In Features, Sway Guides

Not sure what bottle to wrap up for your hard-to-shop-for family? Tony Cross gives you some ideas, in his words: 

Your Dad: The Glenlivet 18yr: Aged in American Oak and ex-Sherry Casks; notes of orange, and winter spices. Even if your Pops isn’t a scotch fan, this whiskey should be the one to convert him. It’s just that good. ($134.95)

Your Father-in-Law: TOPO Straight Wheat Whiskey: Rested in Charred new American oak barrels that are aged from 2 to 4 years. Not only does this whiskey taste great, it’s produced up the road in Chapel Hill. ($49.95)

Your Boyfriend: Del Maguey Single Village “Chichicapa” Mezcal: Contrary to belief, not all mezcals are very smoky. With notes of mint, and a slight mineral mouthfeel, this mezcal is perfect for sipping; a perfect and unique holiday gift. Ridiculously smooth for 92 proof.  ($68)

Your Coworker: Sutler’s Spirit Co. Gin: This gin will sway the pickiest of imbibers. Produced locally in Winston-Salem, Sutler’s uses different botanicals to give its gin complexity, steering clear of juniper-forward styles. Added bonus: Coolest packaged gin bottle ever. ($29.95)

Your Kid’s Teacher: Fair Game Beverage Company Apple Brandy: Give the teach the apple he/she deserves. Made with Appalachian apples, this brandy has notes of oak, and a hint of spice. Perfect with sparkling water or as an old-fashioned. Go to Fair Game’s Website for my “Half Jack” recipe. ($29.95)

Your Hostess : If under age, a growler of Reverie Ginger Beer — available only at Nature’s Own. If legal, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition: What’s better than good ol’ Jameson? How about having the Irish whiskey finished off in Irish Pale Ale barrels. You’ll be a hit and get the best sections. Bet that. ($34.95)

$20 or Less: Beefeater’s Gin: Classic gin for classic cocktails. If you’ve never had a negroni without Beefeater’s, you need to contemplate what’s wrong with your life. I’m thinking “New Year’s Resolution.” ($19.95)

Yourself: Smith & Cross Rum: You’ll have to order this online, but trust me, it will be well worth it. Besides carrying my last name, the other reason I LOVE this rum is because it’s funky as hell. Notes of bananas, caramel, and of course, funk. This is pirate rum, folks. Clocking in at 114 Proof, this is a must for tiki drinks, or to add some oomph to your next daiquiri. I drink this every Thanksgiving while blasting Black Sabbath. ($28.99)


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