12 of the best liquid gifts to add to your Christmas wish list15th Nov 17 | Lifestyle
12 gift packs for discerning drinkers.
To put the cheer(s) into Christmas, we’ve made a list (checked it twice) and hand-picked 12 liquid gifts to help you say it with a bottle.
From designer offerings to whimsy labels and classy coffrets, each of these tempting tipples are in tune with the Twelve Days of Christmas and worth making a song and dance about…
1. Sipsmith Distillery Gift Box, £9.95, 3 x 5cl, 31dover.com
A leading light in the craft gin distillery boom, Sipsmith’s stocking-filler plays on Prudence – their beautiful copper still – and features three miniatures of their award-winning London Dry Gin, London Cup and Sloe Gin.
2. JJ Whitley Miniature Gin Gift Pack, £14.99, 4 x 5cl, Amazon
Inspired by the British countryside and impossible to resist, the JJ Whitley Nettle Gin, Elderflower, Rhubarb Vodka and Potato Vodka are subtle in flavour and ideal as a cocktail base for budding mixologists.
3. Glen Scotia Taster Pack, £24, 3 x 5cl, whiskyshop.com
For whisky lovers who appreciate the rewards of patience, single malt distillery Glen Scotia have lined up Glen Scotia Double Cask, Glen Scotia 15 Year Old and Glen Scotia Victoriana to showcase the very best of the Campbeltown distillery.
4. Berry Bros & Rudd Good & Extra Ordinary Claret Duo Two-Bottle Case, £27.50, Berry Bros & Rudd
Cited as the modern face of Bordeaux, ‘GOC’ and ‘EOC’ are Berry’s bestselling wines. Both are from the very good 2014 vintage, and anyone fond of a decent claret will appreciate these classics at Christmas.
5. Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Maharaja Sleeve Brut Reserve, France, £28, John Lewis (available mid-November)
Inspired by India’s great ruler, we can’t help but love this eye-catching Maharaja print sleeve that looks lavish and regal but comes at a princely sum. A classic champagne blend, it’s polished and fruity with plenty of finesse.
6. The Kraken Ceramic 2017 Limited Edition, Black Spiced Rum, £34.99, Amazon
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pa pum pum… and we think The Kraken deserve a drum roll for this new ‘betentacled’ ceramic bottle, inspired by the legendary sea monster. A bold, rich, spicy Caribbean rum that pairs well with ginger beer for whipping up a Perfect Storm cocktail.
7. Limited Edition ‘Gherkin’ 1800 Tequila, £39.99, 70cl, Selfridges (in store only)
If you’ve got a head for heights and a taste for tequila, this A-list blue agave features London’s much-loved ‘Gherkin’ and is destined to become a collector’s item. Designed by contemporary artist Enoc Perez (famed for his paintings of modernist buildings), it’s one of six iconic structures in the 8th edition of their Essential Artist Series.
8. Bombay Sapphire Star of Bombay Gin Gift Tin, £44, Harvey Nichols
A bolder expression of the Bombay Sapphire that we know and love, Star of Bombay is a punchier version and more juniper-forward, with two more botanicals in the mix. Designed to be enjoyed in a martini, it’s a striking addition to the drinks trolley.
9. Laurent-Perrier Rose NV Champagne Metal Robe Limited Edition, £55, thechampagnecompany.com
L-P has been given a fashionable makeover and dressed in a metallic robe for the festive season. With Laurent-Perrier’s initials woven into a stylish rose-gold lace cage, all that’s missing is the glittering glassware to enjoy the delicate red berry flavours and freshness.
10. The Macallan Edition No 3, £77.95, 70cl, masterofmalt.com
If they have a nose for the finer things in life, The Macallan’s master whisky maker has teamed up with master perfumer Roja Dove to create a whisky that balances taste and aroma, resulting in an incredibly flavoursome, fresh and citrus blend with enveloping sweetness. The third release in the The Macallan’s wood focused Edition series, it’s a delight for the senses.
11. Dom Perignon 2009 by Tokujin Yoshioka, £145, champagnedirect.co.uk
Dom Perignon have collaborated with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka (his works are displayed in some of the world’s most famous museums) for their latest vintage. The finest bubbles are housed behind a holographic shield, which is designed to reflect the light and energy that radiates from this super-stylish champagne.
12. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Capsule Series By Tom Dixon, £208, thewhiskyexchange.com
British designer Tom Dixon has turned his hand to crafting a stunning gift set for Johnnie Walker. Inspired by the rarity, craft and heritage of Blue Label, Dixon’s bespoke copper case is a nod to the art of whisky-making and lustrous sheen of pot stills.
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