Choose the very best festive bottles from our selection of our boozy Christmas gifts to give in 2019. Treat someone to top notch gin or a spiced rum.
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Looking for a gift for a loved one who likes to keep their spirits collection up to date? Look no further. We've rounded up the very best spirits for gifting, including the most beautiful bottles and tastiest flavours.
Read on to discover our top buys. For over 200 buyer’s guides, visit our product review section, plus find more festive inspiration in our bumper gift guide for foodies, round-up of the best Christmas hampers and the best whisky and gin gifts.
El Bandarra vermut red
A fruity, spiced, red vermouth that can be enjoyed with soda or used to add oomph to a negroni. Our vermouth cocktail collection includes a few ways to make the most of this oft-overlooked spirit.
Isle of Raasay Hebridean gin
This smooth, fresh-tasting, handcrafted gin comes in a gorgeous bottle, making it the perfect gift for any gin lover. Get even more juniper-laced inspiration from our review of the best gins to give as a gift.
Master of Malt (£34.95)
Isle of Raasay Distillery (£35)
The Norfolk quince whisky liqueur
A light, fruity tipple with a strong quince flavour and gentle whisky warmth that’s sweet enough to be enjoyed on its own or paired with ginger beer for a longer drink.
The English Whisky Company (£19.99)
Master of Malt (£20.95)
El Rayo reposado tequila
Smooth and loaded with complexity, this reposado – ‘rested’ – tequila has notes of raw almond skins on the nose. Plus, it looks fabulous, making it a special gift. For more tequila to get the party started, read our review of the best tequila – taste tested.
Blood orange & clove negroni
A seriously quaffable, ready-to-drink negroni, festively fruity and spiced – pour over ice and serve for an easy twist on the classic cocktail. Master the art of the classic negroni with our simple recipe.
Salcombe Brewery Island Street porter
With hints of dark chocolate, coffee and dark cherry, this rich, velvety porter reminds us of Black Forest gateau. Launched in early 2019, it has already won several awards, the latest being Champion Beer of the South West by Taste of the West, beating more than 1,000 entrants.
Stranger & Sons gin
Created at Third Eye Distillery in Goa, India, this boutique gin is made with seven botanicals, including black pepper, cassia bark and Indian citrus peel such as gondhoraj limes (a hybrid fruit that tastes like a cross between a lime and a mandarin). The result is an aromatic gin with warming, spicy undertones.
The Whisky Exchange (£34.75)
Master of Malt (£34.75)
Hotel Chocolat cream liqueur
Combining 70% dark chocolate with real cream and vodka, this is a bit like Irish cream liqueur but less sickly-sweet and more chocolatey. Smooth and rich, a little goes a long way. Try it in hot chocolate for a real treat.
Cut to the Spice rum
Packed with vanilla and caramel, the sweetness of this rum is sticky but still sophisticated. Bold and creamy with a hint of pepper and salt to cut through the sugar, this is an impressive drink. For more glasses of something special, check out our picks of the best spiced rums 2019.
Drink Finder (£21.99)
Master of Malt (£23.82)
Speyburn 18-year-old Scotch whisky
Crammed with caramelised fruit and full-bodied chocolate flavours, this rich dram from Speyburn is perfect for Christmas. Matured in American and Spanish oak casks for 18 years, it also has sweet toffee notes, so it's perfect for a post-dinner tipple. Top up your cocktail cabinet with the 9 best whiskies to buy as gifts 2019.
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