Thursday, 18 December 2014

My 5 Spirit Christmas Gift Guide Ideas

Christmas Gift Guide

1) Grand Marnier Limited Edition

Grand Marnier is the perfect addition to any Christmas cocktail. The bitter orange flavours are enhanced by the cognac with nuances of orange marmalade and hazelnuts. Grand Marnier Limited Edition continues to celebrate their French heritage and ensure Christmas remains special with their new Limited Edition Bottle. This annual treat is available from October at £26.05 for a 70cl bottle.

2) Fran├žois Voyer XO Cognac

Fran├žois Voyer is a Cognac producer originating from a family of winegrowers, and are now into their fifth generation. Aging takes place in 100% Limousin oak, and is always extended far beyond the minimum requirements, resulting in delicate yet powerful cognacs with incredible complexity. The XO has a wonderful floral notes & pronounced rancio. Complex & balanced palate of spice, fruit, flowers & wood. An exceptionally long & elegant finish.

3) Zacapa XO Rum

Zacapa rum is produced high up in the verdant Guatemalan countryside, under a dramatic backdrop of soaring mountains and active volcanoes; Zacapa is exceptional in that unlike most rum that uses molasses, Zacapa is produced using only the sweetest, first pressing of sugar cane juice, referred to as ‘virgin honey.’  Zacapa rum uses a Solera System aging process, with the rum being laid to rest in selected barrels that previously aged Bourbons, Sherries and Pedro Ximenez wines; in the case of XO, the aging occurs in restored French Oak barrels.

4) Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye

The famed Sazerac Coffee House was founded in 1850 on Exchange Alley in New Orleans, Louisiana and soon gained fame as the home of “America’s First Cocktail” known as the Sazerac. Using rye whiskey in place of the French brandy, a dash of Peychaud Bitters, and Herbsaint, what eventually became the official cocktail of New Orleans was created. This straight rye has a mellow spice and dry sweetness that dances on the tongue, giving pure delight that is worthy of the Sazerac name.

5)  Glenmorangie Dornoch Single Malt Scotch (exclusive for duty free)

Inspired by the unique natural environment surrounding the Glenmorangie's Distillery, Dr Bill Lumsden set out to encapsulate the essence of the Dornoch Firth in a special Limited Edition release. Representing the often wild, wind-swept coastline, Dr Bill created a robust spirit, extra matured in Amontillado Sherry butts. But to reflect the occasional tranquility of the Firth, he also crafted an elegant spirit using 1st fill American White Oak casks to bring layers of distinctive floral, vanilla and citrus notes.

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