Drinks for Gifting this Christmas

The Clydeside distillery Stobcross whisky

The best drinks gifts for Christmas

Gifting a bottle of someone’s favourite tipple can be easy best friend points at Christmas, but here are some that they might not be expecting.

mermaid gin bottle

Mermaid Gin

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This small-batch London Dry Gin is made on the Isle of Wight and is within a unique turquoise mermaid scale bottle. Citrus and peppery but with a hint of the sea as the most prominent of the ten ethically sourced botanicals is rock samphire, which is known locally as ‘mermaid’s kiss.

The bottle is also made from recyclable glass, the stopper is made from sustainably sourced natural cork and the tamper-proof seal is compostable. They have also been awarded the Plastic-Free standard by A Plastic Planet and work with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to monitor and restore seagrass, and With One Seed, a community forestry social enterprise that works to replant forests.

White Port Negroni

White Port from The Port of Leith Distillery

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The Port of Leith Distillery company has extended its award-winning ‘Cask Partners’ range of port and sherry with the launch of a new White Port product.

Working with the company’s Portuguese partner Martha’s Wines the Port of Leith Distillery White Port is crafted from a blend of superior quality Malvasia fina, Viosinho, Gouveio and Donzelinho grapes.

The Clydeside distillery Stobcross whisky

Stobcross Whisky from The Clydeside Distillery

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Stobcross is the first whisky from The Clydeside Distillery and it’s worth the wait.  It’s a Lowland Single Malt, matured in American and European oak casks. In here you will find caramel, spices and a smooth tasting dram.  The 70cl bottle retails at £45.

Hunter and Grey christmas cocktails

Christmas cocktails from Hunter & Grey

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With three Christmas cocktails added to the menu, there is a tipple for everyone’s taste buds. Hunter & Grey offer delicious pre-mixed drinks directly to customers doors using the finest ingredients. Whether a gift, party, or occasion to reconnect with loved ones, Hunter & Grey delivers a quality cocktail experience this Christmas!

Christmas Martini – Christmas martini combines all the best flavours of Christmas in one bottle. Premium gin, Scottish liqueur, lemon juice, ginger & pomegranate
Winter Spiced Pear Martini – Premium gin with pear puree, lemon juice & winter syrup
Christmas Negroni – The Christmas Negroni is a combination of premium gin, Campari, sweet red vermouth, rhubarb & ginger

If the Christmas collection isn’t enough, they also offer classic favourites including the famous Pornstar Martini, Mojito, Espresso Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri to name a few.

The full Hunter & Grey collection can be found at www.hgcocktails.com

Crossbill gin

Crossbill 200 Single Specimen Dry Gin 2021

A special edition dry gin from Crossbill, using wild Highland juniper hand-picked from a single specimen bush that is c. 200 years old. Slowly macerated with fresh rosehips then distilled in soft Scottish water. Bottled at still strength to deliver an intense concentrated dry gin.

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anCnoc2009 70cl - jpegs_3 (2) anCnoc 2009 vintage

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Limited to 1,320 cases worldwide, Speyside Distillery Knockdhu has released a twelve-year-old whisky from their acclaimed vintages collection just in time for Christmas. anCnoc (pronounced a-nock) 2009 vintage, had been maturing since then in a combination of first-fill Spanish oak and ex-bourbon American oak barrels. This new expression has a spicy, citrus and honey aroma with flavours of spice, apple, dark chocolate and butterscotch.
Cantium Gin truly is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. This delicious craft gin delivers a true taste of Kent, with key botanicals including Blackberry, Apple, Cobn

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This delicious craft gin delivers a true taste of Kent, with key botanicals including Blackberry, Apple, Cobnut, Hops, Lavender and Roasted Chestnuts.

Available in two delicious varieties, the classic ‘Primo’ London Dry Gin and the ‘Rubesco’ pink gin.

Can’t choose? A cute duo of miniatures featuring 50cl Primo and 50cl Rubesco is available for just £12, making it the perfect stocking filler.

What’s more, the stylish Cantium flask bottle can be used to keep drinks hot or cold for hours long after Christmas has finished so your gift will be remembered and loved all year round.

Available from www.cantiumgin.com, Harvey Nicholls, Fortnum and Mason and independent retailers nationwide.shop now button

Royal Mash Vintage Vodka

Royal Mash Vintage Vodka

Royal Mash Vintage Vodka is made from Jersey Royal potatoes that are oversized and which would otherwise not be sold to eat.  It is on sale at Harrods and online as well, link below.
Harrods describe the brand as having a “soft mouthfeel with delicate but distinctive potato skin and mineral notes. Very mild black pepper spirituous spice”. We are big fans of Jersey Royal Potatoes and it’s good to see them used in more products.   Royal Mash Vodka is a 40% ABV hand-made vintage vodka: vintage because the flavour is affected by the differences, from year to year, of the terroir and the produce each year.

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height of arrows gibson cocktail

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Height Of Arrows is the literal translation of Àrd-Na-Said, the Gaelic name for Arthur’s Seat. Standing at 251m, the height the furthest distance an archer could fire a bow.

So what is the Height of Arrows experience? On the nose, there is light pine and citrus notes but just wait for the taste. Juniper certainly takes the centre stage, and with the plethora of fancy flavoured gins that have appeared over the last few years, it’s good to see a new gin that is simply GIN!

Glaswegin raspberry and rhubarb

Glaswegin Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin

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Glaswegin Raspberry and Rhubarb pink gin are bursting with fresh flavours and crafted with ten carefully selected botanicals – Raspberry, Rhubarb, Milk Thistle, Italian Juniper, Russian Coriander, Angelica, Orange and Chamomile Flowers, Bay Leaves and Pink Peppercorns.

gwalarn whisky

Gwalarn French Whisky

Gwalarn (which means the ‘northwest wind’ in Breton) is the first new product in 20 years from Celtic Whisky Distillery. (Find out more about Celtic Whisky Distillerie here)

Gwalarn, is a Celtic blend, in that it contains whiskies from Celtic regions, malt whisky from France and Scotland and rye from Germany which I didn’t know is also an ancient Celtic land. Gwalarn is slightly peated on the nose with sweet vanilla, honey and smoky tobacco notes. The honey note comes through in the tasting alongside some fruity and spiced aromas. It is smooth and easy to drink.

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Valentian Scottish vermouth

Valentian Vermouth

Valentian Vermouth was developed by David and Dominic Tait, brothers and co-founders of Valentian Vermouth based in St. Boswells in the Scottish Borders. Valentian Vermouth blends the flavours of Scotland and Italy by using Scottish new-made malt spirit, small-batch Italian wine and botanicals. (Link to our review here)

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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