There’s always that one person on your gift-list that is notoriously difficult to shop for. If you’re not sure what to get that someone, you can’t go wrong with a boozy gift (provided the recipient isn’t a teetotaller!). Whether you’re buying them a bottle of something you know they already love, or want to give them the opportunity to try something new, a bottle of their favourite or soon-to-be-favourite alcoholic drink is sure to go down a treat this festive season. If you’re lucky, the recipient might even pop the bottle and share a glass with you. How’s that for a self-serving present? Here are our picks for the best alcoholic gifts for everyone on your list.
The whiskey lover – Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Special Reserve Single Malt Whisky
If award-winning whisky is a no-brainer as a gift for that whisky-loving special person in your life, Glenfiddich’s 12 Year Old Special Reserve is an absolute gem. Winner of several medals at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in recent years, it’s aged for 12 years in oak casks and is the only Highland single malt to be distilled, matured and bottled at its own distillery. The quality of these casks is exceptional as all are individually tended by the distillery’s experienced team of on-site coopers, ensuring the whisky develops complex, elegantly rounded flavours with notes of fresh pear and subtle oak.
The gin lover – Inverroche Amber
Infused with fynbos from the coastal region and dunes of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Inverroche Gin Amber is a rich and aromatic, amber coloured gin with fresh citrus, slight juniper, sweet toffee apples and delicate floral notes which intertwine to deliver a dry, woody finish. Any gin-lover would be delighted to unwrap a bottle of this fine spirit this festive season.
For the tequila lover – KAH Reposado Tequila
Another tequila from the KAH brand and with that same eye-catching bottle design – inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration – but with a completely different taste and flavour profile than its sibling. The Reposado trades the coffee and chocolate of the Anejo for more vibrant Agave flavour that is complemented by elements of vanilla and caramel. A perfect gift to get the party started and add a bit of edge to anyone’s liquor cabinet.
The rum lover – Inverroche 7-Year-Old African Blackstrap Rum
If you’re a fan of bitter cocktails, this is the rum for you. Infused with coffee and savoury notes, rather than sweet and sugary, the Inverroche Distillery seven-year-old African Blackstrap Rum offers something special indeed. The distillery only releases 1,500 bottles of this rim twice a year, so getting your hands on it is a real treat.
The teetotaller – Van Loveren Almost Zero
Van Loveren’s Almost Zero is a wine-like drink with almost no alcohol that offers wine-lovers a low-calorie, low-alcohol alternative to the mainstream options. The drink taps into the growing trend of fitness-focussed healthy living, offering a unique drink with a distinctive wine-like character, but with far less guilt. While Almost Zero looks like wine and tastes like wine, the de-alcoholised drink has less than 0,4% alcohol and 75% less kilojoules than normal wine.