21 Great Alcohol Gift Ideas – 2018 Gift Guide For Discerning Drinkers
What are you going to get friends and family for Christmas gifts this year? Last year you got your girlfriend’s parents a yodeling pickle and then they suddenly stopped having you over for dinner? You’ve got to do better with all of your holiday presents this year. Instead of wasting three hours looking for a parking spot at the mall and losing three-quarters of your soul by waiting in tedious lines why not make the sensible decision to give the gift of alcohol this year. We found some of our favorite spirits ranging in all different price ranges that you can give to someone you love or respect this holiday season. This alcohol gift guide will save you the stress and time of searching for a crummy present that will certainly be re-gifted.
Powers Irish Whiskey 12 Year – Expertly aged for 12 years gives this Irish Single Pot Still whiskey a robust and sophisticated taste.
Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No. 3 – This limited-release premium Cognac makes for the perfect holiday gift. There are notes of vanilla and sweet pralines, yet extremely smooth. Read more about Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No. 3 HERE.
Casa Noble Reposado Tequila – This is what I believe to be the best tequila for your money. Ultra smooth, no aftertaste, just a clean crisp agave flavor, and no hangover.
Real Minero Largo – This is one of the most traditional mezcals available and the family that makes it have been making mezcal for generations. The 100% agave Largo mezcal has a smoky, peppery taste and is super smooth.
Suprema Grappa Tocai – Instead of making wine, the grapes are aged in oak barrels for over two years. Suprema Grappa Tocai took home a gold medal at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The Glenrothes Select Reserve – Robust flavors of ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla, and hints of spice punctuate this quality single malt Scotch whisky.
Clase Azul Reposado – Not only does this hand-painted bottle look incredible and make a tremendous presentation for a holiday gift, but it’s spectacular tequila. This ultra-premium tequila is made from the finest Weber Blue Agave in Mexico and aged in American oak barrels for eight months that were previously used for bourbon, cognac, and sherry.
Naked Grouse – This excellent value whisky is from a blend of impressive single malts from Macallan, the Glenrothes, and the Highland Park. Naked Grouse is aged in first fill sherry casks and features rich notes of cherry and caramel.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky – This full-bodied whisky has a flavorful smokiness about it, but just enough sweetness.
You’ve heard of the names Bulleit Bourbon, Jim Beam, Basil Hayden, and Booker’s. But what if I told you Rabbit Hole Bourbon is an incredible bourbon from the great state of Kentucky? This beautiful bourbon is a delectable spirit boasts flavors of vanilla bean and the sweetness of caramel or butterscotch. This beautiful spirit is made of a mash bill of 70 percent corn, 10 percent malted wheat, 10 percent honey malted barley, and 10 percent malted barley. Despite this wonderful spirit being 95 Proof and 47.5% ABV it is surprisingly smooth and comes in at a value price.
Full disclosure, one of my favorite tequilas is Casa Noble. So when I heard that a new100% Blue Weber agave tequila was being made at the La Cofradia distillery which also produces Casa Noble, I was more excited than a kid on Christmas morning. The Constellation brand which produces Casa Noble now also creates Mi Campo. This impressive spirit starts with 100% blue weber agave that is at least seven years old and then aged in French oak Napa Valley wine barrels. There is no aftertaste or bad bite found in cheaper tequilas. This is a delightful luxury tequila at a very reasonable price. This is one of the best tequilas at the $20-$25 price point.
Bayou Select Rum is matured in bourbon barrels for up to three years using the Solera aging method. “Our vision for Bayou Rum is to become the leader and benchmark of high-end sipping rums in the fastest growing segment in the industry. We are committed to our Louisiana roots and work from start to finish with our distillery team on creating exceptional rum. With the launch of XO and Single Barrel, dark spirit consumers will finally have a serious offer from the U.S. in the super-premium sipping rum space,” said Stoli Group President and Global CEO Hugues Pietrini.
George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish – Spice up your boring whisky with the hot sauce-infused spirit that is just hot enough and not a candy-like flavor. Read more about Dickel’s Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish HERE.
Belvedere Vodka – Super smooth, crisp vodka from artisan wells in Poland that is quadruple-distilled.
Wild Turkey Longbranch – This bourbon has complex and sweet flavors of brown sugar, vanilla, honey, and orange, but the rich taste of mesquite smokiness and pepper balances this spirit out. Read more about Matthew McConaughey’s Longbranch HERE.
Boardroom Gin – For some people gin can have a flavor that off-putting because it is too much bitter flavor from junipers. This gin has a more botanical and sweeter taste with hints of lemon, grapefruit, mint, and honeysuckle.
MurLarkey Divine Clarity Vodka – This superb charcoal-filtered vodka gives you luxury vodka qualities without luxury vodka prices. This clean-tasting vodka made from potatoes won a gold medal from the American Distilling Institute.
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