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9 Boozy Gifts for Bon Vivants

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9 Boozy Gifts for Bon Vivants
From the beer nerd to the cognac connoisseur, here are the perfect bottles and accessories for the—ahem—most festive people on your list.
By Danielle Walsh, AFAR Staff
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    Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
    This small-batch Irish spirit isn’t your average gin. The distillery’s forager handpicks the gin’s wild botanicals—such as pine shoots, licorice bark, elderflower, and sweet woodruff—from the surrounding mountains. They’re added to the still hours after they’re plucked from nature. The result? A delicate, floral gin with terroir. $42 from Masters of Malt
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    Creyente Mezcal Joven
    Creyente Mezcal’s gorgeous bottle, which depicts the distillery’s custom-designed mythological creature, looks great on a bar cart—but it’s the content inside that makes it a worthy gift for even the most discerning fan of agave spirits. Creyente actually starts by making two separate mezcals from the best agave plants from two different regions in Oaxaca and then blends them together to create something smoky, peppery, and decidedly fruity. $52 from Reserve Bar
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    Mackmyra Ten Years Swedish Single Malt Whisky
    Mackmyra has been producing stellar small-batch whiskeys—the first single-malts to come out of Sweden—for nearly 20 years. Now, dark-liquor fans can enjoy the brand’s first 10-year whiskey, which has matured for a decade in bourbon barrels and new American oak casks that once held oloroso sherry. Only 8,000 bottles have been allocated to markets beyond Sweden, which makes this a special gift for a whiskey lover—if you can find it. $75 from Masters of Malt
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    Perliss The Ravens 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
    After the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma this fall, some of the best holiday gifts you can give are Northern California wines. This bottle comes from a family-owned organic estate in the northern Napa town of Calistoga, which sustained some fire damage. Though Perliss The Ravens is 100 percent cabernet sauvignon, made from fruit grown on the family’s single estate vineyard, it’s not your average Napa cab. Twenty percent of the wine is aged in Tuscan amorphae, terra-cotta vessels that bring a minerality to the wine. The rest is aged in French oak barrels. This special bottle could be popped open now, but it would benefit from hanging out in a wine fridge or cellar for a few years, too. $135 from Perliss Vineyards
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    Sans Wine Co. Canned Wines
    Natural wine out of a can? Yup, it exists. You can pop these NorCal wines open like a beer and bring them to the movies, a dinner party, or your next picnic. A mixed six-pack of sauvignon blanc, rosé of carignan, and zinfandel is the ultimate gift for the low-key wine lover. Vintner Jake Stover grows “beyond organic” grapes for his high-quality wines, packaged in totally Instagrammable cans. Each can contains the equivalent of half a bottle of wine—375 mL—so just keep that in mind that while you’re sipping from it in the park. $60 for a mixed pack of six from Sans Wine Co.
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    Louis XIII The Legacy Limited Edition by Rémy Martin
    This cognac is iconic for a reason: It takes generations to make. Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau has a library of former Cellar Masters' aged eaux-de-vie (or double-distilled brandy made of 100 percent grande champagne grapes) to perfectly blend into this liquid gold. All four of Rémy Martin’s living Cellar Master will sign this special edition crystal magnum—of which there will only be 500—dedicating the bottle and its precious contents to its recipient. In the cognac world, it’s like having a guitar signed by every member of Led Zeppelin. $15,000 from the Louis XIII concierge
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    Krug x Berluti Wild Journey Backpack
    What’s better than a bottle of really excellent champagne? A designer backpack outfitted to transport and serve that bottle of really excellent champagne, of course. Krug has teamed up with Berluti, an Italian leather brand, to come up with this chic, bubbly-friendly backpack. The pack is fashioned from Berluti’s signature Venezia leather and comes with a removable insulated insert, a chrome champagne stopper, and two Riedel glasses specially designed for Krug rosé. Unfortunately, the actual wine doesn’t come with the backpack. Note to Santa: A bottle would make a pretty awesome stocking stuffer. $6,500; order by visiting or calling a Berluti boutique
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    Cutwater Spirits Gin & Tonic
    For anyone who’s been to Barcelona, sipping a “gin tonic” is a Proustian moment. Relaxing at a bar with this astringent cocktail in hand makes you feel like a local. You can give your friends that same feeling—without the jet lag—by gifting a four-pack of canned gin and tonics from Cutwater Spirits. All you need is a couple of limes and a few friends to sip with. And maybe some conservas for good measure. $15 for a pack of four from Cutwater Spirits
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    Tavour Beer Gift Card
    Usually we wouldn’t recommend giving a gift card, but hear us out. Beer geeks will freak over this beer delivery club. The folks at Tavour sample thousands of brews from small craft breweries based everywhere from Sacramento to Sweden, then source the best cans and bottles for their members. It’s not your average beer-of-the-month club, either: Tavour gives members the option to buy the beers—or not. Just tell them how many of a type of beer you want, and you’ll get a crate of your picks each month. Since exciting beers often come from small, regional breweries that don’t widely distribute, this gift card is a gateway to try otherwise inaccessible beers from around the world. From $25 to $200 at Tavour
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