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Unusual Spirits as Holiday Gifts: Drink Up!

From moonshine to limoncello, the gift of drink for the holidays.

Scotch, moonshine and other great gift ideas for friends who like to drink or for yourself to ease the woes of the holiday season.

Know of a Scotch lover that would love a handmade single malt from a unique farm distillery? What about holiday moonshine? We’ve got you covered. Check out these great gift ideas for folks who like to drink spirits or for yourself to ease the woes of the holiday season.

#1 Moonshine from South Carolina

We might as well start you out with a bang. Palmetto Moonshine in Anderson, South Carolina is ironically located behind the city’s courthouse. As the first legal moonshine distillery in SC, this is a totally unique gift lover for friends or family. Apple pie, peach and blackberry are just some of the flavors, in addition to more potent White Lightening.

#2 Limoncello from West Virginia

Another unusual find is Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, West Virginia, where homemade cordials and spirits include inventive and surprising flavors like black walnut, peach, pumpkin spice and limoncello and the distillery is open for tours and tastings. As a farm to glass distillery, the distillery team hand zests every lemon that goes into the limoncello and also grows lemons onsite.

#3 Highland Single Malt Scotch

If Scotch is a gift item you’re seeking, Eduadour holds the distinction of being the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland, making for a special gift. With Single Malts aged in Sherry wood or the wine lovers version of Scotch Whisky aged in European wine casks, the story behind the brand, which dates back to 1825 and is located in the stunning Highlands, makes this holiday gift truly distinctive.

And if you are wondering how we know about these small batch brands, we recently toured and filmed at each of these destinations, taste testing the good ourselves and filming it for Equitrekking and Travels with Darley. I know! Rough gig!

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