Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Spirits
Spirits are surprisingly smart gifts: Better bottles boast beautiful design, they're easily shared among friends and family, they come in a range of sizes from minis to magnums, and hapless procrastinators can always pick up a bottle on December 24 if push comes to shove. But rather than purchase something classic or familiar, we suggest you blow boozers' minds with something new. Our holiday-approved list below includes a gin, a vodka, a whisky, a tequila, a cognac, and a scotch to please all palates.
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For Scotch Lovers Who Think They Hate Bourbon
Angel's Envy Cask Strength
When you move bourbon into another barrel, it's technically not bourbon anymore, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved. Angel's Envy begins with bourbon or rye whiskey that is blended and further aged in ruby-port barrels to add another layer of flavor. A previous release of this cask-strength (61.5 percent ABV) bourbon was named best spirit in the world by Spirit Journal, so if you can get your hands on a bottle before it sells out, you'll find it has a grainy, woody, bourbon structure with notes of rich port to soften it up and add depth.