Speaking as a whisky drinker myself, I know that it’s not exactly difficult to choose a gift for one. A nice bottle of single malt will always be gratefully received. However, if you’re not sure just what type of whisky your gift recipient might enjoy, or if you just want something that’s a little different – and a little more permanent – you still have plenty of options. Here are just a few suggestions:

A Whisky Flask

Any whisky lover will be delighted to receive a whisky flask – also known as a “hip flask” – as a gift. These are very handy if someone wishes to enjoy a wee nip of whisky whilst they’re out and about. They can also be very decorative.

Don’t worry too much that your gift recipient might already have one. There are so many different styles and materials to choose from that a small collection of hip flasks is a very desirable thing to have.

You also have the option of personalizing your gift by having it engraved should you wish. A quality whisky flask will last for years – and your whisky lover will toast you every time they have a little drink to keep the cold out.

A Whisky Decanter

Whisky decanters make really classy gifts and, just like the hip flasks discussed earlier, they will last for years. You can opt for a decanter on its own, which is a very acceptable gift, or you could choose a decanter and glass set.

Once again, if you wanted to, you could have your gift personalized by having a message engraved on it.

Whisky Glasses

A good whisky glass can really enhance the whisky tasting experience. A nice, cut crystal tumbler, one which is a nice size and weight, always feels good in your hand when you’re sipping a good highland malt.

Special “nosing” glasses – also known as “copitas” and “dock glasses” – are becoming very popular as well. They have a very distinctive tulip shape which channels the aroma of the whisky to the taster’s nose. Some of them come with glass discs which are placed over the mouth of the glass for a few minutes after swirling the whisky about. That traps the fumes and makes it easier for the taster to savour the bouquet.

These glasses were first used by merchants and vintners at the docks to sample wines and spirits before agreeing a price – hence the alternative name of dock glass. They make an unusual gift which is sure to please any whisky lover.

Books About Whisky

Even the most dedicated whisky lover will struggle to sample all of the whiskies available worldwide. There are thousands of different varieties. A nice, well illustrated, book on whisky would be a good choice as a gift. It will let your whisky fan plan his next tipple well in advance.

If All Else Fails

Those are just a few suggestions for you. There are plenty of other options available. And, if all else fails, a bottle of eighteen year old single malt will always go down well.