Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Beer, Wine, and Spirits

Holiday stress can drive even the most temperate soul to drink, which is why alcohol is usually a safe gift. Of course, our pals in the booze industry make it difficult to select the proper potable by rolling out a mind-boggling number of festive products around this time every year. We bet you and yours will gleefully guzzle down the seasonal beers, whiskeys, wines, vodkas, rums, and tequilas we've helpfully singled out below.

For Rum Apologists
Brugal 1888

Rum, long marginalized in cocktails both classic (the Mojito) and inane (the Hurricane), is having a second act as a sipping drink. Given the popularity of single-malts, Brugal is smart to have entrusted the double-distilling of 1888 to the same experts that oversee The Macallan and Highland Park. The battle-tested process involves placing the nascent Dominican rum in casks horizontally and letting it mature for a long, long time; six to eight years in American Oak Casks, followed by two to four years in Oloroso Sherry Casks. The result is a dark amber spirit, with a vanilla-and-ginger nose, and a caramel-coffee-banana flavor.

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