This season, splurge on these six ultra-premium spirits

This season, splurge on these six ultra-premium spirits
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It is possible to gift a wide array of spirits this holiday season, including a number of new ultra-premium spirits that fall into this category. There is something for everyone's individual taste, whether it is tequila, single malt scotch, rye, or French whiskey. There are some in collectors' item bottles that you can display when empty, while there are some that are literally the last drops of liquid distilled a century or so ago. The following are 15 new limited-edition and high-end bottles of booze you need to keep your eyes peeled for this year.

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Clase Azul Dia de Muertos Limited Edition 2021

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In addition to being an instant collector's item, this new handmade ceramic decanter from Blue Class is particularly interesting. While all of Blue Class's handmade ceramic decanters are intricate, this one stands out. This tequila is the first in a series called Nuestros Recuerdos aimed at commemorating the Day of the Dead, which is scheduled for release through 2025. This is the brand's first single estate tequila, so its agave came from just one field.

The agave's grassy, earthy flavor is combined with notes of smoky oak, vanilla, chocolate, and coconut that are mixed with notes of smoky oak, vanilla, chocolate, and coconut from the tequila aged for at least 14 months in both ex-bourbon barrels and virgin charred American oak barrels. This matte black decanter has gold plated skulls and artwork depicting skeletons gathered for a Day of the Dead feast. The next release will be called Scents, Colors, Music, and Memories, which you should keep an eye out for.

WhistlePig’s The Boss Hog VIII: LapuLapu’s Pacific

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WhistlePig has been releasing Boss Hog expressions almost every year since 2013. Last year's Magellan's Atlantic was one of the series' standouts, but how does the 2021 edition compare? The WhistlePig Pacific Rye Whiskey is a WhistlePig sourced rye whiskey aged in new American oak barrels for almost 18 years, followed by a toasted cask finish, which originally held Philippine rum for seven to ten years.

LapuLapu is a Filipino folk hero who defeated the Spanish explorer and colonialist Magellan in order to get his country back from the Spanish invasion. Although there have been rye whiskeys finished in Filipino rum barrels before, the use of these barrels is fairly uncommon. In addition to its inherent spice, the secondary maturation period also imparts notes of brown sugar, molasses, banana, and tropical fruits, which compliment the rye’s inherent spice.

The Dalmore 30 Year Old

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A recent Decades collection from Dalmore is priced at $275,000, which includes five vintage whiskies. Dalmore is known for its luxurious releases. This 30-year-old is much more accessible, but still an aspirational whiskey. Graham's 30-year-old tawny port pipes were also used to finish the 2021 edition, which was first aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then in ex-bourbon barrels. It features blackberry, currant, and almond notes, as well as vanilla and tropical fruit notes. A silver stag emblem graces the front of the elegant purple bottle.

L’Essence de Courvoisier

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An exceptional premium expression of cognac from every house is usually a blend of rare, aged eaux-de-vie in a crystal decanter. There is, of course, Courvoisier's own luxury product, L'Essence de Courvoisier, a blend of cognac infused with liquid dating back as far as the early 20th century, according to the brand. It does not mean that the entire bottle is over a century old, but it does contain some aged cognac as well as some young cognac that balances it out. There are notes of licorice, plum, sandalwood, and tobacco on the palate of this delightful sipping spirit.

Taylor Fladgate 1896 Single Harvest Tawny Port

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It's likely that you've tried some ultra-aged whiskey before, perhaps a single malt that has been aged several decades. Taylor Fladgate's rare 125-year-old whiskey is exquisite, even though it might not seem that old. The whiskey was produced from a single harvest in 1896 and was aged in oak for over a century before being bottled in a bespoke Scottish crystal decanter inside a cherrywood box, making it a lovely home decor item. There is a nice balance between sweetness and acidity on the palate, along with notes of chocolate, black pepper, and spices.

D’Ussé 1969 Anniversaire Limited Edition

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Two things set D'usse apart from other brands: the bottle design with its striking Cross Of Lorraine emblem and Jay-Z's cofounding. Even so, the cognac has a good reputation beyond its appearance and celebrity backing. Last summer, it was released in a limited-edition, which was limited to 285 bottles. It is a single barrel release, which explains its high price tag. During the aging process in the cellar of the cognac house, about two-thirds of the 1969 Anniversaire spirit lost to the angels, according to Michel Casavecchia, cellar master of Grande Champagne. On the palate, you will find notes of toasted nuts, chocolate, fruit, and cigars.

Bowmore Timeless 27 Year Old

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Bowmore's famous warehouses, which are among the oldest on the island, have been home to this single malt for over 30 years, making it one of the oldest single malt scotches in the world. This whiskey was aged for the first 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels, then for the final 12 years in first fill Oloroso sherry casks. As a result of a secondary maturation, the whiskey has been infused with notes of stewed fruits, toffee, spice, and chocolate-covered espresso beans. The whiskey has been aged for a full secondary maturation, not only a sherry cask finish. 

Approximately 3,000 bottles of this single malt were made, and they were bottled at cask strength, which is 52.7 percent alcohol by strength. Additionally, you can also watch the short film created by French director Thomas Vanz online, which is intended to serve as a companion piece, explaining the journey from distillation to bottle that this whiskey endured.

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