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Alcohol Gifts For the Booze Hound

From hostess gifts to the highest of the high end, these are the best bottles for gifting
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Holiday gifting can be fraught with obstacles. Clothes don't fit, your favorite art's not always to someone else's taste, books lack a bit of pizzaz. But before you head for the gift-card-and-a-candle route, might we suggest a gift that's a guaranteed not to need tailoring and is always a crowd pleaser (even if it's a crowd of two)? We've rounded up some of the best bottles for gifting from hostess bottles to the highest of the high end to take the stress out of gift-giving season this year. Raise a glass to celebrate the season with some spiffy spirits.

Four Pillars Christmas Gin


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This aptly-named bottle of Australian gin is distilled with Christmas puddings made with the distiller's mother's own recipe. Infused with the flavors of cinnamon, star anise, coriander and angelica, the gin is then blended with the distiller's main stock that has been aged in scotch whiskey barrels and a hint of sherry cask-aged muscat.

Absolut Elyx Pineapple Gift Set


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BUY NOW $125, reservebar.com

The pineapple is an age-old symbol of hospitality, so what better way to thank your host than with this pretty (and practical) copper version? The fact that it comes with a bottle of this velvety, copper-distilled, winter wheat vodka doesn't hurt either.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey


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BUY NOW $43, reservebar.com

Rye has made big moves in the whiskey scene in recent years, which will make this nutty, flavorful malt refreshing for seasoned sippers. Made from 51% malt and aged in new oak barrels, this whiskey has a bourbon edge—which makes perfect sense coming from one of Kentucky's most renowned distillers.

Don Papa 10 Year Old Rum


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This small-batch rum from the Philippines is aged in re-charred oak barrels giving it a rich, velvety flavor of vanilla, cacao, and dried fruit: perfect for everything from an after-dinner drink to an elegant poolside sip. 

Diplomatico Ambassador


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Holiday-friendly notes of raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon give this rich, cask-strength rum a beautiful long finish that will convert even the most staunch whiskey sipper. 100% pot distilled the rum is aged in white oak barrels for a minimum of twelve years before spending an additional two years in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, for a deeply complex flavor profile. 

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More: 16 Best Rums That Make the Case for Sipping

Patron en Lalique: Serie 2


BUY NOW $7,500, reservebar.com

What do you get when you match up artisanal tequila and one of the top names in the luxury crystal game? The most exclusive, elegant bottle of tequila around, of course. Each of the 299 bottles is handmade in Lalique's glass factor in Alcase, France and individually fashioned, polished, engraved and signed, making it a truly one of a kind gift. 

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The Macallan Edition No. 4


BUY NOW $110, reservebar.com

The fourth in Macallan's Edition series, this limited edition bottle is all about juxtaposing the old and the new. In this case, the old is the brand's nearly 200 years of whiskey mastery, the new being the innovation and design typified by the new Macallan Distillery in Speyside, Scotland, which opened in June 2018.

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Hangar 1 Vodka Fog Point


BUY NOW $134, reservebar.com

Vodka lovers will go crazy for this singular, vintage bottling. Using specially-designed "fog catchers" this chenin blanc and viognier- distilled vodka incorporates water pulled from Bay Area fog for a crisp, clear (and eco-conscious) flavor that's a literal taste of San Fransisco.

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Graham's 40 Year Old Tawny Port


BUY NOW $180, wine.com

A perfect dessert wine—or perfect excuse to have wine for dessert—this decadent port exudes noted of dried fruits, toasted toffee, and chocolate.

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Single Barrel Bourbon


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BUY NOW $144, reservebar.com

This cask-strength Kentucky whiskey was built for serious bourbon drinkers. Celebrating the brand's 25th anniversary, this single-barrel bottling allows you to taste every nuance of uncut flavor for a rich tasting experience.

More: 7 Rare Bourbons Collectors Love

Hennessy Paradis Rare Cognac


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Blended from some of the finest, rarest eaux-de-vie in the Hennessey cellars, this silky cognac includes notes of rose petals, honey, and truffle, with a delicate hint of spice.

Avion Reserva 44


BUY NOW $121, thewhiskyexchange.com

Notes of vanilla and citrus are accented by dried fruits, eucalyptus and cinnamon in this small batch tequila. Aged in oak barrels for over three years, this decadent tequila is perfect for the agave aficionado in your life.

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Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Subscription


BUY NOW $250 for six months, shakerandspoon.com

The gift that keeps on giving for adventurous home mixologists, this monthly subscription box comes with everything you need to craft unique and impressive cocktails, just add alcohol. With three recipes, perfectly portioned syrups, shrubs, and juices, plus garnishes, fresh fruits, and herbs, this is an ideal gift for tipplers with the urge to explore.

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Basil Hayden's Dark Rye


BUY NOW $50, astorwines.com

Solve the after dinner drink dilemma with this best-of-both-world bottle. A blend of robust Kentucky and Canadian rye whiskies with a touch of California port, the bottle offers the smooth drinkability of a fortified wine with the backbone of an assertive rye.

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Louis Roederer Cristal 2008


BUY NOW $260, wine.com

Help your giftee drink like a king—or should we say tsar? Originally created for Tsar Alexander II in 1876, Cristal was the world’s first Cuvée de Prestige and the extended aging of the 2008 vintage release brings a depth and personality that shows why the name has become synonymous with luxury.

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Nolet's Reserve Dry Gin


BUY NOW $700, reservebar.com

When it comes to an elegant reserve blend worthy of sipping, gin isn't always the first spirit that jumps to mind. This flavor-forward gin with notes of saffron and verbena make a strong case for why it should be.

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Rémy Martin "Carte Blanche à Baptiste Loiseau" Cognac


BUY NOW $510, reservebar.com

This supremely rich cognac lives up to its name—it the product of the brand giving cellar master, Baptiste Loiseau carte blanche to create a cognac that embodies the ideal of Rémy Martin cognac. The result? A smooth, plummy cognac with enough warm spice to fend off even the foulest winter mood.

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Ruinart Brut Rosé


BUY NOW $90, wine.com

Considered the very first rosé champagne ever to hit the market (in 1764, no less) this beautiful bottle is packed with a crisp effervescent juice with notes of red berries that pair with... well, everything. What better to bring to a party?

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Mezcales de Leyenda Guerrero


BUY NOW $67, thewhiskeyexchange.com

Get a real taste of terroir with this artisanal bottle of regional mezcal. Mezcales de Leyenda shows the incredible diversity of mezcal flavors with individual bottlings from different regions of Mexico—in this case, among the sparse landscape of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains that lend a papaya sweetness with a hint of brine and smoke.

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Laphroiag 27 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky


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Bourbon barrel matured, this scotch is like sitting in front of a fireplace in a seaside manor. Notes of smoke, leather, and sea spray are lifted by a hint of citrus fruit, with a long, smooth finish that scotch drinkers won't be able to resist.

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Cruzan Single Barrel


BUY NOW $36, reservebar.com

Give your favorite island-hopper a taste of the good life with this single-barrel-finished Caribbean rum. Well-rounded, with a long, smooth finish, this bottle proves what underestimating this delectably versatile spirit would be a mistake.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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