A guide on what to sip on this festive season

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Carrol Boyes Limited Edition Champagne

The newly released Carrol Boyes Limited Edition Champagne celebrates quality, style, excellence and authenticity and is a real gem in the South African market. Made from 100 percent Chardonnay, this vintage is a celebration of the matured chardonnay grapes grown in the prestigious Grand and Premier Cru vineyards of Champagne. Carrol Boyes Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs 2006  (imported) is available to purchase online via the Carrol Boyes Wines website (www.carrolboyeswines.com) at R1500.00 per bottle. There are only 1000 bottles available.

Bisquit Cognac

This festive season, Bisquit Cognac has the perfect gift for spoiling the loved one in your life who enjoys taking time to appreciate the finer things in life. These beautifully packaged gifts include either Bisquit VS or Bisquit VSOP and two crystal balloon glasses. Featuring Bisquit Cognac’s distinctive new look and feel, each gift pack is vibrant, expressing quintessential French flair. The Bisquit Cognac gift packs are available from leading liquor stores including Makro, Norman Goodfellows, Tops @ Spar, Pick 'n Pay and Checkers Liquor Stores from R310 for the VS pack and from R550 for VSOP pack.

Ice Tropez

From the chic shores of the French Riviera, comes a sparkling wine cocktail that’s only for the bold and fashionable. Ice Tropez is deliciously bubbly, fresh and fruity, and guarantees its owner to be an instant VIP on their next night out. Ice Tropez launched in South Africa in 2012 and since then has taken the country by storm. Disrupting the perception that wine coolers are cheap, sweet and only available for consumption in bright colours. Price ranges from R29 to R40, from leading retailers.  

Chivas Regal

For moments worth sharing with generous family members or friends. Choose the rich, smooth and generous Chivas 12, the sweet and spicy Chivas Extra or the uniquely multi-layered Chivas 18 as your gift of choice. These award winning blended malt and grain Scotch whiskies are perfect for the whisky connoisseur in your life. Chivas Regal 12 YO – R 289.99, Chivas Extra – R 349,99, Chivas Regal 18 YO – R 799,99 from leading retailers.  

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

If you are looking for something unique, exceptional and world class to share this festive season, then make sure you include Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky on either your wish or gift list. The whisky is a delicious combination of floral, banana, honey, toasted hazelnuts and toffee aromas and by adding a splash of water the whisky opens up to include wood, vanilla and spice. Beautifully balanced vanilla, cocoa butter and light spices from the oak casks lead to a warm mouth-feel and long, smooth finish. Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky is available nationwide at all fine liquor outlets retailing at around R269 per bottle.

Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut

Elegant and classic, the 2014 Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut is a beautiful addition to the festive season celebrations! It also makes a beautiful gift with its recent Wine and Spirits Competition gold outstanding and Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine Trophy, this South African Méthode Cap Classique, adding a bit of dazzle. Plaisir de Merle Grand Brut retails for R210 per bottle and available from selected liquor outlets.

Inverroche Amber Gin

Small batch, hand-crafted twice distilled in a custom made copper pot still, the Inverroche Amber is one of the most unique craft gins.  The gin’s amber colour is a rich russet and aromas of fresh citrus, slight juniper, red bush, sweet toffee apples and delicate floral notes intertwine to deliver a dry, woody finish. Enjoy neat on the rocks or with tonic and a curl of tangerine or orange zest. Available from fine liquor outlets nationwide for R360.

Herradura Reposado Tequila

This respected spirit has a credible reputation and acceptance as being the first brand to age their tequilas in wood, and is globally marketed as Reposado Tequila. This commitment to excellence has earned Herradura numerous awards, including more than sixteen gold medals for taste and quality. Available at participating Makro, Norman Goodfellas & Checkers Liquor stores nationwide retailing from R499.95.

Nederburg Winemasters collection

Take a beautiful, bright summer journey with Nederburg this festive season. The Paarl winery, one of South Africa’s most reputable names in wine, has just released a special offering of the latest vintages of four of its varietal wines from The Winemasters collection, named to honour the long-established tradition of Nederburg’s winemaking excellence. It includes the richly flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon, spicy Shiraz, fruity Sauvignon blanc, and layered Chardonnay, all beautifully presented in limited-edition individually designed and illustrated fabric wraps that offer great stand-out appeal. Bottles range from R70 to R80 from all major.

Woodford Reserve

Clean and brilliant honey amber in appearance, bourbon lovers get a scent of rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa with the faintest of vanilla and tobacco spice. It’s silky smooth finish leaves you with a long, warm satisfying tail. Woodford Reserve Distiller Select: Available at a recommended retail price from R499 at all participating liquor stores nationwide. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked: Available at a recommended retail price from R699 at Makro.

The Spier Creative Block & The Spier Secret Sparkling

The Spier Secret Sparkling is the perfect summer drink. Enjoyable at sundowners or on a hot day beside the pool. The beautiful festive season gift pack retails for R79.00 per gift pack.  The Spier Creative Block is the most awarded range of blends made from selected vineyard blocks. The stylish festive season gift pack with special Creative Block glasses will make the perfect gift. The gift pack retails for R279.00 per gift pack, both available at Makro stores nationwide. 

Don Papa Aged Rum

The Don Papa 7-year-old, is aged in American oak barrels, giving it a light amber colour. It is light and fruity on the nose, smooth and delicate in the mouth with a long-textured finish, and offers flavours of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits.  Packaged in a magnificent, award-winning bottle, Don Papa is an eye-catching design sure to jump off the shelves and raise the bar in the rum category. Don Papa Rum is available nationwide in all good liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in a 750-ml bottle at 43% Vol. Alc.  Don Papa retails at approximately R420/ bottle.

Godet V.S. Cuvée

Godet V.S. Cuvée is a blend of Fin Bois and Bon Bois extra matured for 3 years in oak barrels. It possesses fresh aromas of vanilla and leather with a smooth, warming finish.  Round and well balanced, Godet V.S. Cuvée is perfect to pour at 16°C and serve at 18°C to sip on neat.  Available at all major retailers for R450. 

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