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The Imbibe Gift Guide

December 11, 2021

Have a hard-to-buy-for person on your grown-up Christmas list? The beauty of this boozy gift guide is that these are prezzies many of us wouldn’t treat ourselves to, but most certainly would enjoy receiving. Cheers! —Catherine Dunwoody

Leading French brand, St-Rémy Brandy, just released St-Rémy Signature ($43 at BC Liquor), aimed to introduce a new generation (those aged 30 to 40) to just how versatile and delicious brandy is. Sipped straight from a snifter by a crackling fire or blended into cocktails, this new addition to the lineup has notes of vanilla, buttery almond and honey.

Sit down for this one unless you are a Secret Santa with crazy-deep pockets. Laneway Gin, a new Canadian, women-owned brand, sells a 24K gold-plated bottle of its No. 33 gin for $3,389. Easy now, you can also purchase a faux-gold bottle for $99. Either or, buy from Laneway Distillers.

Choose to be creative this holiday season with Bombay Sapphire and its limited edition holiday gift pack, designed by Ottawa artist Fiona McBean. This spray can-style gift pack was inspired by Bombay Sapphire’s 10 hand-selected botanicals and contains a 750ml bottle of gin. It’s the perfect gift for gin-lovers and artists alike.

Stanley Park Brewing’s holiday gift packs are fun, especially the Hop Lovers Say Cheese ($70) that includes a branded cheese board, knife, an author-signed pairing book, a few hoppy beers and a glass.

Vancouver’s Odd Society Spirits has just released new Peat & Smoke whiskies. The Washington whisky is delicate, mildly peated and with a touch of campfire smoke, while the Scottish has those classic Islay whisky characteristics many love. Peated malt from Scotland and Skagit Valley, Washington, are used in the crafting; $40, purchase online, or at the distillery.

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