-->

TOAST's Pick of the Best Whisky Accessories

The best whisky accessories for your home tasting

Forget the fads! Following TOAST's recent guide to hosting your own whisky tasting at home, Sophie Farrah takes a look at some of the very best whisky accessories out there, from designer decanters to rare whisky hampers…



Glasses

The Glencairn, THE Whisky glass

Despite Whisky being one of the world’s most complex spirits there has never been single definitive glass that the whisky world could call its own. Now there is, thanks to Raymond Davidson of Glencairn Crystal who took it upon himself to design a glass specifically for the whisky drinker. A similar shape to a traditional sherry nosing copita that would encourage the user to appreciate the ‘nose’ of the whisky as well as the palate, the Glencairn was born. Now available across the world, it’s the perfect whisky glass, its size and shape accommodating a 35ml pour, whilst allowing for the addition of water but keeping an optimum amount of liquid in contact with air to allow the aromas to develop. A robust, yet delicate style, this the Glencairn will enhance your whisky experience from start to finish.

The Glencairn Official Whisky Glass - Set of 6 is available from Wineare UK priced £23.45 

The Glencairn Official Whisky Glass Set Of 6

Scandi chic

For a splash of Scandi chic - both Eva Solo and Normaan Copenhagen offer up some seriously stylish options; Eva Solo’s statement slanted rim has a bold, contemporary appeal and its shape is specifically designed to enable effective and comfortable tasting from all sides. Normaan Copenhagen’s offering is more minimalist; a wide bottomed glass designed to feel comfortable in the hand, with a narrower rim to intensify flavours and smells. Both are smart options that are not just a pleasure to drink from, but look good on the table too.

Eva Solo, available from Made In Design Individual glass priced at £25 

Normaan Copenhagen, available from Red Candy priced at £29.90 for a set of two

Eva Solo And Normaan Copenhagen

Crystalised

Want something a little more traditional? Opt for Royal Brierley, founded in 1776, the longest established name in English Crystal. Their Tall Bruce glasses are beautifully traditional and feel luxurious. The hand cut crystal gives the glass some serious weight making it feel satisfying and substantial in the hand, whilst the fine fan and diamond cut design is classic and refined. A timeless tumbler.

Dartington Crystal, priced at£45 per glass

Tallbruce Edited 1

Decanters

Decant design

Uber cool London designer Tom Dixon has recently launched his TANK barware range, and it’s very, very cool. The TANK decanter is a definitely showstopper, with its contemporary design and art deco influences. Made from mouth blown clear glass it has hand painted copper detailing on the base inside, and on it’s impressive globe shaped stopper. It looks even more impressive when filled with whisky.

Tom Dixon, Priced at £95 

Tom Dixon TANK 1

Label your tastings

British gift curators Clouds and Currents give the opportunity to personalise a beautifully simple, thick glass decanter by carefully engraving a name or short wording into the wooden stopper. Each stopper is crafted from wood, with a cork fastening and the engraving is modern and unfussy. Each bespoke decanter is made to order, and crafted and finished by hand in their studio in rural Essex. Perfect and unique way of labelling your whisky's so that guests know what they're tasting, or as a personal gift for your whisky tasting host.

Clouds and Currents, priced at £28.50 per decanter

Clouds And Currents 1

The all in one

For a real treat LSA’s gorgeous ISLAY whisky set includes everything you need (apart from the whisky itself!). It includes two tapered tumblers - the perfect shape for nosing and tasting, a stylish water jug (learn about the importance of having water in your whisky here), and a beautiful, heavy-based decanter, all of which have been mouth blown to create their sophisticated shapes. The icing on the cake is the hand-finished walnut accessories – elegant coasters and a hefty base for the decanter - designed to echo the wooden casks used in the whisky ageing process.

LSA ISLAY Whisky set is priced at £150.00

Lsa International Whisky Islay Set Decanter Water Jug Tumblers P1790 4929 Medium

Something Different

Turning Japanese

Trendy gift subscription service Not Another Bill have produced a luxurious Japanese whisky hamper, for the ultimate whisky aficionado. Beautifully presented in a plywood crate, it comes complete with a miniature brass crowbar so that you can crack into your hamper with ease (and fun). Inside you’ll find a bottle of award-winning single malt whisky all the way from the foothills of Mt Tenno in Japan, plus four beautifully unique engraved horn whisky tots – made by the oldest horn manufacturer in the world. It definitely has the whisky wow factor.

Not Another Bill, priced at £175.00

Not Another Bill Japanese Whisky 5

Words of whisky

Like TOAST, The Whisky Exchange have their very own Little Black Book a useful and comprehensive guide to whisky tasting. Inside its smart leather exterior is an overview of the regions of Scotland, notes on how to taste and nose whisky, a history of whisky in quotes, a useful glossary and lots of space for tasting notes too. A clever gift for any whisky lover and the perfect accessory for whisky tasting at home - see Toast’s step by step guide to hosting your very own whisky tasting here

The Whisky Exchange, priced at £9.95

Whisky Exchange Tasting Book 2

Drams to your door

Visit online whisky emporium Master of Malt to create your very own bespoke whisky tasting set, each filled with 5 x 3cl, handmade, wax-sealed drams of your choice. The perfect opportunity to try before you buy. Alternatively, opt for one of their pre-curated sets; Old and Rare, Super Peaty and Extreme Whisky (gulp) are just a few of the tasting collections on offer. Each set will be delivered to your door, complete with full tasting notes to help you to get the most out of each dram.

Master of Malt, Tasting sets start from £24.95

08 23 11 Mastermalt 5


Fancy hosting your own whisky tasting at home? Take Phil Huckle's advice in our Whisky Tasting at Home interview here. 

 
MOBILE
TABLET
LAPTOP
DESKTOP