It’s the beginning of 2022, and while celebrations are a bit more subdued, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best bottles of premium liquor for gifting. If you’re looking for alcohol gifts or something to collect for yourself, thank the stars because many spirit brands have released special limited-edition bottles to mark the beginning of a new year!
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A very limited-edition smoky Scotch release from Macallan, Rare Cask Black is a marriage of around 100 predominantly sherry-seasoned casks. Made using peated whisky – very rarely produced at the distillery – this has notes of dried fruit, nutmeg, ginger and smoke.
Aged for eight years in a combination of American oak, French oak, and sherry barrels, this is a rare aged tequila, honouring famed Mexican tequila brand Patron’s traditional techniques and the awe-inspiring craftsmanship of Lalique – the renowned French glassmaker that was founded in 1888.
Notes of raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon give this rich, cask-strength rum a beautiful long finish that will convert even the staunchest whisky sipper. The rum is also 100% pot-distilled and is aged in white oak barrels for at least twelve years. Then, it spends an additional two years in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, for a deeply complex flavour profile!
Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Maison Martell has released a couple of limited editions by London-based Chinese artist Jacky Tsai. His inventive approach fuses traditional eastern artistic techniques and imagery with western Pop Art. His two limited editions of Martell Cordon Bleu proudly showcase Maison Martell’s flying swift, and also his own tiger design, celebrating their shared audacious spirit to mark the coming year of the tiger.
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Inspired to create a gin like no other, Carolus Nolet, Sr. – the tenth-generation owner of Nolet Distillery in South Holland – dedicated over four decades of his life to perfecting this special concoction. This special, flavour-forward gin has notes of saffron and verbena, and Carolus Sr. personally tastes and approves every batch before it is bottled! Best of all, each bottle is individually numbered by hand and presented in a distinguished gift box.