Our 2022 Beverage Gift Guide

The Christmas season is synonymous with the cocktail season; sorry, we don’t make the rules. Your cleanliness can certainly be part of your New Year’s resolution, but with the season of work events and holiday dinners upon us, wine is often the guest of honor. Although, if you’re more into a mocktail or caffeine is your guilty pleasure, you can still join the party. If you’re looking to expand your own collection or find a gift for the cocktail connoisseur in your life, you’ve come to the right place. It doesn’t matter if you’re still comfortable with Old Fashioned or just joined the espresso martini movement, this mixology kit brings a double dose of sophistication to any home bar.

Bowmore 15 years single malt scotch whiskey

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Matured for a total of fifteen years, first in bourbon casks and finished with three years in oloroso sherry casks, Bowmore’s 15 Year Old offers a unique tasting journey for both the seasoned whiskey connoisseur and newcomers. Smooth aromas of raisins and chocolate accompany Bowmore’s signature smokiness when on the nose. A first sip reveals cedar wood and tantalizing caramel molasses, with a finish that highlights sherry, with a hint of spice. ($110)

Casa Nube Coffee Liqueur

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Cloud House is the latest addition to the Mark Anthony Wines & Spirits portfolio, and watch out as it starts arriving at LCBO Ontario locations in December. Don’t let the name fool you: This is no competitor to sweet and syrupy Kahlua. The rum-based liquor has about a quarter of the amount of sugar, is rum-based, and is made with premium Colombian coffee grown at 4,793 feet above sea level. We attended your cocktail contest and launch last week, and immediately thought this is the perfect gift for all the coffee or cocktail lovers on your list. (price to be determined)

Lost Peak 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Cascade Mountains give Lost Peak its evocative name, and just like that mountain range, this full-bodied cabernet will make you feel on top of the world. The smooth and fruity profile with hints of cherry and tobacco make this an ideal wine to serve during the holiday season. ($20)


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There are as many different styles of amaro as there are colors in the rainbow, and when it comes to this delicious after-dinner digestif, you basically can’t go wrong. But for a full, easy-drinking option, choose Amaro Montengro, which has a smoother, brighter flavor than most. Plus, it’s perfect for the famous shooter among Toronto bartenders: the Blackbird (half Montenegro, half Jameson). ($31)

Jura 18 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

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Jura’s 18-year-old expression has been aged for nearly two decades in American white oak barrels formerly used to house bourbon, long enough to give a complex whiskey and rich flavor with warm notes. But to add to the sophistication, it has been enriched with Premier Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux red wine casks from the south of France. ($150)

Martin’s Lane Winery 2019 Pinot Noir Vineyard Collection Gift Set

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As one of the Okanagan Valley’s top producers of Pinot Noir, it’s no surprise that Martin’s Lane makes this list. The brand’s Pinot portfolio currently includes five different expressions of the smooth, subtle variety, and yet, thanks to unique climatic conditions and the thoughtful hands of the brand’s winemakers, each has its own distinctive character. Rather than limit yourself to one bottle, why not try a trio this holiday season? For those outside of BC, don’t worry; Martin’s Lane will ship across Canada. ($300)

Glenfiddich 12 Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

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Glenfiddich’s story begins in 1886, when founder William Grant, along with his nine sons, embarked on a journey to build the best distillery in the world. He named it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for “valley of the deer,” and on Christmas Day 1887, the first drop of alcohol fell from Grant’s handcrafted copper stills. Still family owned after 135 years, this commitment is revealed in the team of coopers at their highland distillery who maintain Glenfiddich’s oak barrels, and the team of boilermakers who build and repair its copper stills, without mention the dozens of award-winning whiskeys they have helped produce. ($70)

Patron Rested Tequila

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Hacienda Patrón has been producing premium quality tequila for over 30 years, delighting even the world’s most discerning palates. As we navigate an era with a rejuvenated thirst for authenticity, Patrón continues to pioneer artisan sips. With 100% Weber blue agave from the Jalisco highlands leading the way in every bottle from field to glass, Patrón, which translates to “the boss” in English, is more than just a stocking filler. When it comes to gifts, it can be the main event. ($93)

Personalized Moët & Chandon champagne bottles

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Looking for a simple gift with a personal touch? We’ve got you covered. Moët & Chandon is running holiday pop-up stores at Holt Renfrew locations across the country, where shoppers will be able to add custom calligraphy, laser engraving and gift wrapping to their bubbly seasonal purchases. (the price varies)

Hennessy Paradis x Lorenz Baumer NBA 75th Cognac

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2022 marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NBA, an occasion celebrated during this year’s All Star Weekend with a variety of toasts and events. To join in the fun and honor the league’s legacy, Hennessy has collaborated with renowned designer Lorenz Bäumer on a surprisingly sophisticated new Baccarat crystal decanter, shaped, of course, like a basketball. ($150,000)

Umanoff de Menu wine rack

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Between wine subscription services and new liquor laws that have opened restaurant wineries to cash-and-go, it’s never been easier to get great wine. Keep a select selection of your favorite bottles close at hand in this beautiful metal and leather storage rack. ($455)

Tom Dixon Disc Decanter

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Add a sense of ceremony to future wine tastings by serving them from this elegant masterpiece. Wine enthusiasts will be impressed, and sports fans will enjoy it too, as its base resembles that of a hockey puck. ($185)

Georg Jensen Cocktail Picks

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Spruce up your next martini with a garnish of extra-salty green olives via these dreamy stainless steel cocktail picks. The design of the designer Aurélien Barbry unites functionality and form in its elevation of simple tableware to be much more. There’s no reason not to stab your olives and onions in style. ($50 USD)

Epoque Champagne Bucket in Amber from Lisa International

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Have you ever considered an ice cube as a centerpiece? Well this one from Lisa International is good enough to be the star of the show. You know what they say… every night looks better through a warm glow. ($185)

New Works Pleated Mug

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A pinched edge detail transforms a stainless steel tube into an understated carafe, making it a true statement piece. Don’t let it end up in a drawer or cupboard, its sculptural details are to be admired: go ahead and put it on display. ($140)

Fully automatic coffee machine from SMEG

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For baristas, caffeine addicts, and fans of all things pretty and shiny, this one is for you. The Italian fridge brings his signature flair to a new appliance, and luckily, it’s as practical as it is stylish. ($1,200)

UMBRA Bellwood Bar Trolley

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If you’re a true minimalist, you’ll fit a single bottle in this and call it a day, but it also looks great when full. Add your favorite bottles, bar tools, stemware and more, and it becomes not only a functional bar cart, but also another welcome piece of décor in your home. ($180)

Hay Tinted Wine Glasses

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Forget half full or half empty – we’re the kind of people with half tinted glass. Whether you’re giving them away this holiday season or buying them for your own collection, you know everyone will ask where they’re from. ($50, set of two)

Bushmills 10 years

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Triple distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for over 10 years in old sherry and bourbon seasoned casks, this single malt features aromas of honey, vanilla and chocolate. ($50)

Double Diamond Master

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This is the original crystalline tequila, aged in European oak barrels and then double-filtered to deliver complex flavors of caramel, honey, and maple in a smooth, crystal-clear liquid. ($65)

Penfolds Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon

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A modern take on a traditional Napa Valley cab, it was matured in French barrels for a silky texture and rich aromas of Black Forest cake, glazed cherries, and dark chocolate. ($95)

Macallan Harmony Collection — Rich Cacao

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For your environmentally conscious, whiskey-loving friends, this is the perfect gift. The Macallan’s new Harmony Collection: Rich Cacao is the first limited edition whiskey in a new series of single malts that will highlight the brand’s connection to nature through the incorporation of more sustainable packaging. Wrapped in a fully recyclable box made with leftover cocoa husks from the chocolate-making process, the deep, dark chocolate profile of this rich single malt whiskey is the ultimate sweet escape. ($215)

The Macallan A Night on Earth in Scotland

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For special occasions and perfect for holiday gifting, The Macallan A Night on Earth in Scotland is a limited edition single malt with festive notes of dried orange and spices. The season release is a collaboration with French-Japanese illustrator Erica Dorn, which is sure to impress moviegoers, as her artwork has been featured in some of Wes Anderson’s films. There’s no better, richer, or sweeter way to ring in the new year than with a shot (or two) of this limited-edition single malt whisky. ($175)

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