If you’ve still got Christmas shopping to do, these three options will make for some fantastically boozy gifts.
No question about it, now is the time for full-fledged panic. Thanks to the Mayans and their hyped-up predictions about the end of days, “smart” folks left all their gift buying for after they were absolutely sure there was really going to be a Christmas. But here we are, with no sign of the apocalypse and the holiday heading at us like an unstoppable comet.
Lucky thing the LCBO is practically a one-stop shopping experience, and if you get there early, you might be lucky enough to get out in one piece by the end of the day.
Here are a few suggestions for choice items you might not have noticed. They’re listed in ascending order of price, so you can choose gifts according to your very own budget-to-level-of-affection ratio for the folks on your list:
El Dorado 12-year-old: Normally, we’re not too terribly fond of the gift pack, but, in this case, the box contains a nice 12-year-old from Guyana and two glasses—which come in pretty handy this time of year. If you don’t much like gift packs, you might consider buying the rum alone and pairing it with To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Philip Greene ($25), the must-have drinking book of the season. Granted, this will mean abandoning the one-stop shopping plan, since the LCBO still hasn’t gotten around selling books.
LCBO 287102, $39.95.
Avion Tequila Anejo: This one is new to Vintages and hasn’t gotten a lot of hype, so it’s a promising gift for people who love novelty (not to mention Vince from Entourage) but may not even have realized it’s available here in Ontario. It’s also a really nice sipping anejo, albeit with a hefty price tag.
Vintages 247445, $94.95.
De Luze XO Fine Champagne Cognac: Another newcomer and part of the new push for cognac re-establishing itself as the pre-eminent luxury product, not just the first choice for hip-hop stars and Bond villains. De Luze is an excellent move in that direction, since it’s easily one of the tastiest and most refined specimens in the category. And since it’s a lesser-known label—and only here in limited quantities—it’s suitable for both hoarding and high-end gifting.
LCBO 289173, $156.85.