Searching for the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift for a Whiskey Lover? This Is Your Answer

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Dorset Crystal Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
Photo: Williams Sonoma

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and if you're gift-searching for a whiskey lover, the best pick doesn't necessarily need to come in a bottle. Quality glassware can have just as big of an impact on a drinking experience, no matter if your Valentine favors smoky bourbons, single-malt Scotches, or hard-to-find Japanese blends.

"The glass one drinks whiskey from is a very personal thing," whiskey expert and Laws Whiskey House founder Al Laws told Food & Wine. "It needs to respect the whiskey as well as convey something to the imbiber."

Unsurprisingly, different styles of whiskey call for different types of glasses, Laws explained. And if you or your loved one is a fan of American whiskey—think bold bourbons, robust ryes, and complex wheat whiskey—you need a rocks glass.

Dorset Crystal Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Dorset Crystal Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

To buy: $16 (originally $20) at williams-sonoma.com

"Here there is no substitute for a straight sided rocks glass with a very heavy bottom," he said. "Nothing fancy. You don't need help coaxing a nose out of a properly made bourbon, you just need a substantial glass that can take a solid pour. A glass that respects the whiskey."

Law's go-to is the Dorset Crystal Double Old Fashioned Glasses, which features a heavy bottom that feels substantial in the hand. It's crafted of lead-free crystal and features hand-cut flutes that make its contents literally sparkle. And while the glasses are sturdy, don't run the risk of putting them in your dishwasher; just clean them by hand.

Right now is also a very good time to add a glass (or an entire set) to your cart. Williams Sonoma has marked down its wide section of barware by an extra 20% off. You can get Laws' favorite glass for just $16 (originally $20) or a set of four for $64 (originally $80). And if you're looking for more Valentine's Day inspiration, the kitchen store also has an entire collection of sweet gifts, including flowers, candy, and cookware on sale.

The wide world of whiskey might be beautifully complex, but finding the perfect gift for whiskey drinkers doesn't have to be. Add this pro-approved pick to your cart while it's still on sale.

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