Paste Magazine: holiday gift guide for booze lovers

The holidays are fast approaching, so it’s time to consider some gift ideas for your booze-loving friends and family. It’s a safe bet that an excess of alcohol will be consumed during any typical holiday season, as families gather and political discourse and suppressed grievances fly across the dinner table. So here are some ideas to treat your loved ones – and yourself (why not?) – to some boozy gifts, from the affordable to the stupidly expensive, from bottles to accoutrements to breathalyzers. Happy holidays.

Tennessee Whiskey: Bell Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is making Tennessee whiskey unlike any other distillery in the state, and the new Madeira Cask Finish would make a good gift for anyone interested in American whiskey. This is the third release in the Special Cask Finish Series, after the release of Sherry and Cognac Cask Finished Bourbons. For the Madeira Finish, six- and nine-year-old bourbon was married in Malmsey Madeira casks, resulting in a flavorful and well balanced whiskey that has lovely notes of honey, vanilla, and dried fruits.