December 10, 2019
The best holiday gifts for serious American Whiskey fans
The truth is, any Bourbon fan would be delighted to unwrap a bottle of American Whiskey this holiday. While there’s nothing wrong with simply sharing the spirit itself, we’d like to recommend some well-matched “plus-up” items that can help turn a whiskey into the most memorable gift of the season.
Elijah Craig Small Batch + Old Fashioned Kit
The Old Fashioned is a classic whiskey cocktail that brings out the best in your Bourbon. Coupled with a bottle of Angostura bitters and some high-end cherries, you’ll only need ice, an orange peel, and little simple syrup to build an Old Fashioned that lets Elijah Craig’s warm spice and subtle smoke flavor shine.
Evan Williams Single Barrel + Leather Flask
There’s nothing wrong with taking a little Bourbon with you to set the right tone for the evening. A stainless steel hip flask is a timeless solution, and the leather will help keep the chill off during those cold, post-holiday months when a nip of Single Barrel is needed most.
Rittenhouse Rye Whisky + Yarai Mixing Glass & Bar Spoon
The Manhattan cocktail was invented in — you guessed it — New York City in the 19th century, and featured Rye Whisky, the dominant style of the region in that day. Today, bartenders across the U.S. love Rittenhouse Rye in their Manhattans, where the bolder Bottled-in-Bond proof allows the whisky to shine through when combined with other ingredients. A Manhattan should be stirred thoroughly to chill the cocktail and create a clear, heavy texture. A Japanese-style cut crystal mixing glass and professional-level bar spoon do the job perfectly.
Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond + Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans & Mug
Around these parts, the simple combo of Bourbon and strong, black coffee is known as a “Kentucky Coffee,” and it makes a mighty fine way to stay warm during wintertime. Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond’s caramel nose and vanilla-forward profile complement the deep, roasted flavors of coffee. The 100 proof means the Bourbon won’t get lost in the mug.
Henry McKenna Single Barrel + Handmade Leather Coasters
At ten-years-old and a bold 100 proof, a glass of award-winning Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon is best savored simply. These handmade leather coasters from Louisville’s Clayton & Crume make an excellent complement to the full sipping experience. Crafted from full-grain Horween leather, they’ll last a lifetime, and like a fine Bourbon, will only get better with age.
Evan Williams Bourbon + Bourbon-Infused Sweets
Whether you go for the classic Southern Bourbon balls or chewy caramels that play well with the barrel-aged flavors of Bourbon, enjoying something sweet is an excellent way to end a whiskey tasting. Heaven Hill Distillery partners with local producers like Cellar Door Chocolates to create confections that feature our American Whiskey as an essential ingredient that brings big flavor.