Even the most serious connoisseurs will concede that, at the end of the day, truly enjoying spirits is about taste and discovery. What better time to explore than the holiday season? Whether you shake or stir, toast on the rocks or neat, there’s a rich variety and selection of tasting notes for your palate. Cheers!
Armand de Brignac
All of the grapes from the varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier are picked from the historic region of La Marne and are from villages rated grand cru and premier cru, which allow distinct character. It is, indeed, a reason for celebration.
If you’re going to mix, consider a light, refreshing, and sugar-free option. The new slender can makes an attractive addition to any setup.
Because of a special five- to six-hour cold distillation, a unique process of distilling in sub-zero temperatures, only small batches of this English gin can be made each day. Fresh and citrusy, it is handwrapped with a leather tie—its seal of approval.
Be transported to the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, with the sweet and tropical influences of 100% Blue Weber Agave and a specially designed distillation process called “heart of hearts” that provides twice the agave found in other tequilas.
The Glenrothes Extraordinary Cask is perfect for impressing a potential business partner, or celebrating the closing of a deal. This $5,000 special presentation of Glenrothes Single Cask with tasting notes of toffee apples, citrus, eucalyptus, and “very, very dark chocolate,” is hand-signed and labeled with the distillation date July 6, 1970, in cask 10573, poured into Atlantis Crystal, and kept in a handcrafted leather carrying case with a wooded display stand and hardcover book written by noted scotch enthusiasts.
Belvedere (RED) Special Edition
Designed to raise awareness and money—from 50% of the profits—for HIV/AIDS in Africa, this is a rich look for any bar and an even better opportunity to pay it forward.
V Georgio Vodka
Handcrafted through a patented process that provides a smooth, rich flavor, and with two special blends offering tropical fruit accents of guarana and açaí, it is the new venture and solely owned product of African American businessman Victor G. Harvey.
New Amsterdam Vodka
It has a contemporary design, a five times distillation process for a smooth finish, and an “outstanding” rating in taste awards. Try it neat. The price is special—and so is their gin, infused with juniper and other botanicals. Both are a great value.
Chambord Flavored Vodka Offering warm, floral, and fruity accents of hibiscus flower, notes of vanilla, and white chocolate over the familiar black raspberry foundation, Chambord Flavored Vodka offers an enchanting new twist on a staple liqueur.
Four Roses Bourbon
The 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch is a special blend of four recipes, including a 17-year-old bourbon, with notes that range from caramel custard and soft cedar to allspice, nutmeg, and red raspberries. Offering such a full-bodied experience for the senses, it’s a must for the serious bourbon enthusiast. If you decide to keep it for your personal collection, introduce your guests to the 90-proof Roses Small Batch, a creamy, spicy favorite.
This woody yet floral cognac marked by the Cross of Lorraine, an emblem of courage, honor, and perseverance, is designed and crafted at the Chateau de Cognac, one of the oldest such houses in France.
Rémy Martin V.S.O.P.
This musically inspired and limited edition collaboration with singer Robin Thicke, featuring his signature, is a beautiful bar display or a great party favor for a special gathering.
Tahitian vanilla and warm butterscotch are the immediate enticing scents of this 12-year-old, award-winning sipping rum from Trinidad, handcrafted with three to five rums and aged in small oak barrels.