Holiday Spirits Gift Guide



Johnnie Walker Platinum Label

Inspired by the tradition of private blends, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is the most preciously crafted 18-year-old Scotch whisky John Walker & Sons has ever created. Platinum Label is the ultimate blend to share at exclusive gatherings and private events throughout the year. (cost: $110)


Johnnie Walker Blue Label

If Platinum is not enough, go Blue. The pinnacle whisky of the House of Walker, Johnnie Walker Blue Label represents the epitome of blending. Crafted from some of the rarest casks from the Johnnie Walker stocks, this already rare bottle of whisky can become truly one-of-a-kind with custom bottle engraving (the complimentary service is available nationally year-round here and at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal through December 24th). Messages of 45 characters can be engraved in multiple languages. (cost: $225)


Highland Park 15

This is a great well balanced scotch. Not very smokey, just a hint. The price point (cost $70-$80) makes this an ideal holiday gift, but still an impressive bottle to pull out during some entertaining.


Brugal Especial Extra Dry

There are plenty of spirits out there to enjoy other than whiskey, and Brugal offers a great premium rum to mix in cocktails at a very affordable price (cost $19.99).


Knob Creek Holiday Label

As part of Knob Creek’s annual personalized Label Program, Knob Creek has partnered with Celebrity Chef Michael Symon for the second year in a row to bring fans a completely new and unique Holiday Label. This year’s label, which was designed by Symon himself, reflects his personal style as well as our flavorful bold bourbon and can be affixed to any of Knob Creek bourbon bottles turning it into a one-of-a-kind gift that is perfect as a stocking stuffer, host gift or present for the spirits lover in your life. Each label is free and can be personalized with a message for each recipient online.


The Black Grouse

From the same folks who bring you The Famous Grouse comes its smokier cousin, The Black Grouse. Described as having a “light, aromatic smokiness of the peated malt whiskies,” The Black Grouse also has a silky smoothness good for sipping or using in cocktail (cost $29).


Cutty Sark Tam o’Shanter

If you’re looking for a spirits gift in the “extra special” category, consider the Tam o’Shanter. The distinctly dark, complex whisky is a limited-edition variant of the award-winning Cutty Sark 25-year-old blend. Limited to 5,000 worldwide, each bottle of Tam o’Shanter blended Scotch whisky comes with a book by the late Alexander Goudie in a stunning bespoke oak box (cost $300).


Hornitos Plata

The purest of Hornitos® expressions, Plata is a great gift for someone with a more sophisticated palate. The 100% blue agave tequila has clove and floral spices with herbal notes that make for a crisp, clean taste. It’s classic and unaged, and great in cocktails, too. (cost $19.99)


Glen Grant Five Decades

Incredible whisky with a real history — and fantastic-looking bottle. (cost $150)


Balblair Vintage 2002

Balblair is a unique gift for any collector or connoisseur as it is the only distillery that exclusively releases vintage whisky. Each Balblair bottle is distinct due to the time the whisky spends in the cask and the composition of the casks themselves. While all Balblair vintages maintain core characteristics, each has its own distinct flavor captured from the moment it was laid in the cask and its long maturation.


Maestro Dobel Tequila

Dobel is the world’s first multi-aged tequila, and is made up from a blended mix of reposado, anejo, extra anejo — which makes for the perfect margarita. (cost $55)


Beluga Vodka

Beluga Vodka is the number one super-premium spirits brand in Russia. From grains grown in the plains of Siberia and blended with silver purified water, this unique malt spirit is distilled in Russia’s famous Mariinsky Distillery. Currently, Beluga has two distinct vodkas available in the U.S. – the Gold and the Classic Noble. (cost $30)


Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder is a serious blend of three leading Speyside Scotches. Mo Sho is everything that typical Scotch is not — approachable and mixable. (cost $30)


The Dalmore Selected By Daniel Boulud (Limited Release)

The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud ($200) is the world’s first single malt scotch whisky created in collaboration with a Michelin-star chef. This limited release of only 1,000 bottles has been recognized by the International Wine & Spirit Competition with a Gold Medal.