Boozy Gifts to Impress

Boozy Gifts to ImpressLooking for a gift that makes a statement (maybe to impress your boss or in-laws)? Or, you may be in search of that extra-special bottle to help you celebrate the holidays. Here is our list of boozy gifts to impress. These are staff picks that will set you up for an exceptional experience!

Cignorello 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml. $99.99
Signorello’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is super-expressive: rose petal, mint, lavender, plum and succulent red cherry and tobacco all lift from the glass. Deep, dense and layered, the 2014 exudes class and finesse.

Because the grapes are sourced from several of their younger, less rocky parcels with a variety of exposures, clones and soil types, it enjoys a softer tannin structure. This wine boasts full flavors that are intended to be enjoyed over the next 20 years.

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon $99.99
Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon is the oldest Knob Creek Jim Beam has ever released. Introduced in 1992, Knob Creek was at the forefront of the small-batch spirits movement.

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon might just be the best Knob Creek you’ve ever tasted. Everything we love about Knob Creek is kicked up to the next level, including its deeper oak aspect. The complex layers of dark fruit and dark sweets couple up with the deep rich oak and warm spice to create a stellar bourbon drinking experience.

Nose: Big dose of caramel heavy dark sweets followed by waves of oak, dark fruit, spice and a dollop of vanilla with a light bit of citrus peels. It’s a hearty, rustic aroma laced with balancing sweet notes – really quite nice.

Palate: Oak, dark sweets, dark fruit, cinnamon heavy spice, vanilla and a touch of nuts and an herbal nature as it sinks towards the finish. Like the nose it’s robust and carries a great balance between rustic and sweet.

Finish: A long oaky corridor with bits of vanilla, spice, dark fruit and dark sweets popping their heads in along the way.

Lagavulin 16 yr. Islay Single Malt Scotch $94.99
A much sought-after single malt with the massive peat-smoke that’s typical of southern Islay – but also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram. The 16 year old has become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery.

Nose: One of the smokiest noses from Islay. It’s big, very, very concentrated, and redolent of iodine, sweet spices, good, mature Sherry and creamy vanilla. Stunning.

Palate: Very thick and rich. A massive mouthful of malt and Sherry with good fruity sweetness, but also a wonderful sweetness. Big, powerful peat and oak.

Finish: Long, spicy finish, figs, dates, peat smoke, vanilla.

Nikka Single Malt Miyagikyo Scotch $119.99
The single malt is said to be made with whiskies spanning various ages (hinting at the inclusion of older whiskies) with classic delicate, floral character and primarily ex-Sherry casks used for maturation.

Nose: Full-flavoured, rich. Initially, concentrated iris notes hint at the extreme intensity of the nose. It then develops aromas of malted barley, exotic fruit (banana), liquorice and camphor. Notes of burnt wood and ash progressively settle over the aromatic palette. Long after, white flowers and beeswax make an appearance.

Palate: Firm, lively. Malted barley is at the heart of the palate, coated in herbaceous, liquorice, spiced (ginger, cinnamon) and chocolate tones. Very elegant, the mid-palate also delivers plenty of energy and as it draws to a close, fresh tobacco leaves and coconut intertwine to create a natural symphony of aromas.

Finish: Long, soft. It evokes the scent of wilted roses. Fine tannins balance its tangy character (lemon, grapefruit). It lingers on notes of tobacco, spices (cardamom, ginger), toasted nuts and stewed fruits (apple, damson). The final nose reveals exotic notes (lychee).

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