Spirits to gift & what to sip this holiday season

Canadian Club 43 year old Canadian Whisky. Supplied image

Canadian Club 43 Year Old

A true collector’s items, this limited-edition is Canada’s oldest aged whisky and the third edition of the Chronicles Series. Canadian Club 43 Year Old is sure to impress someone special on your list. Paying tribute to its legendary role during Prohibition, Canadian Club has dubbed this expression ‘The Speakeasy.’ The Canadian Club 43 Year Old boasts notes of oak and leather on the nose, while delivering nutmeg and dried fruit with its lingering mouth feel. Available in 750ml bottle with a suggested retail price of $319.95. Price may vary by market.

Highland Park Cask Strength Release No.1

A whisky in its purest form. The first in a line of batch releases, Highland Park Cask Strength No.1 is set to hit shelves this month across Canada. With a robust and intense flavour, there is nothing in the whisky other than whisky. Nothing but the intensely balanced, award-winning spirit of Highland Park. With a number of releases to follow, this bottle could be the start of a beautiful collection for your spirits lover! Available in 750 ml bottle with a suggested retail price of $129.95. Price may vary by market.

Northern Keep Craft Vodka

Looking to support Canadian-made and gift local this year? Northern Keep is a new Canadian premium craft vodka that’s made in our own backyard! Exceptionally smooth with hints of spice and citrus, Northern Keep is crafted with pride by the artisans at Alberta Distillers and made with locally sourced Canadian rye and winter wheat. To give back to Canada’s lands, Northern Keep has partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, helping to protect five square feet of ecologically significant land with every bottle sold. Available in 750 mL bottles a suggested retail price of $34.95. Price may vary by market.

Courvoisier VS

Earning endless accolades, Courvoisier is the World’s Most Awarded Cognac House – so this holiday season, give the best people in your life the best cognac the world has to offer, Courvoisier VS. Proudly crafted in France, each bottle of Courvoisier is influenced by the brand’s network of vine growers, expert distillers and local artisans. The craftsmanship and dedication that goes into every drop of this premium spirit deliver a liquid that surpasses all expectations. Courvoisier VS Cognac is aged from three to seven years and boasts harmonious floral and fruit notes, complemented by a fresh oaky taste with subtle spice, for a balanced palate. Available across Canada for an approximate price of $61.00. Price may vary by market.

House of Suntory

For the travel connoisseur looking to bring their favourite destination home for the holidays, The House of Suntory’s Haku Vodka and Roku Gin are perfect spirits to add a little Japanese flair to any festive occasion. Hand-crafted with premium ingredients such as cherry blossom and green tea, Roku Gin’s authentic botanicals elevate the classic Gin and Tonic. Haku Vodka’s smooth and subtly sweet notes of lemon and pear add an elegant twist to the popular martini. Whatever this holiday season has in store, choose House of Suntory and bring a little Japanese “omotenashi” (hospitality) home.

Hornitos Tequila

Looking for an elevated way to sip tequila this holiday season? Upgrade from your usual tequila shot and add a little sparkle to your holiday cocktail with the Hornitos Reposado Tequila Sparkler. Boasting herbal and green apple notes, it has a slightly woody taste with a warm, slightly astringent finish. Great on its own, but even better in a cocktail topped off with your favourite champagne.

Recipe: Hornitos Tequila Sparkler

• 1 part Hornitos Reposado Tequila
• ½ part Lime Juice
• ½ part Simple Syrup
• 4 parts champagne

Add Hornitos Tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to an ice filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with champagne.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

Sip in style this holiday season with Sipsmith, the world’s best premium London Dry Gin. With notes of juniper, zesty lemon and orange marmalade, Sipsmith delivers elevated flavours to the classic Gin & Tonic, perfect for holiday entertaining, whether that’s only with your immediate family this year or with a few close friends. Got the welcome cocktail covered? No problem! Sometimes there is no better way to cap off the night than with a creamy dessert-like drink. Sipsmith’s “Alexander” offers rich, smooth flavours that will satisfy the palate after a delicious holiday meal.

Recipe: The Alexander

• 1 part Sipsmith London Dry Gin
• 1 part brown or white crème de cacao
• 1 part light crème

Combine the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprinkling of nutmeg.
Find the recipe in Sipsmith’s SIP Book.

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