Booze You Should You Definitely Buy For Christmas

Highland Park whisky
Highland Park whisky – Colin Joliat

Booze is the greatest gift of all

Booze is the greatest gift you can give a person for Christmas. Wine and cocktail accessories are great, but neither are worth having if you don’t have booze. Plus, alcohol is the most versatile gift imaginable.

You can use booze to celebrate your family, tolerate them, or forget you ever went home. Can another epaulet shirt from TJ Maxx do that? I don’t think so. Bottles are meant to be shared but can still last for years. Even a Chewbacca snuggie can’t put that off unless it’s three little kids sitting on each others shoulders a la 3 Ninjas: Final Summer.

With that in mind, here are some gifts of booze you can go pick up right now. Your family and/or friends will love you for it, George Zimmer guarantees it. And if you need a few gadgets to go along with it, today is the last day to order with Amazon 2-day shipping. Check out this awesome stuff for cocktail lovers and wine lovers.

Don’t feel like going to a liquor store? Look no further than Walgreens!

Macallan Edition No 1 bottle

Macallan Edition No. 1 – $90

Get in on the ground level with the inaugural release of a new annual scotch from Macallan. It’s aged in 8 unique European and American casks for a multi-dimensional boozing experience. Plus, each year’s whisky will be different. Think how much you’ll regret skipping this when Macallan Edition No. 2 gets released in 2016. – 48% ABV




Hibiki Harmony

Hibiki Harmony – $65

Japanese whiskey is having it’s moment in the sun. Originally they were masters of mimicking other styles, but Hibiki Harmony is a style all their own. It’s created from at least 10 malt and grain whiskies, aged in five different types of casks. To steal from Bud Light, it’s “drinkability” is off the chart. I could go through a bottle a week if given the chance. – 43% ABV




Russells reserve single barrel rye

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye – $60

Everyone who breaths air loves rye whiskey right now, and Wild Turkey has one of the best ones in the world. It’s a non-chilled filtered bottle of absolute happiness and the newest permanent addition to the Russell’s Reserve line. It’s bursting with flavor and more versatile than Bo Jackson. – 52% ABV

Fun Fact: Russell’s Reserve 6-Year Rye was one of the first boozes I wrote about way back in 2011.



Highland Park 12 dark origins holiday tin

Highland Park 12 Year + Dark Origins Gift Tin – $55

I’ve long said that Highland Park is the best value in scotch. It’s amazing whisky and doesn’t break the bank. Their 12-Year is a wonderful expression, and the nip of Dark Origins might end up being your new favorite. It’s also perfect if people hate super smokey scotch because the peat used is full of heather, not tree roots. – 40% ABV

Fun fact: The Orkney Islands haven’t had trees in at least 5,000 years because it’s too windy.



Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye – $30

Speaking of rye, Crown Royal is now the World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Annual Whisky Bible 2016. It’s the first time a Canadian whiskey took home the prize, and it’s well deserved. It’s part Crown you know and love and part amplified grain and spice. I give my dad a bottle of Crown every year, and this year he’s getting an upgrade. – 45% ABV





Angel’s Envy Cask Strength – $170

Angel’s Envy always makes a great gift. It’s solid whiskey in an awesome bottle, which is really all you really from present. Bump it up this time around by going with the limited release Cask Strength bottle. You might have to call around for this one, but AE Cask Strength is worth the effort. It’s packed full of flavor… and booze. – 63.95% ABV





Teeling Single Malt – $60

It’s Irish whiskey like you’ve never seen it before. Teeling Single Malt is made from malted barley from a range of different ages that hung out in Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon casks. They’re then vatted to make an awesomely unique spirit. This isn’t your uncles whiskey. – 46% ABV

Suntory hibiki harmony
Suntory Hibiki Harmony – Colin Joliat

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Colin Joliat is the brains behind this rinky-dink operation. He covers the alcohol industry with two parts information, one part comedy, and one part WTF is wrong with this guy. He's written for Brobible, Guyism, Thrillist, CoolMaterial, Craft, and more.