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u/Razzafrachen · 2 pointsr/bourbon

Are you looking for help in finding that perfect present for your whisky-loving friend/business partner/SO/potential SO/etc. this holiday season? Well look no further, r/bourbon is here with a helpful holiday guide to the rescue with ideas for whisky, accessories, and books!

Top Suggestions

Generally well-received and recommended for gifts across /r/bourbon.

Name | Avg Rating | Price range| Notes |
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W.L. Weller Special Reserve | 85 |$18-22| Sweet, mellow wheated bourbon.
Rittenhouse Rye 100 | 86 |$19-24| Spicy Rye. Enjoy straight or mix in manhattans
Evan Williams Single Barrel | 86 |$23-28| Great all-around, easy drinking single barrel at a great price.
Four Roses Small Batch | 86 |$23-28| Light and approachable. A good step up for Bulleit Bourbon lovers
Four Roses Single Barrel | 89 |$40-50 | A spicier, more intense bourbon from a beloved distiller
Blanton's Original Single Barrel | 87 |$50-60 | Probably r/bourbon's most recommended bottle. Smooth flavor with a long finish and comes in a fancy bottle too!
High West Campfire | 88 | $50-55 | A unique blend of bourbon, rye and smokey scotch.
John J. Bowman Single Barrel | 89 | $50 | A delicious fruity, balanced bourbon that's not on many aficionados' radar.
Whistle Pig 10 Straight Rye | 88 | $65 |


Pappy & other fancy bottles

The upper end of bourbon can get really tricky. Firstly, the best limited edition bottles most often get snatched up before they hit the shelves then get resold at a huge markup. We don't recommend going down that route because of inflated prices, disappointing bottles and underhanded dealings. Secondly, most $60+ bourbons worth recommending are bottled at high proof which provide a rich, flavorful experience but the extra burn can overwhelm some drinkers.

Barrel/High Proofers

A higher proof generally brings a deeper, more intense flavors at accessible prices which many here cherish. However, these bourbons often have a more ethanol burn which can turn off some casual drinkers.

Name | Avg Rating | Price range| Notes |
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Old Grandad 114 | 87 | $20-25 | Crisp, tangy, oaky
Booker's Small Batch | 90 |$50-60| Hot peanuty, yeasty yumminess
Maker's Mark Cask Strength | 89 |$50-60| A huge improvement over the standard Makers with deeper, more complex flavor.
Four Roses Private Selection | 89 | $55-70 | Smaller shops will sometimes choose, bottle then sell a barrel. These selections tend to be distinctive and tasty

Scotch Whisky

Scotch actually has a much broader selection at higher levels. If they're open to scotch, be sure to check out /r/scotch's gift guide as well.

There’s also a wide range of Whisky Accessories!

(Links are for reference, you can probably find them cheaper if you do a little research)

  • Glencairns – The traditional scotch glass – fairly inexpensive, you can find these in store for cheaper or just buy them off Amazon
  • Canadian Glencairns - A little bigger than their Scottish cousins, fun for a change of pace
  • Copitas - The quintessential nosing glass. Some people like it, some don’t…
  • Old Fashioned – You probably know what these are, just make sure you get ones with a nice heavy base
  • Water Jugs add a little water to your whisky, but not terribly important
  • If he/she enjoys ice in their whisky: Ice Molds - but most of us don't use them so buy with care.


    You need something to do while enjoying a dram!

  • Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
  • The World Atlas of Whisky

    I have no idea what they will like, and I’m afraid that I’ll buy them a bottle that they’ll hate, what do I do? ###

  • Another option is r/scotchswap – It’s a community of whisky drinkers who swap samples of whisky between each other. Some of them are willing to swap a bunch of samples for a full bottle. Post in there if you’re interested in this sort of thing and see if anyone is willing to swap with you

    This is all really good information, but I’d like some more personalized advice…

  • Post the details in this thread, and one of the friendly r/bourbon whisky enthusiasts will be along shortly to provide some recommendations.


    A lot of credit goes to /u/Father_Boddingtons and the guide he wrote for /r/scotch. Much of his guide was copied here. Thanks!
u/torgo3000 · 3 pointsr/bourbon

I hate to be that guy that says "Read the fuckin sticky", but, the bourbon guide is very very good here, and I used it when I ventured here from scotch land. Check it out on the sidebar, or just click here!

I like /u/rebo2's idea of getting smaller bottles to try and do a taste test, but i would definitely suggest going through the guide and start off by getting Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, and Maker's Mark, in that order. Make sure that by the time you buy your third bottle, you still have some left over in each of the other two bottles so you can compare. Setup a night where you can taste all 3 back to back to back. This will give you a chance to really compare the difference between low rye, high rye, and wheated bourbons. There is a reason why these 3 are recommended for beginners, you get a really great base for tasting everything else in Bourbon land.

My personal favorites of commonly purchasable items, Buffalo Trace, Makers, Wild Turkey 101, Jim Beam Black (far superior to the white label), Four Roses small batch, Elijah Craig 12, Eagle Rare, and Old Weller Antique 107.

For the Rye Whiskey, Sazerac Rye, High West Rendezvous Rye, Bulleit Rye, and Rittenhouse. I need to try a few more ryes to be honest, but i love the spicy flavors they have.

Invest in some real glassware, get some old fashioned glasses at least, and when you are ready get some Glencairn glasses. You can find them relatively inexpensive on Amazon, I linked the Glencairn set I purchased.

Read /u/texacer guide on reviewing whiskey. Also, watch this Highland Park video on nosing and tasting. These both helped me tremendously for appreciating and learning how to nose and taste whiskey. There is a ton of great info in both links.

Hope this helps, good luck and ask away any questions on this sub, I have found that this is my favorite sub here on Reddit, everyone is super awesome here. Remember, whiskey is best shared with friends, so bring some friends with you on your journey if you can.

u/jk_tx · 10 pointsr/bourbon

Ideally you want a tulip-shaped glass when drinking neat, it will give you a better nosing experience by directing/concentrating the fumes. Same reason you use a large bowl-shaped or tulip-shaped glasses for red wine.

That said, I think a glencairn is less than optimal for anything more than a small taste of lower- to moderate-proof whiskey. It has the tapered shape to concentrate the nose, but it's actually a little too concentrated for stuff like barrel proof unless you just really enjoy smelling ethanol fumes.

The biggest issue with the glencairn though, is it's just too small. The nose develops due to air exposure, and the larger the surface area of your whiskey in the glass, the more quickly (and more fully) the nose will develop. When you pour 1.5-2 oz into a glencairn the surface area is actually quite small relative to the volume of liquid.

IMHO you'll get a better nosing experience for high-proof stuff by using a small rocks glass, or some sort of tulip-shaped glass with a larger bowl than a glencairn. My personal favorite is the Taylor'd Milestone.

u/FarnsworthYesIAm · 2 pointsr/bourbon

WL Weller special reserve is a great wheated bourbon to start out with. Good price and taste profile is sweeter than the ryes (my preference)

I've always been a fan of the 1792 Ridgemont reserve. Rich and velvety is what it says on the bottle and it's spot on.

After that, Old Overholt, George Dickel No 12, Old Grand Dad (Bottled in bond), Old Forester, and Old Fitzgerald are ones I prefer.

Try different bottles to see what your palette prefers.

Also, Bourbon, Straight is worth ordering.

u/xenthe · 5 pointsr/bourbon

I purchased these whiskey stones a few months ago. I've actually been pretty happy with them.

Here's the thing: I prefer my bourbon a little chilled, but not cold. I think that ice-cold whiskey masks all the subtleties of the flavor, but slightly chilled, it really brings something out. Now, all my bourbons are room temperature, and I don't like ice, because I don't want the taste watered down... so the stones are a nice solution.

Everyone is correct here that stone is a bad conductor of heat, but that's sort of the point. I drop three stones into my glass, give it 30 seconds or so, and my bourbon is just slightly chilled down. Perfect.

Also, the soapstone frankly looks pretty badass, IMHO.

u/LtDarthWookie · 1 pointr/bourbon

My wife recently got me this book and I've really been enjoying it. It goes through the science and history of whisky and what generated the flavors as well as how you can do your best to be able to taste them. I'm about 1/3 through the book and really enjoying it.

u/D_Gibb · 1 pointr/bourbon

I have a few dram glasses, glencairns, and Canadian whisky glasses (came with the Jack Single Barrel Christmas set last year) that I prefer. Feel sturdy enough to me. I also brought back a Yamazaki rocks glass and a tasting glass from the distillery. I have enough options at reasonable price points for nosing, cocktails, rocks, or neat that I don't feel the need to pay a bundle for these pretty glasses that might break if I look askance at them.

I've seen these Brumate BN8G Nos'R glasses a few times that are pretty (except that they're opaque) and nigh indestructible for $24.95 each on Amazon.

u/AJB4LSU · 2 pointsr/bourbon

It's made by taylor'd. Called milestones. Basically a super sized glencairn. Here's a link to Amazon. I like doing the high proof stuff in it. Let's the alcohol fumes out but keeps the rest in.... Kinda

Taylor'd Milestones Reserve Whiskey Glass - Set of 2 10.5 oz Scotch Glasses. Premium Bourbon Rocks Glass Shaped for Improving Tasting and Aroma of Spirits. Crystal Clear Glassware

u/icanseestars · 9 pointsr/bourbon

King Cube ice trays, however, are totally worth it even if you don't use them for your whiskey (I do). They fit perfectly in an Old Fashioned glass and have massive surface area to cool the whiskey quickly without watering too much (just a splash). The cubes also last forever.

u/LocalAmazonBot · 1 pointr/bourbon

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u/zillah1985 · 2 pointsr/bourbon

I feel like the point of ice is really the water, not necessarily the cold. Whiskey takes time to get cold, and the immediate melting of the ice helps open up the whiskey more. Something you can't get from stones.

The best investment in my opinion are king cubes. Larger surface area so it takes much longer for your drink to become diluted too fast.

u/mentel42 · 2 pointsr/bourbon

check amazon, here's the first hit when I searched for decanter. Just try & get one with a tight fitting stopper. Or you can possibly macguyver something to get a tight seal & prevent air exposure. But for mixers, you really need something fancy & decorative? Guess I understand the impulse to class up the joint

Another good idea, buy a bottle of Bulleit, then when you're done drinking it remove the label & use it to hold other whiskey, bottle is great

u/signde · 1 pointr/bourbon

Very interesting, thank you for doing this and for sharing. On a related note, I've had this "spirit aerator" on my wishlist for a while:

u/dcskins88 · 2 pointsr/bourbon

These. You get the best of both worlds of the similar shape of a traditional Glencairn. It's big enough for ice if you desire. It fits 10.5 ounces if you want to really throw down.

u/brbcoding · 1 pointr/bourbon

That's what I've been using lately and I love it (these ones).

And to the OP: I recently ordered a bourbon neat at a bar and it ended up being served chilled in a martini glass ಠ_ಠ. Whatever you do, do not do that.

u/Silound · 1 pointr/bourbon

I have this set (actually I have 10 of the sets!) and I love them.

The issue /u/DancesWithElectrons describes about the "mushroom" effect is less prevalent I find with the round balls since you can roll the ice ball in the glass. Plus they fit in most all the glasses I've found.

u/konahopper · 1 pointr/bourbon

[I have this](
e+cube+tray), and I love it. Didnt care for whiskey stones, but I also don't mind some dilution. OP: Favorite bourbon is Wild Turkey Rare Breed or Woodford Reserve, although I've been on a Rye kick lately.

u/Hispes · 2 pointsr/bourbon

I recommend 3 books to get your started.

  1. [Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey] ( by Charles Cowdery

  2. Bourbon, Strange by Charles Cowdery

  3. Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Mike Veach

    You'll learn how brands and distilleries were started, shuttered, shuffled, and sold. You'll learn who influenced and inspired brands and names.

    The two authors of the three books are arguably the foremost authorities on the subject of bourbon, most especially its history. Besides, the books are phenomenal reads IMO.
u/mercvt · 3 pointsr/bourbon

Try these.

I got some for Christmas and they are nice in drinks. They melt slower so wont dilute as much, but still give you a nicely chilled bourbon.

u/I_WorkWithBeer · 2 pointsr/bourbon

No worries, I don't use a Crystal Decanter. When I first started looking for a decanter, I discovered all of the lead concerns. Thankfully I found a lead-free, non crystal, glass decanter. It looks great, and it was really cheap. I can vouch for its quality, and thankfully it has gotten even cheaper in the last few years (was $40 when i bought it)

Bormioli Rocco Selecta Decanter

Bormioli Ice Container

u/Lord-of-the-manor · 7 pointsr/bourbon

These two are both great reads



u/Kilrathi · 2 pointsr/bourbon

Get some Wineskins. They're bubble-wrapped bottle-shaped bags that seal on the bottom. The seal would supposedly prevent leaks but I've never in all my travels (with a lot of bottles) lost a bottle in a Wineskin, though I'm sure it can happen... I have lost bottles wrapped in clothes since clothes shift and bottles smack against each other and break. At like $2 per Wineskin, it's well worth the money. I've had 4 or 5 bottles in a suitcase that way. At the very least, if you do decide to wrap them in clothes, I'd tape them in so they're not gonna slip out of the padding.

u/scud80 · 2 pointsr/bourbon

you could try one of those two-pronged cork removers that are used for older bottles of wine with fragile corks. like this one:

filtering is probably the easier method though

u/tequilajunction · 1 pointr/bourbon

I'm not sure if it's all-encompassing, but Veach's "Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey" has a pretty extensive discussion about sales and mergers after prohibition.

u/ifornia · 2 pointsr/bourbon

I've owned a few different brands, and I recommend this one. The silicone cap is easy to peel off and it releases the sphere pretty easily. It can be a pain in the ass to ge the sphere out of some brands.

Also, I got mine at Marshall's, it was cheaper than Amazon.

u/BeanBone · 3 pointsr/bourbon

It wasn't actually named after today's Bourbon County, but an older Bourbon County that housed a major port. Eventually all whiskey that flowed from the port was marked bourbon and the name stuck. (More info on that in this great book). Bourbon is geographically protected, but only in as much as it has to be produced in America.

The state of Kentucky, the Bourbon Trail folks, and Kentucky-based bourbon producers want you to think bourbon (or at least real bourbon) comes from their area. However, bourbon is America's spirit, not just Kentucky's.

u/mraaronfreeman · 4 pointsr/bourbon

[Michael Jackson]( has written several books on ales and spirits. I found The World Guide to Whisky to be an excellent resource.

u/XenonBloom · 2 pointsr/bourbon

I dont know of any up to date North America whiskey books b/c I haven't done the research. However I currently have this in my library and it is fantastic: Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide

u/quercus_robur · 2 pointsr/bourbon

Note, you probably want to take all that tracking garbage off the end of your Amazon links. It's enough to list:

For beginners, I would also recommend Tasting Whiskey:

u/teemark · 1 pointr/bourbon

Mostly a glencairn, but I'm starting to like the Taylor'D glasses for bourbon. They're basically a wider, shorter glencairn.

u/Doneeb · 2 pointsr/bourbon

I use these for making vanilla extract but also for bringing bourbon to the park. Works well for both. There's a 17 oz one if you want to really go at it.

u/breezythefirst · 2 pointsr/bourbon

Schott Zwiesel has some really nice rocks glasses

u/j3w · 2 pointsr/bourbon

Let's have a little real talk. Are you a drinker or A DRINKER? When I'm taking a flask someplace it's because I plan to DRINK, possibly with a friend. Which means it needs to hold some volume. I have a couple of these:

Glass = no rust.
8.5 ounces = enough for a couple of real drinks.
$7 = not gonna cry when you lose/break it.

u/davehk · 1 pointr/bourbon

Clear cubes are nice, but cloudy ones work the same. Unless you work at a hipster cocktail bar you can buy one of these for $8

u/boozist · 3 pointsr/bourbon

Unfortunately none come to mind that would have mash bills. If you don't mind paperback on the table, Lew Bryson's Tasting Whiskey is a great choice.

u/hobojarpen · 1 pointr/bourbon

It's not electric, and it's more associated/used for wine. You can read more about it here:

tl;dr version is that the aerator kind of smoothes out and evens out the proof, which is why I only use it every now and then for stronger drams.

u/kmillns · 3 pointsr/bourbon

I've got those, and the King cubes (and the rocks, three sets as presents, actually).

I think I prefer the King cubes slightly since they're easier to fill and make a ton of and they tend to come out clearer.

u/slanderousu · 1 pointr/bourbon

You know what the requirements are? This is worth buying and reading too.

u/notyouravgredditor · 2 pointsr/bourbon

Keep it upright, make sure the top is air tight, and it will last for years and years. I have many 4-5 year old bottles I still crack open on occasion for an ounce or two.

When the bottle gets low, you can use Wine Preservation Spray (just inert argon gas in a can) to prevent excessive oxidation. The Argon is heavier than air, so a couple squirts in the bottle will coat the surface of the liquid with Argon so it doesn't oxidize.

Honestly, though, I like my bourbon a little oxidized so I don't use it until the bottle gets really low (like only a few ounces left), and at that point I typically say might as well finish it off anyways heh.

u/y2knole · 1 pointr/bourbon

IDK but i got some a while back..

just found it in my amazon history paid ~$13 for this. its a lot more now...

u/Jumin · 1 pointr/bourbon

r/scotch seems to not like them.

Someone recommended getting a big ice cube tray instead for not that much more.

u/holemole · 10 pointsr/bourbon

If you're really concerned with oxidation, I'd just pick up a bottle of this.

u/dub1308 · 1 pointr/bourbon

These are a little more expensive but these are the ones I use... they also sells reusable ones. If you look at your local wine shop they may sell them too. I know total wine in va sells them.

u/ITrageGuy · 1 pointr/bourbon

I actually don't really like bourbon out of a Glencairn. For scotch it's the only way to go, but I drink my bourbons out of a tumbler similar to this