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Howling Highlight: The 12 Spirits of Christmas

Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 14, 2009

As promised I have selected 12 special spirits which would be perfect as Christmas Gifts.   These are in no particular order except that I  have saved the most expensive for last.  In the Spirit of the Twelve Days Of Christmas, allow me to introduce my Twelve Spirits of Christmas. In the instances where I have reviewed the spirit I have included a link to the review. Just click on the name of the spirit and the review will pop up.  Click on the thumbnail for a larger picture.

Here is my top twelve gifted spirits for Christmas:

1)  On the first day of Christmas: Amrut Indian Single Malt

An exquisite Malt from India which is not only unique but also very good.  (About $80.00)

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2) On the second day of Christmas: Havana Club Barrel Proof Rum

An Authentic Cuban Rum which will delight the connoisseur. (About $60.00)

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3) On the third day of Christmas: Herencia de Plata Reposado Tequila

This is the Tequila which has made a convert out of me.. fantabulous! (About $45.00)


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4) On the fourth day of Christmas: Highland Park 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

For myself, I consider this to be the ultimate Peated Whisky. (About $50.00)

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5) On the fifth day of Christmas: Renegade Panama Don José 1997 Rum

If you can find this anywhere in the world…buy it!  (About 80.00)

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6) On the sixth day of Christmas: Tangeray #10 Gin

Just a great smooth Gin… (About $35.00)

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7) On the seventh day of Christmas: Knobb Creek 9 yr Old Bourbon Whisky

What a nice Kick this Bourbon has! (About $45.00)


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8   On the eighth day of Christmas: Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old Rum

Smooth, Elegant, and probably the best Rum Bargain out there.  (About $35.00)

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9) On the ninth day of Christmas: Wyborowa Exquisite Polish Vodka

The Polish know how to make Vodka.  This is one of the best! (About $40.00)

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10) On the tenth day Christmas: Alberta Premium Rye 25Yr Old (100% rye whisky)

This is the best bargain in the World! So Smooth… So good!  (About $30.00)

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11) On the eleventh day Christmas: Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Premium Rum

In Venezuala they make some of the best rum in the World.. Another Bargain! (About $40.00)

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12) On the twelfth day of Christmas: Wiser’s Red Letter Whisky

Okay not a bargain.  But what a whisky!   (About $150.00)

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*All prices were based upon shopping in my good ol province of Alberta.  Prices will vary considerably around the world!

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5 Responses to “Howling Highlight: The 12 Spirits of Christmas”

  1. Lars G. Hundertmark said

    Thanks for reply – yes the Macallan products are worth tasting.

    …. when “unpeated whiskey” read Irish. American Whiskey is now American Whisky.

    and while I am still blabbering: What about the new Swedish one(Mackmyra Special in one of the different woods)?

    • I have not had the pleasure of sampling any whisky from Sweden. Tell me more…

      • Lars G. Hundertmark said

        well, I´m not used writing English – I´m Danish – by definition sceptical of all Sweedish – and I don´t think all fermented, destilled barley will end up as whisky worth drinking. Some will be served best in a coffee cup – with coffee… BUT Macmyra has through several attemts(preludes) made an effort to produce quality.

        They have experimented with woods from diff. used, American, Frensh to homegown oak, all mixed together in a bottle – a bit overwhelming though.
        The end product is OK, especialy their Special 03.

        If you miss the tasting notes you are right – I have so many times been mislead by that kind of lyric because I´m a pibe smoker. “I don´t taste as good as you do.”
        “The Whisky Exchange” has the notes.
        In Denmark a group(Stauning)is trying the same trick but a bit more puritanic… local barley, local water, local wood. At a test last month I tasted it – promising !Murrey aggrees.

  2. Lars G. Hundertmark said

    I may not like that kind of spiritual blend
    BUT that said, I understand your tastes in alcohol……. how ever Amrut CASK Strengh is the best of that brand – Port Ellen instead of Highland Park and where are the unpeated whiskey?…
    by the way where do you live – it is impossible for me to find Alberta Rye Premium in Denmark. EU.

    • Hi Lars:

      I am glad you enjoyed the posting, most reviews I have read agree with you that the Cask Strength from Amrut is Awesome. I have not tried it so I cannot hold an opinion. (Generally I love cask strength offerings.)

      Although I own a botttle of Port Ellen, I am awaiting a special occasion to open it. My understanding from all I have read is that I am in for a treat. I hope you are right and it surpasses the Highland Park, but it would have to be a tremendous whisky to do so.

      As for unpeated whisky, I mention four unpeated whiskies in the article, But if you want a great unpeated Scotch Whisky, try the Macallan Fine Oak 15 year. I am currently enjoying a bottle and it is stellar.

      Sadly Alberta Premium 25 has been discontinued due to a sell out of stocks.

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