Finding the perfect gift is hard- Especially if you don't have the same interests as the person you're shopping for. That's why we put together this list of the best Bourbon Gifts For Dad (Or Whomever!)
This list is meant for anyone who is looking for the perfect gift for the bourbon lover in their life and doesn't know where to start.
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Whether you're looking for a bourbon gift for Dad for Christmas, the perfect Father's Day gift, or just to stock your own home bar, we've got you covered.
In this post you'll find everything you need to make sure your bourbon fan has the best bourbons, bourbon accessories, whiskey glasses, and everything else they need to make the perfect cocktail.
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Let's start with the most important thing to a bourbon drinker:
We would be remiss not to mention the bourbons first in this guide since they're obviously the star of the show. A bottle of bourbon is, of course, the perfect gift for Dad!
You can find most of these bourbons at your local liquor store, but you can also order them for delivery via Drizly!
Eagle Rare 10 Year
Eagle Rare 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon, is made using a special low-rye mash bill from Buffalo Trace. While it's not the most complex bourbon, it's an enjoyable choice even for those new to bourbon tasting.
Four Roses Single Barrel
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon is a delightful and complex bourbon with a unique twist. Despite its higher price tag compared to other Four Roses products, it's well worth the investment. Four Roses Single Barrel is a grown-up version of their Small Batch, delivering a robust and flavorful experience that's readily available on shelves.
Elijah Craig 12
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon is a standout in the world of barrel-proof bourbons. What sets it apart is not only its exceptional flavor but also its affordability, making it a top choice in the barrel-proof bourbon category.
This bourbon is a must-try for those looking for bold flavor and excellent value in their whiskey.
W.L. Weller Special Reserve
W.L. Weller Special Reserve is a classic wheated bourbon known for its rich history and sweet profile.
While it may be harder to find in your local liquor store due to increasing demand, it remains a quality bourbon and is a solid choice for those seeking a sweet and easy-to-enjoy everyday pour.
Widow Jane Aged 10 Years
Widow Jane 10 Year is a blend of straight bourbons sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.
This bourbon showcases its age, making it a great choice for those who appreciate oak-forward, higher-aged bourbons.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon is a well-rounded and approachable straight bourbon. It's known for its smoothness and versatility, making it a great choice for both new and seasoned bourbon enthusiasts.
Its value for the price makes it a popular pick for many, whether for sipping neat or using in cocktails.
Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon
Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon is known for its unique flavor profile. While it's aged for just 2 years, the Texas heat accelerates the aging process, resulting in a bourbon with a rich and darker flavor profile.
This bourbon is surprisingly approachable and appealing to those looking for something different.
Chattanooga Whiskey 111 Cask
Chattanooga Whiskey 111 Cask stands out as a unique and full-bodied straight bourbon that offers a distinct flavor experience.
It delivers a rich and unique profile that's distinct from most other bourbons on the market, making it an intriguing choice for enthusiasts.
If you are not a bourbon drinker you may be thinking, "Ice? They need special ice?!" Well, yes and no.
The ice itself is going to be the same as is in any drink but it's the shape of the ice that matters to a bourbon lover. The smaller your ice cubes are, the faster they melt. The faster they melt, the quicker your bourbon gets watered down.
Now, my dad likes a little water in his bourbon, but he also doesn't tend to drink the really good stuff. When you've spent your time and hard-earned money tracking down that beautiful small-batch, aged bourbon you've been after for years, you don't want to the flavor to be diminished by the melting ice. That's why you go for the big cubes or ice balls that will melt super slowly.
No gift guide would be complete without what you need to make proper ice for bourbon on the rocks.
Large Ice Cube Mold
Sphere Ice Mold
This is the perfect gift for a bourbon drinker because it creates large, slow-melting ice spheres that chill the bourbon without diluting it quickly, allowing for a more prolonged sipping experience and preserving the drink's flavor.
Monogrammed Ice Mold
This is for the bourbon drinker who appreciates the finer things in life (or likes to pretend they do while they're sipping bourbon).
This personalized ice mold can be made in a variety of sizes and customized with a monogram, initials, or text.
Whiskey Stones Gift Set
If the whiskey enthusiasts in your life are strongly against watering down their drinks at all, consider these personalized whiskey stones!
They just keep them in the freezer and drop them in their glass of bourbon to chill it without any risk of losing the flavor.
Glasses for Bourbon and Cocktails
Glasses are another important aspect of enjoying a good bourbon. If you are going to spend your money on a good bourbon, you don't want to serve it in just anyone's glass.
These glasses are the ones that Dad can set aside and keep as his own.
Old Fashioned Glass
These Old Fashioned glasses have a classic look and are perfect for the bourbon drinker who likes to serve up their bourbon on the rocks or making an Old Fashioned or Boulevardier cocktail.
Personalized Low-Ball Glasses
These glasses are perfect for bourbon lovers who want their guests to know exactly who's bar this is.
These glasses from Etsy can be customized in a variety of ways on the bottom and the side of the glass.
While traditionally used for champagne, a coupe glass is perfect for cocktails that you're not putting ice in.
Dad will feel like he's on Mad Men while he's sipping a Manhattan out of one of these beautiful glasses.
Obviously a martini glass is not what you would traditionally serve a bourbon drink in, but they look so pretty with an orange twist or a dark Luxardo cherry that we decided to buck tradition.
If you're making an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, you're going to use bitters.
Typically, most bourbon drinkers use Angostura Aromatic bitters, but changing up your bitters makes it taste like a totally different cocktail!
Here are some of our favorite bitters to give a unique flavor to your cocktails.
Blood Orange Bitters
These blood orange bitters give a mild sweetness to a cocktail. They would be perfect to changing up an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.
Aztec Chocolate Bitters
For the adventurous drinker, these Aztec Chocolate Bitters add subtle chocolate and spicy notes to their bourbon cocktails.
Woodford Reserve Bitters Set
This bitters set will let Dad (or whomever your bourbon drinker is) experiment with different flavors and become the true mixologist of the household.
The set include spiced cherry bitters, aromatic bitters, sassafras and sorghum bitters, orange bitters, and chocolate bitters.
Hella Cocktails Bitters Set
This set of bitters has incredibly unique flavors that will elevate your cocktail game.
The set includes not only the standard bitters that every bourbon drinker should have, but also new favorites like ginger bitters and smoked chili bitters.
Bourbon Bar Must-Haves
We want to make sure the bourbon-loving dad in your life has everything he needs to pair with his favorite bourbon to make delicious bourbon drinks.
Read on to make sure he has these bar essentials for his favorite cocktails.
For making Boulevardiers and Manhattans, you'll need sweet vermouth. This makes a great addition to any well-stocked bar.
Also for a Boulevardier, you'll need Campari, an aperitif made with bitters.
For Boulevardiers and Old Fashioneds you'll need an orange curl.
The best tool I've found for making that perfect orange twist is a channel knife like this one and no ultimate gift guide would be complete without it.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to garnishes for Manhattans and Boulevardiers, and I cannot stress this enough, is that bright red maraschino cherries are not real maraschino cherries!
If you're going to make the drink right, you simply can't do it without the right cherries.
The Luxardo maraschino cherry, as far as I'm concerned, is the only maraschino cherry. The texture is like velvet and the flavor just cannot be duplicated.
More Unique Gifts For Bourbon Whiskey Lovers
Whiskey Infusion Kit
This husband and wife team from Atlanta makes packages of dried botanicals like allspice, oak chips, citrus peel, and hibiscus flower so your whiskey drinker can infuse their bourbon to taste just how they want it.
Personalized Whiskey Smoker Kit
This is such a special gift for a bourbon lover. Not only does it come with lowball glasses etched with your favorite guy's name, but it also has a personalized old fashioned smoker that goes right over the glass so they can infuse their bourbon with a smoky flavor.
This quarterly bourbon tasting box includes 1 full-size bottle of must-have whiskey, and well as three 1.7 oz pours of other whiskeys for them to explore!
They're going to love this bourbon club membership.
50 Best Bourbons Scratch Off Poster
This is a unique gift for the bourbon enthusiast who has or wants a bourbon bucket list that they can display with pride.
This would be the perfect bourbon gift to decorate a home bar or man cave with!
Bourbon Barrel Shelf
The beautiful bourbon barrel shelf can be customized with the logo of your bourbon drinker's favorite distillery or brand.
Give the gift of bourbon knowledge with this book that serves as a guide to the great distilleries of Kentucky and Tennessee and tells the storied history of America's favorite whiskey.
Nose Your Bourbon Kit
This bourbon nosing kit is a great gift for the true bourbon lover who wants to become a bourbon expert.
When most of us read the description of a fine bourbon and see things like "cherry undertones with notes of leather," we roll our eyes, right? Well it's all a matter of training you nose and that's exactly what this kit is all about!
Didn't find exactly what you're looking for? Check out our last gift guide for bourbon lovers, which includes bourbons and accessories arranged by price so you can find what you're looking for on any budget.
Happy bourbon drinking!