10 Best Christmas Whiskey Choices for Festive Cheer

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As the holiday season approaches, the search for the perfect Christmas whiskey to elevate the festive cheer is a delightful tradition for many. Whether you're cozying up by the fireplace or hosting a grand holiday feast, a well-chosen whiskey can be the centerpiece of your celebration. In this article, we'll explore the 10 best Christmas whiskey choices that promise to bring warmth, joy, and a touch of sophistication to your yuletide gatherings.

Key Takeaways

  • A carefully selected Christmas whiskey can enhance the holiday experience, providing warmth and conviviality.
  • The list includes a range of whiskeys, from smooth Irish blends to rich single malts, catering to diverse palates.
  • Each whiskey offers unique tasting notes and characteristics, making them suitable for various holiday occasions and pairings.
  • These whiskeys are not only great for sipping but can also be used to create festive cocktails and infusions.
  • The versatility of whiskey as a gift or a centerpiece for holiday celebrations makes it a timeless choice for Christmas.

1. Jameson

1. Jameson

When it comes to spreading festive cheer, nothing says 'Merry Christmas' quite like a bottle of Jameson. This Irish gem is a go-to for whiskey lovers, offering a smooth sip that's as comforting as a yuletide log fire. For those looking to impress the whiskey aficionado in their life, Jameson Crested Ten is a stellar choice. Full-bodied with soft, delicate sherry undertones, toasted wood, perfectly balanced with fruit, spices, and chocolate, it's a gift that's sure to make them merry.

But why stop at one? Our whiskey collections are brimming with options to suit every palate. From the peaty depths of a good Scotch to the sweet embrace of a fine Bourbon, there's a spirit for every stocking. Here's a quick guide to our top picks:

  • Bourbon: Rich and robust, with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Irish Whiskey: Smooth and mellow, a crowd-pleaser for all occasions.
  • Japanese Whisky: Elegant and refined, for the connoisseur.
  • World Whiskey: Explore global flavors from the comfort of your home.
Remember, the best gifts are those that are shared. A bottle of whiskey is more than just a drink; it's an invitation to create memories, to laugh, and to enjoy the company of loved ones.

Whether you're looking for a rare vintage or a personalized bottle, our collections have you covered. And for those last-minute shoppers, our LS Gift Card is the perfect way to ensure they get exactly what they want. So raise a glass this Christmas and toast to good health, happiness, and a little whiskey-induced cheer!

2. The Macallan

2. The Macallan

When it comes to gifting the connoisseur of fine spirits, The Macallan stands out as a beacon of luxury and tradition. The perfect dram for a Christmas toast, this Highland single malt scotch whisky embodies the festive spirit with its rich flavors and storied past.

For those looking to impress, The Macallan offers a range of aged expressions that are sure to delight any whisky aficionado. While some of the most sought-after bottles, like the 18 Year Old Double Cask and the Classic Cut 2023 Edition, may be sold out, the 12 Year Old Double Cask remains a stellar choice available for purchase at $79.99. It's not just a gift; it's an experience wrapped in amber elegance.

The Macallan's dedication to quality and craftsmanship makes it more than just a whisky; it's a treasure to be savored during the holiday season and beyond.

Here's a quick rundown of The Macallan options for your festive gifting:

  • THE MACALLAN 18 YEAR OLD DOUBLE CASK
  • THE MACALLAN 12 YEAR OLD SHERRY OAK CASK
  • THE MACALLAN CLASSIC CUT 2023 EDITION
  • THE MACALLAN 12 YEAR OLD DOUBLE CASK

Remember, whether you're toasting to the past year or ringing in the new, The Macallan is a gift that speaks volumes of your thoughtfulness and impeccable taste.

3. Woodford Reserve

3. Woodford Reserve

When the holiday season rolls around, the quest for the perfect gift for whiskey aficionados can be as challenging as finding a snowflake that's exactly the same as another. But fear not, for the Woodford Reserve Holiday 2023 Bourbon is here to bring festive cheer and a touch of royal elegance to your Christmas gatherings. With its rich and smooth taste profile, featuring notes of citrus, cinnamon, and cocoa, it's a gift that's sure to make any bourbon lover's spirits bright.

For those looking to explore beyond the Woodford Reserve, our curated selection of holiday spirits is a treasure trove of liquid gold. Here's a peek at the whiskey wishlist that's been making rounds:

  • December 21: Woodford Reserve Historical Batch
  • December 23: Old Forester Private Barrel
  • December 24: BONUS DAY with Weller 107 & Weller Special Reserve

Each bottle tells a story of craftsmanship and tradition, making them more than just a drink, but a memorable experience to share. And for the one who has everything, why not pair their favorite whiskey with a Woodford Reserve Double Oak x Compartes Chocolate Bundle? It's a match made in heaven, or rather, a Kentucky distillery.

In the spirit of giving, let's not forget that the best gifts are those that warm the heart... and the palate. So, whether you're toasting to the end of the year or just enjoying the company of loved ones, make sure your gift is one that pours out joy in every glass.

4. WhistlePig

4. WhistlePig

When the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, it's time to think about what treasures they'll bear. For the whiskey aficionado in your life, nothing says 'Merry Christmas' quite like a bottle of WhistlePig Bespoke Barrel Rye Aged 12 Years. A malt review might mention its pluses and minuses, but rest assured, this is a special occasion sipper that even non-rye drinkers will appreciate.

Our shelves are decked with options for every palate, from the bold and spicy to the smooth and subtle. Consider gifting a Liquor Sampler, the best seller category that includes a variety of spirits, or perhaps a bottle from our Whiskey section, where you'll find the likes of WhistlePig and other esteemed brands.

For those who enjoy a daily countdown to Christmas, why not surprise them with an Adult Advent Calendar? Each day reveals a new delight, such as the Whistle Pig 12-year Old World on December 16th, or the coveted Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof on a day that's sure to be merry and bright.

Remember, the best gifts are not just wrapped in paper, but in the warmth of shared moments and cherished memories.

So whether you're looking for a gift that's ready to be unwrapped or one that offers a journey through the world of fine spirits, our collection is sure to bring festive cheer to any whiskey lover's holiday season.

5. Bulleit

5. Bulleit

When the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, it's time to think about what treasures they'll bear. For the whiskey aficionado in your life, why not consider a gift that pairs the robust flavors of Bulleit bourbon with the rich aroma of a fine cigar? Imagine the look of sheer delight as they discover a pairing that's as perfect as mistletoe and wine.

Bulleit & Camacho American Barrel-Aged Robusto make a match that's as harmonious as carolers on Christmas Eve. This duo is the epitome of festive cheer, with the bourbon's oaky undertones complementing the cigar's complex profile. It's a choice that's as thoughtful as it is flavorful, ensuring a merry moment worth savoring.

For those looking to fill their holiday spirits cabinet, our selection is as varied as the patterns on ugly Christmas sweaters. Here's a peek at what's waiting under the tree:

  • December 14: Michter's 10-Year Rye
  • December 15: Henry McKenna 10 year
  • December 16: Whistle Pig 12-year Old World
  • December 17: Castle & Key Private Barrel
  • ... and many more!

Each bottle tells a story, a narrative steeped in tradition and craftsmanship. Whether they've been naughty or nice, there's a spirit for every taste. So, raise a glass to the season, and let's toast to memories that will warm the heart long after the snow melts.

6. Crown Royal

6. Crown Royal

When the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, it's time to think about what treasures they'll bear. For the whiskey aficionado in your life, nothing says 'Merry Christmas' quite like a bottle of Crown Royal. But why stop at just one? Our selection of Crown Royal XO and XR Canadian Whisky offers a sophisticated twist on the classic gift, with a palate that's a tad more complex than the standard blend, featuring fruit, caramel, and a little oak spice.

If you're looking to truly impress, consider pairing a fine bottle with accessories that enhance the sipping experience. A personalized whiskey glass or a set of whiskey stones might just be the cherries on top of the festive season. And for those who revel in variety, our liquor samplers are the best sellers for a reason. Here's a peek at what's in store:

  • Liquor Samplers (Best Seller)
  • Whiskey
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Tequila
  • Scotch

Remember, the best gifts are not just wrapped in paper, but in thoughtfulness and a touch of humor. So, whether it's a bottle of The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Cask or a playful adult advent calendar, make sure your gift is one that will keep the spirits bright long after the Christmas lights dim.

7. Elijah Craig

7. Elijah Craig

When the holiday season rolls around, the quest for the perfect gift for whiskey aficionados can be as challenging as finding a snowflake that's exactly the same as another. But fear not, for Elijah Craig offers a Toasted Barrel finish that's as unique as it is delightful. The rich tasting notes of toasted barrel—with hints of pekoe tea, new leather, and a warm peach preserves finish—make it a standout choice for those who appreciate the finer sips in life.

For those looking to impress, here's a quick guide to some of the most sought-after bottles that are sure to light up any bourbon lover's Christmas tree:

  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof: Uncut and unfiltered, this bourbon is as pure as the driven snow.
  • Old Forester Single Barrel Rye: A single barrel selection that promises a one-of-a-kind rye experience.
  • Blanton's: The original single barrel bourbon that set the standard for others to follow.
While some of these treasures may be as elusive as Santa's secret workshop, they're worth the chase for that magical moment of gifting bliss.

Remember, the best gifts come not from the size of the box but the thoughtfulness of the selection. So whether you're snagging a bottle of Elijah Craig or any other fine whiskey, you're not just giving a gift; you're creating a memory that will linger long after the last drop has been savored.

8. Four Roses

8. Four Roses

When the holiday season rolls around, the gift of a fine bourbon can warm the heart as much as it warms the belly. Four Roses stands out as a stellar choice, with its bouquet of fruit, floral essence, honey, vanilla, and caramel notes that dance on the palate like sugarplums in a Christmas dream.

For the whiskey aficionado in your life, consider the Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, & St. George Bundle, a premium collection that's only available in the festive month of June. At a special price of $99.99, down from $126.99, it's a steal that even Santa can't resist.

Remember, the best gifts are those that can be savored, shared, and toasted to good health and great company.

If you're plotting a daily surprise for a true connoisseur, why not curate a whiskey advent calendar? Starting with Michter's 10-Year Rye on December 14th and culminating with a bonus day featuring Weller 107 & Weller Special Reserve on Christmas Eve, each day unveils a new treasure.

  • December 14: Michter's 10-Year Rye
  • December 15: Henry McKenna 10 year
  • December 16: Whistle Pig 12-year Old World
  • December 17: Castle & Key Private Barrel
  • ...and so on, until the grand finale with Weller's finest.

This year, let Four Roses be the centerpiece of your holiday cheer, and watch as the faces of your loved ones light up brighter than the star atop the Christmas tree.

9. Glenlivet

9. Glenlivet

When the yuletide season rolls around, the quest for the perfect gift for whiskey aficionados can be as challenging as convincing a teetotaler to take a sip. But fear not, for the Glenlivet stands as a beacon of merriment and sophistication. Boldly venture beyond the bottle and consider pairing this fine spirit with a selection of craft beers, as suggested by enthusiasts who've found joy in such combinations.

For those looking to impress, here's a tip: a well-curated whiskey and beer pairing can elevate the holiday experience to new heights. Imagine the delight of unwrapping a Glenlivet 12 set alongside a collection of handpicked IPAs or imperial stouts. It's a gift that whispers of thoughtfulness and a dash of daring.

While our shelves may currently echo with the 'Sold Out' chorus for some of the most sought-after bottles, the spirit of Christmas ensures that our wishlist feature remains as hopeful as a child on Christmas Eve.

To guide your gifting journey, consider these beloved options that have graced our collection:

  • THE MACALLAN 12 YEAR OLD SHERRY OAK CASK
  • ARDBEG 'TRAIGH BHAN' 19 YEARS OLD
  • THE MACALLAN 18 YEAR OLD DOUBLE CASK
  • BRUICHLADDICH OCTOMORE 14.1 EDITION

Each of these treasures has been the star of many a festive gathering, and while they await their return, let the Glenlivet serve as the centerpiece of your holiday cheer.

10. Michter's 10-Year Rye

10. Michter's 10-Year Rye

As the yuletide season approaches, the quest for the perfect gift for whiskey aficionados becomes as heated as a Kentucky still. Michter's 10-Year Rye stands tall as a beacon of spirited excellence, but why stop there? Our shelves are brimming with options that will make any bourbon lover's heart sing louder than a Christmas carol.

For those who revel in the art of pairing, consider the 'Bonding with Bourbon' experience. Imagine unwrapping a bottle of Michter's alongside a curated selection of fine cigars, echoing the sentiment of Cigar Aficionado's pairing of 16 outstanding Bourbons with cigars. It's a match made in heaven, or rather, a distillery.

In the spirit of giving, don't forget to explore our exclusive range of sold-out sensations. From the robust Old Forester Single Barrel Rye to the venerable Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak Cask, these elusive treasures are the stuff of legends. And for the bold, the Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof offers an uncut and unfiltered journey into the heart of Kentucky's bourbon heritage.

To ensure your gift stands out, here's a tipple of advice:

  • Start with the recipient's taste preference: Rye or Bourbon?
  • Consider the occasion: Is it a celebratory sipper or a fireside companion?
  • Look for limited editions or barrel strengths for that extra special touch.

Remember, whether it's a bottle of the angelic Johnnie Walker King George V or the historic Woodford Reserve, each sip is a story waiting to be told. Cheers to making memories that will last long after the last drop has been savored!

Discover the rich and complex flavors of Michter's 10-Year Rye, a masterpiece of American whiskey craftsmanship. Aged for a full decade, this rye offers a symphony of taste that's both bold and smooth. Don't miss out on the opportunity to add this exquisite spirit to your collection. Visit our website now to secure your bottle and explore our exclusive Whiskey-of-the-Month Clubs for more exceptional finds. Elevate your whiskey experience with us today!

Conclusion: A Toast to the Most Spirited Season!

Well, my festive friends, we've sleighed our way through a blizzard of boozy delights, and it's clear that the Christmas spirit(s) are alive and well! Whether you fancy a Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail to jingle your bells or a Hot Buttered Rum to warm your chestnuts by the open fire, there's a merry concoction for every taste. Remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is sipping whiskey loud for all to hear. So, raise your glasses, toast to good health, and let's clink to a holiday season that's as lit as Rudolph's nose. Cheers to making spirits bright, one delightful dram at a time!

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes these whiskeys a good choice for Christmas?

The selected whiskeys offer a warm, rich, and flavorful profile that complements the festive atmosphere of Christmas. They can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or as part of a holiday cocktail, making them versatile for any celebration.

Can these whiskeys be used in cocktails?

Absolutely! These whiskeys can be the base for a variety of Christmas cocktails, such as the White Christmas Cocktail with RumChata and peppermint schnapps, or the Blizzard Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail, which is perfect for the holiday season.

Are there any special whiskey-related holiday traditions?

Yes, one popular tradition is creating a whiskey advent calendar, where each day leading up to Christmas, a different whiskey can be sampled. It's a fun way to count down the days and enjoy a variety of flavors.

What are some whiskey gift ideas for Christmas?

Consider giving whiskey samplers, personalized whiskey glasses, or a bottle of a special release, like Michter's 10-Year Rye. For a unique touch, you could also gift whiskey-themed Christmas ornaments.

How can I pair whiskey with Christmas meals?

Whiskey pairs well with rich and hearty Christmas dishes. For example, a spiced bourbon complements the flavors of roasted meats and sweet desserts. A rye whiskey with its spicier notes can balance out the sweetness of holiday treats.

Is there a non-alcoholic alternative for those who don't drink whiskey?

Certainly! For non-drinkers, consider offering mocktails that mimic the flavors of classic whiskey drinks, using non-alcoholic spirits or flavored syrups to capture the essence of the holiday spirit without the alcohol.