Food & Drink

8 Boozy Beverages For Gifting and Sipping This Holiday Season

Tis the season for celebrations — but with it comes gifting, parties and hosting duties. The world of spirits is diverse and full of flavours, we have rounded up some of the best bottles for gifting and sipping. Need some cocktail inspo? You’ll find a few holiday recipes mixed in with some classics to help enhance your imbibing.

Hennessy Very Special Holiday Gift Box

The Hennessy Very Special holiday box needs no wrapping. Scientific formulas sketched on a blackboard inspire the beautiful rose-gold design of the box, which you can personalize to convey a message of your choosing. Glowing inside is the limited edition Hennessy V.S. cognac, containing eaux-de-vie that is aged two to ten years.

Tasting notes
Amber coloured with fruity, oaky notes
Price point in Ontario: $67.20

Ardbeg Ten Years Old Ardbone Giftpack

This eye-catching limited edition gift is perfect for any Ardbeg lover. A bottle of the complex Ardbeg 10 Year Old single malt scotch whisky is packaged within a collectable tin in the shape of the distillery mascot Shortie the dog’s beloved bone. The whisky takes your palate on a flavour journey, from cinnamon-spiced toffee and currants to creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows — a perfect drink for by the fireplace.       

Tasting notes
Light gold colouring with hints of espresso and toasted almonds
Price point in Ontario: $100.20

Bowmore Vault Edition First Release: Atlantic Sea Salt:

The Bowmore Vault Edition First Release’s Atlantic Sea Salt whisky is the perfect gift for the person in your life who dreams of summer in the colder months. This islay single malt scotch’s golden glow is easy on the eyes. Highlighting Bowmore’s maritime style, the bottle comes packaged in a rich navy blue box, and the drink contains the depth and complexity of the Atlantic itself.

Tasting notes
Bright Gold with flavours of salted honeycomb, spiced cocoa, and the tang of blood-orange.
Price point in Ontario: $199 

Glenlivet Founders Reserve

Crafted using the distillation methods that George Smith used — even using the water from the same mountain streams — the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve celebrates well-worn traditions. The single malt whisky is as smooth and fruity as the one that Smith himself sipped on, that ran from the original copper pot stills. It is sure to satisfy any and all whisky lovers. 

Tasting notes
Pale gold with zesty orange, pear, and toffee apples
Price point in Ontario: $50.95

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Inspired by Alexander Walker’s 1867 Old Highland Whisky, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a sensory marvel. The amber liquid seems suspended in the ethereal blue of the bottle, which, as a gift, will stun. It’s a combination of Scotland’s rarest whiskies and delivers the best of the brand’s signature taste.  

Tasting notes
Amber with hints of velvety vanilla, honey, and rose that crescendos with orange and dark chocolate
Price point in Ontario: $309.95

Innis & Gunn, Frank & Sense

Brewed in limited quantities, this beer is the epitome of the festive season. Frank & Sense is a golden ale that is matured over gold, frankincense and myrrh and packaged in a holiday-themed 550 ml bottle. Share it with your family and friends this holiday season and let the good times bloom. 

Tasting notes
Gold colouring, rich and warm with notes of buttered toast and toffee popcorn balanced by the bitterness of hops.
Price point in Ontario: $7.95

Hounds Black Vodka

Unique as it is tasty, Hounds Black Vodka is infused with minerals and humid acid to give it a rich black colour. Made in St. Johns, Newfoundland, it pours sleet black and has a clean taste and a smooth finish, this spirit layers wonderfully with quirky holiday cocktails. It’ll be a unique gift under the tree, one that everyone will remember. 

Tasting notes
Black with flavours of lemon, vanilla, spice and wheat which makes for a medium-bodied and fruity taste.
Price point in Ontario: $39.95

Martell Chanteloup Perspective

This cognac is very special, not to mention of the quality we’ve come to expect from Martell. Named for the estate of the Martell family, it evokes a sense of mystery and passion, along with cognac expertise. The Chanteloup Perspective comes in a stunning bottle adorned with the gates to the Chateau, and it will be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.  

Tasting notes
Glowing amber in colour with notes of dried fruits, raisins, almonds, and walnuts come together and end in a lingering finish.
Price point in Ontario: $588