that rock but won't knock over. Perfect for your home bar to serve up happy hour drinks or a night cap. Designed by Swedish designer Roger Persson whose designs are a play with lines and curves.
Wine and spirits aside, a home bar requires glassware. After the all-purpose wine glass, perhaps the next essential addition to one’s bar is a rocks glass, like those found in this seven-piece gift set from Bormioli Rocco. Made at Bormioli Rocco’s headquarters in Parma, the gift set provides six rocks glasses and a 33-1/2-ounce decanter with a stopper for whiskey or another spirit. The 9-1/2-ounce glasses also make great vessels for various mixed drinks, such as amaretto sours or White Russians. The set reflects the Parma region’s long legacy of glass artistry in the beautiful starburst pattern of the decanter and traditional cut to the glasses. For user ease, the rocks glasses are dishwasher- and microwave- safe. The set weighs 7 pound upon shipping.
How To Drink Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Whisky Stones - They work like ice without diluting your whisky
Sipping Stones is the aficionado's choice for chilling a drink. It eliminates a common problem for all connoisseurs of fine distilled spirits: it cools your drink perfectly without the dilution from melting ice. Now all your favorite drinks are able to be served the way they were intended to be, perfectly pure and precisely chilled. Sipping Stones are non-porous meaning there is no odor or taste to tarnish your drink. And unlike ice, Sipping Stones provides a smooth chill that does not overwhelm the character of your beverage. Each set of Sipping Stones comes with nine finely crafted cubes made from soapstone, a safe alternative to ice. Sipping Stones is a great gift for anyone who loves the perfectly chilled beverage. Or you can use it as a conversation starter at your next party. Simply keep the Sipping Stones in your freezer until you are ready to chill your favorite drink, alcoholic or otherwise.
Use: Rinse before first usage then place in your freezer until the stones are as cold as desired. When ready, add two or three stones to your glass. Fill the glass with enough liquid to cover the stones. Let the drink sit for a few minutes to allow the stones to chill your drink. After use, simply rinse and allow the stones to dry before returning them to your freezer. Never chew or attempt to eat.
About Soapstone: Known for its ability to maintain a temperature for long periods of time, natural soapstone is listed as Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Soapstone is made up of talc which will not react to water, alcohol and or other drinks. If used with care, soapstone will not scratch your glasses.
Proper Usage: Sipping Stones are not meant to cool as a drink as quickly or as much as ice. They are intended to provide a slight chill-between 8 and 15 degrees-that will protect the taste without drowning the quality.
Serve your drinks truly "on the rocks" with these Chilling Rocks. If you're like most whiskey drinkers, you probably chill your whiskey with ice. Well after spending money on premium whiskey or scotch why would you dilute it with water? These Chilling Rocks are the perfect way to slightly chill your favorite spirit without diluting the complex flavors. These Chilling Rocks are made from 100% soapstone's the Chilling Rocks are non-porous and will not change the whiskey's flavor or odor, keeping your whiskey as original as possible. The Chilling Rocks are gentler than ice and are best used to cool down your favorite spirit just enough to take off the edge without closing down the flavor. Using them is simple. Store them in the freezer for at least 4 hours before use. Add 3 Rocks to your glass, and pour your favorite spirit until it reaches the height of 1 stone (about 2 fl oz). Let stand a few minutes and then enjoy your spirit. When finished, rinse the rocks and air dry after every use and store in the freezer for next time. The Chilling Rocks intent is to slightly chill the drink to take the edge off. Soapstone is made up of talc which will not react to water, alcohol and or other drinks. If used with care, soapstone will not scratch your glasses.
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Whisky Magazine Subscription
If you like a good single malt, or are considering drinking the "water of life", this magazine will please you - it has content for both the novice and "expert". The only reason it doesn't get 4 stars is it is a British publication, and many of the products reviewed or featured in articles are not available in the US. The area of distribution is given in the reviews, but this is not always mentioned in the articles. -B Rutledge
Whisky Advocate (formerly Malt Advocate) is America's leading whisky publication. It's a premier source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts. Explore the world of single malts, scotch, bourbon, rye, Canadian whisky, Irish Whiskey and craft distillers and increase your enjoyment of one of life's great pleasures! Each issue features reviews and ratings you can rely on when you're ready to make your next whisky purchase.
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible is the world's largest-selling annual guide to whiskey. Each year, over one thousand new whiskies from around the world are personally tasted and evaluated by Jim Murray. Each year Jim Murray's Whisky Bible gains international publicity via its announcement of the World Whisky of Year and its Liquid Gold Awards. Because of this, the Whisky Bible has become the most influential and relevant book on the subject worldwide.
A fun and accessible guide to completing an education in whiskey from a man who knows his hooch
Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited, and the absurdly expensive, whiskey expert Ian Buxton has scoured the shelves of the world's whiskey warehouses to recommend an eclectic selection of old favorites, stellar newcomers, and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk. This witty, focused, and practical guide is not an awards list or a list of the 101 "Best" whiskies in the world in the opinion of some self-appointed whiskey guru. It’s simply a guide to 101 whiskies that enthusiasts really must seek out and try—love them or hate them—to complete their whiskey education. What's more, it's both practical and realistic as it cuts through the clutter, decodes the marketing hype, and gets straight to the point; whether from India or America, Sweden or Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens, and islands of Scotland—here are the 101 whiskies that every whiskey enthusiast needs to try. SlÃ¡inte!
Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, the landmark best-selling malt whiskey companion by the late Michael Jackson, doyen of whiskey writers, has been comprehensively updated by a team of experts. Featuring over 500 new bottlings, reviewed and scored, plus hundreds of revised entries, Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch includes background information on the distilleries, tasting notes on over 1,000 bottlings, and practical advice on buying malts and interpreting whiskey labels.
A Bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky
You really can't go wrong with giving a lover of Whisky a Bottle of Whisky. When it comes to a Single Malt Scotch Whisky, one can never have too many, even of the same bottle. As a guide, For any whisky lover's first foray into the world of Single Malts, a good place to start has to be something from the Speyside region of Scotland such as a Macallan or Glenlivet expression. They're found to be smoother than those of other regions. If your special someone has a sweet tooth, look for something from the Highlands region of Scotland such as a Glenmorangie. Of course, if your giftee is game, there are the old smokey favourites from Islay such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig and, of course, the near perfect Lagavulin.
The early bouquet is round, biscuity, and a touch spicy; further aeration reveals a deep aroma of butterscotch, cream, vanilla, marzipan, and candied almond. The palate entry is vividly spirity as the alcohol slightly pricks the tongue; the midpalate stage displays solid flavors of dried orange rind, white raisins, marmalade, and figs. Finishes elegantly and sweet.- P.P. (12/31/2004) - 96-100 ^ Liquor
Whisky Flavoured Tea
Whisky, but without the alcohol. Tea starts with large leaf black tea from China. Then, the tea is marinated with whisky, but without alcohol. The tea has a smooth flavor and pure taste. It smells of a fine Scottish malt whisky. The whisky flavor does not have any peatiness, but a hint of smokiness. Tea is best consumed black.
Only the choicest 100 percent Arabica coffee beans are selected to be worthy of the Jack Daniel's name. We combine a unique blend of coffees that enhance the flavor to its fullest. The result - a rich, creamy, mellow cup of coffee. This product contains no alcohol. This rich liqueur coffee captures the essence of Jack Daniel's whiskey.