After they stated Covid was over, we didn’t assume we’d be summarily dropped into a brand new monetary disaster to switch the one we simply received out of. The excellent news is that the vacations have arrived simply in time to supply a welcome (if transient) break from one more yr of chaos. At Drinkhacker, we had much more madness than regular, having picked up stakes from our California HQ, the place we launched the web site, relocating to Texas in June.
So what does 2023 have in retailer for us? We’re hoping for the perfect for everybody and every part, however whereas we chunk our nails over that, there’s some vacation gift-giving to get completed. As soon as once more our objective is that can assist you out with one thing each distinctive and scrumptious, if purchasing for a cherished one means a bottle of their stocking or beneath the tree. Positive, whereas everybody goes gaga over $1000 whiskeys, we’ve tried exhausting to maintain worth firmly in thoughts this yr, with none of our alternatives coming in at greater than $135 — and most of them less expensive. As all the time, all costs listed beneath have been up to date with present, consultant prices — however these are all the time topic to market fluctuations and might change at any time.
You’ll discover most of those merchandise out there from our retail companions at Caskers, Drizly, Frootbat, and Wine.com. You too can search a number of shops at wine-searcher to seek out the perfect costs on all these merchandise and extra. If you happen to can’t discover one thing — or desire a bespoke suggestion for a particular somebody that isn’t well-represented by our listing — please don’t hesitate to depart a remark or drop us a line.
Comfortable holidays to all of you. As all the time, don’t neglect to don your DH colours with the official Drinkhacker t-shirt, and we’d love to interact with you on social media: Fb, Instagram, Twitter, or all three.
Lastly, don’t neglect that earlier picks are nonetheless on the market and make nice presents. For extra high reward concepts try the archives and skim our 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 vacation guides.
Bourbon – Hardin’s Creek Jacob’s Effectively Bourbon ($135) – Coloration us impressed. Not like many a latest yr, there are many shockingly inexpensive and out there bourbons in the marketplace, together with this A+ score recipient, which is now promoting beneath its unique $150 listing worth. If that’s an excessive amount of, different high alternatives embrace Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C922 ($80), Barrell Vantage ($95), and Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact 8, which we’ve discovered for as little as $90 on-line. For an actual discount, seize the strong Nelson Bros. Whiskey Traditional Mix of Straight Bourbons for simply $39. And hold a watch open for our huge high 10 whiskeys of the yr listing, which hits in mid-December.
Scotch – Dewar’s The Champions Version 19 Years Previous (2022) ($80) – You received’t discover the identical offers in Scotch that you simply’ll discover in Bourbon this yr — or the standard, to be trustworthy — however there are some inexpensive, giftable bottlings available, beginning with this 2nd version of Dewar’s 19 Years Previous expression, a steal at simply $80 and even much less. Bonus factors in case your giftee is into golf, which this celebrates. Different high picks — these ones single malts, not blends — within the near-$100 vary embrace Glenmorangie The Cadboll Property 15 Years Previous 2021 ($80) and Cragganmore Distillers Version 2021 – Distilled 2009 ($116) — each of which hit in early 2022 however that are nonetheless broadly out there. Pay shut consideration to classic dates on all three of those, by the best way.
Different Whiskey – Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey ($75) – Able to get off the crushed path? You’ll make new associates with this peated Irish from Teeling (truly a late 2021 launch). If that doesn’t sound like their jam, attempt one in every of these wonderful ryes: Rossville Union Straight Rye Barrel Proof ($60) or Sagamore Spirit Rye 8 Years Previous ($80), each strong offers. Or journey additional afield with English whisky — Bimber Distillery Ex-Bourbon Oak Cask Batch No. 3 ($120) or Oregon single malt — McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt 6 Years Previous ($100).
Gin – Procera Pink Dot Gin ($100) – Gin from Kenya? You higher consider it, and this new expression (the third we’ve seen from Procera) is one in every of our favorites thus far. We additionally suggest the brand new Gin Mare Capri ($50) from Spain, homegrown Chemist Navy Energy Gin ($47), and Italy’s Portofino Dry Gin ($60), that are all extremely giftable. For extra ideas, try our most up-to-date high 10 gins listing.
Vodka – Hanson of Sonoma Pink Grapefruit Vodka ($25) – Our solely top-rated vodka of the yr was this brilliant, citrusy version from the all the time on-point Hanson. Additionally strong are Belvedere Natural Infusions Vodka Lemon & Basil ($35), Hope City Lime Vodka ($26), and — in order for you one thing unflavored — One Eight Distilling District Made Vodka ($28).
Rum – Foursquare Mark XI “Sagacity” Single Blended Rum ($70) – A lot good rum hitting the market now, a lot of it at manageable costs, like this beautiful mix from Barbados’s Foursquare. We additionally extremely suggest Hampden “The Youthful” Rum 5 Years Previous 2021 ($61), Equiano Rum Mild ($40), and Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Belize 2006 ($98). For extra strong picks, see our most up-to-date high 10 rums listing.
Brandy – Drouet Cognac Superb Mélina 7 Years Previous ($77) – Maybe more durable to seek out, however within the sub-$100 vary, you received’t discover a higher brandy (outdoors of the standard choices). Extra strong, inexpensive choices embrace the unique Gran Duque d’Alba Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva ($46), Germain-Robin California Alambic Brandy 7 Years Previous ($70), and Brandy Sainte Louise ($35) — none of that are Cognac.
Tequila – Expresiones del Corazon Barrel-Aged Tequila George T. Stagg Anejo 2021 ($99) – This collection of particular editions from Corazon are aged in high-end whiskey barrels; this bottling which spends months in a George T. Stagg barrel isn’t simply delish, it’s a novel and excellent reward for any tequila lover. For a lighter alternative, attempt Calirosa Tequila Rosa Blanco ($50) or Tequila Gran Diamante Reposado ($62). In fact, our sparkly new high 10 tequilas and mezcals listing has a lot extra choices, too.
Liqueur – Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur ($30) – That is the perfect cherry liqueur you’ll discover in the marketplace proper now — and it doesn’t drip if you pour it. Additionally, whereas it’s not new, Barrow’s Intense Ginger ($29) has been reformulated and showcases how completely balanced a ginger liqueur can and ought to be.
Wine – You’ll be able to’t ever go improper with a bottle of wine. Two latest high 10s can be found in your perusal on that entrance: our high 10 wines for summer time and our high 10 wines for winter options.
Books – Stand up to hurry on the consuming world by pairing a bottle with a ebook. A few of our favorites: The Wine Bible (third Version), A Sense of Place: A Journey Round Scotland’s Whisky, Docs and Distillers, Claridge’s The Cocktail Ebook, World Atlas of Beer, and The Artwork of Whisky: The Vanishing Spirits of Single Malt Scotch.
Keep in mind: If you happen to want one other customized reward concept (or have a unique finances), drop us a line or go away a remark right here and we’ll provide our greatest recommendation!
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