Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas for 2018

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Treat someone you love to a crafted spirit this festive season. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites that include both local and international brands. Whether you’re looking to buy something for the really serious connoisseur, or just the friend that loves something new, we’ve got a great selection of fine spirits Christmas gift ideas.

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

Sugarbird® Gin Baubles

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

Take your Christmas decor to the next level with Sugarbird® Gin Baubles. They’re bright and colourful but, best of all, they’re full of gin! They make a wonderful gift for your favourite gin lover, not to mention the perfect thing for your very own tree. Want to make this Christmas a grown-up affair? Gin baubles are the best way to do it. Each pack contains 5 gin baubles that each contain about a shot of Sugarbird® Fynbos gin. And the best part is that they are resealable, so you can fill them up from your bottle of Sugarbird® for next year. Now that’s what we call a win-win situation.

Price:R99.00

Available at: Makro stores nationwide and online at makro.co.za.

sugarbirdgin.com


Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

Woodford Reserve isn’t manufactured, it’s crafted in small batches since 1812. There is an art to producing a handcrafted bourbon that’s as beautifully balanced as Woodford Reserve. This artisanal process allows the master distiller, Chris Morris, to craft using all five sources of flavour giving it a distinct taste and crisp, clean finish. Perfect for gift giving with a complimentary whiskey tumbler glass.

RSP: R 519.95

Available at: select liquor stores nationwide (prices may vary).

woodfordreserve.com 


Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

A blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a unique honey liqueur, for a taste that’s one of a kind and unmistakably Jack Daniel’s. With hints of honey and a finish that’s naturally smooth, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey offers a taste of the unexpected. Some things are best enjoyed chilled so just add ice. Now available with a complimentary tumbler glass at a recommended retail price

RSP: R 259.95

Available at: leading liquor stores nationwide (prices may vary).

jackdaniels.com 


Silver Creek Craft Distillery Margarita Moonshine

Hola, party people! Get set for a next-level fiesta with the all-new Margarita Moonshine from South Africa’s very own homegrown Silver Creek Craft Distillery. Margarita Moonshine can be served the typical way, with crushed ice in a salt-rimmed glass and lime-wheel garnish (with a splash of quality soda for added zest); or, as a straight shooter. Margarita Moonshine is no mixer, amigo. It’s the all-in-one party-in-a-bottle, served up in a bespoke moonshine jug with nifty finger loop that emulates the easy-going spirit of Mexico – the spiritual home of the Margarita.

Price: R 260.00

Available at: takealot.com

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Cape Fynbos Gin & Cordial Gift Set

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

Cape Fynbos Gin is a small-batch distilled, premium, handcrafted gin distilled from the finest white spirits in small forty litre batches. This is infused with premium juniper berries and elements from more than 30 indigenous botanicals, sustainably hand-harvested for their bark, roots, berries, flowers, stems, peels or leaves. We just adore this packaging complete with ready to carry handle.

Price: R 415.00

Available at: bottleshop.co.za

capefynbosgin.com


4th Rabbit Karoo Agave Spirit

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

The Atzecs (ancient inhabitants of Mexico), had many gods, in fact 400 of them were thirsty rabbits known as Centzon Tōtōchtin, who met to basically get smashed and party. What a fun bunch. In the culture, if someone got really trollied, they’d say he was ‘as drunk as 400 rabbits’. While we don’t advocate irresponsible drinking, we can get on board with a bunch of party-loving rabbits.

We also don’t know how much this has to do with the naming of this locally distilled version of mezcal but we’d like to think it was the inspiration. Made by the ever-on-the-pulse crew at AA Badenhorst, this 100% Karoo agave spirit is made in a traditional stone-lined pit. It gets its distinctly smooth, wooded flavour from being fermented in wooden vats.

Price: R 495.00

Available at: bottleshop.co.za

aabadenhorst.com


Black Horse Vodka

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

Inspired by their friend, Rysia Burnatowska, Black Horse Distillery set out to make the smoothest vodka that can be enjoyed on its own. Made from malted barley grain and distilled through an activated carbon head makes this vodka one of the smoothest and cleanest vodkas from South Africa. Burnatowska Wódka is distilled and bottled at Black Horse Distillery in the Cradle of Humankind.

Price: R 275.00

Available: online from the distillery website.

blackhorse.co.za


Time Anchor Distillery Mirari Gin

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

We’re suckers for pretty packaging and we especially love the Mirari gin range from Time Anchor Distillery. Available in Pink Damask Rose, Blue Orient Spiced and Amber African Botanicals, there is sure to be one to suit every palate and aesthetic. Each one is crafted with its own unique selection of exotic handpicked botanicals.

Price: R 479.00

Available at: yuppiechef.com

timeanchor.co.za


Copeland Rum

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

This award-winning rum is small-batch distilled in a distillery on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa by James Copeland, with each and every bottle being bottled and branded by hand.

James has concentrated on producing Copeland Rum to have as much flavour a white rum can have without it needing ageing to smooth it out. The results are amazingly deep and tropical, fruity and caramelised. This award-winning craft rum has been fermented and distilled with the utmost care to unlock the noble flavours within molasses. Hints of litchi skin and pineapple aromas lead to spun sugar, cacao and deep tropical fruit on the palate. A true friend to fresh fruit mixers and classic cocktails that let its bold character shine.

Price: R459.00

Available from: cybercellar.com

copelandrum.com


Qualito Whisky

Fine Spirits Christmas Gift Ideas

Qualito is a craft local whisky produced in Phalaborwa in Limpopo by distiller, Loumarie Raubenheimer. The whisky slumbers in red oak wine barrels before being perfected by the addition of actual oak flakes from the barrel – added to each individual bottle before further maturation. With the passage of time, notes of hazelnut and butterscotch flow gently into each other just like the Olifants and Gai Selati Rivers come together in this beautiful valley where this spirit is distilled. The result is a perfectly balanced pure grain whisky of distinctive quality and exceptional smoothness.

Price: R399.05

Available: online from the distillery website.

qualito.co.za

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