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Christmas Drinks & Spirits Gift Guide

Buy loved ones gifts they can imbibe this Christmas – because edible and drinkable presents will never go to waste. And with so many innovative artisan brands on the market, there are many ways to find an alternative version of a favourite tipple and here are some of our favourite spirits we have enjoyed this year.

Mozart Chocolate Cream

Mozart Chocolate Liqueur is an Austrian luxury milk chocolate cream liqueur made with highquality Belgian chocolate, fresh cream, vanilla, African and Caribbean cocoa, Belgian dark chocolate, Madagascan Bourbonvanilla, and sugar cane distillate. It is best served lightly chilled as a chocolate drink or used to enhance desserts.

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Beefeater Rhubarb & Cranberry

Beefeater Rhubarb & Cranberry is the perfect blend of the classic British flavours of rhubarb and cranberry, inspired by the recipes of our founder James Burrough in the 1800s. Crafted in their famous London copper still, Beefeater Rhubarb & Cranberry is made with natural ingredients and follows our award-winning London Dry recipe. Enjoy it as a G&T with tonic water, orange bitters, and a lime wheel, or in your favourite gin cocktails.

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

This Christmas, give the special someone in your life something extra special with Johnnie Walker Blue Label. This extraordinary whisky is made with one of the rarest casks of whisky in the world, making it a remarkable rarity that truly shows your care and appreciation. With its depth of flavour and distinctive signature taste, it‘s an indulgent and luxurious gift that will make this Christmas truly memorable.

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anCnoc 12

anCnoc 12-year-old is an awardwinning single malt whisky from the Highlands of Scotland. It is complex yet smooth, with a nose of citrus fruits and sweet honeycomb, a creamy mouthfeel, and a long, fruity finish. Matured in a combination of second-fill American oak, exbourbon, and exsherry casks, it is the perfect whisky for any occasion.

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Cardrona Distillery The Reid Vodka

Cardrona‘s Reid Single Malt Vodka is an exceptional spirit crafted from only the finest malted barley. After two distillations in German column stills, it is blended with local water to achieve a 44% ABV. This decadently rich vodka offers a unique flavour profile that is perfect for sipping neat or in a craft cocktail.

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Bushmills 16 Year Old

Aged in a combination of Oloroso Sherry and bourbon-seasoned barrels, before going through a final finishing period in Port wine casks, the unique maturation process creates a truly fantastic whiskey. With complex notes of juicy fruits, nuts, and spice, as well as a hint of ruby redness, the 16 Year Old Single Malt is best enjoyed neat or with a small ice cube to unpack its unique flavours. 

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Amarula African Gin

Amarula African Gin is a unique take on gin, made from marula fruit spirit and premium botanicals. For every litre of Amarula African Gin sold, £1 goes to the Amarula Trust to support elephant conservation and local communities. It has a complex yet delicate flavour with gentle juniper notes and subtle orange blossom, and is best served over ice with Indian tonic and a slice of fresh grapefruit.

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Jumping Goat Coffee Vodka Liqueur

Jumping Goat is a coffeeinfused liqueur created in 2013 by New Zealand‘s Callum OBrien. Inspired by the story of Kaldi, the goat herder of Ancient Ethiopia, the liqueur is made with 100% organic, batchroasted coffee beans from Papua New Guinea, a blend of spices and pure, redistilled New Zealand whey vodka.

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The Whisky Exchange A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas Whisky

This year’s Christmas Whisky from The Whisky Exchange is a rich, sherry-matured whisky from Blair Athol, blended with elegant old grain from Strathclyde and Cameronbridge, classic Speyside malt from Glen Elgin, and spicy new-oak-matured Linkwood. The result is a dram packed with Christmas flavour, perfect for the holiday season. The bottle design is a nod to tradition, with a festive orange and gold design that will make a great addition to any home bar.

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Eden Mill 12 Gins of Christmas

This Christmas, ditch the partridges and pear trees and treat yourself or a loved one to a unique collection of 12 full-strength Eden Mill gins, complete with a pair of beautiful, bespoke tulip glasses. This stunning gin glass gift set comprises a 5cl bottle of each of our recent new gin releases, beautifully presented in a black and copper presentation gin gift box and encased in a copper-foiled sleeve.

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Gwalarn

With a name meaning “north-west wind” in the Breton language, this bottle is a blend of unpeated whisky from Scotland and Germany, as well as peated whisky from across the English channel. It comes from the French Celtic Whisky Distillerie and is a complex combination, created by Distiller and Cellar Master Aël Guégan. The result is fruity, vanilla and slightly salty on the palate.

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Ron Abuelo XII Two Oaks

Ron Abuelo is a rum brand with a rich and distinctive history. The brand was created by José Varela Blanco, a pioneer from Spain who came to Panama and created the country‘s first sugar cane mill. The Ron Abuelo Two Oaks rum has a smooth flavour that is the result of the liquid being aged for 12 years in selected bourbon barrels and finished in an extra-charred virgin American Oak barrel. This results in a non-traditional liquid that meets the bridge between bourbon and rum. It has an intense, and delicate smoky sweetness with notes of spices, caramel, and roasted coffee beans with light hints of cola nuts. It can be enjoyed straight up or on the rocks.

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Glenmorangie A Tale of the Forest Single Malt

The Glenmorangie A Tale of the Forest is a limited edition whisky that is made from barley that is kilned with woodland botanicals. The whisky is inspired by the woods near the whisky creator’s home and is matured in ex-bourbon barrels. The whisky has notes of pine needles, woodland moss, eucalyptus, bitter orange, coriander, oak, peppermint, roasted chestnut, gentle wisps of smoke and juniper.

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Aluna Coconut Rum

Aluna is made with virgin sugar cane which makes a lighter smoother rum with a natural subtle sweetness. A subtle blend of rums from Guatemala and the Caribbean with natural toasted coconut flavour. Aluna offers the true flavour of coconut alongside the authentic warmth and complexity of high-quality rum with no sticky, sugary aftertaste. It’s naturally lower in sugar and higher in flavour and great for a Daiquiri or to add to hot chocolate in winter. 

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Avallen Calvados

Avallen is made from nothing but apples, water and time, and is completely natural with no additives or added sugar. Avallen has just launched a new paper bottle in a major move to greater sustainability which is far more robust that glass and six times lighter so makes posting for a Christmas gift ideal. It is available in Harvey Nichols until end of Nov then nationwide. Avallen‘s liquid is fresh, fruity, and proudly apple-forward in its flavour profile which is aged in French oak barrels for 2 years. Produced entirely in northwest Normandy Avallen represents a younger, fresher and more climate-conscious brand with the health of the planet at its core. Even the labels are made from recycled paper fibres and apple pulp. 

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VIVIR Café Coffee Liqueur

VIVIR Café VS is a Tequila-based liqueur made with VIVIR Tequila Blanco and flavoured with Mexican coffee beans. It is sweetened with Piloncillo, a natural Mexican cane sugar. It has a rich coffee flavour with a subtle Agave finish. Delicious savoured by itself and superb in classic coffee cocktails, including the Espresso Martini.

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Fords Gin

Fords Gin, a London Dry, is a collaboration between 10th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers and Simon Ford. It’s been designed in unison with professional bartenders and celebrated distillers from around the world. From its beginning, Fords Gin has earned credibility within the craft bartending community and has become a go-to gin for use in cocktails. Fords Gin is one of the top 10 best-selling premium gins in the USA and is the newest member of the Brown-Forman portfolio, joining in 2019.  Fords Gin won the Chairman’s Trophy at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2019, and it remains on the 50 Best Bars top trending gin list.

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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin is truly full of character. Whether with tonic, as a sling, martini, or gimlet – the unique and complex taste of Monkey 47 is an ideal basis for both classic and more excentric cocktails. The distinct and pure scent of juniper, tangy and crisp citrus notes, a sweet, flowery aroma, with a hint of peppery spices, subtle bitter fruit notes of cranberries, and a deep and harmoniously balanced complexity. The pièce de résistance is a real Black Forest “secret weapon”, fresh lingonberries.

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Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin

Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo is one of our most popular gins, favoured by those who relish the zesty aromas and taste that only the very best citrus fruits can deliver. If you’re in search of a gift for that tricky-to-buy-for friend, then look no further.

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Horse With No Name

This is an interesting spirit from The Horse’s Spirit Co., which features a spicy combo of bourbon and habanero pepper. The bourbon comes from Texas’s Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., while The Horse’s Spirit Co. makes a habanero distillate (using red savina peppers, specifically) in Germany, which is then combined to make Horse With No Name! Great in cocktails, particularly in a warming twist on a Manhattan, or a Mule…

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Santiago de Cuba 11 Year Old Extra Anejo

Let your loved one discover Cuban Rum through this rich, smooth, naturally sweet blend of sugar cane molasses, with hints of vanilla, coconut and almond by Ron Santiago de Cuba. This perfect Christmas gift is currently available in an exclusive, gold foil-embossed, luxury gift tin with a red carrying rope. Inside, there is a label that can be personalised and to make this gift extra special, the bottle is beautifully wrapped in a map of Cuba which takes the recipient on a journey of Ron Santiago de Cuba discovery once opened. 

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Axia Extra Dry Mastiha Spirit

Axis is an expertly-crafted Mastiha from Greece, made with resin from the Mastic trees on the island of Chios. The dried resin crystals are harvested and cleaned by hand, then double distilled before being bottled at 40% ABV without any sweetening. This leaves an authentic flavour profile with vibrant citrus and vegetal notes.

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ITALICUS Italian Bergamot Aperitivo

This award-winning modern Italian Aperitivo is a stunning addition to the Christmas drinks trolley or the perfect gift for the trend-setting cocktail lover in your life. The striking bottle design embodies the history and heritage of Italy with the colour of the glass representing the Capri and Amalfi Coast shoreline. The Aperitivo, which is 20% alcohol, has fresh tones of ripe bergamot balanced with a light bitter and floral spice. It can be used in cocktails like the classic ITALICUS Spritz with Prosecco or Champagne to welcome guests to your festivities, or in a classic Sgroppino with sparkling wine of your choice and lemon sorbet.

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Cambridge Distillery

The first of its kind, Truffle Gin was created by the Cambridge Distillery. The digestif is made using white Piedmont truffle from Alba and offers a unique taste. Or give the one you love the ready-to-serve Cambridge Dry Gin & Tonic, crafted using fresh and in season botanicals and served in a champagne-style bottle for a pleasing celebratory pop.

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The GlenAllachie 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish

Bottled in 2021, this innovative malt was recently released as part of the Wood Finish series by GlenAllachie distillery. The spirit has been matured in American oak barrels for 10 years, before being re-racked into Ruby Port Pipes adding depth of flavour, complexity and providing its namesake.

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