2016 Bourbon Scout Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays!!!! 

Our last Holiday Gift Guide was one of our most popular posts of 2015. We're back with more recommendations on what to buy the Bourbon Lover in your life. If you have any questions, please send us an email at bourbonscout@gmail.com. We'd be happy to answer them or provide more recommendations. There are so many options.

The list is ranked from cheapest ($0) to most expensive ($500).

1. Maker's Mark Ambassador Program


Maker's Mark is one of America's most historic and consistent distilleries. Their customer appreciation program is second to none. Sign up your Bourbon Loved One at www.makersmark.com/ambassadors and they can expect cool Christmastime swag each November, like the "bottle mistletoe" above and their name on a barrel of Maker's Mark in Loretto, Kentucky. And it's free!


2. Canned booze/Cocktail in a Can

I am very impressed with the packaging on the 84 proof Slow & Low "Rock and Rye" cocktail in a can. At $4/each, it's a no brainer for camping, tailgates, or drinking at work. It's a tad sweet, but if you pour it over the rocks and add more rye, it's spot on. $4!

3. Customized Cigars

For about $7/stick, Custom Tobacco will print custom labels and wrap them around decent smokes. They even have a Santa Claus wrapper. Booze not included.

4. Stanley Shot Glass Set

For the adventurous drinker. Rust-free. Clips to a pack. Check it out here. $16.

5. Barrel Stave Bottle Opener

You can find them for cheap on etsy.com, whiskeybytheglass.com, and several distillery gift shop websites. $25-$50.

6. Nuance Cocktail Shaker

Best cocktail shaker ever. $50.

7. Bourbon Book(s)

Check out this list from our blogging buddies at Bourbon & Banter. And be on the look out for my book about military veterans in the whiskey industry next winter. More to follow.

8. Norlan Whiskey Glass

The Norlan Whiskey Glass is a crowd sourced invention- a featherweight, double-walled Glencairn-like glass wrapped in a rocks glass. If the price comes down a bit, it may start to really compete with the Glencairn. It's that cool. $48/pair.

9. Bourbon Bottle Lamp

Check out www.gorobco.com out of Georgia. Nice guy and solid products. $75.

10. Custom Mini Bourbon Barrels

These little barrels are fun for cocktail tinkerers and can be customized with names, college logos, etc. We've used ours several times to age moonshine (fail), bourbon, wine, and cocktails. We like www.bluegrassbarrels.com. $75.


11. Bar Knife

For the bartender or wannabe bartender, this R. Murphy bar knife by Jackson Cannon is the best. $79.

12. Orvis Battenkill Bottle Bag

For the bourbon lover that has everything; or the fisherman that needs to take the edge off. Orvis is awesome. $89.

13. Heritage Flag Co. Barrel Stave Flag

Earlier this year, we visited the Heritage Flag Co. in Southern Pines, NC. For the holiday season, the company released a smaller flag, known as "The Cask." At $99, it's a great gift...and they can make them much larger. $99-$899 (for the hand carved "Double Barrel"). 

14. Pappy & Co cutting board

We love this cutting board! Super simple/solid. 

15. Wintersmith's Ice Ball Makers

Wintersmith's has perfected and mass-produced clear ice balls. Simple molds are obviously cheaper and work pretty well, but Wintersmith's is the next step up. You can snag a single ice ball maker for $79 or the "ice chest" (four ball maker) for $129. Pictured is the ice storage tube, which is $12. 

16. Barrel Stave Kentucky Flag

Maker's Mark sells this beautiful Kentucky flag for $500 here. For additional and more affordable options, check out Bourbon Barrel Rehab

17. Home Bar

Priceless.