With Christmas around the corner, it’s never too early to start thinking about presents. That brings up the question: What do I get? Well, the best gifts to get people are ones you can enjoy with them, and nothing is consistent with that mindset than a bottle of booze you can crack open with a friend. Here are our top 12 bottles (that won’t break the bank) that we think are the best for a Christmas present.
Martin Ray Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml – 32.99
The diverse sources of this Cabernet Sauvignon exemplify the Napa Valley terroir. The strong, traditional bouquet layers notes of ripe black cherry, dark cassis, aromatic violets, and savory curry spices rooted by earthy undertones. With clean fruit throughout the palate, this medium-bodied wine has well-structured tannins balanced
Wine Advocate Review Rated 91 The Chateauneuf du Pape is the current release, having spent three years in foudres prior to bottling. It's ready to drink, yet it still has some tannin to offer and marries that structure to notes of cherries, leather, and licorice on the supple finish.
Don Julio 70 is an anejo tequila that is filtered to remove the color imparted in the aging process. It is aged for 18 months in used American white oak barrels. 70 does not refer to the proof (which is 80 proof), but to the 70th anniversary of the distillery Don Julio started in 1942. This bottling was released in 2012 to commemorate that occasion.
Casamigos (loosely translated to "house of friends") is indeed the tequila brand created by George Clooney and Rande Gerber. The agaves are sourced from the Highlands of Jalisco and this reposado is aged for 7 months in reconditioned whiskey barrels and is bottled at 80 proof.
Crystal Head Vodka 750ml – 39.99
Crystal Head Vodka contains no additives, added sugar or citrus oils, which are common in many types of vodka. There is a real emphasis on purity. This premium vodka gives a creamy mouth feel and very subtle citrus and aniseed flavours. Created by Dan Aykroyd to be the purest vodka, the spirit has received critical acclaim, winning Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Beluga Allure Russian Vodka is filtered multiple times before the distillers add a very small amount of fig extract and maple syrup, resulting in a classically clean but subtly sweet flavour profile. Staying true to their premium ways, Beluga Allure comes presented in a handsome leather case.
Aged in small batches in Oloroso and American oak casks, this pours a rich bronze and opens with aromas of caramel, vanilla and floral notes on the nose; incredibly smooth and mellow on the palate with hints of sweet dried fruit, candied orange peel and subtle oak spice followed by a long and rewarding, finish.
The Macallan Gold Double Cask Scotch Whisky 750ml – 54.99
Scotland- Maturation in hand-picked Sherry seasoned American and European oak casks delivers a range combining a classic Macallan style with the unmistakable predominance of American oak.
Flor de Cana translated means 'flower of the cane' and this rum from Nicaragua certainly reflects its name with fragrant floral and vanilla notes being dominant. The palate is drier than expected with medium weight, and some clove, dark chocolate, and dried fruit flavours on a warming, medium-length finish.
Gran Reserva Diez is aged for a full 10 years under the Caribbean sun. Filtered only before aging, with bright notes of stone fruits, banana and pear, balanced with caramelized vanilla and oak. Enjoy neat or on the rocks.
Hendrick's Gin 750ml – 28.99
Hendrick's Gin was launched by William Grant & Sons at a time when gin wasn't the diverse, thriving category it is today. A clear callback to gin's forbears, the apothecary style bottle suggests comparison to Genevers and a time when gin was a medicine. The Edwardian era advertising campaign has helped make the brand a stalwart both in bars and in homes.
Tanqueray Gin NO.10 750ml – 24.99
Released in 2000, Tanqueray No. TEN gin is named after the small copper pot-still ("Tiny Ten") that is used to produce the spirit. Made with several botanicals which differ from the standard Tanqueray recipe, juniper, coriander, chamomile flowers, white grapefruit, lime, and orange make up the recipe. This is the only gin (so far) that uses whole citrus fruits in its recipe.