Top 10 spirits gifts for Valentine’s DayBy Melita Kiely
If you’re looking for alternative gifts from the traditional flowers and chocolates this, this list of the top 10 spirits gifts for Valentine’s Day might be just what you’re looking for.
While many embrace the over-the-top romance that comes with 14 February, others admittedly prefer to keep the cheese-factor to a minimum.
So to cater for your every need, we’ve compiled a list of spirits gifts that should put you in good stead this weekend.
Whether you’re searching for something with a personal touch for your Scotch loving partner, or to broaden your rum knowledge through a series of tastings, there are all manner of alternative Valentine’s Day presents on the market.
And even if you’ve planned a romantic day out, there’s no excuse why you can’t have your cocktails on-the-go.
Flick through the following pages to see our round-up of the Top 10 spirits gifts for Valentine’s Day.
If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments below.
Alternatively, if you’re seeking some cocktail suggestions then this list of perfect cocktails for Valentine’s Day should sort you out.
Handmade Cocktail Company Negroni cocktail
Bottled cocktails are taking the spirits industry by storm right now, and coupled with a clear trend for bitter flavours, it makes this ready-to-drink Negroni a well thought out present.
The Handmade Cocktail Company’s 2014 Negroni is made from a blend of English copper potstill gin, sweet vermouth and bitter aperitif to create a “supreme ready-to-drink cocktail”.
All that needs doing to create a perfect Valentine’s Day tipple is pour over ice, stir and garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
Master of Malt Personalised Scotch whisky
There’s nothing quite like being able to add a personal touch to a gift for a loved one, making this personalised bottle perfect for whisky fans.
From Islay Single Malt or a 15 Year Old Liqueur to Speyside Single Malt, simply select your chosen Scotch whisky and add your message to the label.
A presentation box, gift wrapping, a gift card and even a whisky tasting glass are all offered as extras when you checkout.
Plus, if you’re a last minute buyer, you’ll be sure to get your gift on time with next day delivery.
Price: From £47.90 to £529.90
Thornton’s Chocolate Liqueur
This Thornton’s Chocolate Liqueur makes an interesting alternative from the your traditional box of chocolates.
Described as “smooth and deliciously decadent”, this creation is perfect for dessert-style cocktails or as recommended by The Whisky Exchange, as an ice cream topping or in hot chocolates.
Haig Club gift box
Retired football star David Beckham has certainly made a name for himself in the whisky-world with Haig Club.
Especially for Valentine’s Day, the single grain Scotch is available in a gift pack with a free tumbler, plus, the option to have your loved one’s name engraved onto the iconic blue bottle.
Bluegrass Barrel Personalised 2 Litre Whiskey Barrel
For the whisky aficionado in your life, this personalised DIY whiskey ageing kit makes a fantastic alternative to traditional Valentine’s gifts.
Bluegrass barrels are crafted from American white oak with a medium char, and come complete with a stand, a bung, a spigot and handling directions.
For a personalised Valentine’s Day touch, you can have your barrel engraved with a unique message.
Spencerfield Spirit Edinburgh Valentine’s Gin
Those with a partner who has a penchant for gin should take note of the latest limited edition offering from Spencerfield Spirit – Edinburgh Valentine’s Gin.
Created in partnership with Heriot-Watt University, the release is made macerated rose petals and hibiscus to give a pink tint.
Other botanicals include juniper, camomile, lemon balm, lemongrass, as well as the brand’s “signature Scottish botanicals”.
Just 300 bottles are available form the distillery shop in Edinburgh in either 200ml or 700ml bottles.
Price: £15 (200ml) or £35 (700ml)
Whisky Tasting Company Valentine’s Whisky Gift Set
This Valentine’s whisky gift set is ideal for whisky aficionados and those looking to expand their knowledge alike.
Presented in a sleek black box, the five whiskies enclosed offer insight into the regional differences of single malt whisky.
Each 30ml expression is accompanied by a tasting card, plus the set comes with a whisky tasting mat depicting a landscape or distillery scene.
Hine Rare VSOP Cognac & Two Glasses Pack
Made for sharing, this gift pack contains a 700ml bottle of Hine VSOP plus two bandy glasses.
The Cognac is described as approachable, smooth and fruity, with a hint of spices, making it suitable for both Congac connoisseurs and novices.
Tipplesworth Apple & Elderflower Martini Cocktail Case
If you’re feeling optimistic about the weather and are planning a day out this Valentine’s, then this vintage-style Martini suitcase could make the perfect piece of hand luggage.
Inside you’ll find all the necessary ingredients to whip up Apple and Elderflower Martinis, including a 500ml bottle of Chase Vodka, Chase Elderflower Liqueur, King’s Orchard Cox Apple Juice, plus a Boston shaker, hawthorn strainer, jigger and a pair of coupettes.
Drinks by the Dram premium Rum Tasting Set
Five 30ml rum samples comprise this special Valentine’s Day gift suggestion from Master of Malt.
The contents are subject to change, but whichever drams end up in your box will be “utterly divine” we’ve been assured.
Rums featured include Westerhall Vintage Rum, Gosling’s Family Reserve and Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old.