What do you get the person who has everything? Well, you can’t go wrong with a good bottle of liquor. Whether it’s whisky, vodka, cognac, tequila or rum, a good bottle of the best goes a long way. We’ve compiled this list of some of the most extravagant bottles that are available, and they all make amazing gifts this holiday season…
Martell XO ($159.99)
The Martell XO offers a spicy, rich crescendo starting with the mellow elegance of the Borderies, followed by the intensity and finesse that’s typical of Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie.
The Glenlivet 21 ($139.99)
The 21 Year Old is produced in small bespoke batches from Glenlivet. Each cask is nosed and approved, which makes every batch unique. This whisky of this age is extremely rare, and only the best are selected for this expression. The combination of cask types imparts richness, intensity, and a long finish to the whisky.
The Glenlivet XXV ($359.99)
The XXV is a batch-produced whisky finished in individually selected ex-sherry butts. This creates a nutty spiciness that enriches the flavors of the expression.
Each cask is individually monitored in the finishing process to ensure only the subtlest sherry tones are added to this silky and elegant whisky.
Hennessy XO ($219)
Hennessy X.O Cognac is intense, rich, and full-bodied. It’s a blend of more than one hundred individual aged cognacs–some of which were aged up to 30 years. Well-balanced on the palate, this cognac’s strong and predominantly peppery flavors attest to its long aging. (X.O. stands for “eXtra Old.”) Enjoy it on the rocks, with a splash of water or neat.
Gran Patron Platinum ($195.00)
Gran Patrón Platinum is characterized by its crystal-clear bright color and aroma of fresh agave, citrus, and fruit. The taste is extremely smooth and sweet, with light notes of citrus and very faint oak wood. The finish is long-lasting and has a hint of black pepper.
Piedra Extra Añejo ($359.00)
Piedra is meticulously aged for more than three years in new American and French oak barrels for a deep mahogany color–and that pays off with a sweetly subtle aroma of fruit, fresh mushroom, light citrus, and toasted French oak.
The Macallan Rare Cask ($300)
The Macallan Rare Cask is a new addition to The Macallan’s core range, and will be available in the US in limited quantities on an ongoing basis. The whisky has a rich ruby-red hue, and the Macallan master whisky maker takes great care to achieve consistency in this natural color. Rare Cask is crafted only from handpicked Spanish oak sherry-seasoned casks–amongst the most precious and scarce in single malt whisky.
Don Julio REAL ($350)
REAL is an Extra Añejo–that being a new classification reserved for the most exclusive of tequilas aged for three or more years. The complex taste includes dried fruit and roasted agave, followed by toffee and chocolate topped with a slightly dry (and lightly bitter) finish.
Johnnie Walker Blue ($249)
Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a blend of the rarest malts from hand-selected casks across Scotland. The whiskies that compose Blue Label are especially selected for their individuality–and are chosen from some of the rarest stocks in the Johnnie Walker reserves. Only one in 10,000 casks is deemed to be of sufficient character for selection.
Royal Salute 21 Years Old ($199)
Royal Salute is the only Scotch whisky collection that begins at 21 years of age–which makes Royal Salute one of the world’s most luxurious whiskys.