Good tidings and great gifts: luxury presents for 2022
Make room under the tree for presents they’ll want to receive – from premium spirits to fancy chocs
Anyone who loves quality brandy – whether neat, on the rocks, or as the hero ingredient in a classic cocktail or festive dish – will appreciate this stunning new arrival. St-Rémy Signature is smooth and oaky – the result of a unique double maturation process in virgin oak casks and seasoned casks.
St-Rémy Signature 70cl, £29 (from 26 October to 22 November); or £24 from 22 November to 31 December).
Looking to surprise the gin lover in your life? The Botanist is a B Corp certifi ed gin of layered complexity, and a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the island of Islay. No fewer than 22 local herbs and fl owers have been hand-foraged responsibly across the island by two professional foragers, to give the gin its distinctive finish.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 70cl, £35.
No Christmas is complete without an excellent cognac on hand. The iconic Rémy Martin VSOP cognac embodies the house’s signature style – and is a great addition to any drinks cabinet. The vibrant goldcoloured cognac reveals notes of vanilla, dried apricot and candied pear. Enjoy it neat, on the rocks, frozen, or in a cocktail.
Remy Martin VSOP Cognac 70cl, £40 (from 26 October to 22 November); or £33.50 from 22 November to 31 December).
SINGLE MALT PERFECTION
Whether you’re buying whisky for a connoisseur or novice, you can’t go wrong with The Glenlivet 12 Year Old – a perfectly balanced Speyside single malt Scotch whisky with a lively gold colour and floral and fruit aromas. Representing The Glenlivet’s signature style, it’s matured for a minimum of 12 years – first in traditional European oak, then American oak casks – to give the whisky its distinctive smoothness.
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70cl, £40 (from 26 October to 22 November); or £29 from 23-30 November).
A BRILLIANT BLENDED WHISKY
Only the finest malt and grain Scotch whisky make it into this remarkably smooth 12 year old blended scotch whisky. Offering a tidal wave of Strathisla malt and grain, and notes of everything from luxurious honey and vanilla to ripe apple, it’s a warm, generous dram that’s sure to appeal to any fan of quality Scotch whisky.
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 70cl, £21 (from 26 October to 1 November); or £20.50 from 2-22 November); or £28 from 23-30 November.
DOUBLE CHARRED IRISH WHISKEY
For something different, try Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey – a tribute to the distillery’s coopers, who give their barrels an additional charring to reveal richness and complexity. Time spent maturing in these double-charred barrels lends this whiskey a unique richness, with intense notes of vanilla and caramel, alongside toasted wood, fruit, and spice – perfect in an Old Fashioned cocktail.
Jameson Black Barrel Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey 70cl, £35 (from 26 October to 1 November); or £27 from 2-22 November); or £35 from 23-30 November.
PASS THE PEPPERMINT CHOCS
After Eight – the iconic chocolatecovered mint fondant – has been a firm favourite in UK households at Christmas since the 1960s. And this delicious assortment of peppermint chocolates, with an exciting and indulgent range of flavours and textures, is crafted with 100% peppermint oil, making them undeniably After Eight. Keep a stash to gift to friends, neighbours, teachers – or to enjoy yourself.
After Eight The Collection Box 199g, £5 (or £3 from 2-22 November).
THE PURPLE ONE GUARANTEED
Whether you’re playing Secret Santa, filling stockings or simply looking for a gift that won’t break the bank, this Quality Street sharing block is sure to tick the box. Inspired by the classic Christmas favourite, The Purple One, it boasts smooth caramel layered on a toasted hazelnut and chocolate base, contained within a milk chocolate shell. Or, why not keep a bar or two as a little Christmas gift to yourself?
Quality Street The Purple One Chocolate Sharing Bar 87g, £1.
A QUALITY CHRISTMAS CLASSIC
Christmas is, above all, a time for tradition – and it doesn’t get more traditional than handing around an iconic tin of Quality Street chocs, or diving into it first to get to your favourite before anyone else does. The multi-coloured octagonal tin contains a sparkling mix of 11 different colours, shapes and delicious flavours – there really is something inside for everyone, making it a failsafe gift option.
Quality Street Tin 871g, £8.