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42 Whiskey Labels, Bottles, and Packaging Designs

While I am not a lover of Whiskey, I am a huge lover of Whiskey labels, bottles, and packaging designs. The design style and branding that has surrounded the Whiskey industry for many years presents a unique opportunity to designers, and one that is very much ‘in fashion’ in today’s market.

After spending the majority of the day surfing the web, I have compiled within this article 42 of the most inspirational and eye-catching designs I could find. The collection includes designs that feature on actual Whiskey products, and Whiskey design concepts (that really should be real!). The attention to detail is something that I personally have a big admiration for, which is your favorite? Also, if you have come across any that you think should be included in this roundup, then please share.


Elephant Whiskey by Malika Jinadasa

Whiskey Labels

Kavalan Whiskey by 2S Global Design

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Jameson Limited Edition Bottle by Steve Simpson

3

Koval Distillery by Ray Dao

4

Joseph Magnus by Martin Schmetzer

5

Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary

Whiskey Labels

Pendleton Directors’ Reserve

7

Yellowstone Select Bourbon by David Cole and Steven Noble

8

Backhouse by Yuya Yoshida

9

Jameson Whiskey by Greg Coulton

10

White Pike Bourbon by Tom Grunwald

11

Tommy Shelby by Scott Biersack

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Promineo by Chad Michael Studio

13

De Stijl Wiski by Ben Mingo

14

Black Barrel Distillery by Matt Erickson

Whiskey Labels

Fine Swine by The Mark Studio

16

Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky by John Walker & Sons

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Hedgehog Whisky by Lasuite Atelier

18

Hibiki Whisky

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Bulleit Bourbon by ButterflyCannon

Whiskey Labels

Aberfeldy by Stranger&Stranger

21

Corsair XO by Anmeko Production House

22

Milroys by Good

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Roknar

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Duncan Taylor by John Worthington

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Hibiki

Whiskey Labels

Hennessy by ButterflyCannon

27

Old Parr Superior

28

Eterna Libertad

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Teeling Whiskey

Teeling 24 Year Old

 

The Macallan

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Highland Park 1973

Whiskey Labels

Peat

33

Virgin Oak

34

Karuizawa

35

Yula

36

Bunnahabhain

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Glendronach

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The Temple Bar by Dynamo

39

Orphan Barrel

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About the author

AbbieMay

Hi there! I'm Abbie, the founder of Inspiration Hut. My job is to dig through the noise of the internet and find the very best in art and design inspiration to feed your creative hunger.

  • mindymac

    Wow! Sometimes it’s about the bottle itself.

    The Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky bottle by John Walker & Sons is spectacular, radically unlike other bottles, futuristic crystal architecture & worthy of collecting & exhibiting!

    And Duncan Taylor by John Worthington (which I’ve never heard of) is so elegant, low key but totally beautiful, more like a perfume bottle than a whiskey bottle, love the subtle grace of the curves.

    Old Parr Superior is about the frosted iridescent textured glass in a shaped heavy-yet-delicate rectangular form, bold & exciting & unusual for bottles since the heyday of ornamental glass in the early 20th century.

    Hibiki (the second Hibiki shown) is an elegant & beautiful contemporary take on classic Asian prints & paintings & tea set designs. Very surprising for a whiskey bottle, & it would still be outstanding if it had been for a saki bottle. (They hid the label saying it’s whiskey & not saki!)

    It’s about the labels on most of the others, but it’s the bottles’ unexpected shapes & surfaces that set these four apart. Kudos to the companies & the designers (& artists & craftspeople making them) who dared to step outside “typical” alcoholic drink bottle designs.

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