Christmas Gift Guide
It is uniquely bottled, consisting of two separate sections, separated by glass, but fused together. One section is filled with a black liqueur, consisting of coffee and whiskey flavors, the other is filled with a white liqueur of milk white chocolate.
When pouring into a lowball glass, the white liqueur should be gently floated on top of the black liqueur.
Nose: Once served in a glass, liquor exhales vanilla, rich chocolate, and toffee.
Palate: The attack is surprisingly soft and the creamy palate is rich, full of complimentary flavors of cream, coffee, chocolate, the lingering finish has notes of nuts and toasted hazelnuts.
Enjoy: Serve in a Rocks glass or tumbler by first pouring in the black liqueur.
Fine French cognac with a touch of natural vanilla from Madagascar Made by the House of Grand Marnier’s passion for combining cognac with pure, natural flavors, Navan is a 40% Alc/vol liqueur, an ideal balance between the complexity of cognac and the smoothness of natural vanilla.
Appearance: Clear, golden yellow.
Aroma: Aromatic vanilla extract and Eaux de vie with butter pastry and faint coffee bean.
Taste: The surprisingly spicy palate, with pronounced vanilla flat alcoholic cream soda with a hint of orange zest and stewed black English breakfast tea.
Aftertaste: Long concentrated vanilla fudge with lingering chili spice-like heat.
Overall: Not the mild-mannered, easy McDonald’s-style milkshake vanilla flavor you might expect to find in lesser vanilla liqueurs.
The Macallan’s legendary Sherry Oak 18-Year-Old, part of a range that celebrates the marriage of its rich spirit with the finest sherry-seasoned oak casks. In this case, the result of ageing Macallan’s spirit solely in sherry casks for 18 years is a full-bodied palate of mature oak, ginger and raisin flavors is complimented by a light mahogany natural color.
Nose: Dried fruits and ginger with hints of vanilla and cinnamon.
Taste: Soft and rich, with hints of spice, clove, orange and toasted mature oak.
Finish: Full and lingering with dried fruits, ginger and orange zest.
Pretty much the only expression of Speyburn on the market until 2008. The 10-year-old may now have stable mates but it still keeps its place as the easy drinking center of the range. Speyburn continues to gather quiet momentum in the wake of updated packaging and 2012’s shock World Whisky Award win for the 25-year-old.
A global favorite, Speyburn 10 years old is ever the crowd-pleaser.
Color: Pale gold with amber highlights.
Nose: Fresh, clean with a hint of lemon.
Taste: Medium bodied with hints of toffee & butterscotch and a long, sweet finish.
Old Monk Supreme XXX Very Old Vatted Rum– Iconic Vatted Indian Dark Rum, launched 19 December 1954. The Rum is blended and aged for a minimum of 7 years and is dark in color with a distinct vanilla flavor. Their Rum selection includes five different Old Monk expressions. This vanilla-forward iconic vatted dark rum is on. The market since 1954 and you’d be hard-pressed to find a commercial for it.
Appearance: Dark brown
Nose: Sugary nose with notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.
Taste: Unmistakable Old Monk palate with notes translating from the nose: caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with the addition of woody spice, tobacco, and black pepper.
Finish: Lingering finish with notes of vanilla, tobacco, and brown sugar.
Deliciously different and exceptionally smooth, it has a character as unforgettable as The Captain himself! It is the perfect mix with Cola – the secret recipe of spices blends with the Cola to make a legendary mix. So, grab a bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold Rum, raise a leg, and toast to the adventure to be had. Drink responsibly, Captain’s Orders! Enjoy!
Appearance: Medium Amber
Nose: The aroma is thick with vanilla and cinnamon notes over a dash of menthol and black pepper.
Taste: The flavors build upon the aroma with plenty of turbinado sugar and molasses, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Finish: The finish is medium-length with loads of baking spices.
A superb 10-year-old Irish single malt whiskey and winner of Best Irish Single Malt Whiskey at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards. Wonderfully fruit-forward, with a good helping of vanilla and warming oaky spices in support.
Nose: Cooked banana and tropical fruit.
Palate: Guava, cantaloupe melon, over-ripe white peach, vanilla and peels.
Finish: Floral, spicy finish.
Overall: Add a drop of water and it tastes just like nectarine chunks in low fat yoghurt!
Serving: Given its subtlety and smoothness, this needs no water to lighten it or open it up, though a large ice cube on a hot day might not go amiss.