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Do’s and Don’ts Regarding Groomsmen Flasks

In our continuing series on groomsmen and bridesmaids, we want to focus on do’s and don’ts regarding flasks for groomsmen. When it comes to planning for a wedding, everyone has an opinion and at time, fuses can be quite short. The combination of these two elements means that planning for a wedding can be quite a stressful experience. Such being the case, adhering to these do’s and don’ts should aid your wedding experience.

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Do Know Your Groomsmen
The flasks are for the groomsmen so you should factor their tastes into the equation. Obviously the groom and even the bride are going to have input and make the final decision, but if you cut the groomsmen out of the process entirely, you may find that they don’t feel so attached to the wedding flask as you want them to.

If it’s a surprise wedding gift as is often the case, there is no opportunity to consult all of the groomsmen without blowing the surprise. Such being the case, consult one of them who will represent all of them in the decision making process.

If you are going to do it without any groomsmen consultation, then go for a basic elegant design that will to be everyone’s liking.

Don’t Cut People Out
Gifts are very intimate gestures and make people feel very special. There is nothing more intimate and special than a groom giving his groomsmen personalized flasks. Because of this, if someone such as a cousin doesn’t receive one and feels like they should, they may be very disappointed. Such being the case, don’t cut out anyone on the periphery. If at all they are on the cusp than include them.

Don’t Eliminate Non-Drinkers

Just because one of your groomsmen is a non-drinker, don’t assume they wouldn’t want a flask. In this instance, you are better off speaking to them before hand and finding out their thoughts as opposed to handing out the flasks to everyone and making them upset at being excluded. The flask just doesn’t have to be used as a flask. It can also serve as a memento or keepsake of the big day and so in this regard would be a special gift to a non-drinker. And who knows, following some shots at the wedding they may find that they like the taste of whisky.

Don’t Use Them Too Much on the Big Day
It is important that in the lead-up to the wedding and making sure that everything is taken care of that people are on top of their game. Drinking too much will prevent this from happening. Once the wedding has happened and the party is beginning, then drinking and celebrating is acceptable unless one has official duties still to perform such as giving a speech or driving the couple somewhere.

Everything You Wanted to Know about Wedding Flasks

As with many traditions, who really knows when or how it started. What can’t be disputed is that there is now a strong connection between weddings and flasks.

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For a long time, it was only groomsmen flasks, but with a changing in attitudes, it’s also extended to bridesmaids flasks.

There is the practical aspect to it – while weddings may be a lot of fun and excitement, they also come with a lot of stress and anxiety. As such, having something handy to drink from is of great use.

Then there is also the sentimental aspect to it. Weddings are just about the biggest milestone event people experience and it’s nice to have a personalized keepsake of the big-day. Wedding photos and the wedding video are nice, but there is something really noteworthy about a wedding flask.

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It takes a memorable occasion and makes it even more special. Now it’s not just groomsmen and bridesmaids that can have their own special flasks but the father of the groom, father of the bride, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, ushers, the bride, the groom and the wedding guests themselves.

This is going to be the first of several blog posts related to wedding flasks – advice when it comes regarding the selection of one, mistakes to avoid and the like.

Everyone dreams of the ultimate perfect fairy-tale wedding and the fantasy isn’t always going to translate seamlessly to reality. The weather may not be as you imagined it, a friend who you thought would be there is for some reason or another unable to attend and the venue you had in mind isn’t available.

All of these things happen. The great thing about the wedding flask is that it is one element of the wedding where perfection can be attained and that perfection will never disappear. You choose the flask you have in mind and then have it personalized as per your wishes. It will be just as you imagined it.

Years from the wedding, when you may not be able to fit into your wedding suit, a wedding gift or two is lost or broken and you’ve lost contact with some of the people there that day, the flask is still going to be as good as it was that day. Drinking out of it will never get old or not taste good.

In upcoming posts, we will take you through all the ins and outs of wedding flasks.

Tips to start a Whisky Collection

There is nothing more impressive than a good whisky collection. There is just something inspiring about it. A good collection is going to grow organically over time, but there is no reason why you can’t put some thought and planning into it.

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What tips should you follow to start a whisky collection and what mistakes should you avoid?

First and foremost, you should buy what you like and not what other people like. It is your collection, so it should be a reflection of your tastes and personality. It is very hard to find bad whisky, so don’t worry about what other people are going to say.

Once you have a few core bottles of tastes you like, you can then start to play around and experiment and move into funkier territory. Whether it’s blended or single, whether it’s different years, there are a multitude of choices out there.

If you have the chance to try new things, you should always take the opportunity. Expanding your taste is a great way to expand your collection.

Having a number of different bottles open at once isn’t a problem. It’s not like wine, but if there is a little bit in the bottle, there is the chance of oxidization. So don’t save the last bit in your favorite bottle.

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You should always be on the lookout for sales. Subscribing to mailing lists is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on great deals. Also be on the lookout for auctions where people are selling stuff cheaply. You can find great value there.

A whisky collection isn’t to be looked at – it’s not a museum exhibit, it’s there to be drunk. This means that you will constantly have to restock. You can have your core two or three bottles that are always present and you can complement these with another one or two that you rotate.

Saving an exceptional bottle for a special occasion like a birthday, wedding or the like is fine, but that is one bottle. With the other bottles in your collection, you should have a regular time for drinking otherwise you will find that they are just sitting there. Forget about what you have in your whisky collection, nothing screams amateur more than a collection of bottles that are covered in dust.

If it wasn’t obvious enough, you shouldn’t keep your whisky in a place where it can be exposed to direct sunlight. Put it in a place where it can be kept at a nice room temperature.

There is no better way to have your flask constantly filled than a well-stocked whisky collection. The flask is a great way to become acquainted with new types of whisky.

Why the Flask is your ultimate New Year’s Eve Accessory

No sooner are the Christmas presents and the tree put away, then the focus turns to New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is a great way to unwind and celebrate. It’s a time to reflect and look back on the accomplishments of the past 12 months.

The thing about New Year’s Eve more than any other kind of event is that how it pans out can often bear little resemblance to how you thought it would.

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New Year’s Eve is also well known for parties that are overhyped and flatter than champagne that has been opened four hours ago. As this is happening, you hear of a party that is looming as the party of the year. The presence of social media and WhatsApp facilitates party hopping like never before.

It is because of this that the New Year’s Eve flask comes in so useful. First of all, it’s nice to have something to drink while you are in transit and secondly, you have no idea what the alcohol situation is going to be at the party you’re going to. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed-man is king and if you go to a party where the drinks are ridiculous overpriced and/or of a horrendous quality, your flask is going to be incredibly handy.

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Tens of thousands think it’s fun to stand outside in the subzero temperatures to watch a ball drop, a ball that they can barely see. This is an experience, but it’s significantly less fun than people would have you think. First of all, to stand outside in the cold and be so cramped that you can’t even swing your elbows isn’t that much fun. Secondly, if you need the bathroom, you risk losing your place and lastly, the ball isn’t that visible.

If you are freezing, the flask is going to help a great deal, but then you have to deal with going to the bathroom.

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This isn’t the only outdoor experience on New Year’s Eve. All over the world there are New Year’s Eve fireworks. In the southern hemisphere, where it is summer the cold isn’t as much of an issue, but you still have to deal with standing around.

New Year’s Eve is associated with big parties, but it doesn’t have to be. You may prefer a quiet night of reminiscing and introspection, where with the accompaniment of your flask you look back on the last 12 months. As New Year’s Eve turns into New Year’s Day you have your New Year’s Day flask ready and by your side.

Whisky from the Rest of the World to Buy for Christmas 2014

In recent blog posts we have looked at the best whisky and spirits to buy as a present for Christmas 2014. The whisky post contained one from Japan and the rest were from Scotland. This got us thinking about whisky from other parts of the world.

After a bit of research and conversation, we discovered that one can certainly acquire some fantastic whisky that doesn’t hail from Scotland.

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Sullivans Cove French Oak
This whisky comes from Tasmania, Australia, and has won a large number of awards including the Best Single Malt Whisky gong at the 2014 World Whisky Awards. The French Oak Port Casks are just part of the reason why this whisky is so popular. The nose contains traces of orange peel, coconut, and hazelnut, and the finish ensures that it goes down smoothly.

This whisky is very reasonably priced, and you are still going to get great value for the money. Many people may be skeptical of whisky that hails from Australia, but this changes the second one is able to taste some of it. Pouring this into your Christmas flask is sure to give you a very merry Christmas.

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Pike Creek 10 Years Old

Leaving the Southern Hemisphere and heading towards Canada, we have Pike Creek. It is spicy yet creamy. It has elements of citrus and toffee. Again, people may approach it with low expectations due its place of origin, but likely will be blown away by the quality of the finish. While this may make a great Christmas gift, it is a great drink any day of the year. A significantly better present than socks.

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Jack Daniel’s
It may be a cliché to buy Jack but there is nothing wrong with buying something that is comfortingly familiar and well-loved. Old No. 7 is the original Jack Daniel’s and it tastes as good now as it did in the 19th century when it all began. Obviously, Tennessee whiskey or bourbon whiskey isn’t the same thing as malt whisky, but we are including Jack because it tastes so good. What Christmas isn’t going to benefit from his presence? Christmas is about having family together and reminiscing about times past, and nothing aids reminiscing like a bottle of Jack.
And if Christmas at home with the family is going that well, having your Christmas flask filled with Jack is going to make it all the more better.

As Christmas 2014 approaches, we want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families our compliments of the season.

Best Spirits to Buy as a Christmas Present for 2014

Last week our blog post was about the best whisky to buy as a Christmas present. In this post we want to look at other spirits and alcohol you can put in your flask.

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Kauffman Luxury Vintage Vodka
When it comes down to buying a Christmas present, if you want to spoil someone you should consider the Kauffman Luxury Vintage Vodka. As with some of the whiskies documented last week, this isn’t just a drink but an experience. It is produced in specific quantities and comes with a vintage so you know that each bottle is unique. No more than 20,000 bottles are produced in a single year, and it may not be produced at all if the wheat harvest is considered inferior.
It is distilled 14 times and then filtered through both coal and quartz sand.

Given the difficulties that come with buying this, it may be too late to buy one for Christmas 2014. If, however, you are able to find one, it is a present that will be hard to top.

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Courvoisier Brandy
It may feel a bit like back to the future because this could be the brandy that your dad or granddad liked, but this classic French brandy is making a comeback. Established in the early 19th century in Paris, it was the cognac of choice for Napoleon Bonaparte. Any drink that has been around for this long knows what it’s doing. Giving this as a Christmas present just isn’t a special gift but shows you have your finger on the pulse. They are releasing four rare cognacs for Christmas, but buyer-beware – their prices will seriously break the bank.

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Jinzu Gin
Last week we mentioned the massive Diageo conglomerate – and now they are releasing a gin called Jinzu. It has been in development for over a year and will go up against their more established gin lines in terms of Gordon’s and Tanqueray. Created by Dee Davies, it has juniper berries from Tuscany and other ingredients from Eastern Europe and Japan. No Christmas party is complete without gin, so if your hosts are short, this will come in very handy.

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This is the oldest and most well-known rum making estate in Jamaica. It has been in business since the late 17th century. It is now owned by Gruppo Campari who purchased from previous owners, J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. The great thing about giving rum as a Christmas present is that it is an instant replacement – given that rum is generally used toward baking a Christmas cake. Nothing like a ready-made replacement.

Giving any of these drinks as a Christmas present is sure way to supply some Christmas cheer. Any of these is your Christmas flask is bound to make it a great Christmas!

Best Whisky to Buy as a Christmas Present for 2014

We all know that a flask is the best present one can buy someone for Christmas. The real question is, what whisky belongs inside the Christmas flask? What are the best whiskies you can buy for Christmas 2014?

Highland Park 21 year old Whisky

Highland Park 21 year old
When you buy anything from Highland Park, you know you are in for a treat. They are one of the very few distilleries to malt some of their own barley which gives them extra input into the process. They are located in Kirkwall, which is in the Orkney Islands. These islands are situated just north of Scotland, about 10 miles from Caithness. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Norwegian Sea, there is something in the Kirkwall water that makes it taste incredible.

Highland Park makes whisky from 12 years of age all the way up to 40. The 21 year old liquid contains traces of citrus, dried fruit with a little bit of vanilla thrown in. A whisky for those with a mature palate, it is a Christmas gift that won’t be re-gifted.

Clynelish 23 yo 1989/2012 The Perfect Dram

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Clynelish 1989/2012 The Perfect Dram

Clynelish is situated near Brora, which is towards the northern end of Scotland. It pumps out over 4.5 million litres of pure alcohol a year, which makes it one of the most prolific. It is owned by massive conglomerate Diageo which also owns Johnnie Walker, White Horse, Haig and the Dimple Pinch as well as Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness.

This 23 year old has fruity elements of apples, banana and lemon and you will also be able to detect ginger and nutmeg.

Give this to your father/father-in law for Christmas and you are definitely going to be his favorite son.

Glenfarclas 105 20 year old

Glenfarclas 105 20 year old

Situated in the North East pocket of Scotland, Glenfarclas translates to valley of the green grass.
The distillery was purchased by John Grant in 1865 and his family has been operating it ever since. In 1973, it was one of the first distilleries to open a visitor center and if you visit Scotland, be sure to visit.

This 105 Cask Strength is a whisky you should be saving for very special occasions. It isn’t cheap so be sure to buy it only for someone you want to spoil and you know appreciates whisky. This isn’t a drink but rather an experience!

Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

Located in Dufftown, Balvenie is also in the north east pocket of Scotland.

Established by William Grant, this is a sister whisky to other whiskies such as Glenfiddich, Grant’s and Tullamore Dew that are all operated by William Grant & Sons.

If you like your whisky smoky then this is the drink for you. The sherry casks make a real difference to the flavor!

Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013

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Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013

If you are making whisky and you aren’t in Scotland, you better be special and Yamazaki is. This is the first commercial whisky distillery in Japan, and Suntory who owns Yamazaki knows how to make the good stuff.

The Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 was named whisky of the year in the 2015 Whisky Bible. No attention to detail was spared with the sherry casks coming from oak that hail from northern Spain. The water comes from Mt Tenno in Kyoto.

Only 18,000 bottles were made, so it’s bound to become a collector’s item.

With its deep range of flavors, this isn’t just a drink but rather an adventure. Purchase for a very special friend or family member. It is so special that they may not want to drink it. You could return to them in 12 months’ time only to find it hasn’t been drunk yet.

The great thing about buying whisky as a Christmas present is that it’s something that is going to have a lot of practical value. Whether it’s happy or sad times, people turn to whisky. Hopefully there will be lots of happy events in 2015 worth celebrating with a drink.

Why a Flask Makes a Great Christmas Gift

Last week we wrote about Christmas food and drinks, this week continuing with our Christmas theme, we want to discuss Christmas or “Xmas” flasks.

A big part of Christmas is gifts – buying a practical, but cost affective Christmas gift for a lot of people is a delicate task, especially for those with a big family and a lot of friends.

This is where Christmas flasks come in. In many ways, the value for money they provide makes them just about the perfect Christmas gift. The great thing about a flask is that it can be a gift for both men and women. There are not too many gifts about which you could say this.

As one gets older, all of the Christmases blur into one another. With Flasks.com’s ability to customize and personalize the drinking flask, you can engrave the year onto the flask. This will allow you to distinguish one year from the next.

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One of Flasks.com’s more popular Christmas flasks is the “Happy Holidays” Custom 8oz Christmas Flask. Nothing conveys the feeling of Christmas like the Christmas trees and the snowflakes.

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The Red “Merry Christmas” Holiday 8oz Hip Flask is a classy design featuring snow, trees and a snowflake. The black font on the red background gives it a real Christmas flavor.

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For girls, the 6oz “Naughty or Nice” Pin-Up Girl Flask is a very popular gift especially with females in their 20’s.
We have flasks with other Christmas themes such as snowmen and the Holy Cross.

Just like there are Christmas foods, drinks, music, movies, televisions shows and the like, the Christmas flask could become one of those things you integrate into your Christmas routine that makes it feel like Christmas.

When it comes to a seasonal product such as a Christmas flask – can you use it the rest of the year or is it only applicable for December? This comes to personal preference. Obviously you can use the flask all throughout the year- if it’s the only flask you have, you would continue to use it. If you are using your flask discretely and no-one else is going to see it, it makes no difference. If you are a person who likes to show off your flask, people may question why you are using a Christmas flask in May. If you have multiple flasks, you may switch to one of your other flasks once Christmas is over. Again, this comes down to personal preference.

Should you have any questions regarding Christmas flasks, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In Living Color

We categorize the hundreds of flasks we have in many different ways – flasks by size, flasks by type, flasks for occasions, etc. We have decided to add a new category to the site – flasks by color.

You can get flasks from flasks.com in many different colors – let’s highlight two of our more popular colors – pink and black

Black Flasks
The color black pertains to things of a secretive and hidden nature. Those who like to be discrete about their flask tend to like it to be black. It can be whipped out in night and swigged on without creating too much attention.

Some of our most popular flasks are black – especially the groomsmen flasks. With most of the male half of the bridal party wearing a dark color, if not black itself, the black flasks go very well.

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The 8oz Black Tuxedo Groomsmen Hip Flask with Personalization would be one of our most popular flasks. In this instance, it is especially popular with wedding parties because of the 8oz hip flask. This is the most popular size due to its ability to easily fit in the pocket.

Whether it’s the wedding rehearsal that is dragging on or standing around waiting for photos, the flask is the perfect accessory for any groomsmen.

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Also popular is the 6oz Black Textured Leather (Cow Hide) Hip Flask. A classy flask, it is made classier by the ability to add a monogram to it.

Blacks flasks is one of our biggest categories and we currently have 68 flasks in it. It isn’t just flasks that are exclusively black – we also have flasks such as the Blue and Black Zebra Pattern Hip Flask that include colors in addition to black.

Pink Flasks

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When it comes to a pink flask, it’s hard to go by the personalized Pretty in Pink one. At 6oz it is very discrete and subtle. This flask is cute, playful and charming. While pink is a color that is typically associated with females, there is no reason why a guy can’t sport a pink flask.

Another popular pink flask is the 6oz Half Pink Hip Flask. One of the special things about this flask is that it does not have a flask4hinged lid. The great thing about this is that it allows you to remove it from the flask. The combination of pink and white lends itself to a stylish look.

Whether it is a black, pink, red, blue, brown, white, yellow, green or any other color flask you are looking for, you can find it here.

 

 

 

Halloween Costume Ideas that Include a Flask: 2014 Version

Halloween is arguably the best holiday. Costumes, candy, and alcohol – what could be better?

As a follow-up to last year’s post about Halloween costume ideas that include a flask, we decided to update the list to include the hottest trends from this year.

George Clooney

George Clooney, well-known for his love of the flask, recently got married again after years of bachelorhood. Mr. and Finally Mrs. Clooney makes a great his-and-hers costume, just be ridiculously good looking, stylish, and suave.

Heisenberg

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If there were one person who would be drinking out of a flask it would be the creator of the iconic blue stuff on Breaking Bad, Heisenberg. Get yourself a pork pie hat, shave your head, grow a goatee, throw on some killer shades, and everyone will be on their way to saying your name.

Emmet Brickowski

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The Lego Movie is one of the biggest of the year. Its star, Emmet Brickowski, wears a construction vest that makes a great place to stick your flask in. The flask is sure to make everything awesome!

Orange is the New Black

One of the hottest shows right now, Orange is the New Black, screams “Halloween” just from its name. Orange, black, and prison has all the makings of an easy, excellently scary Halloween costume. All you need is an orange jumpsuit, some tattoos and a flask and you’re good to go!

Frozen

Frozen was the highest grossing film of 2013 and is still going strong. Dressing up as one of the characters from the film is still legitimate, especially as it came out after last year’s Halloween. It gets pretty cold in Arendelle and nothing would warm you up like a swig of gin from a flask.

Game of Thrones

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Speaking of which, there isn’t one Game of Thrones character you can imagine not having a flask on them. Cersei Lannister has one to deal with the stress of running the kingdom and having Joffrey as a son.Varys would have a flask up the sleeve of his robes. Daenerys Targaryen takes a swig in between looking after the dragons while Tyrion Lannister is definitely a giant among men when it comes to holding his liquor.

Whatever you’re dressing up as this Halloween, the best accessory you can rock is a holiday-themed flask filled with your favorite liquor!