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Liquor as a Gift

My boyfriend is trying to "upgrade" his alcohol assortment. He recently spent $100 on a bottle of aged Grand Marnier and $75 on a bottle of single malt. He already has Hennessey and Courvoisier, Petron tequila, and lots of vodka and flavored liquors. What would be another luxury staple to have on hand that I could get for him to add to his collection?

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  1. How about a nice vermouth and gin so that he is prepared to make a classic martini? If you do a search of this board I think there are a couple really good threads about vermouth and how to make the perfect martini.

    1. What about other whiskeys? Bourbon and rye come to mind, and you can certainly spend a lot on either if you want to!

      I also second the gin/vermouth suggestion. Also, what about bitters? Not too expensive, but classy nonetheless. For potable bitters, there's campari, Pimm's, etc., and for non-potable bitters, angostura (though he almost certainly has that), peychaud's, Reagan's orange, etc, etc.

      1. How about Chartreuse? Perhaps even more luxurious would be the aged Chartreuse V.E.P.?

        1. How about a good tequila?

          1. Here are a couple of recs from Imbibe Magazine's pages (disclosure: my employer): Rye is a great gift, many are small-batch distilled with hand-written batch IDs on the bottle. Try Van Winkle Rye. Premium bourbon is also beyond delicious—Eagle Rare and Evan Williams are a couple of my favorites. I'm leaving out years aged (10 year, 17 year, etc.) because cost can vary widely and I don't know your budget. You can read an article on rye that appeared in the mag (also makes a great gift, if I may say so myself) last January: http://www.imbibemag.com/backissues/r...

            1. oooh, and if he has a sweet tooth, crème de violette is back on the American scene via Haus Alpenz (http://www.alpenz.com/images/poftfoli...), but it can be very hard to find... so maybe next year! Good luck!

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              1. re: slobhan

                Hard to find is an understatement. After reading the article on creme de violette I went searching for this mystical libation. I even called Haus alpenz whos staff were less than helpful. Oh well search will continue. If anyone knows a place that has stock shoot a message please.

                1. re: chris the bartender

                  It depends on which state you're in; it's not available everywhere yet (although you might be able to do mail-order if your state allows it). The Haus Alpenz site lists where it is available: http://www.alpenz.com/distribution.htm

                  1. re: skokefoe

                    Unfortunately I live in NJ where the shipping laws for whatever reason are most strict.

              2. I see that he has decent tequila, vodka, and brandy from your posting, as well as flavored liquors.

                What about good Rum? I have an assortment for things I'm gonna make, like:

                10Cane (for good cocktails)
                Myer's spiced (for those fruity drinks)
                And a pineapple flavored cheap rum (for those fruity drinks)
                Pussers (because some people like the flavor of the british rum)
                Appleton Rum from Jamaica (because I like it for me)

                Irish Whiskey. the nice thing about Irish is that you don't have to go expensive to get good drinking stuff, I keep Kilbeggan and Tullamore Dew on hand and they're wonderful and smooth. You can get one of the others if he like peaty Irish more.

                Bourbon is good to have on hand. If you can find it where you live, Pappy Van Winkle will "do" if he wants a "upgraded", no I'm being too understated, Pappy Van Winkle is the Bomb if you want to get him a good bourbon. There are other good ones, of course, the list gets longer every year.

                If he doesn't have Irish Mist, Chambord, or Glayva (a liquer made from scotch), he might like adding those.

                Check his vodkas -- if he doesn't have a good potato vodka, find him one.

                Personally, I have a weakness for Martell Cordon Bleu brandy, and like having a bottle around.

                Slivovitz, I bet he doesn't have a bottle of this triple-distilled plum brandy around. Do not, on your life, buy Israeli slivovitz, it must come from the former Hungarian / Yugoslavian countries, at least, I have never yet so far had decent Israeli slivovitz.

                If you want to get really esoteric, look for odd liquors from small countries. Akavit, Grappa, and Ouzo are all wierd things to have lying around, some of them are even good.

                1. Vya Vermouth- Sweet and Dry
                  Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
                  Drambuie liqueur
                  Clement Rum- VSOP, Premiere Canne, XO, Cuvee Homere, Creole Shrubb Orange liqueur
                  Murray & McDavid rum- limited edition Trinidad, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guyana
                  Laphroig Quater Cask Single Malt Scotch
                  Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch- any of the wood finished like port, sherry, etc.
                  Gin- Plymouth, Bluecoat, Old Raj, G'Vine, Broker's, Zuidam, Juniper Green Organic, Miller's
                  High end mixers like Fever Tree Tonic and Bitter Lemon or Q Tonic
                  Rittenhouse 21 year old Rye-- extremely limited edition but wow!
                  Sub Rosa tarragon vodka or saffron vodka
                  Saaga vodka- made from antique Estonian rye
                  Jean-Marc XO vodka- made from several French grains
                  Any fine cognac

                  1. Thank you for all the great suggestions. I think I might go with a Whiskey, Chartreuse VEP or Rittenhouse Rye.

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                    1. re: eatsweetreats

                      Got to agree with the Rittenhouse! A classic Rye.

                    2. unique:
                      blavod black vodka
                      goldschlager cinnnamon schnapps w/ gold flecks
                      absinthe original

                      remy martin XO

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                      1. re: soypower

                        I agree with the absinthe rec.