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xzjn9p
05-10-2007, 10:29
Hi I'm getting married in a few months and I like to give my groomsmen a nice gift of bourbon. I'm not a complete noob. My buddy and I took a pilgrimage to about 6 distilleries in KY a few years ago so I know a little. That said I would like some suggestions. Ideally it would be something special but nothing too crazy expensive (ie. $100). Maybe a few options in the $30-50 range but I'm willing to go higher.

At first I wanted to get some custom labels made. I know knob creek and WT RR have that option, but I didn't want to limit myself.

I generally drink Maker's but I haven't tried a whole lot of varieties. WT has some symbolic meaning because myself and 2 of my groomsmen went to Virginia Tech. (Turkey ~ hokie bird)

Anyway thanks for the help.

Gillman
05-10-2007, 11:09
I don't know about private labels, but for high quality and great value, I recommend Elijah Craig 12 years old.

Gary

Vange
05-10-2007, 11:29
I think the personalized label on a bourbon would be very cool as a groomsmen gift. Although I might prefer a bottle of Pappy 20 with no personalization!

jwrussell
05-10-2007, 11:36
Are the groomsmen Bourbon people...I mean would they appreciate something really nice? If you aren't sure or the answer is no then I'd just go with the personalized lable idea.

Honestly, it sounds to me like you've answered your own question. Personalized lable of the WT RR sounds like it would be just about perfect in your situation...

xzjn9p
05-10-2007, 13:00
Are the groomsmen Bourbon people...I mean would they appreciate something really nice? If you aren't sure or the answer is no then I'd just go with the personalized lable idea.

Honestly, it sounds to me like you've answered your own question. Personalized lable of the WT RR sounds like it would be just about perfect in your situation...


one of them is a bourbon guy. Not so much the others, but none of them would turn it down. I think the WT RR is a good choice but wouldn't mind something a little nicer.

I was perusing my Binny's this morning and was looking at the Elijah Craig.

luv2hunt
05-10-2007, 13:22
I know the guys will sneer at me for saying this, but Elijah Craig has a love it or hate it following. Don't do it. Pick a different one!

Personally, I'd get a wild turkey product OR VanWinkle Lot B. Make your own gold stickers and put them on! OR.....since you like Makers Mark, get the gold bottles, send in the information for the personal label and WALA! You're good to go :) OR.....you could even give them a nice set of bourbon glasses and have your names and wedding date etched in the glass......

OK.....I'm done now!

Dawn

barturtle
05-10-2007, 13:57
I know the guys will sneer at me for saying this, but Elijah Craig has a love it or hate it following. Don't do it. Pick a different one!

Personally, I'd get a wild turkey product OR VanWinkle Lot B. Make your own gold stickers and put them on! OR.....since you like Makers Mark, get the gold bottles, send in the information for the personal label and WALA! You're good to go :) OR.....you could even give them a nice set of bourbon glasses and have your names and wedding date etched in the glass......

OK.....I'm done now!

Dawn

What she said.:cool:

The personalized Makers bottle would work well as a decanter later, and the glasses will last much longer than any bourbon.

xzjn9p
05-10-2007, 14:04
I'm liking the idea of engraved/etched glasses. Any idea where to get such a beast? I found that Riedel makes a 'bourbon' glass but no idea how to etch them. I usually drink from an old fashioned glass myself.

Bob O.
05-10-2007, 14:30
Check around locally and see if you can find someplace to do the etching. Make sure they will do it for you on merchandise you bring in to them. This way you are not limited to whatever they carry.

jburlowski
05-10-2007, 15:43
Rock Hill Farms is a great bourbon in a very attractive decanter bottle. Looks good and makes a great gift!

luv2hunt
05-10-2007, 16:10
Men! :skep:

Most places that do engraving can engrave glassware, or at least send it out to be engraved for you.

Most malls have a little store called "things remembered"....that's what they do.....sell and create keepsakes :)

Reidel spirit glasses are probably too thin to send to an engraver, however, they engrave their own glasses and I'm assuming a "special order" can get you exactly what you want right from the manufacturer.

If you purchase your own glasses to take for engraving.....a smart man would purchase and send a few extra's.....just incase they broke a few, or flawed a few in the process :grin: I'd also get a heavier type glass to do this.

As a side note, surely your bride has established a relationship with a bridal store. They do this kind of stuff on a send out basis too. But it'll cost you more money than doing it yourself!

Dawn

tango-papa
05-10-2007, 22:27
Might I add to the already excellent list of ideas...

A nice flask, perhaps in brushed stainless? Perhaps wrapped in a nicely tooled leather?
Listerine bottles are also quite durable and hold markings from a sharpie marker rather well...
Sorry, couldn't resist.:lol:

You could have them engraved with each man's name or initials along with, perhaps, the date of your spine removal... er, uh, wedding.:lol:

For the record, I have been happily married 15 years this August, and my :bowdown: wife:bowdown: thinks that joke is funny... old, but funny.

Maybe along with each flask, a bottle of each man's favorite whisk(e)y?

~tp

mythrenegade
05-10-2007, 22:42
I would suggest Blantons. It has great presentation (very nice bottle) and is a positively fantastic bourbon. I would rather have a nice bourbon than a flask or any related gift.

Joel

T47
05-10-2007, 23:10
I was married 22 years ago. My best man gave me and all my groomsmen (we all grew up together) engraved pewter shot glasses. Many things’ have come and gone in those years, but I've still got the shot glass. In my nostalgic moments I do enjoy a little drink from it as I ponder where all the time has gone and how quickly it has all passed.
It has brought a smile to my face on several occasions. It's durable, easy to care for and takes up little room as the decor and homes have changed over the years.
A bottle is nice, but I like the idea of something that last's, just like your marriage will! 20 years from now you can call your buddies and share a shot no matter where you have moved.
:toast:

xzjn9p
05-11-2007, 07:26
I found a supplier of glencarin glasses that will hand etch them. However said supplier is in scotland so I'm still looking.

again thanks for all the suggestions. I'm probably going to go with etched glasses of some variety and nice bottles of bourbon which likely won't be personalized.

HighTower
05-11-2007, 07:33
The Maker's Mark VIP bottles are pretty cool, I am after one to give to my best friend for his wedding next year. It would make a great keepsake.

Scott

Phischy
05-16-2007, 14:15
I was just at a wedding and our groomsmen gift was a two finger SS cigar holder, 1 side had a cylinder that held 2oz of booze, other side was a cigar. Baker's in the flask, good cigar on the other side. We drank and smoked 'em at the reception. It was also engraved with out initials. Bad part is it's now empty :(

xzjn9p
05-19-2007, 07:11
I was just at a wedding and our groomsmen gift was a two finger SS cigar holder, 1 side had a cylinder that held 2oz of booze, other side was a cigar. Baker's in the flask, good cigar on the other side. We drank and smoked 'em at the reception. It was also engraved with out initials. Bad part is it's now empty :(

I've seen that cigar holder in my groomsmen gift travels. I think I'm going to go to my local liquor super stores (Sam's Wine or binny's) today and try and decide on a bourbon.

creativeglass
02-28-2008, 17:41
An ever nicer gift to some really nice degree would have been an etched bottle of Bourbon, personalized ,with matching glasses. It is a quite simple process (deep sand blasting) with amazing aesthetic effects of deep carving. I am not sure that I have a picture of a groomsman bourbon bottle but can give you an idea of what to look for. It should also be fairly affordable with a real luxury feel.

While looking for pictures (on this computer) I couldn't find any whisk(e)y bottles that were groomsman gifts, but did find a wine bottle(s). You can see there are differences in effects. I like both types, but where whiskies are concerned I like plain etched, especially if there is a back lighting source.

SBOmarc
02-28-2008, 18:10
Listen to Dawn

Ryan
02-28-2008, 18:26
I just got married a few months ago, so I know all about trying to find the right gift...

I did a quick search and found a personalized decanter and matching shot glasses!

http://www.findgift.com/gift-ideas/pid-102779/

I am not sure of the quality, but they look nice.

creativeglass
02-28-2008, 18:34
The ones that I saw on the right side are Luigi Bromioli (sp?). Hard to get my hands on recently as the US distributor quit answering her phone a few months ago.
I have used that pattern for Yacht Decorators.

squire
02-29-2008, 19:38
I wouldn't go with any sort of flask because in some jurisdictions it is considered to be an open container even when its full. I would go with Makers and the personalized drinking glasses.

Regards,
Squire

JeffRenner
03-02-2008, 17:16
I wouldn't go with any sort of flask because in some jurisdictions it is considered to be an open container even when its full. I would go with Makers and the personalized drinking glasses.

It makes sense to put a flask in the trunk in any case.

My son-in-law gave his groomsmen each a nice engraved stainless steel flask when he married my daughter five years ago. We had the wedding and reception in our back yard, and he filled the flasks just before the wedding from my cabinet! With my permission, I must add.

He used a 1.75 liter of Maker's Mark that I had bought up in Wisconsin at a really good price, even though it's not a favorite. So I was glad to part with it. By the end of the reception late that evening, many of the flasks were dry, since my seven five-gallon kegs of homebrew had about run out by then.

Only trouble is, he neglected to give a flask to his new father-in-law.:lol:

Jeff