Having a whiskey blog led to a nice trend this holiday season - whiskey-inspired gifts. I guess in a way, a whiskey blog could be considered a wish list - not only for the whiskey itself, but also for whiskey accessories (yes - they exist!).
One couple searched my blog to figure out which bottle of Scotch to give me and decided on a Lagavulin 16-year. Well-played. My mom sent me a pair of tasting glasses from the Washington distillery we visited as a stocking stuffer. Those have already been put to good use with the Lagavulin.
And then there are the "whiskey cubes," a form of ice cube that doesn't melt, so you can keep your whiskey cold without watering it down. I think these would be especially nice in a cocktail since I usually like my whiskey warm (and despite the name, I think they would be a good way to chill some white wine). I got two different kinds of those - one called Teroforma Whiskey Stones made out of soapstones. Despite days in the freezer, they don't exactly ice down a drink - they are really lukewarm ice. The others - a set of Skybar Whiskey Chill Cubes did seem to chill it down more. I'll have to test them out in some wine.
The most unique gift was from my brother, who is into woodworking and made me a two-person whiskey drinking stand with room for the whiskey and a couple of glasses. Or if it's a party of one, it actually holds one glass and two whiskies. Elmer was my grandpa, so I'll tip back a glass in honor of him and toast the new year.