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By Elite Traveler | November 18 2019
The holiday season is time to indulge, so there is no better time to present the ones you love with lavish offerings of food and drink. Only the very best will suffice for the discerning gourmands in your life so we have carefully curated a collection of the finest wines, spirits, chocolates, and relevant accessories that will be sure to hit the spot this holiday season.
Champagne lovers will be closely familiar with the Dom Pérignon 2008 Vintage. A strange summer was characterized by grey days before giving way to extended periods of sunshine. This unusual mix of weather made for a perfectly balanced blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Now, the special vintage has been made even more so by music legend Lenny Kravitz, who has designed a truly unique box for the 1.5L magnum bottle. The box has been inspired by snakeskin and brutalism and cleverly alters into a candelabra once used, ensuring its life extends far longer than the liquid’s.
This latest release from the Scotch whisky experts has been released to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of George Urquhart, a member of the second generation of the company’s owning family. The 52-year-old liquid was laid down in a hand-selected first fill Sherry Butt by Mr George himself during his first full year in the industry. The release is limited to just 235 bottles, each presented in an exquisite glass decanter and a wooden presentation case.
A fine drink needs a glass to match, and in Baccarat you simply cannot go wrong. The world-renowned crystal-makers have the perfect everyday set that is perfect for everything from a morning juice to a casual evening whisky. The set includes six masterfully-crafted cut crystal tumbler glasses, each with its own design.
Earlier this year, cognac brand Rémy Martin released the all-new Tercet, the result of a collaboration between the company’s cellar master Baptiste Loiseau, master distiller Jean-Marie Bernard and wine master Francis Nadeau. Following 10 years of work, Tercet became the first new permanent expression since its launch in 2010. The bottle’s design pays tribute to the rare collaboration and features the three creators’ signatures and faces. The liquid itself is rich and sweet and is recommended as an aperitif to follow dessert.
India’s home-grown luxury chocolate brand made international news in October when it officially earned the title for the world’s most expensive chocolate. Co-created with the Michelin-starred chef Philippe Conticini, a box of 15 exquisitely crafted chocolate truffles are available to order for $1,400. Naturally, the ingredients used are some of the rarest and finest in the world from the best single-origin cacao to the rare Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and rare Grand Cru dark chocolate.
A Christmas hamper is a time-honored tradition in Great Britain, and nowhere does it better than the storied Claridge’s Hotel, London. The luxury hotel has a range of hampers but none are more complete than the Mayfair. This ultimate collection of festive goodies will see even the largest of families throughout the entire holiday season. Along with a range of luxury spirits, champagnes, conserves and sweet treats is a special Claridge’s cookbook, a set of mugs and a Fornasetti candle.
To Celebrate a 40-year partnership with Britain’s most famous action hero, James Bond, Bollinger champagne have produced an exclusive magnum for lovers of both sparkling wine and secret missions. Paying homage to the classic film, Moonraker, Bollinger have designed a case based on its famous space shuttle. Bollinger’s shuttle is made from pewter and wood veneer, which opens to reveal a Saint Louis crystal ice bucket and a magnum of Bollinger 2007 (of course).
Distributed in individually number bottles and signed by founder Pepe Hermosillo, this extra-special release is the pinnacle of Casa Noble’s achievements in the tequila industry. The Single Barrel Extra Añejo is the result of unprecedented extra barrel aging inside a lightly charred French white oak barrel. It delivers a smooth, complex flavor that will be appreciated by those who truly respect tequila’s complexity.
If your loved one prefers a wee dram of Scotch whisky over a glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve, then the Glenfiddich Grand Cru is the perfect gift for them this year. This expression has been matured for 23 years in American and European oak casks and elegantly finished in rare French cuvee casks. The result is a remarkably rich whisky with an intense flavor that is perfect for a special occasion.
Whether you like to celebrate by popping a bottle of champagne on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve, Mod Sélection Réserve is a beautifully balanced and bright champagne. Mod Sélection has a ten-variant champagne portfolio aged up to ten years on the lees. The process is both precise and rigorous with only the best fermentation controls and natural clarification. You might know founder Brent Hocking from his past luxury spirits launches, DeLéon Tequila and Virginia Black Whiskey. The bottles are available in 750ml, 1.5L magnums and 3L jeroboams.
Bollinger Champagne and James Bond go way back. The character James Bond loves Bollinger, and the champagne brand was first seen in Live and Let Die in 1973. The new Bond-themed bottle continues the legacy of the champagne brand and hit movie’s relationship. Vinified in oak barrels and aged for seven years, it has tasting notes of honey, candy and plum.