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The best spirits for the ultimate drinks trolley

Fill your drinks trolley ready for the festive season with our round up of the best spirits.

Best sprits fot the ultimate drinks trolley
Published: December 13th, 2021 at 9:00 am
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Best gin for the ultimate drinks trolley

Gin has come a long way from its medieval roots as a medicinal liquor and today there are countless varieties, all with different balances of botanicals so you can find the perfect one for your taste. These are all delicious starting points…

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Silent Pool Gin, £38, from Silent Pool Distillers

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Best gin

Gin77, £25, from Bristol Distilling Co.

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Best gin

Tarquin’s Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin, £35, from Tarquin's Gin

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Best gin

Aber Falls Small Batch Gin, £32, from Aber Falls Distillery

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Best gin

Mermaid Gin, £38, from Isle of Wight Distillery

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Best flavoured gin for the ultimate drinks trolley

Mix things up and enjoy a new gin experience with one of the many flavoured varieties available – whether you enjoy with tonic, as part of a cocktail or on its own, here are some delicious options…

No.1 Wildflower Gin, £34.95, from Cotswolds Distillery

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Best flavoured gin

Whitley Neill Quince Gin, £26, from The Drop Store

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Best flavoured gin

Sloe Gin, £25, from Sipsmith

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Best flavoured gin

Slingsby Marmalade Gin, £21.50, from Spirit of Harrogate

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Best flavoured gin

Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Gin, £27.50, from Master of Malt

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Best flavoured gin

Best rum for the ultimate drinks trolley

From mojitos to daiquiris, pina coladas to mai tai, rum is an essential of the cocktail cabinet, but it can also be enjoyed on its own or over ice – here are some good quality options to try…

Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada 2019, £89.95, from The Whiskey Exchange

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Appleton Estate Signature Blend Rum, £22.75, from The Whiskey Exchange

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Best rum

Cut Overproof Rum, £39.33, from Master of Malt

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Best rum

Eminente Reserva 7 Year Old Rum, £43.95, from Master of Malt

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Best rum

Havana Club Añejo Especial, £17, from Waitrose

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Best rum

Best bourbon for the ultimate drinks trolley

A type of American whisky, bourbon has been distilled since the 17th century an today is a feature of cocktails like the Manhatten and the Old Fashioned, as well as being suitable with simple mixers or drunk on its own.

Angel’s Envy Bourbon, £56.90, from House of Malt

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Best bourbon

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, £31.20, from Master of Malt

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Best bourbon

Peerless Small Batch Bourbon, £72, from Native Spirits

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Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, £46.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best bourbon

Ezra Brooks Black Label Bourbon, £25.90, from Master of Malt

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Best scotch for the ultimate drinks trolley

The clue is in the name, and Scotch is simply a malt or grain whisky (or a blend of the two), which is made in Scotland. Here are some option for your next dram…

Old Pulteney 12 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £35, from Old Pulteney

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Best Scotch

Contrasts: Peat Smoke Sherry Cask, £49.99, from Benromach

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Best Scotch

Tamdhu 12 Year Old, £40.95, from Master of Malt

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Best Scotch

Lagavulin 16 Year Old Single Malt, £69.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best Scotch

Glenkinchie 12 Year Old Lowland Single Malt, £41.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best Scotch

Best cognac for the ultimate drinks trolley

A type of brandy produced in France, Cognac is a great digestif, with a taste that’s distinct from standard brandies, and is also a versatile cocktail ingredient

Pierre Ferrand Ambre 1er Cru Grande Champagne Cognac, £45.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best cognac

Merlet Brothers Blend Cognac, £41.25, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best cognac

H by Hine VSOP, £34.90, from Master of Malt

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Best cognac

Rémy Martin XO Excellence, £155, from Fortnum & Mason

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Best cognac

Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac, £52, from The Wine Society

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Best cognac

Best tequila for the ultimate drinks trolley

Its bad rep can be put down to the poor-quality varieties often served in bars, but buy a good tequila and it’s a whole different ball game, and makes for a smooth shot on its own, or a distinctive flavour in cocktails.

No2 Reposado £37.95, from El Rayo Tequila

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Best tequila

Fortaleza Reposado Tequila, £62.44, from Master of Malt

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Best tequila

Patron Reposado Tequila, £49.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best tequila

Cazcabel Reposado Tequila, £29.99, from Proof Drinks

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Código 1530 Rosa Tequila, £49.95, from Master of Malt

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Best tequila

Best vodka for the ultimate drinks trolley

The staple of many a cocktail, this ubiquitous clear spirit can also be drunk neat. Although Russia is most famous for producing vodka, the drink is now made in countries across the globe. Here are some quality varieties to try…

Grey Goose Vodka, £38.45, from The Whiskey Exchange

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Best vodka

Original Potato Vodka, £38, from Chase Distillery

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Best vodka

Vestal Polish Potato Vodka, £20, from The Drop Store

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Best vodka

Black Cow Vodka, £25, from Black Cow

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Best vodka

Belvedere Single Estate Rye Vodka Smogóry Forest, £52.50, from The Drop Store

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Something quirky for the ultimate drinks trolley

If you don't fancy mixing up your own cocktails, why no add a few pre-made ones to your drinks trolley? To celebrate 100 years of the modern Bloody Mary, Bloody Drinks has partnered with Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce to create limited edition cans. You'll want to grab these quick, before they sell out!

Limited edition Lea & Perrins can, from £13, Bloody Drinks

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Best vermouth for the ultimate drinks trolley

Great in a negroni or martini, Vermouth is a fortified wine, flavoured with various botanicals. You can find various types of both sweet and dry vermouths and these are some good ones to get you started…

Otto’s Athens Vermouth, £19.09, from Amathus Drinks

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Best vermouth

Punt E Mes Red Vermouth, £14, from Master of Malt

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Best vermouth

Sacred English Amber Vermouth, £18.95, from Sacred Gin

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Best vermouth

Vya Sweet Vermouth, £19.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, £32.10, from Master of Malt

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Best vermouth

Best flavoured liqueurs for the ultimate drinks trolley

Ideal for rounding off a meal, flavouring a cocktail or as a tasty gift – there are so many flavoursome novelty liqueurs out there and these are a few favourites…

Lanique Rose Petal Liqueur Spirit, £29.95, from The Whisky Exchange

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Best flavoured Liqueurs

Beeble Honey Whisky, £31, from Beeble

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Best flavoured Liqueurs

The King’s Ginger, £23.50, from Berry Bros & Rudd

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Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco Liqueur, £27.45, from The Whisky Exchange

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