‘Tis the season to be jolly… especially after this crazy year. I’ve compiled some of my favourite food and drink gift ideas to bestow on loved ones this Christmas.
Bannerman’s Finest Scotch Whisky
Bannerman’s Finest Scotch Whisky is a Speyside-style Scotch Whisky. Made using older, more complex malt whiskies than those used in most blends, Bannermans has a bold flavour and an exceptionally long, smooth finish. The ‘banner man’ was the king’s standard bearer who had the honour of carrying his flag into war.
Available exclusively at Makro
The award-winning, premium, small batch Bloedlemoen Gin balances spices – Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Cassia bark, Nutmeg, Liquorice Root and Cardamom – with classic gin botanicals – Juniper and Angelica Root – adding local flavour, Tarocco Blood Orange and Orange Peel, as a unique twist. Bloedlemoen is a contemporary London Dry-style gin and it’s also the first Blood Orange Gin in the world, made using locally-sourced fruit.
Available at Makro, Checkers Liquorshop and all good bottle stores
Don Papa Rum
Crafted with precision, Don Papa Rum 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. A premium aged small batch rum from the island of Negros Occidental, in the Philippines, Don Papa is created on the fertile foothills of the active volcano Mt. Kanlaon, where the finest sugar cane is milled to produce sweet, rich molasses. The rum is charcoal filtered and blended to perfection to produce a signature rich, smooth taste.
Available at Makro and PnP Liquor
Ginato Gin expertly combines the finest quality produce from world-renowned terroir, including juniper berries from the rolling hills of Tuscany, citrus bursting with Southern Italy’s unique Mediterranean sweetness, and Italian grapes grown alongside northern Italy’s idyllic lakes. It’s this combination of three core ingredients – juniper, citrus and grapes – sourced from all corners of Italy that create Ginato’s trinity of provenance, the very spirito d’Italia.
Ginato Clementino expertly combines the finest Nebbiolo grapes, juniper berries, and Southern-Italian clementines that give the liquid its signature, vibrant orange colour.
Available at Checkers Liquorshop, PnP Liquor and other good bottle stores.
Boschendal Black Angus
This iconic wine estate and pride of the Cape is situated between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. With over 333 years of winemaking heritage, 2017 marked the release of the pinnacle of Boschendal’s wine portfolio – the Boschendal Heritage Collection. To mark this auspicious event, the first two of three wines in this range of limited release,
meticulously crafted red wines were made available to wine connoisseurs in 2017 – the Boschendal Grande Syrah 2014 and Black Angus 2014.