Published on November 7th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


5 Bar-Themed Gift Ideas For The Upcoming 2019 Holiday Season

With Black Friday just right around the corner, the Holiday Season of 2019 is edging closer and closer. In turn, many readers of The Hype Magazine are about to be in gift-seeking mode for friends, family and co-workers. To get you ahead of the game, below are 5 bar-themed gift ideas for a loved one.

Mount Gay Rum’s The Master Blender Collection: Pot Still

Mount Gay Rum recently released a new limited-edition expression, The Master Blender Collection: Pot Still. The second edition in the exclusive series — and the first blend from the new female Master Blender, Trudiann Branker — Pot Still celebrates the original way Mount Gay made rum for about 200 years, using only rums distilled in double retort pot stills. After selecting a specific batch of pot still liquid, Trudiann placed it into virgin ex-whiskey casks for six months prior to bottling, which ultimately enhances the spicy and roasted nutty notes of this new spirit from an award-winning brand.

This small batch is so exclusive that only 4,920 bottles are available globally; only 1,002 of which available within the United States. This edition is intensely bottled at cask strength, 48 percent ABV.

Flaviar’s Advent Calendars

Founded in 2012, Flaviar is the world’s largest premium spirits club, with operations in the U.S. and Europe. Flaviar offers a better way to experience fine spirits. In turn, its members enjoy a full suite of benefits including quarterly tasting boxes and full-size bottles sent directly to their home, invitations to exclusive spirits events, and access to rare and original spirits available only to members.

For spirits lovers that like venturing beyond whiskey, Flaviar offers the Spirits of the World Advent Calendar. Behind each door you’ll find a new spirit adventure from Armagnac to aquavit and enjoy firm favorites like gin, vodka and rum. This advent calendar will transport you from San Antonio to Spain and from the Caribbean to Cognac. Whether you want to sip these treats neat, enjoy over ice or mix up into a cocktail these spirits will bring the holiday feeling home. The calendar includes 24 different spirits from around the world, a Glencairn glass in which to enjoy those 24 different spirit offerings, a Flaviar coaster and a tasting notes booklet with details of each tasty tipple.

Tavour Subscription

Washington State-based Tavour is a company that tries thousands of beers from small craft breweries, ultimately bringing you the gems you cannot get at your local store. In turn, Tavour works directly with hundreds of independent breweries to curate craft beer gift boxes with one-of-a-kind selections. With selections as diverse as the Vanilla Ice Cream Stout from Wild Leap Brew Co. in Georgia and the Juicy IPA from WeldWerks Brewing in Colorado, a Tavour purchase may be ideal for any sort of gift offering.

According to the direct words of Tavour’s Marketing Manager, when interviewed by The Hype Magazine earlier this year: “Tavour is an app to discover and enjoy craft beers from around the world. We connect consumers directly with passionate brewers who care about quality and reaching their fans. The geographical divide that prevents you from walking directly into any brewpub is obliterated and you are transported to the barstool from the comfort of your own home.”

Ketel One Botanical

Ketel One Vodka is reportedly the world’s best-selling premium vodka. Distilled from 100 percent non-GMO grain in copper pot stills and filtered over loose charcoal, Ketel One’s ingredients rest in tile-lined tanks until ready. Its parent company, the Nolet Distillery, produces a variety of acclaimed Ketel One offerings including Ketel One Citroen, Ketel One Botanical (in the varietals of Peach & Orange Blossom, Cucumber & Mint and Grapefruit Rose), Ketel 1 Jenever and Ketel One Oranje.

Ketel One Botanical is perfect for the mindful consumer. With no sugar, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors, you can pick your Botanical and add Botanical Spritz for a deliciously-fresh taste experience with only 73 calories and 0 carbs per serving. It makes an ideal gift for all sorts of folks.

El Tesoro Extra Anejo

Since the first drop of El Tesoro ran off the still of La Alteña Distillery more than 80 years ago, every decision has made to celebrate the unique flavor of its agave. El Tesoro is a truly-authentic tequila, as made slowly and carefully to capture the agave’s essence in a bottle. The El Tesoro portfolio of core products available in the U.S. includes Blanco (40 percent ABV), Reposado (40 percent ABV), Añejo (40 percent ABV), and Paradiso Extra Añejo (40 percent ABV). Back in October 2017, a limited-edition 80th Anniversary Tequila was introduced to celebrate La Alteña Distillery’s 80 years (41.5 percent ABV).

El Tesoro De Don Felipe Tequila and Master Distiller Carlos Camarena recently introduced El Tesoro Extra Añejo as a permanent addition to its award-winning tequila portfolio. This tequila has been patiently-aged in ex-bourbon barrels for four to five years, with the first batch put in barrels years ago by Camarena’s late father, Don Felipe J. Camarena Orozco. But no matter the variety of El Tesoro which you choose to enjoy, it is meant to be enjoyed as a sipping tequila.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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