Boozy Christmas gifts: spirits, memberships and wine courses


Jack Daniel's Single Barrel (engraving service possible); £47; The Whisky Shop; Jessica Bottomley - Stir PR, 02077492596A unique Jack Daniels gift

Celebrate the festive season by gifting a personalised bottle of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. Whether engraved with a name, unique message, or simply ‘Happy Holidays’, a personalised bottle of this rare and crafted whiskey makes the perfect gift for the special someone in your life.

Price: £49 (the engraving cost is free)

Stockist: The Whisky Shop (

Give someone the gift of learning about wine

We’re a nation of food fanatics and gourmet gifts are a big hit at Christmas. But what do you buy for the cook with a cupboard full of gadgets, or the wine connoisseur with a cellar brimming with Bordeaux? This year, enroll your loved one on a course with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and treat them to a lifetime of wine discovery.

Available through 160 course providers nationwide. Prices for the introductory WSET Level 1 Award in Wines begin at £145 and no prior wine knowledge is required. For further details about the range of WSET courses, visit

Berry Bros. & Rudd - Wellington Membership; £1,800 year-long membership;; Jessica Bottomley - Stir PR, 02077492596Wine club membership

For a memorable gift that will delight long after the Christmas wreath has been retired, the Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Club is perfect for wine fans. Every two months, recipients will enjoy discovering something new from the award-winning Berry Bros. & Rudd range, with a case of wine delivered directly to their door. Whether you choose the six or 12-month membership, it is a gift that will make a lasting impression.

Gift memberships to the Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Club range from £360 for a six month Bourne membership, to the £1,800 year-long Wellington membership. For more details, visit

NB.Caorunn.04.09Hand-crafted Scottish gin

Caorunn Gin is a truly Scottish gin, handcrafted in small-batches from natural resources – pristine boreal forest and pure Scottish water. Infused with a combination of traditional and wild foraged botanicals from the terroir surrounding Balmenach Distillery in the Speyside of Scottish Highlands, Caorunn Gin has a very carefully balanced, versatile flavour. Each of the five Celtic botanicals infused in Caorunn Gin – Rowan Berry, Heather, Rowan Berry, Dandelion, Heather, Bog Myrtle and Coul Blush Apple – contribute to its unique flavour profile that establishes its dry, crisp, aromatic taste.

RRP: £28.49

Stockists: Caorunn Gin is available in selected Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, Oddbins, The Conran Shop, Spirited Wines, The Whisky Shop and spirit specialists.

Balb 2003-swedenVintage Scottish whisky

Celebrate this festive season with Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. With a whole collection of Vintages to choose from, Balblair guarantees a dram to warm every Christmas occasion.  Why not gift the Balblair Vintage 2003 1st Release (£42), fused with floral notes and hints of citrus fruits, apricots and honey; it is a full bodied and well balanced whisky that combines orange, lemon, honey and spice. Or for whiskey aficionados why not try the Balblair 1999 (£60) Balblair 1990 (£83) or Balblair 1983 (£200).

Stockists:  Royal Mile Whiskies, The Whisky Shop, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malts (online), selected Oddbins & independent specialists

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