Christmas is almost upon us! But if you’re anything like us, this time of year can be filled with just as much stress as it does merriment. So to save you a mad dash around the High Street on Christmas Eve, we’ve put together a set of Christmas Gift Guides which should have all bases covered when buying for an average Joe. In this guide, we’ll be talking all things Booze!
DiscoverBrew Beer Subscription
Price: £25.00 a month
If your Joe likes discovering new beers, the aptly named DiscoverBrew beer subscription service is a great idea for a Christmas gift. DiscoverBrew curates a selection of six hand-picked beers each month, each one specially selected from across hundreds of breweries around the world, for its character, taste and personality. As well as the beers, subscribers can also access a bespoke video from DiscoverBrew’s tasting expert Conor Stevens by scanning the QR code on the ‘BrewBox’ with their smartphone camera. Videos will cover background on the breweries, production methods, tasting notes and more. We should also say, each BrewBox is also a thing of beauty in itself!
Pickering’s Gin Baubles
Who said decorating your Christmas tree need to be a chore? Take a look at these Gin Baubles from Edinburgh distillery, Pickering’s. Guaranteed to bring merriment in more ways than one, Pickering’s has crafted over a million gin-filled baubles ready for the festive season. Available in a rainbow of colours, the gin-filled baubles come in pink, blue, purple, yellow, red and green with a rose gold screw lid and a silk red ribbon for hanging… and drinking…
Suntory Toki Whisky
In recent years, Japan has gained a reputation for producing some of the best whisky on the planet. So a Japanese malt would make a great gift this Christmas. We like this Toki blend from the famed Suntory distillery. Meaning ‘time’ in Japanese, Toki brings together old and new by blending whiskies from Suntory’s Hakushu, Yamazaki, and Chita distilleries. Its unique pairing of Hakushu American white oak cask malt whisky with Chita heavy-type grain whisky is certainly unique but it’s also perfectly balanced, boasting subtly sweet and spicy finish with notes of vanilla, white pepper and ginger.
Haig Club Whisky
Website: Master of Malt
But if you’re after something a little more versatile, Haig Club is always a safe bet. Perfect for the festive season where mixing and cocktails are on the menu, Haig Club is the iconic Single Grain Scotch Whisky created in partnership with David Beckham. It has a smooth, crisp and light taste complimented by notes of citrus, which is uniquely blended with butterscotch and toffee. The result is a complex and light Scotch that works perfectly with any mixer or in classic and contemporary cocktails.
The Duppy Share Rum
Website: The Duppy Share
But you can always bring a slice of summer into the festive season with a well-balanced Caribbean rum. While in the whisky world, it’s the angels who are said to take their share of whisky from the cask, in the Caribbean, it’s the mischievous Duppy spirits that travel from island to island, taking their share of rum. This legend is where The Duppy Share gets its name. Made from a blend of bourbon-barrel-matured 5 year old rum from Barbados and 3 year old rum from Jamaica, The Duppy Share is a bright and bold which comes with hints of brown sugar, ginger and fresh lime.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition
Whiskey and beer are no strangers behind the bar, which is why Jameson has bought the pair together for any innovative range this Christmas. Their triple distilled Irish whiskey has been finished in craft beer-seasoned barrels and we think their IPA Edition is well worth a sample. As you’d expect, the smooth whiskey comes with light hints of hops, zesty citrus and fresh floral notes thanks to the IPA. It sounds a little odd but we think it’s a winner.
So there we have it, our round-up of all the best beer, whisky, rum and gin available this yuletide! Also don’t forget to check out our other cracking Christmas Gift Guides below…