5 Christmas Ideas for Whiskey Sippers

December 10, 2012

Know someone who is into whiskey? Here are five recommendations for Christmas gifts. Bonus: we've given you a few details so you can prove that you did your research.

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1. Woodford Reserve

A premium Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey made in small batches in Kentucky's smallest and oldest distillery located in Woodford County in central Kentucky. Their artisanal process gives the bourbon its distinct taste and crisp, clean finish.

2. Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Rye

This selection, a double offering, starts with the same spirit – a 100% rye recipe triple distilled in pot stills – which ends up packaged in dual 375ml bottles. One bottle has been matured in new, charred casks making it Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. The other has been matured in a once-used (aged) cask to create whiskey distilled from rye mash. This double release allows the consumer the rare opportunity to experience the different maturation effects that casks conditioned in different ways have on the same spirit.

3. Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey

Single Barrel is matured in the highest reaches of the barrelhouse, where the dramatic changes in temperature cause its color and taste to deepen further. Each barrel is hand-selected for its robust taste and notes of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel.

4. Jack Daniels Holiday Select 2012 Limited Edition

In 2011, Jack Daniels created a new tradition in Lynchburg - a Christmas tree made of 140 whiskey barrels. The tree stands 26 feet tall and is complete with lights, garland and a star on top. The whiskey that was once in those barrels was bottled and became their Holiday Select Limited Edition. The barrel tree and the special edition bottles are back in 2012. Watch the making of the barrel tree here: http://www.jackdaniels.com/history/holiday-barrel-tree

5. W.L. Weller 12 Year Bourbon

A top-notch, wheated bourbon. Great for someone just entering the bourbon world.