WHAT: Steam Whistle bottle opener
WHY: You can screw this into the wall if you want, but the real fun is to be had when you thwack it onto the old Westinghouse. Equipped with scrap-yard-strength magnets, it’s got plenty of fridge grip, allowing for complete cap-levering confidence. Comes equipped with two beers for Christmas morning.
AVAILABILITY: At most liquor stores (product #11692)
WHAT: J.P. Wiser’s Red Letter Canadian Whisky Rating: NNNNN
WHY: Celebrating their 150th anniversary, Wiser’s made only 6,000 bottles of this fantastic throwback-style whisky. Starts off warm and robust and finishes with a thrilling, uncompromising bourbon-style burn. Don’t trust Santa with this stuff. Give him the milk and cookies and tell him to hit the roof.
PRICE: 750 ml/$150
AVAILABILITY: Limited quantities at selected Vintages outlets (product #59071)
WHAT: Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire Rating: NNNNN
WHERE: Charente, France
WHY: Most people are familiar with Grand Marnier, but the Cuvée du Centenaire is a revelation for liqueur lovers. Caribbean oranges and sugar are blended with the profound flavours of decades-old cognacs. Sweetness has never been so sophisticated, which is what they’ll say about you if you give them du Centenaire.
PRICE: 750 ml/$129.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #108704)