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By Alex Martin | December 3 2018
The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge, no more so than for connoisseurs of food and drink. Elite Traveler brings you the perfect gift guide for the gourmand.
Distinguished by its elegant curves and complex design, Riedel’s new edition Mamba crystal glass decanter is the perfect gift for dinner party hosts. For this edition, the heritage glassware manufacturer has enhanced the handcrafted optical blown glass with black and white ornamental lines.
Amberley specialize in creating British handcrafted luxury wicker picnic hampers that are perfect for the social season, whether you’re a race goer, polo enthusiast, classic car and yacht owner, or adventurer. Available with an Oxford Blue or British Racing Green interior, the six-person Edwardian hamper is filled with crystal wine glasses, gold-edged fine bone china, a tablecloth and damask napkins, as well as a pure wool tartan travel rug.
The luxury hotel collection known for its focus on gastronomy, Relais & Châteaux, is offering a series of gift boxes encompassing a bespoke travel and gastronomic experience. We love the Création N°29 gift set for two people, which includes a stay at the Grand Hôtel du Lion d’Or in France, with champagne, a four-course Vagabondage dinner created by Michelin-rated chefs and a breath-taking private flight over Châteaux of the Loire.
Exclusively available at Harrods, this collector’s Armand de Brignac set brings together a bottle of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold Prestige Champagne with two signature tulip champagne glasses and a black lacquered wooden presentation case fitted with a heavyweight push lock and hidden card slot for your handwritten message. Only 300 of these sets are available worldwide.
This year, Krug champagne house has partnered with the French audio specialist Devialet to create a limited-edition case pairing “lost” editions of Krug with lost recordings. Based on the idea that music and Krug are best enjoyed together, the set pairs three “lost” editions of Krug Grande Cuvée with three tracks chosen to enhance the tasting experience. Just 15 of these sets are available.
Balvenie’s DCS Compendium celebrates the lifetime work of the distillery’s malt master, David Stewart, with different chapters featuring five single cask single malts. This chapter includes 55-year-old, 43-year-old, 35-year-old, 23-year-old and 13-year-old single malt whiskies.
Rare spirits purveyor The Last Drop Distillers has just debuted its 13th release and very first American spirit – a 1982 bourbon from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. Just 25 of these bottles are available in the United States, making it even more appealing to the real spirit aficionados.
This season, the Parisian fine tea company, Mariage Frères, is celebrating tea’s rich history with the reproduction of a silver teapot originating from 1875 that’s exhibited in London’s prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum. This Orient-inspired solid silver teapot holds up to four cups.
Vinebox, the world’s first wine advent calendar, has been brought back for 2018, giving you the chance to swap the advent calendar chocolates for something more grown up, and count down to the New Year with a different glass of wine each of the 12 nights the calendar marks. The calendar’s 12 different wines have been sourced from renowned wine regions across the globe.