For this 2017 Christmas Gift Guide, we raise a glass and salute all the booze hounds out there. Whether those booze hounds are tossing back shots of tequila, sipping on the brown stuff, or gulping fresh pints of craft beer, we duly admire their uncompromising pursuit of delicious inebriation. With our help and yours, dear reader, we can ensure all those booze hounds have a holiday they’ll never forget and yet only partially remember. To guarantee as much, we’ve listed out some of the year’s choicest spirits and other alcohol related products. Presenting our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide – Booze Hound. Cheers to that!
Canadian Club 8 Year Old Whisky
A much loved brand in Australia, Canadian Club has been in the game for over 150 years with the ubiquity to show for it. The distillery was originally founded in the USA, but then migrated to Canada during prohibition. With such savvy maneuvering behind them, it’s therefore no wonder that the brand churns out such a quality product year after year. Naturally, Canadian Club 8 Year Old Whisky is no exception.
Touting a unique mashbill that goes higher on rye and barley than the brand’s benchmark 1858 expression, Canadian Club 8 Year Old is aged in charred American white oak barrels. On the nose is a spicy blend of caramel, baked goods and cream. The taste is likewise rife with sugary goodness and creamy vanilla, which segues into a lightly spicy finish. Buy a bottle for your favourite booze hound, throw in a six pack of soda and a fresh lime while you’re at it. Now he’s got all the ingredients he needs for a refreshing summer sipper.
Hennessy X.O. Limited Edition
Is the booze hound in your life big on the club scene? If so, then he’s probably a huge fan of Hennessy X.O. Make his year by grabbing him a bottle of Hennessy X.O. Limited Edition. It comes in a signature decanter created by industrial designer Marc Newsom, who employed an eye-catching striped motif that bursts to life when exposed to light. Inside the bottle is the legendary taste of bold, rich, “extra old” cognac that so many have come to love.
Ardbeg An Oa
If you know a booze hound with a preference for uncompromising, smoky Islay malts, then he’s definitely acquainted with Ardbeg. The distillery never shies away from the peat to say the least. Show that smoke-loving friend of yours that you’re paying attention by scoring him a bottle of Ardbeg An Oa, the newest addition to the brand’s core line up in over a decade. Named for the Mull of Oa in Islay, the spirit is matured in a mix of casks, including Pedro Ximenez, ex-bourbon and virgin charred oak. The result is a smooth, smoky dram layered with notes of dark chocolate, butterscotch, black pepper, syrup and cream. Delicious.
Norlan Whisky Glass
Far more than a mere means to intoxication, quality whisky offers an array of immensely rewarding flavours, aromas and textures unto itself. To experience those components to their fullest potentials, one needs a proper sipping glass. Enter the Nnorlan Glass. Crafted in partnership with renowned master distiller Jim McEwan, the lightweight glass utilises a double-walled structure in order to best capture the maximum amount of, well, everything. Give your palate the experience it deserves by picking up a Nnorlan Glass, and grab one for your friend while you’re at it. ‘Tis the season, after all.
Never Never Distilling Co. Gin
It’s amazing what they’re doing with gin these days. For proof, look no further than Australia’s own Never Never Distilling Co. To say the brand takes a passionate approach toward their craft would be putting it mildly. As such, their expressions are daring, delicious and truly inspired. Pick up a bottle of Triple Juniper or one of their Dark Series statements and put it under the Christmas tree. The gin lover in your life will be thankful you did.
The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining
A formidable resource for modern epicureans, The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining is a treasure trove of insights, pointers, trends, opinions, recipes and perspectives, all centered around food and alcohol. More than a book or guide from a reputable publication, this is a celebration of the culinary arts, delivered without stuffiness or pretense. In other words, people from all walks of life will find something to relish within these pages.
Meehan’s Bartender Manual
As anyone who’s sipped a craft cocktail in the last decade is likely to know, mixology takes bartending to some truly comprehensive and unforgettable places. That’s all thanks to people like Jim Meehan, a master mixologist who’s earned worldwide acclaim for his knowledge and skill alike. In Meehan’s Bartender Manual, the expert drink-maker lays it all out with impeccable precision. Whether you’re seeking recipes, backstories, techniques, pictures, illustrations, tools or insights, you’ll find it here in glorious detail. Consider this manual a must-have for aspiring and seasoned mixologists alike.
Food & Beer
The name pretty much says it all: Food & Beer. Written by Danish gypsy brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø and Canadian chef Daniel Burns, the book explores modern gastronomy at all ends of the spectrum. That’s joined by stunning photography and a vibe that appropriately alternates between casual and sophisticated. It’s all here and it’s all wonderful.
Glenorangie 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Thanks to centuries of experience, distillery Glenmorangie has exquisite taste down to a science. Indeed, their 10-year old statement remains not just their benchmark expression, but one of the best selling whiskies in Scotland, period. From the nose and body comes a distinct and balanced bouquet of nuts, cream and sugar that rewards the senses with every sip. Bring your beloved booze hound in on the action by getting him a bottle this Christmas.
Mini Pong Beer Pong Table by Buffalo Games
What’s more fun than drinking beer? Adding some competition into the mix, of course. For that, the Mini Pong Table has you covered. It’s a compact, portable, miniaturised version of the game. However, instead of ping pong balls–which routinely hit the floor and gather all sorts of bacteria–the game relies on catapults and a tethered ball. Included in the set is a wooden table with slip-free footing, 2 launchers, 1 tethered ball, a storage bag and even 25 cups. Bring it to the next party (or buy it for a booze hound) and become an instant hero.
Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker has been at the forefront of the spirits scene for decades–one sip of their 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky will tell you why. Formerly known as Platinum Label, the luscious statement is a palatable merry-go-round of epic flavour. At first sip comes a wave of fruit, vanilla, toffee and a touch of smoke. That’s followed by a finish boasting notes of chocolate, citrus peel, caramel and light smoke. Help make your booze hound’s domestic bar setup complete by scoring him a bottle.
Glen Moray Mastery
Limited in supply and brilliant in execution, Glen Moray Mastery is a surefire way to let the booze hound in your life know he’s truly special. Crafted by Master Distiller Graham Coull, the unique release blends five vintages–including one that goes all the way back to 1978–to absolute perfection. Consequently, the whisky’s body is rich and complex, firing off lush notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee with the utmost finesse. Expect an overall taste and texture that you can feel in your toes. Your booze hound companion will be thanking you for life.
House of Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged
With a whopping 96 points to its name, EJ Carr Late Disgorged sparkling wine is the quintessence of rich, exquisite taste. Matured for 10 years before being distributed, the effervescent stunner comes to us from premier Australian winemaker House of Arras. Pop the the top, pour, sip, imbibe and live this holiday season.
Corkcicle Cigar Glass
Combining two beloved pastimes in one nifty product, the Corkcicle Cigar Glass puts a cigar holder directly into a 9 oz. whisky glass. It’s never been easier to puff and sip without breaking stride. Get it for a well-rounded booze hound to help economise his two favourite vices.
Few brands are more synonymous with robust, classic Kentucky bourbon than Wild Turkey. That alone should put Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17 Year Old Bourbon on the bucket list of every enthusiast across the world. Rich in colour, silky in texture and exploding with spice, oak and sugar, the limited edition whisky fires on all cylinders, earning its legendary status one smooth sip at a time.
The Airplane Carry On Cocktail Kit
Some booze hounds will drink whatever they can get their hands on, while others are a little more discerning. For the latter, the Carry On Cocktail Kit is your friend. In each one are the ingredients you’ll need (minus the booze) to make a delicious Old Fashioned or Moscow Mule mid-flight, while the people next to you suck down sub-standard swill.
Barebones Rambler 20 Can Backpack Cooler
Just because you and your friends are out in the wilderness or at the beach, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be booze hounds. The Barebones Rambler 20 Can Backpack Cooler is there when you need it. It can keep up to 20 cans of beer nice and cold for up to 24 hours. Other features include a bottle opener zipper pull, removable anti-microbial liner, adjustable straps, leather trim and more.
Fyxation Bicycle 6 Pack Caddy
Not only does Fyxation’s Bicycle 6 Pack Caddy allow you to transport beer while cycling, it allows you to do so in style. Made of genuine full grain leather, the hands-free holster fastens itself to the top tube of your bike and keeps those beers safe the whole ride home. Get one for the proactive booze hound in your life to show him how much you truly care.
One of Australia’s best craft breweries has fast become a fan favourite, and a regular bev in the Man of Many office. If there’s someone special in your life who doesn’t mind a brew or two then the simple act of giving a six pack of Sample goes a long way. With their carefully crafted range, there’s something to sate every palate.