With the holiday season underway, you can’t show up at a party of family get-together with empty hands. So good booze is always an excellent option. And of course you’ll need drink options if you’re entertaining as well. Here are some ideas to spice up your holiday:
Old Pulteney 12 Years Old
You usually can’t go wrong showing with a good Scotch. Old Pulteney is made by the sea on Scotland’s most remote and rugged Highland coast. It’s known and celebrated around the world for its superb character and quality, and the faint salty note that speaks of the place where it’s made and its centuries old link to the sea. The flagship whisky from The Maritime Malt is matured for 12 years in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks. Dry, medium bodied and smooth with flavors of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish. You’ll love it! Click here for ideas for Scotch whisky cocktails.
Speyburn 10 Years Old
We’re on a Scotch kick this year, so here’s a another one to consider. This gold medal winner and single malt Scotch offers a classic Speyside experience with its medium-bodied, delicate, fruity character and long, smooth finish. Speyburn 10 Years Old exhibits the distillery character and house style – the soft spirit marries with the gentle oak influence to create a perfectly balanced and approachable dram.
Here’s a suggestion for the gin drinkers on your list. Caorunn gin is handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands by Gin Master Simon Buley who infuses five locally foraged Celtic botanicals with six traditional in the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber. The result is a wildly Scottish spirit in a modern London Dry Gin style. Mix with premium tonic and garnish with red apple slices for perfect (and festive) serve or mix up any number of holiday or traditional cocktails. Click here for ideas for gin cocktails.
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011
If you’re having dinner, bringing a red wine is often a good choice. Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011 is a wonderful optionfrom Château Lassègue. Renowned vigneron Pierre Seillan and his son Nicolas harvest fruit from their hillside vineyards to produce Lassègue, which is known for its simple elegance, striking balance and rich complexity. The 2011 is an austere, full vintage, with notes of ripe blackberries and aromas of leather, baking spices and graphite. This polished wine features a velvety softness with silky tannins that move in crescendo towards a pressingly long finish. You can’t go wrong with this one! Check out more red wine reviews here.
Ruffino Modus IGT Toscana 2016
This red blend offers another great choice. Ruffino’s contemporary way of expressing Tuscany with a blend of three noble grape varieties: Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 Modus, which in Latin, means “method” or “the way” is the go-to for adding a bit of the history and heritage of Italy to your holiday table.
Champagne Palmer & Co Brut Réserve NV
Founded in 1947, the wines of Palmer & Co are created from 415 hectares of vineyards, of which 50% are classified as Premier and Grand Crus. Once vinified, Palmer embraces the time necessary for the wines to mature; the Brut Réserve spends four years in a maze of deep, chalky cellars 60 feet below ground developing its characteristic refinement and aromatic complexity. Everyone will love this champagne!
Enjoy the holidays!