Some spirits are just made for winter sipping – so as temperatures drop and the nights draw in, we’ve compiled our top ten festive spirits that your Christmas bubble (or drinks cabinet) deserves.
Our selection – all IWSC award-winners – ranges from the budget to the blow-out and shines a light on everything from rum-drenched Jamaican shores, with Hampden Estate’s 8-year-old, to Taiwan, with Kavalan’s Solist Amontillado Sherry Cask.
For those partial to a post-prandial drink, how about Château du Tariquet’s Folle Blanche 15-year-old Armagnac, with its roasted nut and baking spice aromas? Or perhaps a dram of Bunnahabhain 25-year-old single malt Scotch whisky with its orange liqueur and grapefruit zest notes?
South of the equator, KWV’s attention-grabbing, perfumed and herbal 20-year-old South African Brandy will delight even the most traditional Cognac connoisseur. And, for your virtual, aperitif-drinking, Zoom-quizzing guests, surely Four Pillars Distillery’s Spiced Negroni Gin will hit the spot with its citrus, spice, mint and liquorice flavours.
Whether it’s to toast guests both near and far, or something to sip as you wrap another present, scroll down to discover a bottle that will make for fine company this Christmas.
Top Rated Bottles
Kavalan Distillery, Solist Amontillado Sherry Single Cask Strength
Kyrö, Malt Rye Whiskey
Bunnahabhain, 25 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky
William Grant & Sons, The Balvenie 14 YO Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Dewar's, 25 YO Blended Scotch Whisky
Hampden Estate, 8 YO Pure Single Jamaican Rum
Trois Rivières, 12 YO Rhum
Château du Tariquet, Pure Folle Blanche 15 YO Bas-Armagnac
Domaine du Chêne, Jean Doussoux Single Cask N°89 Edition Limitée XO Cognac
KWV, 20 YO Grape Brandy
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