A bottle of booze is one of the most standard holiday gifts… but can also be one of the most ho-hum if you're gifting a standard vodka or tequila. Show even the most seasoned spirits lover that you've put some thought into their present with these eight unique bottles.
A third-generation operation run by the Camarena family in partnership with the Tomas Estate, Ocho Tequila applies the concept of terroir (usually associated to wine) to the spirit by producing yearly vintage tequilas using agave that is grown in different micro-climates (within their own fields). $55-$65.
This is the most exciting spirit on the list. The Japanese whiskey is made with an array of pure single malt whiskies, all aged in different caskets. If there’s one liquor that will revolutionize the way you drink, this is it. $250.
Although there aren’t many public details surrounding this Bacardi rum (“up to 23 years in age” and made from the “oldest and finest rum of the collection”), any spirit aficionado should try it. After being blended, the liquor is put into barrels that previously held French cognac. $265.
Created as a moonshine brand in the 1930s by Swiss housewife Charlotte Vaucher, La Clandestine was produced illegally until the ban on the liquor was lifted in Switzerland in 2005. Less herbaceous than others, this absinthe will turn milky white after adding water to it. Enjoy it by itself, or as part of a cocktail. $75-$90.
100% organic and artisanal, Del Maguey produces some of the best mezcal around. This variety, characterized by a spicy, fruity, and smoky nose, heavily relies on citrus flavors. The mezcal is made by Zapotec Mexican Indian producers in villages in Oaxaca, Mexico. $70.
Aged for 40 to 50 years in oak barrels, Hine’s cognac is one of the most complex liquors currently on the market. Although initially mellow on the palate, drinkers will be surprised by a strong and sturdy finish. $746.