The Manual’s Ultimate Holiday Spirit Guide 2015


Sometimes, the best thing you can buy anyone, including yourself, is booze. It’s easy to wrap, it can be shared, it’s a conversation starter, and did we mention that it’s booze? For this holiday season, we’ve put together the ultimate guide for all your booze-buying needs.

We’ll have a whiskey/scotch/bourbon-specific list soon, but for now, check out these bottles and get ready to fill your days with the best kind of holiday spirits.


Haig Club ($50) – Single malt scotch whisky with a fresh, clean finish. Bonus: it comes in a kickass bottle.

Old Pulteney 21 Year Old ($150) — You know it’s got to be good when the liquor itself is old enough to drink. This 2012 World Whisky of the Year has hints of apple and pear, with spicy overtones on the nose.


Basil Hayden’s ($41.99) – You simply can’t go wrong with Basil Hayden’s when it comes to bourbon—spicy on the nose and tongue with just the right amount of sweetness.


Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye ($29.99) – This rye was recently named the 2016 World Whisky of the Year. This is Crown Royal’s first blended, 90% rye whisky and it has a smooth and spicy flavor profile for those cold Canadian nights.

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Booth’s Finest Dry Gin Cask Mellowed ($45) – Reviving a trademark from the 1740’s, this British gin is mellowed by aging in sherry casks, giving it a delicate and delightful flavor profile.

Bols Barrel Aged Genever ($54.99) – This Dutch gin was created using the original 19th century recipe and has a strong malty flavor, due to the use of maltwine during distillation before being aged in oak.


Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka ($17.99) – You might think Minnesota when you think of vodka, but the subtle cucumber flavors and that call to mind the gardens of summer, make this spirit perfect for a wide variety of fresh-flavored cocktails.

Empire Spirits Private Club Vodka ($20) – Quadruple distilled form 100% American grains, this New York-made vodka is ready to put you in an Empire State of Mind.


Tears of Llorona Tequila ($225) – The “Pappy Van Winkle of Tequila” is the envy of practically every other extra añejo tequilas. This complex spirit is the perfect gift for the classiest guy in your life.

DeLeon Tequila ($57.99) – Sold in a bespoke bottle, everything about this tequila emanates “class.” Serve it on the rocks to get the true taste of the Jalisco highlands.


Flor de Caña 4 Gold ($15.99) – A dry rum with notes of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and walnut. Add to that the hints of oak, vanilla, and fresh coconut and you have a rum ready for almost any mixed drink.

Zacapa 23 ($43.99) – This Guatemalan rum comes from virgin sugar cane honey. Notes of clove, cinnamon, and cocoa give this premium rum a delightful nose and taste.