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Our Collaborators Top Spirits and Wines for Holidays

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To make you wait while waiting for our cocktail guide in 2019, we have asked our team of spirits specialists, their top spirits and wines for Holidays. 

Here are their different choices to put on your table for this festive period! 

Let’s leave the floor to Sam Dalcourt, Gabrielle Panaccio, Jey Laflamme and Christ Desjardins. 

Top spirits and wines for Holidays of Christ Desjardins: Owner – Bootlegger L’Authentique

For me, Holidays is a synonym of relaxation, I like the resting side, the fireplace, and the Ardbeg Uigeadail. Its peaty side reminds me of this warmth and brings me this feeling of comfort. A perfect companion for Holidays. 

Ardbeg Uigeadail in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Ardbeg Uigeadail
Ardbeg Uigeadail

I love the Glenmorangie Signet for its sumptuous side, coffee / cappuccino side … a comforting whiskey, perfect for a cold and sunny day … great for sharing with the family that are visiting.

Glenmorangie Signet in SAQ

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Glenmorangie Signet

Top spirits and wines for Holidays of Samuel Dalcourt: Mixology consultant

For the first choice, I suggest Belle de Brillet which is a very rich spirit. It is actually a superb liqueur made from cognac and pears of French manufacture, it’s good nature or cocktail.

Belle de Brillet in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Belle de Brillet
Belle de Brillet


For the second, it’s a Quebec gin and I like its terroir with birch bark and macerated blueberries. Perfect for Holidays.

Be Origin in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Be Origin
Be Origin


Editor’s note: His little brother, BeDirty, has just come out, but is in more limited quatities.

BeDirty in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Be Dirty
Be Dirty


Top spirits and wines for Holidays of Jey Laflamme: Mixologist – Distillerie no. 2

As I come from Quebec City, I love to go back there to celebrate Holidays. I think it’s normal that the gin Trait-Carré of the region of the old capital with aromas of elderberry, chamomile and cardamom makes me nostalgic. 

Trait Carré in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Trait Carré
Trait Carré Gin

For December 31, an Moët and Chandon Imperial Nectar. Very affordable for a champagne, with aromas of fruit and honey. Freshness to start 2019!

Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Moët Chandon -Nectar Imperial
Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial

Top spirits and wines for Holidays of Gabrielle Panaccio: Co-owner Bar Le Lab

To start the evening quietly, I will go to a vermouth! Of course, the vermouth Val Caudalies by Le  Lab, because it will open my appetite! It’s light, and at the beginning of a party, nothing better than a nice glass of vermouth with a slice of orange.

Val Caudalies x Lab White Vermouth in SAQ

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Lab Val Caudalies White Vermouth

Whiskey has always been my weakness, it is a spirit where you choose your kind of moment according to your state of mind, if I feel more comfortable, in a warm atmosphere, I will go to an Islay , and if I feel more tired, I would go to a Highland or Speyside that is more accessible to taste. During Holidays, an Arberg or Lagavulin will fill my palace! With a fireplace, family, snow, these whiskeys will give me a warm heart!

Ardbeg 10 in SAQ

Top spirits and wines for Holidays - Ardbeg
Ardbeg