Christmas Drinks – The Best Bottles To Get You In the Spirit!
December 6, 2017
From Crystal Head Vodka’s awesome gift pack with mini skull glasses to the stunning Royal Salute Gift Pack, and Renegade London’s very own sparkling to pre-order for 2018, here is the Luxuria Lifestyle round up to the Christmas drinks you need in your cabinet. Cheers!
What a way to toast the festive season! Royal Salute have this rather extravagant gift pack on offer, featuring a laser cut lid design and a beautiful interior print which makes for the perfect unique gift. The stunning limited edition set contains the Royal Salute 21 Year Old whisky along with a miniature version which makes for the perfect collectors item. With Royal Salute’s ‘royal’ connections (it was first created as a gift for the Queen’s 1953 Coronation), the latest gift pack created in partnership with highly regarded wallpaper designer Angela Groundwater pays homage to the legendary Regent’s Banquet of 1817 with cast of 120 dishes!
Golden in colour with autumnal notes and rich fruit on the nose, giving way to sweeter aromas of vanilla and sherry with a subtly smokey taste, Royal Salute has a rich, long finish with a burst of orange, pears and spiciness.
Available from Masters of Malt £150.
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Rare Rosé Champagne
If you’re looking to really splash out for a special occasion, PIPER-HEIDSIECK have just the thing – their Rare Rosé Champagne, just in time for the festive season. With a blend of 17 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties, the Rare Rosé has been left to mature for eight years and makes for an extravagant gift with its beautiful bottle design and elegant black lacquered wooden box, marked with the rose crown. With notes of lychee, berries and smoked tea on the nose and pomegranate, vanilla and passion fruit, there are just 150 bottles of the rare Rosé Millésime 2007 released in the UK. Get hold of yours now exclusively at Harrods and Hedonism Wines in Mayfair (£325.00).
CÎROC – French Vanilla
Luxuria Lifestyle’s new favourite tipple – CÎROC French Vanilla was inspired by the luxurious French style of ice cream making… Need we say more?! The new addition has a rich, creamy flavour which goes extremely well with soda, tonic and lemonade, or is just as delicious served over ice to sip. Try the Cîroc-Star Martini – the ultimate serve, with 50ml Cîroc Vanilla, 20ml Passionfruit Liqueur, 10ml Passionfruit Syrup, 20ml fresh lime juice and ½ fresh passionfruit (scoop contents into shaker). Shake with ice and strain, then float the other ½ passionfruit on top and serve in a martini glass, with 50ml of Champagne in a shot glass on the side – it wouldn’t be a Star Martini without one! Available from Amazon at £41.05 for a 70cl bottle and nationwide.
Rock Rose Gin
We love Rock Rose’s Winter Edition bottle so much, we don’t want to drink it! The flavour profile of this special edition is particularly festive with the hero botanical taken from spruce tips. Deliciously earthy and slightly citrusy, the delightful gin will conjure up images of open fires and dark nights. A stunning addition to any drinks cabinet, the stand out snow white bottle will make for a real talking point too.
The award-winning Dunnet Bay Distillery located in the far North of Scotland features a carefully selected collection of local and traditional botanicals including juniper berries, rowan berries and sea buckthorn, while the Rholdiola Rosea (meaning a rose in the rocks) is a delicate floral botanical which gave the gin its name. The Winter Edition is available to buy from Dunnet Bay Distillers priced at £37.50. Mini gift packs including the trio of Rock Rose Gin, Holy Grass Vodka and Navy Strength are also available.
Crystal Head Vodka
The ideal gift for any vodka drinker is this showstopping Crystal Head Vodka special gift set, putting the cool into any drinks cabinet. One of the smoothest vodkas around, Crystal Head is made with the finest, creamiest corn and the blended with water from Newfoundland in Canada. In case you didn’t know, the Milan-producted Italian Bruni glass skull bottle was actually created by owner and Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd, along with acclaimed US artist John Alexander.
Complete with four devilishly collectable mini skull glasses, this should be the number one item on everyone’s spirit of Christmas list. Warm up the winter nights with the spicy ‘Chilli Nights’ cocktail – add 50ml Crystal Head Vodka, 25ml Lime juice, 20ml Achiote syrup and 50ml fresh pineapple juice to a shaker and shake hard with ice. Strain over ice, serve in a Collins glass and garnish with burnt corn. The exclusive Crystal Head Vodka and four skull glass gift pack is now available from Harvey Nichols for £69.99.
If you’re familiar with Renegade London’s wine bar in Bethnal Green, you’ll know all about London’s first champagne-style sparkling wine which has been created by Warwick Smith and Josh Hammond. Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and currently resting somewhere in a crypt in Central London, the sparkling wine will be ready to drink in late 2018. Priced at £100 and available to pre-order now, this unique and exclusive gift (with only 800 available), would make a fantastic present, with each buyer receiving a letter of confirmation (including the number of the bottle they have bought) and an invitation to visit the crypt for an exclusive tasting next year. Click here to buy.
Barrels containing x 300 bottles of a London Sparkling Rosé wine are available to pre-purchase for the 2017 vintage, ready in 2019. The barrel and wine labels can be customized to the buyer’s preference.
The tap room in Bethnal Green is open to all to try wines by the glass, buy by the bottle or takeaway as well as a choice British cheeses and charcuterie. Wednesday to Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 10.30pm
Fed up of the same drinks?! Try something new this Christmas with Brontë Liqueur – a fruity combo of blackberries and sloes with a little hint of jasmine. With a taste of Yorkshire, the dinky 5cl bottles make a brilliant stocking filler for literary fans, or go all out with the 50cl or 70cl size bottles. Complemented by the new limited edition liqueur, Charlotte’s Reserve, it’s the perfect base for a festive cocktail and mixes perfectly with champagne. Brontë Liqueur is priced at £17.50 for six 5cl bottles, £23.50 for a 50cl bottle and £29.50 for a 70cl bottle, while Charlotte’s reserve is available for £19.99, presented in an exclusive faux 19th century leather bound book. Click here to purchase.
The Dubliner Irish Whiskey & Honeycomb Liqueur
A deliciously smooth blend of honeycomb, caramel and triple distilled Irish Whiskey, The Dubliner Irish Whiskey & Honeycomb Liqueur is a sweet, smooth and moreish creation. Golden amber in colour, with white chocolate and vanilla on the nose, flavours of caramel and honey to taste with the slightest of spice and a warm soothing caramel finish, the award-winning Dubliner Irish Whiskey & Honeycomb is crafted in Ireland and tastes absolutely divine on the rocks, in coffee or when mixed in cocktails. ‘Liquid Crunchie’ was the Master Blender’s inspiration behind this beautiful drink and that’s exactly what it tastes like! £22.50 for 70cl available from 31Dover.com, Master of Malt, Amazon, The Drinks Shop, TheWhiskyExchange.com and bringabottle.co.uk
‘Brought to you by those who drink it’, award-winning Casamigos meaning ‘House of Friends’, was created by tequila drinkers and longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman. In search of the best tasting and smoothest tequila for their personal consumption and to be shared with friends and family, Casamigos is available in: Blanco, Reposado and Anejo, made from the finest hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves and grown in Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands for a minimum of seven years, before they are agave pinas are roasted in traditional brick ovens and fermented extra slowly.
Rested in the finest premium American white oak barrels (2 months for Blanco and 7 to 14 months for Reposado and Anejo), the Blanco is crisp, clear and smooth with notes of vanilla, the Reposado is smooth and clean with hints of caramel and the Anejo has both sweetness and spice. Available from Selfridges and Harvey Nichols from £64.99.
Rich in heritage and history, Nicholson Gin – one of London’s oldest, has re-launched, now as a super premium London Dry Gin combining 10 botanicals including juniper berries, coriander, angelica root and nutmeg to deliver a complex gin profile. With distilleries originally in Clerkenwell and Bow, dating back as far as 1736, Nicholson’s citrus notes and spice make it an iconic gin for the 21st century.
Starring in some of the most prestigious cocktail bibles in the 20’s and 30’s including the The Waldorf Astoria Bar book and the Savoy Cocktail Book, the hero serve today stays true to the classic Gin & Tonic, garnished with a twist of lemon and stick of English rhubarb. The new bottle and label developed after careful research reflects the important of the Nicholson family and their strong links to London. Available from Nicholson Gin priced at £32.50.
Jack Daniels Single Barrel
A Tennessee whiskey whose reputation exceeds itself, Jack Daniels’ Single Barrel Select makes for a one-of-a-kind gift this Christmas. The stunning bottle, showstopping colour and distinctive flavour with notes of vanilla, toasted oak and caramel, harbours less sweetness and harnesses more power than the original Old No. 7. With an intense, rich taste, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select is available now from Asda and Sainsburys priced at £44.99.
With a complex blend of premium rums from Guatemala and the Caribbean, Aluna, which translates as ‘to the moon’, offers the true taste of coconut and high quality rum, without the sugary, sweet, sticky aftertaste. With a mandala design on the bottle a spiritual symbol for the universe, representing the phases of the moon, Aluna celebrates an empowered generation, clear and pure in colour, with subtle notes of coconut and fresh banana on the nose, flavours of toasted coconut, vanilla pod and a touch of cocoa to taste and with a nutty, clean finish.
Aluna is best enjoyed over coconut water ice cubes, but also goes well with apple, orange, mint, coffee and chocolate. Available from Amazon, Master of Malt, all seven Harvey Nichols stores (priced at £28.50 for 70cl) and 31Dover.com (priced at £24.95 for 70cl).
Durham Gin is produced at a hand crafted small batch distillery in Durham, using a traditional copper still called Lily! Featuring a beautiful logo on the bottle which represents the stained glass windows of Durham Cathedral, Durham Gin has spicy, sweet and savoury flavours of pink peppercorn for warming top notes, celery seed for a distinctive character and the light floral taste of elderflower on the finish. Hand picked juniper berries are added to other robust botanicals which are then left to infuse in a mixture of locally sourced spring water and pure grain spirit. After a second batch of botanicals have been added, the still is heated, vapourised through the copper lyne arm and exposed to a third lighter set of more delicate botanicals to produce this gorgeous gin. Available to buy from Durham Distillery priced at £27.50.
Cremant from Wanderlust Wine
Wanderlust Wine offers good value, quality wines sourced from small, artisan producers around the world which until now have not been available to the UK market. With all wines featured by Wanderulst, discovered by founder Richard Ellison on his travels, Cremant de Bourgogne is created by the Maison Vitteau-Alberti using traditonal methods in Rully, Burgundy which is very close to the Champagne region. Cremant de Bourgogne is fresh, dry, crisp and less bubbly than champagne – a quality sparkling without the price tag. Available to buy from Wanderlust Wine.
Loch Lomond Whiskies – Highland Single Malt Taster Pack
The Loch Lomond Distillery in the heart of Scotland is inspired by its beautiful location to create an exceptional family of naturally distinctive whiskies. Its unique combination of both straight neck and swan neck stills are key in crafting a variety of flavours from light and floral to those which are heavily peated with a hint of spice. With something for everyone, the Highland Single Malt Taster Pack contains 3 x 5cl bottles – the Original, 12 Year Old and 18 Year Old. The Loch Lomond 12 Year Old is balanced, with a deep fruity character, and smokey finish, while the 18 Year Old is a delicately, well balanced malt with a hint of tobacco on the nose, and a lingering slightly peaty finish. Available for £21.95 from Loch Lomond Whiskies.
Gin Lane 1781
Typical of the Victorian era style of gin, ‘Old Tom’ from Gin Lane 1751 is said to be the ‘missing link’ – slightly sweeter than London Dry and drier than the Dutch Jenever. Counting Winston Churchill among its famous fans, ‘Old Tom’ is a small batch gin, still made in London with a subtle sweetness courtesy of the star anise botanical and just a touch of refined sugar. Containing eight natural botanicals including juniper, orris root, Seville oranges and Sicilian lemon, each bottle of this complex gin is individually numbered and hand-crafted in small traditional pot stills. Available from Aldi (Christmas period), £19.99, Amazon, £26.94, Masters of Malt, £20.78 and The Drink Shop, £21.25
Champagne Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvee M.V.
Renowned for pure, mineral and elegant champagnes, Champagne Bruno Paillard is based in Reims and run by Bruno and his daughter Alice. Starting with just three hectares, Bruno Paillard sold his beloved Jaguar in 1981 to raise the starting capital for his dynamic House which now owns 32 hectares, supplying 50% of the total grapes needed for its annual production of a staggering 500,000 bottles.
Champagne Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvee M.V. is made from only the very best grapes from the very best crus. With an ageing process which is three to four times longer than the legal requirement, Bruno Paillard was the first Maison to pioneer the display of disgorgement dates on the label. Crisp and fresh to taste with exotic notes of citrus and red berries and a full, long, clean finish, straw gold in colour, this elegant Champagne is one of our favourite Christmas tipples. Available from Selfridges £56.99, The Whisky Exchange £35.95 and Fine & Rare £45
The perfect party starter, pop the Prosecco and get into the Christmas spirit. Mionetto is made in the heart of the Prosecco region in Valdobbiadene in Northern Italy. Fruity, fresh and simple, Mionetto Prestige DOC Brut Prosecco is a great warm up and aperitif and made with the Glera grape, sports an aromatic and apple based bouquet, with notes of honey and acacia blossom. Available from: NISA, Budgens, Bargain Booze, CostCutter, Londis or ask your local wine merchant, £9.00
I HEART Asti
Another less expensive alternative to make sure you get your Christmas party off to a flying start, I HEART Asti from i heart WINES is a simple Italian sparkling wine made from the Moscato grape. Sweet and fresh and bubbling with fruit, stock up on I HEART Asti at Nisa and Bargain Booze for just £8.99.
Glen Scotia Gift Pack
The Glen Scotia Gift Pack is a tasting collection from its distillery in Campbeltown – known as the whisky capital of the world in the Victorian era. One of only five distinct malt producing regions, Glen Scotia has stood the test of time – testament to its expressions which each have their own unique flavour. The Double Cask is matured in the finest first fill bourbon barrels, with amber and creme caramel on the nose, spice and sweetness to taste and an oaky finish, while the 15 year old is more citrussy on the nose with a hint of ginger and a fruity full flavour. The Victoriana is bottled straight from the cask without filtration.
Smokey, woody and full bodied with oak to taste and a cocoa finish, the Glen Scotia Gift Pack showcases three very different whiskys and makes the perfect gift for any whisky enthusiast. £19.99 from www.glenscotia.com
Compiled by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield