Top 10 Best Whiskeys to Give as a Gift

Looking for the perfect whiskey to give as a gift? Whether it’s for a whiskey aficionado or someone just starting their journey into the world of spirits, selecting the right bottle can make a lasting impression. In this article, we present the top 10 best whiskeys to give as a gift, carefully curated to cater to various tastes and budgets.

From rich and complex single malts to smooth and versatile bourbons, this selection offers something for every whiskey lover. Get ready to discover remarkable expressions that will leave a lasting impression on your recipient. And may we also recommend that you suggest they download the Abov App to enhance their whiskey experience 😉

Still can’t decide? Check out our Whiskey Essentials Box which contains 5 of the most famous and popular styles of whiskey. Truly it has something for everyone!

So without further ado, let’s explore the best whiskeys to elevate your gifting game.

10. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Starting off the list, we head to Kentucky with a classic bourbon distillery, Four Roses. We recommend the Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, as you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck over the standard Four Roses Expressions.

While the concept of “single barrels” has exploded in the American whiskey world, Four Roses has quietly been bottling up the contents of one barrel (as opposed to blending many barrels into a batch) for years and as such, are better at it than most.

Talisker 10 Year Old is well peated single malt Scotch emblematic of Islay whiskies; however this one is actually from the Isle of Skye. This bottle is quite accessible in both availability and price point, so may be a good gift for someone looking to step their way into Islay and Islay-adjacent whiskies before moving to more rare and expensive bottles

The flavor profile of the Talisker is a bit less smokey and a bit more “maritime” with notes of sea air, sea salt, and spice that makes this a uniquely delicious dram.

Maker’s Mark bourbon falls at number 8 on our list of the Top 10 Best Whiskeys to Give as a Gift. Both it’s unique bottle presentation and sweet flavor make it a great gift.

While some whiskey purists only care about the juice inside, you can’t deny the way the classic paper label and red wax dip of Maker’s Mark stands out on a bar shelf.

Not to mention the flavor; the high winter wheat content that Maker’s Mark pioneered gives this bourbon a soft, velvety sweetness that makes it a great intro to whiskey.

If that special someone you are shopping for is a regular Kentucky gentleman or a southern belle, pick up a bottle of Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon. This is a quintessential bourbon, produced by the Brown-Forman Distillery.

Woodford Reserve certainly isn’t flashy or trendy, but there is a reason it’s the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. It is a well balanced blend of oak, vanilla, and caramel that will make any bourbon drinker smile, but also entice those less familiar with the taste of bourbon.

For the intense, bold, extreme person you are buying a gift for, grab a bottle of Lagavulin 16 Year Old. Not only does it pack a flavorful peaty punch, but it’s consistently one of the most popular bottles in the Abov App.

Peated whiskeys achieve a smoky, fiery, earthy flavor from the process used to dry the barley before distillation. While they are well loved by fans, this style certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.

Next on our list of the Top 10 Best Whiskeys to Give as a Gift, we travel to Ireland for the classic Redbreast 12 Year Old. This bottle is perfect for those whiskey drinkers who are interested in exploring Irish Whiskey, or just like a sweeter style of whiskey in general.

Other bottlings from Redbreast have topped our list of best Irish Whiskeys recently, and the 12 year is the perfect place to get started. 

When considering the Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood as a gift, one can be confident that it offers a delightful sensory experience, showcases traditional craftsmanship, and carries the prestige of a respected distillery.

Whether the recipient is a seasoned whiskey enthusiast or an individual exploring the world of single malts, this expression is sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.

From Scotland to Japan, a bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony is perfect for that loved one who likes to try something different. Although Japanese Whisky borrows heavily from the traditional Scotch style, like most things in Japan, it is wholly unique.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony is all about subtle, delicate balance. Floral fruits give way to light chocolate and oak. Paired with a beautiful bottle design, this unique dram is a great entryway to the Japanese style.

Looking for a whiskey to give as a gift for someone who loves the classics? Look no further than a bottle of the Glenfiddich 18 Year Old. The balance of age and grain create a single malt Scotch tha is sophisticated yet approachable, making this a great choice for whiskey connoisseurs and less experienced drinkers alike.

With notes of oak, dried fruits, spice, and a hint of smoke, this timeless bottle will surely score you lots of points when it is opened up by the recipient.

For the distinguished, elegant, and luxury-loving special someone in your life, you cannot go wrong with a bottle of Macallan 18 Year Old. The world-renowned Macallan Distillery has been producing highly sought after, sherry cask aged Scotches for almost 200 years.

A refined drinking experience, Macallan bottles are perfect for the James Bonds, Jay Gatsbys, or Olivia Popes you know that appreciate the finer things.

Still don’t see anything that fits the bill for that special person in your life? Well we have you covered with our Whiskey Essentials Box. It’s like giving 6 bottles at once!

With 5 unique and famous styles of whiskey, there’s something for everyone. We even threw in an additional premium pot still bourbon for those with a taste for the finer things.

The box also includes a flavor wheel to assist in tasting all the hard to define flavors that a good whiskey can offer.

In conclusion, selecting the perfect whiskey as a gift can be a daunting task, given the vast array of options available. However, with our expertly curated list of the Top 10 Best Whiskeys to Give as a Gift, you can confidently choose a bottle that will impress any whiskey enthusiast. From renowned distilleries to unique flavor profiles, these selections showcase the best that the whiskey world has to offer.

Remember, a well-chosen whiskey gift is not just a gesture; it’s an experience! Whether you opt for a peaty Scotch, a smooth bourbon, or a rare limited edition, the thought and care put into selecting the right bottle will be appreciated by the recipient. So, take your gifting game to the next level and make a lasting impression with one of these exceptional whiskeys. You can also complete the gift package with a nice set of whiskey glasses to go along with the delicious whiskey you selected.

So, go ahead and explore our top 10 best whiskeys to give as a gift. Elevate your gifting experience and leave a lasting impression with a remarkable bottle of whiskey that will be savored and celebrated. Cheers to the joy of giving and the pleasure of exceptional whiskey!


  • My colleague is looking for alcohol that he could share with his in-laws when they pay him a visit. I like how you explained that different varieties of whiskey give out several flavors! I should talk to him about finding a store where he could buy these someday!

    • Glad you found this helpful! If you’re looking for a store that (usually) has these in stock, we can recommend our good friends at Caskers as they can ship most places in the US.

  • Love the top 10 listing
    Of the 10 I have only painted 2 bottles/ brands Makers and Woodford. My printers would make a great gift to go with them!


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