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Spirited bottles to gift this season

Browse the best bottles for holiday gifting, from the perfect hostess gift to a present that will impress an avid collector.

Named for the year of which the house of Hardy was born, the Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac pays homage to Benedicte Hardy’s great-grandfather, Anthony Hardy, who founded the brand. The jewel-toned box, imprinted with subtle emblems of the house — a French cockerel — is as lovely as the 12-year aged spirit. ($59.99)  Paul Gelsobello Studio

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Knappogue Castle 1951 Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey is impressive to say the least. Aged for 36 years in sherry casks, the spirit is one of the oldest and most rare Irish whiskeys commercially available. The price tag starts at $1,600, so it is ideal for a truly special occasion, and for savoring on a cold, winter holiday evening.  courtesy of Knappogue Castle Whiskey

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The first thing you’ll notice about this spirit is the color: The Macallan Rare Cask is a gorgeous ruby-red whisky that’s been aged in sherry-seasoned oak casks. The flavor is rich and spicy with hints of ginger and chocolate — a tasty and beautiful sip for the post-holiday meal. ($300)  courtesy of The Macallan

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Everyone’s favorite vodka has one-upped the cocktail game with Grey Goose Interpreted by Ducasse: a festive collaboration between the vodka cellar master François Thibault and chef Alain Ducasse that’s resulted in a “toasted winter wheat” vodka — the perfect gift for your Francophile food and vodka-loving friend. ($100)  Christophe Mariot

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There’s nothing more exciting for a gin connoisseur than receiving a new and surprising bottle, especially when it’s beautifully designed: enter, Sipsmith. This classic London Dry Gin is ideal for a crisp martini — best served with a lemon twist, or as the perfect base for a pre-dinner gin and tonic. ($32.99)  courtesy of Sipsmith

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The newest expression of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, Glenfiddich Winter Storm is a beautiful and splurgy gift for the season. Inspired by a trip to Niagara, this whisky is a marriage of malts aging in Canadian ice wine casks. The result? Glenfiddich 21-year-old spirit with just a hint of underlying wine — a perfect holiday sip. ($250)  courtesy of Glenfiddich

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For the most serious collector, Black Bowmore 1964, a 50-year single malt Scotch whisky, has been plucked from one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses. It spent a whopping 50 years maturing on Islay, making it the most aged expression of the Black Bowmore series. The price tag for scoring one of the 159 bottles? A cool $25K. ($25,000)  Gabi Porter

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Basil Hayden's Dark Rye is the first permanent addition to the Basil Hayden's portfolio, and a top-notch gift for those who appreciate a fine rye. Fun fact: the handsome hue gets its color from a touch of California port that pours lovely on the rocks or just as impressive in a cocktail, like a classic Boulevardier. ($39.99)  courtesy of Basil Hayden's

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Kōloa Kauai Coffee Rum marries two of the best things about Hawaii: amazing coffee and great rum. Made with white cane sugar, light vanilla and island espresso coffee, the rum produces hints of chocolatey flavor that can be served on ice, shaken in a cocktail or in a coffee concoction. ($32.95)  courtesy of Koloa Rum Company

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For the fashionista on your gift list: Disaronno wears Missoni features the fashion house’s signature zigzag print bottle that’s filled with the famous Italian liquor. This limited-edition is so pretty, it can spruce up the bar long after the liquid is gone. ($27.99)  Anne Roderique-Jones

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Smirnoff Peppermint Twist is the perfect spike for a boozy hot chocolate come holiday season. The peppermint packaging is not only pretty, but scratch and sniff, too. The brand also makes mini “nip” bottles to decorate your party tree. ($15.99)  courtesy of Smirnoff

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Virginia Distillery Company, nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia's Nelson County, is producing an American single malt whisky. The distillery’s Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is available in a seasonal holiday gift box, marrying whisky made onsite in Virginia with whisky from Scotland, finished in Virginia Port-style wine casks. ($57.49)(Photo: courtesy of Virginia Distillery Company)

It’s that wonderful time of year again — the time to give the gift of spirit — best served in the form of a pretty bottle. From a toasted winter wheat vodka from esteemed chef Alain Ducasse to a whisky, wrapped in traditional Japanese cloth, along with a fancy gift box filled with exotic bitters. And for those with extra-deep pockets, we’ve included a single malt Scotch that rings in at a whopping $25K. From the perfect hostess gift to a present that will impress an avid collector, here’s this year’s guide to the best bottles for holiday gifting.

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