As previously discussed here, whisky stones are a great way to chill your scotch without the risk of diluting the drink. These stones are simply cubes of flavorless, odorless, non-porous soapstone that can chill your liquor without diluting it or affecting its taste.
My favorite map is "The Malt Whisky Map of Scotland". It is a full-color relief map of Scotland's whisky landscape with regional tasting notes, distillery profiles and an index of lost distilleries.
This award-winning Glenacrin Glass is by far the best glass from which to drink scotch from. The glass itself is very sturdy, and the tapering mouth concentrates aromas excellently and allows for ease of drinking not associated with traditional nosing glasses. Its wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the whisky's color, and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand.
You can purchase the glass from Amazon by clicking here. The average price appears to be approximately $12 - $13.
The Glencarin site itself is very slick, and has a nice 30 second animated sequence on how to appreciate whisky. You should check it out!
Even though I personally don't use a decanter to store or serve my scotch, few can deny that a well-made, exquisite decanter can be very impressive to serve from when having a party or just entertaining a few guests. It simply oozes class and sophistication, qualities which scotch embodies. As an extra personal touch, you can consider an option to personalize your decanter with an engravement on the glass.
When shopping for a decanter, look for a great quality manufacturer who is using high-quality materials. Shape doesn't really matter, it comes down to individual preferences.
5) Michael Jackson's Books
No, not the singer. Michael Jackson is the world's bestselling writer on the subjects of whisky and beer, and is the most respected scotch writer in the business. His book: "Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide ", is considered a must read for any scotch enthusiast.
What is the local climate and geography of the distillery? What the kind of grain is used, and how is it prepared for fermenting? What is the shape of the still? What kind of oak is used for the cask, and how long is the whiskey aged? Jackson's collection of essays and photographs will teach newbies how to answer all of these questions, but it will gratify the most obsessive enthusiasts as well. Every step of the process gets its own explanation, and there are even essays on food pairings and cocktail recipes.
6) Whisky Flask
This one should need no explanation. For the scotch lovers constantly on the go! Click here to check out the selection.
7) Scotch-Theme Coasters
Every glass of scotch need a coaster to set down on so that the glass won't mar the furniture. There are tons of designs out there catering to all the different preferences.
This is it! I hope that this list helps you get through your holiday shopping without breaking a sweat. And if you are are scotch drinker and want to drop some hints your family members or friends, just send them the link to this page and cross your fingers!