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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Whisky Lovers

All right, guys and gals. It’s around the corner, and flowers and chocolates aren’t going to cut it.

For the whisky-lover in your life, we’ve got three can’t-miss gift picks. And if your beloved isn’t already a whisky-lover, these should make one out of them.

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Tasting Collection

Three core offerings from one our favorite Islay distilleries, and one of our favorite distilleries, period. This tasting pack includes 200 ml bottles of Bruichladdich’s Classic Laddie, Islay Barley, and Port Charlotte Scottish Barley. A great introduction to the one of the most interesting distilleries out there, and a great preview for a row of exciting Spring 2017 releases coming from Bruichladdich’s new head distiller Adam Hannett. (More on both soon.)

Available at most well-stocked retailers who carry Bruichladdich, and online here.

Benromach Tripack Gift Set

Are you noticing a theme here? Benromach is a tiny Speyside distillery owned by Gordon & MacPhail, making “1960s style” (very lightly peated) malts that for me are old-school in all the best ways. This gift set has 200 ml bottles of their flagship 10-year-old single malt, their Peat Smoke, and their Organic bottling. (Our reviews here.)

This may be the trickiest of our picks to find, but if you happen to be in the L.A. area, they’re frequently carried by our friends at Bar Keeper in the Silverlake neighborhood.

Glenmorangie Collection Gift Pack

Last but not least, a fine introduction and/or refresher from a staple distillery for any single malt-lover: Glenmorangie. This pack has 100 ml bottles of four core offerings from the honeyed Highlander: the Original, the LaSanta, the Quinta Ruban, and the Nectar D’Or. For those who like the sweeter side.

Widely available at better liquor stores.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours, friends! Slàinte! – BO


Whiskey Gifts for Father’s Day

Best Father’s Day gifts for a whisk(e)y-loving Dad? We’ve got you covered.

1. Barrell Bourbon “Dad” Single Barrel Bourbon

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Our friends at Mash + Grape have worked with Barrell Bourbon founder Joe Beatrice for an exclusive Father’s Day release of one of Joe’s brilliant cask strength bourbons (which have won Double Golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, among a raft of other awards). This one’s an 8.5-year-old, 61.3% ABV knockout. Leads with vanilla and buttery corn bread, then adds caramel and cinnamon, before a long, lush, spicy finish.

$99 online at Mash + Grape–order by June 7 for guaranteed Father’s Day shipping. And make sure Dad knows how to share.

2. Personalized Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye was the surprise pick for Jim Murray’s 2016 World Whiskey of the Year, and whatever the controversy, it’s a masterful blend, and the latest of several recent releases that are changing enthusiasts’ minds about Canadian whisky.

Grab Dad a bottle, then use offer code CROWNFATHERS at Crown Royal’s online store for a free personalized embroidered gift bag to go with it.

3. A Trio of Brilliant Whiskey Books


Dad will love any one–or all three–of our personal favorites:

  1. Our friend Mark Bylok’s The Whisky Cabinet is an incredibly friendly introduction to the varieties, regions, distilleries, and culture of our favorite spirit–and the format makes it a great coffee table book.
  2. Reid Mitenbuler’s Bourbon Empire is for the history/politics/economics buff, a story of American capitalism told through our native spirit that also manages to be a blazing fast read.
  3. And Lew Bryson’s Tasting Whisky is a great all-around primer, in-depth without being overwhelming, the real “whiskey bible” in my book.

(No offense to Jim Murray, whose annual Whiskey Bible is an excellent reference, if Dad’s ready to go in-depth.)

Axis & Huckberry Holiday Gift Guide – and Giveaway!

Looking for a the perfect holiday gift for the whisk(e)y, spirits, or cocktail lover in your life? Axis and Huckberry have got you covered.

Check out these 15 brilliant gifts we hand-picked from Huckberry’s Libations Shop.

With any item you order between now and Dec. 18, you’ll be automatically entered in Huckberry’s Golden Ticket giveaway for that day–the Dec. 8 prize was a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year-Old Bourbon!

Gift time! Mashbox Quarterly Craft Spirits Club

Holiday gift time! We’ve got a bunch of great gift suggestions coming up over the next few weeks, but this is a particularly fun place to start.

Since the explosion of U.S. wine connoisseur culture in the 1990s, we’ve seen every possible variety of wine-of-the-month club–but never an equivalent for craft spirits, in spite of the boom that’s led to 600+ microdistillers in the U.S. today. The main reason was the notorious complexity of U.S. laws regarding spirits producing, distributing, and retailing.

Good news: our friends at Mash & Grape in NYC have cracked the code. Just in time for the holidays, they’ve launched the Mashbox, a very cool quarterly craft spirits club for whiskey/spirits/cocktail lovers–with a sweet discount for friends of the Axis (discount code: AXISOFWHISKY).

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You get three delicious spirits to sample each quarter from a range of serious U.S. craft distillers–you can expect a whiskey, a white liquor, and a wildcard–along with info cards and discounts on full bottle purchases direct from Mash & Grape online.

It’s a great value at $28/quarter or $99/year–especially when you use your Friend of the Axis discount for $10 off EITHER the quarterly or yearly subscription with discount code AXISOFWHISKY.

Check it out at preorder.mashboxclub.com. And hey, isn’t it about time you treated yourself to a little something?

Cheers, friends! -BO