It’ll be here before you know it. So if you’re in need of a few ideas on what to give (or in some cases, what to put on your own list) this year, this is the place to be for the next couple weeks. Our annual 12 days of Dappered covers one item each week-day between now and December 11th. That’ll leave some time for shipping if you’re the last minute type. All will be reasonably affordable. See the growing archive here.
A flask is a total luxury. Good for tailgates, cheesy municipal tree lightings, and twilight walks with the dog. By giving not just the container, but something to go in it, you’ll achieve maximum gift-giving success. Potential partners are below. Add yours in the comments. And know your municipality’s open container laws…
That flask is 12 oz. Good grief. So go easy. Made in the USA, unpretentious, great looking. That’s a perfect match for Wathen’s Bourbon. Sweet, rich, and stunningly easy for 94 proof (and therefore, very easy to get in trouble with). You have to love the “new website coming 01.01.10” note on their homepage. Screw the web, concentrate on the bourbon. Nothing wrong there in the least.
Allen Edmonds, meet Angels Envy. Sneaky good on both sides. The Allen Edmonds calfskin wrapped flask is made here in the USA, ships free, and is on sale for $40. The Angel’s Envy bourbon sneaks in some ripe fruit flavor thanks to it being finished in port wine barrels.
Did a “gifts for guys” twitter party yesterday, and by coincidence the Lands’ End Houndstooth Tweed Flask came up. It’s cheap, it’s got that Scottish looking houndstooth nubby thing going for it, and the leather accents are nice. Hang out for a 30% + free shipping no min. sale and it could get awfully inexpensive. Meanwhile, Auchentoschan is about as accessible as single-malt gets. You don’t have to love Scotch to love Auchentoschan. A little sweeter than most. Plenty clean. Good price. (Also a good flask match: That TH blackwatch plaid one.)
Mulhollad Sportsman Flask – $80 | Zirbenz Stone Pine Liquor – $27 – $33
So you’re snowshoeing through the alps with some lovely Fräulein, when the two of you stop to take in some water and share a crisp, warming, reddish gin-like liquor made from Austrian Stone Pine fruit. Totally could happen. This would be the flask for that scenario. And the liquor? It’s… interesting.
J. Crew Factory – $14.50 – $29.50 | Old Crow – Not much $$$
Cheapness all around! Our tech correspondent Paul is a fan of the wise blackbird. Meanwhile, our official bartender says: “Old Crow… you could do worse. Not much worse, but you could do worse.” C’mon now. It’s a great base bourbon to try infusing with. Apricots & honey, orange peel, cloves, and dried figs… let a combination steep in the booze for a week or two, strain, and out comes something completely different… and better. A bit more on the infusing thing over here.
The insane combo: Tiffany Sterling – $900 | Appleton Estate 50 Year Old rum – $5,000
“Any last requests?” “Oh you bet. You got a pen? You’ll want to write this down.”
Any other leads on flasks? Got a favorite spirit worth a mention? Leave it all below. Top Photo: Pewter English Made flask via Lone Madrone’s tasting room.