The season of giving is great… until you run out of gift ideas and spend hours walking around the mall in the hope that something will inspire your shopping.
Let’s face it, we’re all busy at this time of the year. So why not opt for a stress-free shopping experience and leave the hard part to the experts? We’re certainly in favour of that, friends.
Entertaining and gifting can be made easy with one single trip to your nearest BC Liquor Store. Discover the flavours of the season and get your hands on the perfect drinkable gift to bring along to that upcoming holiday party (or three).
Here’s a look at some of our top picks.
Pretty much everyone we know is into the creamy goodness of Baileys. This drink takes holiday gifting to the next level with added flavours of dark-roast espresso and rich chocolate. You could even get fancy, channel your inner mixologist, and combine 2oz (60ml) of Bailey’s Espresso Crème with 2oz (60ml) cooled espresso coffee for a simple, delicious cocktail.
Blended scotch whisky drinkers, this one is for you. Representing the frozen north, AKA House Stark, this blue and white Johnnie Walker bottle features a crisp malt inside with hints of vanilla from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries. Serve it on the rocks for a ridiculously smooth finish. This one is ideal for the Game of Thrones fan in your life.
You know the GoT fan we just mentioned? This season, you can go all-out and make their mystical dreams come true by adding Johnnie Walker — A Song of Fire to their holiday gift box. A limited-edition whisky inspired by the House of Targaryen, it even has a Sigil dragon featured on the bottle. The fact that this rich, smoky malt is from Caol Ila Distillery on Islay in Scotland makes it even more special.
Japanese whisky is hotter than ever — for all the right reasons. Fuyu is Japanese for winter, so this option couldn’t be any more apt for the season. It’s handcrafted and distilled on Honshu Island and aged in American white oak barrels. Initially, you’ll get caramel and vanilla notes, and this quickly follows with cereal grain and dark soy sauce (for real), as well as a smokey vibe near the finish.
We haven’t met a bottle of rouge we didn’t like, and this Black Sage Cabernet Franc wins when it comes to gifting or attending family dinners. It’s got a blend of red currant, dried strawberry, vanilla, mocha, and some wood spice at an amazing price for seriously good quality wine. Plus, it pairs well with short ribs, duck, and pork tenderloin.
Impress the white wine connoisseur in your life with this succulent Pouilly-Fuisse Charton et Trebuchet Chardonnay from Burgundy in France. Not only does this gift save you money (no flight to Europe required), but it’s also got a creamy texture with notes of ripe cantaloupe, tropical fruit, and our favourite, lemon tart.
If your colleagues appreciate a rich red, this is the wine to buy. For a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s reasonably priced and unsurprisingly elegant. Think black currant, blackberry, black licorice, and wood spice with good tannins. It’s basically the kind of gift you’ll want to buy two of (one for yourself, obviously).
Amarone, AKA the wine world’s answer to the Hot Toddy for warming you up on a cold day, is another go-to of ours this winter. It’s got a deep, rich profile with aromas to treat the senses. It combines blackberry, spice, fig, plum, and raisin in just the right amounts. In short, it tastes like it was made especially for Christmas.
Find more drinkable gifts at bcliquorstores.com.
Please enjoy responsibly.