Christmas is the time to open a bottle of something fine to either help festivities along or just chill once they are all done.
We are so lucky in the north-east to be at the epicentre of some of the finest brewing and distilling happening anywhere in Scotland – or indeed the UK – right now.
So, here’s a look at some of the homegrown drinks and related gifts that will make the ideal Christmas present for the discerning connoisseur in your life.
NORTH SEA BRIDGES 6 PACK: Six Scottish breweries – including six°north and Fierce – and six Scandinavian breweries offer these specialist collaboration brews
Visit The Porter’s Gin Micro-Distillery: The gin lover in your life will love a trip around this innovative distillery in the heart of Aberdeen, including tasting opportunities.
A rare pair tour: Treat your favourite whisky fan to a visit to Glen Garioch Distillery at Oldmeldrum, for an hour’s tasting experience, pairing whisky, cheese and chutney.
House of Elrick Gin: A refreshing and aromatic hand-crafted artisan gin from Newmachar-based House of Elrick.
Vesperis vodka: An award-winning premium botanical vodka – a crossover between vodka and gin – created at the family-run, Blackford Craft Distillery.
Murmichan: Enjoy the first Scottish absinthe from Deeside’s Lost Loch Spirits.
£ 38, www.lostlochspirits.com
12 BEERS OF CHRISTMAS: An excellent variety pack from Ellon’s BrewDog for the festive season.
Gin Bothy Christmas Gin Box: A delightful selection of hand-crafted gins to enjoy.
£30, www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk or freephone 0800 318846 quoting BOTFE