Spirited Gift Ideas for Rum, Tequila & MezcalBy Stephanie Moreno
The end of the year is approaching and we are in peak holiday shopping season. Have you picked out gifts for the rum and agave fans in your life? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this holiday gift guide. It has a little something for everyone at a variety of different price points.
Want to surprise someone with a hidden gem? We have a couple of ideas. Need a gift for someone who likes cocktails? We have suggestions for them too! And if you need a gift for someone who likes to have a nightcap after dinner, we have a couple of favorites that we’d like to tell you about. So without any further ado…
FOR THE Aficionado
This mezcal is produced in the Mexican state of Puebla, a recent addition to the recognized areas for mezcal production. It’s distilled from 100% Tobalá agaves—known in this region as Cenizo—by Mezcalero Don Aaron Alba, a 4th generation producer. Delicate campfire smoke marries fantastically with dulce de leche and apple cake aromas in this spirit’s nose. The finish has a pleasant spice note and lingering mango fruit flavors. A very complex sipping mezcal. Suggested retail price $84.99.
This limited edition rum was created at the Mount Gay Distillery in Barbados by Master Blender Allen Smith. He used a blend of copper pot and copper column rums ranging from 10-30 years of age for this bottling. Released annually beginning in 2009, this rum batch has recently undergone an updated packaging and and was formerly known as 1703 Old Cask Selection. This is a complex rum with tropical flavors, tobacco and leather. Suggested retail price $150.
FOR THE COCKTAIL MAKER
Drawing on the Netherlands’ long history of sourcing and blending rum, Denizen is looking to bring a more classic sensibility to your rum cocktails. Merchant’s Reserve combines Rhum Grand Arome, from Martinique, and rums from four different Jamaican distilleries: Clarendon, Hampden, New Yarmouth and Worthy Park. It’s a great choice for your Mai Tai needs. Suggested retail price $ 29.99.
This tequila hails from Arandas in Jalisco at the El Ranchito Distillery, owned by the Vivanco family, fifth generation agaveros. Made from 100% blue agave, the bottles are ergonomically designed by bartenders for bartenders. Expect to find bright tropical notes, lime and mint. Average retail price in the US $35.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE A NIGHTCAP
The Extra Old was released to mark Alexandre Gabriel’s 20th anniversary at the helm of Cognac Ferrand. It showcases Plantation’s oldest Bajan rum reserves, aged for 12-20 years in bourbon casks. The selected rums are blended at Château de Bonbonnet in France and finished in small French oak casks for 12-18 months. Vanilla, butterscotch, banana, coconut, and coffee are just some of the flavors found in this aged rum. Suggested retail price $44.99.
Released in October 2017, this bottling marks the 80th anniversary of La Alteña Distillery, where El Tesoro is made. Aged for eight years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, only eight barrels were produced. You’ll find a host of barrels spices, dried herbs and hints of coconut. Not a sticky sweet tequila be any means. A perfect drink to end your evening. Exclusive to the US with a suggested retail price $200.