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