Category Archive: Gift Ideas

Dec 22

Holiday Spirits – Breckenridge Vodka and Bourbon

“Vodka with altitude” is how this spirit blend from Colorado is marketed. Natural snow melt made to filter through coconut shell charcoal strips for purity tells me why I must drink this. If that doesn’t tell you something about their standards for excellence, how about a Bourbon that just ranked in the top three Bourbons …

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Dec 22

Holiday Spirits – Prichards Double Barreled Bourbon

“Classy effort”, “limited offering”, and “thoroughbred” are some of the comments made about this fine, top shelf product. This corn-rye Bourbon has a raisony fruitness over the nose making it a delight to drink. Starting with a proof of 120 and then rebarreled to come down to 90 proof, the wood gives it a caramel …

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Dec 21

Holiday Spirits – Gioia Lemoncello

To make this a true Lemoncello, by law the lemons must be produced in the Amalfi region of Italy. The Maresca family has produced this product for 30 years using no artificial flavorings, just a high concentration of lemon peels. This alcohol infused liquor is great after dinner as a digestivo straight out of the …

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Dec 21

Holiday Spirits – No.209 Gin and Bols Genever Gin

What a present! Let’s start with the Bols, made from the original 1820 recipe. A smooth, subtle malty flavor comes from the 50% malt wine long fermented rye, corn and wheat triple distilled in copper pots. This product is then infused with select botanicals giving it it’s unique flavor. Any product that has been made for …

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Dec 20

Holiday Spirits – Grande Absinthe

For inspiration, artists Degas, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec drank Absinthe. Writers Ernest Hemingway and Oscar Wilde were known to imbibe. Need I say more? You want insight into your life? Try some of the “Green Fairy”. This product was banned in the U.S.A. from 1912 to 2007. The original recipe made from wormwood has …

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Dec 20

Holiday Spirits – Excellia Tequila

Made from 100%  tequilana Weber blue agave this fine tequila is top shelf. Stone ovens roast the agave giving this a slight smokey character and a combination of Sauterne casks and 20 year old Cognac barrels makes the aroma irresistable. This is a sipping tequila not a mixing tequila – so please do not disrespect this fine product. …

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Dec 19

Holiday Spirits – Edradour 2000 Un-Chillfiltered Single Malt

It’s time for some Christmas presents, and for the scotch drinker there could be no finer product than this small production single malt. This comes from the smallest distillery in Scotland which produces only three casks a week. Established in 1825, Edradour has a complex and flavorful style. Three men work the distillery, which should …

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Dec 15

Alchemia Wild Cherry Vodka

Ripe, wild cherries from Poland not only sound delicious, but they make a superb vodka – and this distinctive bottle would be a terrific holiday gift. A beautiful burgundy color followed by a sweet tart finish…. a great balance of flavor and heat make this a “must have” martini product. Mix this with a hint …

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Dec 07

Spirit Of The Week- Corsair Spiced Rum

This small batch spiced rum has an unusual character…. (And no, I don’t mean Paul Kemp from the Hunter S. Thompson novel/movie) They use several types of citrus peel and whole vanilla bean, while going easy on the botanicals. The result is a unique rum that plays well with others – it has a lot …

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