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Whisky Gifts For Her | A Whisky Woman’s Guide To Whisky Gifts

While historically, advertising would suggest whisky is for manly men, there are no reasons why whisky would be an unsuitable gift for a woman. As the number of Women Who Whiskey grows, hopefully the distillery brand managers and advertisers will wake up and be a little more inclusive in their messaging.

Here are a few tips from a Woman Who Loves Her Whisky (me!) for buying a whisky gift for any gender:

Whiskey Accessories & Glassware

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A particularly deluxe set of glassware for whisky fans, made by the Master Glass Blowers at LSA International. This set includes a mouth-blown decanter (which has a capacity of 1 litre) with a walnut base, two tumblers, two tasting glasses complete with lids, a water jug, and two walnut coasters, all within a walnut tray. The decanter stopper is ground to ensure the perfect fit with the neck of the decanter. The rim of the jug is scissor cut by expert craftsmen. The wooden coasters, decanter base and high-walled tray are shaped from American walnut, which is treated with food-safe oils to bring out the grain and depth of colour. The wood is sustainably-sourced from responsibly-managed European forests. LSA International is a London-based design studio specialising in contemporary handmade glass.

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Scotch whisky fans will be very familiar with the ubiquitous Glencairn tasting glass - they're the quintessential whisky glass - but very few will have seen, let alone own, the Glencairn Gold. Designed for blind tastings, the Glencairn Gold takes the visual queues out of whisky tasting. They're an unusual addition to even the most diehard Scotch fan's whisky cabinet. Available individually or in a set of 2 glasses.

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One can never have too many tasting glasses, as they're so versatile (port, wine, whiskey, sake), and if you have friends around for a tasting, having multiple glasses is a time saver (and you can have them all nicely laid out). This Ravenscroft set of 12 glasses is exceptional value.

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The Glencairn Whisky Water Jug stands 140mm (5 1/2") tall and has a capacity of 250ml (8.4 oz), and comes presented in a little gift box. Made by the whisky glassware experts Glencairn using lead-free crystal, it is the perfect companion for a fan of Glencairn glasses.

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James Bentley is an American brand dedicated to revolutionising the whiskey-drinking experience by combining technology, art and cutting-edge design. The James Bentley Glass is a double-wall transparent nosing tumbler. Each part of the glass (inner and outer wall) is made separately by hand-blown methods using high-temperature borosilicate glass. The glasses are a 200ml capacity, which is more than enough to add an ice ball - this set includes ice moulds for that very purpose.

Whisky Gift Sets For Her

navy blue gift box and two 20cl bottles of kilchoman whisky, machir bay on left and sanaig on right.

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This is a cracker of a gift pack, with two 20cl (200ml) bottles of Kilchoman Distillery's signature whiskies, Machir Bay and Sanaig. Both are multi award winning whiskies and are a great introduction to Islay whiskies, or a fabulous present for a scotch whisky fan.

Sanaig is aged in bourbon and sherry casks and has notes of toffee, smoke plums and dried fruit - the flavour profile is a fairly even mix of the two cask types. Machir Bay is matured in first-fill bourbon casks for around six years, then finished off for a few months in oloroso sherry butts - the flavour profile is roughly 80% bourbon cask influence.

pink and red box with bauble type design for housing 24 japanese whisky samples

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The Japanese Whisky Advent calendar contains 24 x 3cl (30ml) wax-sealed Japanese whiskies, including: Chita Single Grain, Hibiki Japanese Harmony, Miyagikyo Single Malt, Mars Shinshu (x3), Nikka (x3), The Kurayoshi (x2), White Oak (x3), Yamazaki 12 Year Old, Yoichi Single Malt. Full list available on Master of Malt website. Advent box is available in 2 different designs. Worldwide shipping is available.

gold and white gift box containing 12 minatures of Johnnie Walker

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Present the world of Johnnie Walker with 12 sample bottles including, Johnnie Walker's Blue Label, Black Label, Gold Label Reserve, Double Black, Red Label and 18 Year Old whiskies - 2x 50cl (50ml) bottles of each whisky.

three 20cl bottles of Starward whisky in front of their gift box. whiskies are Starward Classic, Nova and Fortis (from left to right)

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Gift a trio of Australian whiskies from Starward Distillery (located in my home town of Melbourne) with 20cl (200ml) bottles of Starward Nova, Starward Fortis and either a Starward Classic or Starward Twofold (depends where your purchase).

the gospel boulvardier cocktail kit which includes orange amaro, solera rye and pinot noir vermouth. also pictured is a boulevardier cocktail in an old fashioned glass

The Gospel is one of my favourite Australian distilleries, making superb Rye Whiskey and Rye Whiskey-based cocktails. My preferred Rye is the slightly sweet Solera Cask (vs the Straight, aged in virgin oak) though I own and regularly consume both! The Solera is best suited for a Manhattan or Boulevardier, while the Straight is more aligned to an Old Fashioned or Sazerac, but it comes down to your tastes. Available in Australia and the USA.

boxed set of 20 whiskies, 5 pictured, plus one of the two tasting glasses included in the set

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The Ultimate Tasting Pack - 20 Whiskies That Changed The World - this gift set contains 20 x 3cl (30ml) samples that showcase a wide selection of whiskies from Scotland to America, Japan and India. This beautifully boxed set also includes two tasting glasses. This would be a fabulous gift for a Whisky Woman (it's certainly on my wish list!). This gift set contains some old favourites and some hard-to-find samples, such as: Yamazaki 12 Year Old, Nikka Coffey Malt, Amrut Fusion, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Blanton's Gold, Michter's Rye, Talisker 18 Year Old, Springbank 10 Year Old, Lagavulin 16 Year Old, Octomore 10 Year Old Fourth Edition, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera, Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak, Dalmore King Alexander III.

6 minatures 30cl american whiskey including wESTLAND gARRYANA, fOUR rOSES BARREL STRENGTH

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This set includes a 3cl sample bottle of each of the following whiskies: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Strength, Westland Garryana 2021 Release, Four Roses Barrel Strength 2020 release, JP Wiser's Dissertation Limited Release, Abasolo Mexican Corn Whiskey and Whistle Pig 12 Year Old Amburana, a Whisky Exchange Exclusive.

Whisky Subscriptions

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Flaviar is a subscription box service (monthly or three-monthly) for world whiskies. Boxes can also be purchased individually, but get in quickly, as the boxes change regularly. Gift memberships are available, and a fabulous idea if you're not sure exactly what whiskies to gift, as your recipient can choose their own. Available in the UK and EU.

OurWhisky is a subscription whisky service founded by women to support women in the whisky industry. Every month OurWhisky subscribers (sadly UK only as I would 100% subscribe to this!) receive TWO 50ml premium whisky samples direct to their door, with a live-streamed, interactive tasting hosted by the whisky makers themselves. Members also enjoy discounted access to exclusive events – both virtual and in-person, as well as tours and experiences from OurWhisky’s partners around the world. The OurWhisky Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in March 2022, to recognise, support and empower women working in whisky around the world, while advocating for a more inclusive and diverse industry. Through collaboration with the global whisky community, the OurWhisky Foundation aims to challenge whisky’s outdated gendered image and help women to thrive in their careers.

the whisky club logo

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The beauty of the Whisky Club is that there is no ongoing commitment to purchase the whiskies each month. Purchase a gift card for her, and she can spend it on whatever whisky takes her fancy over the coming months, and you don't need to worry about purchasing the right one. Past whiskies include Sullivan's Cove French Oak, Wild Turkey Single Barrel Select, Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 yo, Lagavulin 26 yo, and Paul John Port Cask; they offer a broad mix of world whiskies. Available in Australia.

SMWS full size bottles 35.391, Smokus Fruiticosus and Panamanian Rum R9.9. Four miniatures in front row: HotShots R11.14 rum, and single casks 6.50, 59.68 and 5.91

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We joined the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) again this year and have had the best time meeting fellow whisky fans at SMWS events. We've also enjoyed quite a few virtual tastings (no Uber required to get home), and while the SMWS are known for their Single Cask bottlings, we've found the blended whiskies to be exceptionally good quality and value. The SMWS also have some outstanding rums (R9.9 and R13.2 were favourites) as well as Bourbon, Gin, Cognac and Armagnac. Membership does not include whisky but allows the recipient to buy SMWS bottles and attend events at member's pricing. Membership also gets you access to the private SMWS Vaults in Edinburgh, which is the BEST reason to have an SMWS membership if you live in Scotland or plan to visit.

Whiskey-Related Gifts

whiskey barrel, antler and silver tungsten rings in 8mm and 6mm sizes - the different materials form different coloured bands on the rings

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RingsByPristine (Etsy Star Seller) handmake beautifully finished rings in various styles using materials such as former whiskey barrels, antler, ceramic and tungsten. They are made in the USA with worldwide shipping available. Returns & exchanges are accepted, so you can't go wrong on sizes. These stunning rings come housed in a handmade Olivewood keepsake ring box.

four stainless steel mini cups and stainless steel cylindrical flask covered in leather and harris tweed

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We have a similar flask set and love it! The stainless steel flask and cups are non-reactive so they won't taint your favourite whisky's flavour (unlike plastic), and the four little cups are perfect while you're out and about adventuring. We used to take ours with us on walks around Islay - there's nothing like a good few miles of stomping through bog and midges, then pausing to enjoy the view (probably still in a cloud of midges) and share a wee dram or two. 

This 8oz (237ml) flask from the HighlandTweedStore (Etsy) in Glasgow comes in various Harris Tweed colours and ships worldwide.

brown leather FIODH watch made from reclaimed whisky barrels

Designed and crafted in Scotland, FiODH's watches are made from reclaimed whisky casks (top case), the finest Quartz Swiss movements, and handmade Scottish Muirhead Leather wrist bands hand-stitched in Scotland. FiODH has done several collaborations (most recently with Glenfiddich), and customised watches are available. FiODH watches are 42mm diameter, which make them a great unisex fit. Worldwide shipping and returns & exchanges are accepted.

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About the author

Amanda

Amanda is an Australian-born photographer, digital nomad and whisky lover. Her passion for travel and whisky lead her to Islay, where she fell in love with an Ileach (an Islay native). Amanda and Roddy now share their Spirited Adventures.

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