Liquor gifts: what bottle to buy someone based on their favorite brand

Dickel Single Barrel liquor giftsAlcohol is the gift that never gets returned. Why? There’s something for everyone! That and the liquor store would look at you like a nutcase if you tried to return a random bottle. I’ve put together a list liquor gifts to buy people based on their typical drinking habits. Almost every brand has a premium option now, but I didn’t want to just say “If he drinks Jack, get him Jack Single Barrel.” While that certainly a good idea, you don’t need Boozist to tell you that. There are a few instances like that below in cases when most people don’t know that the higher end exists. Regardless of which you choose, all of these liquor gifts will put a smile on someones face.

Jack Daniels Old No. 9: → George Dickel Barrel Select
There are plenty of great Jack options, including one further down, but it’s nice to expand their horizon with another Tennessee whiskey.

Jim Beam White Label → Booker’s
Probaby the last year you can afford to give Bookers as a gift, so make it count.

Wild Turkey → Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
Introducing someone to the Russell’s Reserve line is the greatest gift you could give. 10 Year is a great option as well for $25 less if you don’t want to spring for Single Barrel.

Maker’s Mark → Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
Here’s the exception to avoiding the standard upsell. MM Cask Strength is a huge jump from standard, and it’s so damn good.

Craft bourbon → Detroit City Distillery Butcher’s Cut Bourbon
Semi-crowd sourced bourbon, made in Detroit from local ingredients. At the distillery only for now.

Highland Park has the best Fire & Ice combo since Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy.

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Highland Park Ice → Highland Park Fire
Fire & Ice is like Al and Peggy Bundy… you can’t have one without the other. You have to round out the collection.

Smokey scotch → Laphroaig Lore
A peat monster at its core but complexity that goes far beyond just smoke.

Not smokey scotch → Macallan Rare Cask
One of the smoothest scotches on the planet gets even smoother. Somehow. I don’t even get it.

Crown Royal → Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend
Canadian whiskey is supposed to taste like rye but it rarely does. This edition launched in 2014 definitely gets the job done.

Jameson → Tullamore DEW Trilogy
Jamo has some great aged products, but you occasionally have to branch out for liquor gifts, like with this 15 year old Irish whiskey.

Dave Weglarz StilL 630 DoubleBarrel Rally Point Rye

Craft rye whiskey → StilL 630 Double Barrel Rally Point Rye
Dave is a friend of mine and he makes great whiskey. This one happened to be named best in class (for all whiskey) in 2016.

Bacardi Rum → Privateer Silver Reserve
Privateer does it all the right way, and this might be the first clear rum you ever want to sit around and sip.

Captain Morgan → Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum
I’ll buy anything with cajun in front of it, and this was one time that it truly paid off.

Beefeater Gin → Ford’s Gin
It’s a classic gin… just better. Quite possibly the perfect spirit for martinis but just stellar mixed with tonic.

Hendrick’s Gin → Revivalist Botanical Gins Solstice Expression
Perfect winter warmer for people who don’t like the taste of pine tree in their gin.

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Absinthe → Copper & King’s Absinthe Blanche
Sip it with the whole absinth rigamarole or use it in a Sazerac. Even more adventurous? Try Copper & King’s vapor distilled options.

Vodka (any of them) → Barr Hill Vodka
Vodkas don’t usually make for unique or interesting liquor gifts, but this one made from 100% honey pulls it off.

Don Julio Tequila → Don Julio 1942
Move from shots and cocktails to a truly sipping tequila. You’ll struggle to look back.

Barrel-aged beer → New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon
Whiskey comes full circle by aging in barrels that were used to Dragon’s Milk age beer.

Split-base cocktails → Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye
This whiskey is so good it ruined my signature cocktail move.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Be sure they sip from your liquor gifts while watching Nick Offerman sit by a yule log.

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