After they mentioned Covid was over, we didn’t assume we’d be summarily dropped into a brand new monetary disaster to interchange the one we simply acquired out of. The excellent news is that the vacations have arrived simply in time to offer a welcome (if temporary) break from one more yr of chaos. At Drinkhacker, we had much more madness than common, 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 most effective for everybody and every little thing, however whereas we chew our nails over that, there’s some vacation gift-giving to get completed. As soon as once more our aim is that can assist you out with one thing each distinctive and scrumptious, if looking for a beloved one means a bottle of their stocking or beneath the tree. Certain, whereas everybody goes gaga over $1000 whiskeys, we’ve tried laborious to maintain value firmly in thoughts this yr, with none of our choices coming in at greater than $135 — and most of them less expensive. As at all times, all costs listed under have been up to date with present, consultant prices — however these are at all times topic to market fluctuations and may change at any time.
You’ll discover most of those merchandise accessible 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 most effective costs on all these merchandise and extra. In the event you can’t discover one thing — or desire a bespoke advice for a particular somebody that isn’t well-represented by our record — please don’t hesitate to depart a remark or drop us a line.
Completely satisfied holidays to all of you. As at all times, don’t overlook to don your DH colours with the official Drinkhacker t-shirt, and we’d love to have interaction with you on social media: Fb, Instagram, Twitter, or all three.
Lastly, don’t overlook that earlier picks are nonetheless on the market and make nice items. For extra prime reward concepts take a look at the archives and browse our 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 vacation guides.
Bourbon – Hardin’s Creek Jacob’s Properly Bourbon ($135) – Coloration us impressed. Not like many a current yr, there are many shockingly inexpensive and accessible bourbons in the marketplace, together with this A+ score recipient, which is now promoting under its unique $150 record value. If that’s an excessive amount of, different prime choices 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 cut price, seize the strong Nelson Bros. Whiskey Traditional Mix of Straight Bourbons for simply $39. And preserve a watch open for our huge prime 10 whiskeys of the yr record, which hits in mid-December.
Scotch – Dewar’s The Champions Version 19 Years Previous (2022) ($80) – You gained’t discover the identical offers in Scotch that you simply’ll discover in Bourbon this yr — or the standard, to be sincere — 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 prime 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 accessible. Pay shut consideration to classic dates on all three of those, by the way in which.
Different Whiskey – Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey ($75) – Able to get off the crushed path? You’ll make new pals with this peated Irish from Teeling (really a late 2021 launch). If that doesn’t sound like their jam, attempt one in all these glorious 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 Purple Dot Gin ($100) – Gin from Kenya? You higher imagine it, and this new expression (the third we’ve seen from Procera) is one in all our favorites to this point. We additionally suggest the brand new Gin Mare Capri ($50) from Spain, homegrown Chemist Navy Power Gin ($47), and Italy’s Portofino Dry Gin ($60), that are all extremely giftable. For extra ideas, take a look at our most up-to-date prime 10 gins record.
Vodka – Hanson of Sonoma Pink Grapefruit Vodka ($25) – Our solely top-rated vodka of the yr was this shiny, citrusy version from the at all times 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 Gentle ($40), and Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Belize 2006 ($98). For extra strong picks, see our most up-to-date prime 10 rums record.
Brandy – Drouet Cognac Advantageous Mélina 7 Years Previous ($77) – Maybe tougher to seek out, however within the sub-$100 vary, you gained’t discover a higher brandy (outdoors of the normal 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 singular and excellent reward for any tequila lover. For a lighter selection, attempt Calirosa Tequila Rosa Blanco ($50) or Tequila Gran Diamante Reposado ($62). In fact, our sparkly new prime 10 tequilas and mezcals record has a lot extra choices, too.
Liqueur – Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Liqueur ($30) – That is the most effective cherry liqueur you’ll discover in the marketplace proper now — and it doesn’t drip once 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 needs to be.
Wine – You possibly can’t ever go fallacious with a bottle of wine. Two current prime 10s can be found to your perusal on that entrance: our prime 10 wines for summer season and our prime 10 wines for winter options.
Books – Rise up to hurry on the ingesting world by pairing a bottle with a guide. A few of our favorites: The Wine Bible (third Version), A Sense of Place: A Journey Round Scotland’s Whisky, Medical doctors and Distillers, Claridge’s The Cocktail E-book, World Atlas of Beer, and The Artwork of Whisky: The Vanishing Spirits of Single Malt Scotch.
Keep in mind: In the event you want one other customized reward concept (or have a unique finances), drop us a line or depart a remark right here and we’ll provide our greatest recommendation!
Seeking to purchase any of the above? Give our retail companions at Flaviar, Caskers, Drizly, Frootbat, and Wine.com a attempt! Keep in mind you possibly can search a number of shops at wine-searcher for hard-to-find merchandise. And Flaviar’s spirits subscription kits are an effective way to attempt dozens of spirits annually for an inexpensive value.
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