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 Johnnie Walker Fans Unsure of Which Color to Drink Next
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition
Johnnie Walker drinkers like to work their way up the ladder from Red to Black to Blue like some martial-arts-belt progression. And this year the venerable brand has launched two new labels—Double Black and Platinum—thus offering even more rungs to climb. However, we suggest that you seek out the company's Gold Reserve, which is around only for the holidays. It's a pretty light blend (the Double Black goes in the opposite direction) with lots of tropical fruit on the nose and a soft, easy-drinking body.