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Gift Guide: Bottles Of Booze

We’ve already covered a few gifts for the drinker in your life, but if you’d rather give him something he can actually pour in his glass, here are some solid gifty libations. Each gets our stamp of approval and should prove far better than any bottom shelf bottle or last minute purchase.


Tullamore Dew Phoenix

A blend of golden grain, malt, and pure pot still whiskey, Tullamore Dew’s Phoenix boasts a warming 55% ABV. Spicy and long lasting. $55

Redbreast 21 Year Old

If you’re willing to spend a little more to show that whiskey lover you care, consider Redbreast’s 21 Year Old which finally hit the U.S. this past year. It offers a sweet profile with layers of flavor. $200

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

Aged in bourbon and sherry casks, this offering from The Balvenie is sweet and approachable. It could easily become the bourbon fan’s favorite whisky. $50

The Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

For a stunning single malt, you can’t go wrong with many bottles from The Macallan. The 12 Year Old Sherry Oak has a cognac-like profile with a nice bite. $60

King’s County Bourbon

This bourbon from New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery should not be overlooked because of its Brother Printer-looking label. Nice and sweet with lots of vanilla and caramel. And it won’t break the bank. $30

Barr Hill Gin

Gin isn’t often mentioned without its good friend Mr. Tonic. That’ll change for whomever you give this bottle to. Barr Hill Gin puts the juniper berry on full display along with some nice sweetness, and it’s as good on its own as it is with tonic. $35

FEW Bourbon Whiskey

Carrying on the spirit of small-batch craftsmanship, FEW handcrafts some tasty hooch. The finest is their Bourbon Whiskey which packs plenty of interesting flavors with a strong and spicy bite. $50

Hangar 1 Buddha’s Hand Citron

Most flavored vodkas are best suited for college frat parties. For a more sophisticated flavored vodka, we turn to this lemon version from Hangar 1. Actually, calling it a lemon vodka is unfair. The Buddha’s hand imparts a much richer flavor with more nuances than a standard lemon. $25

Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

This American-made rum is perfectly suited for the ransacking pirate on your list. The cask strength rum will warm their insides during the cold months. After their mouth adjusts to the booze, they’ll pick up lots of sweet fruits and some citrus. $50

Art In The Age Root

Based on an herbal remedy from the 1700s, Root from Art in the Age is unlike any spirit they’ve ever tried. Consider it a boozy root beer with wonderful flavors from sassafras, herbs, and sarsparilla. $30

St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur

If you’ve ever sipped NOLA-style coffee, you know it destroys every other iced coffee out there. For a spirit with the same delicious chicory and vanilla profile, give a bottle of this tremendous adult beverage. $35


Also checkout out our Lush Gift Guide for more Drink and Bar gift ideas!



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