A Holiday Guide for the Holiday Spirit

A Holiday Guide for the Holiday Spirit

For the supporters of spirits, admirers of alcohol or lovers of liquid, what better way to please the palate during this festive period than with a holiday spirit.

Whether it’s to create a cocktail or slowly savour, the perfect spirit is the ideal ingredient during the festive season.

From the jolliest of gins to the winter wonderland of whisky, there’s a holiday spirit for everyone.

 

THE JOLLIEST OF GINS

Photo: Hendrick’s Gin

HENDRICK’S GIN, 750ml

Hendrick’s Gin is made with a number of unusual twists to deliver a most curious arrangement. Unlike ordinary gins, Hendrick’s Gin is distilled in Scotland, in miniscule batches of only 500 litres at a time. Only Hendrick’s Gin is made with infusions of cucumber and rose petals, alongside a blend of 11 botanicals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma. Hendrick’s Gin is made in a combination of a Carter-Head and Bennet copper pot still, creating a divinely smooth gin with both character and balance of subtle flavours.

Available across Canada, prices range per market.

 

VERY MERRY VODKA

REYKA VODKA, 750ml

Reyka Vodka is the first and only spirit to be distilled in Iceland, made from some of the purest water in the world, coming from an arctic spring that runs through a 4,000-year-old lava field. Known as the first “green” vodka, it is made from glacial water and is distilled using sustainable energy from geothermal heat from underground volcanoes.

Reyka is distilled in small batches in one of the few carter-head stills in the world, gaining its unparalleled smoothness from its high copper level.

Available across Canada, prices range per market.

 

TEQUILA OVER TINSEL

MILAGRO TEQUILA, 750ml

To extract all the nuances of the precious agave flavor, Milagro is made using traditional, hand-built, brick ovens to slow roast his agave piñas for a full 36 hours.

Unlike most tequilas that are distilled using one kind of still, Milagro uses two completely different types of stills: a pot still to retain the vibrant, mouth-watering flavors of agave and a column still to impart an absolutely exquisite smoothness that compares to the finest white spirits in the world.

Milagro Tequila collaborates with Mexico City artists to create murals and other communications for their tequilas.

Available across Canada, prices range per market.

 

CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

MONKEY SHOULDER WHISKY, 750ml

Designed to create a liquid with the credentials of a great malt whisky as well as versatility and mixability, Monkey Shoulder’s richness and vibrancy combine with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes, making it perfect for mixing in cocktails.

Made in small batches of three fine Speyside Single malts, expertly blended then married together to achieve a smoother, richer taste have created a top-notch quality whisky that is refreshingly approachable and introduces scotch to a new generation.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

 

WHISKY WONDERLAND

GIBSON’S FINEST, 750ml

Gibson’s Finest Rare 12-year-old whisky is made right here in Canada. Ontario to be precise.

Distilled over 2 years, this medium and sweet whisky has lovely aromas of spicy oak, crème brûlée and orange zest; rich with smooth and balanced flavours of caramel and spicy notes on a lengthy finish.

Perfect for anyone who loves a locally made beverage.

Available across Canada, prices range per market.

TULLAMORE D.E.W., 750ml

Triple distilled and patiently aged in two different cask and this original blended Irish whiskey is known for its smooth and gentle complexity.

The floral yet biscuit flavour reflects the grain whiskey, while the soft spicy notes can be attributed to the pot still whiskey in the blend. The citrus flavour is complemented by the malt and the nutty or even marzipan note combined with distinctive vanilla in the finish are imparted by the sherry and bourbon casks used.

Available across Canada, prices range per market.

THE BALVENIE DOUBLEWOOD 12, 750ml

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of The Balvenie DoubleWood, aged 12 years.

DoubleWood 12 is made using a process known as ‘wood finishing’, gaining its distinctive character from being matured in two different wood types, each lending different qualities to the resulting single malt whisky.

The DoubleWood 12 has notes of sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry, layered with honey and vanilla and beautifully combines flavours of nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness smooth and mellow and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

THE BALVENIE CARIBBEAN CASK 14 YEAR OLD, 750ml

Finishing in ex-rum casks for added character and smoothness; the dram pours a shimmering amber colour and offers intense aromas of burnt sugar, oatmeal, brown butter, apricot and citrus. The palate is rich and creamy with flavours of tropical fruit, cinnamon, dried fruit and citrus followed by an enduring fruity, finish.

Available across Canada, prices range per market. Please contact us for a price in your market.

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