From elegant and smooth whiskeys, to crisp and refreshing gins, we've handpicked a selection of premium alcoholic beverages that are sure to impress this festive season
Whether you're searching for a luxurious bottle to add an extra sense of celebration to a festive gathering, or a unique gift that will delight every recipient come Christmas morning, The Sybarite has you covered with this extensive guide.
X-Muse Reveal 2023
Introducing the latest creation from innovative Scottish barley vodka brand, X-Muse. Continuing to champion innovation and artisanal design, X-Muse has released an exclusive capsule of just 99 handcrafted limited-edition bottles with foiled gothic and chinoiserie motifs in a rich amethyst and gold palette, perfect for party season. With a smooth, rich flavour, it is perfect for sipping straight, or incorporating in an array of cocktails.
I was introduced to a cocktail not long ago with a potent taste of celery, whilst unexpected, it was surprisingly drinkable. I have been on the hunt ever since to find an alcohol brand that similarly took me by surprise. Pod Pea is the first British vodka made from 100% British peas, and the vegetal notes making it a conversation starter around the dinner table. Not only does it boast a green, zesty taste but it's vegan friendly, eco friendly, and supports the Eat Well charity. It may not be one of your five-a-day, but I won’t tell anyone if you don’t.
This single malt whisky is the oldest in Balblair’s core collection, and it exudes undisputed sophistication. Balblair is renowned for its exceptional selection of single malts, and the highly-anticipated release of this 21-year-old blend is truly a crowning achievement. The richness of this particular whiskey is a result of its extended ageing process, which allows for an intricate interplay of flavours and a smooth, velvety texture.
Aged in new American oak barrels, this full-bodied whisky boasts delightful notes of rich vanilla, warm brown sugar, caramelised nuts, sandalwood, mint leaf and milk chocolate. These unusual notes imbue this whisky with a sense of occasion, setting it apart from your everyday favourites. The sleek bottle will elevate every drinks trolley.
With its fruity bouquet that dances delicately on the palate, this exquisite Champagne is a true celebration of flavour. Immerse yourself in the luscious aromas of ripe peaches and vibrant apricot jam, as they intertwine with subtle hints of toasted brioche and a touch of vanilla. Taittinger Champagne is the embodiment of luxury and will delight every self-confessed Champagne lover.
Introducing a special edition of the iconic Laurent Perrier Champagne bottle, just in time for the holiday season. This playful, abstract design draws inspiration from the colour palette found in the juice itself. Serve as an aperitif at a dinner party, the bottle will brighten up festive tablescapes.
This limited-edition release from Rock Rose Gin has been meticulously crafted to showcase the label’s commitment to craftsmanship and combination of carefully-selected botanicals. Expect a delicate bouquet of rose, warming cardamom, zesty citrus, tangy sea buckthorn and sweet berries that form a full-bodied, powerful gin.
Salcombe Gin is a multi-award winning distillery who has partnered with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to donate 10% of the sale of each bottle to support their vital work. Aside from the great work they do, this gin makes a moreish pour. ‘Four Seas’ by Salcombe Gin is lifted by lemons smoked over Scottish whisky barrel wood chips, tangy sea buckthorn from the Cornish coast, sugar kelp foraged from the Irish sea and elderberries from Wales, lending a floral sweetness.
Indulge in the remarkable Graham Beck Cuvée Clive Chardonnay, a wine that exudes elegance and sophistication. Crafted in limited quantities, this blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir grapes is perfect for toasting with friends and family this festive period.
The aroma of rose, taste of fresh raspberry and cherry, and sweet hints of Turkish Delight makes this a unique addition to every drinks cabinet. Lanique takes pride in sourcing the most exquisite eastern attar of rose, which is delicately distilled from its stem to capture the taste. Every bottle is meticulously distilled and bottled in the UK, following the original recipe that has been perfected over time.
Distilled on a farm in the picturesque region of North Yorkshire, this exceptional liquer is crafted in small batches. Each bottle captures the sweet and sour taste of pineapple, coupled with a fresh burst of citrus from zesty pink grapefruit.
Founded by the Delevigne sisters in 2020, Della Vite has earned its place as a leading sparkling wine. Della Vite is on a mission to elevate the reputation of prosecco, offering a 100% vegan alternative that is perfect for Christmas celebrations. As you can expect from the high society sisters, the bottle is undoubtedly chic.
Incite childlike wonder with this Candy Cane Martini cocktail. Centred around Hepple Gin, with a splash of strawberry and hint of mint, it is quite simply Christmas in a glass. Shake with ice and strain into a coupé glass for a perfect serve. Candy cane decoration is encouraged, but not required.
This delicate pink gin bursts with fruity notes and hibiscus flowers, a fragrant twist on the brand's classic Welsh dry gin. I used this in a strawberry fizz cocktail, perfect for sweet tooths. It works as well for a pre-dinner aperitif or post-dinner wind down.
If you want to be the hostess with mostest, we recommend investing in this beautiful glassware set. When it comes to tasting alcohol, the importance of having the right glassware cannot be overstated. It is a delicate dance between form and function, where the shape, size, and material of the glass work harmoniously to enhance the sensory experience. Trust Riedel to allow you to fully appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry of the spirits and wine you are indulging in this Christmas.
Moth’s canned cocktail crackers, elevates the humble cracker to the next level. Each one is filled with one of four of their top-notch ready-to-serve cocktails: Espresso Martini, Piña Colada, Margarita and Negroni. Plus, a joke, of course.
These Vinca crackers are the perfect Secret Santa gift for wine lovers. Hailing from the brand’s family-owned, sustainable vineyard in Sicily, each cracker is filled with three of Vinca’s organic canned wines: pale rosé, white and red.
Bath might be known for its Roman baths, picturesque Georgian buildings and association with Jane Austen but its culinary scene is increasingly attracting visitors from all over the United Kingdom and further afield.
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