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Top tipples for Christmas - a Tabler guide

Nothing beats a little festive tipple to warm the cockles during the depths of winter. We’ve selected a handful to whet the whistle. 

 

Beers 

 

Harveys 

Christmas Ale (ABV 7.5%) - with image 

Christmas pudding in a glass is how Sussex brewer Harveys describe their festive tipple. It is heavily hopped, dark and strong and guaranteed to get grandad tipsy quite quick with an ABV of 7.5%. They do advise to treat this beer with RESPECT! 

This award winning beer is available on draught in December in the area but also available by the bottle all year round. (£25.08 for 12 bottles) 

 

Shepherd Neame 

Christmas Ale (7% ABV bottle) - choice of 2 images 

The UK’s oldest brewer is in the mix when it comes a drop of ale this December. The simply named Christmas Ale is a seven per cent complex cockle-warming winter ale. The nose is reminiscent of raisins, dates and molasses while its dances on the tongue to the taste of leather, vanilla, apricots and a hint of rustic Armagnac on the finish. An awesome after-dinner drop and the perfect accompaniment to the sticky pudding sweetness of festive fare.” 

Also available on draught at 5%. 

 

Chilterns Brewery 

Glad Tidings Winter Stout (4.6%) 

Brewed with four malts, two spices (nutmeg and coriander) and fruit (orange peel) for a truly complex and exceptionally well-balanced stout. 

Glad Tidings is a festive season stout and is ideal as a winter warmer for family and friends over the Christmas period. Available in October, November and December only. (£2.95 a 500ml bottle) 

 

Port 

Graham’s ‘The Tawny’ Port (20% ABV) 

The Tawny is a very fine Graham’s Aged Tawny. Matured for an average of seven to nine years in seasoned oak casks, this is Graham’s Master Blender’s personal interpretation of a fine, old, wood-matured Port. It is for those who seek a rewarding experience from a well-aged Tawny Port. Perfect as an aperitif or after lunch or dinner. 

Various stockists - £15.00 for 750ml bottle. 

 

Wildcard 

Christmas Mince Pie Martini (20% ABV) - with image 

Not an ounce of pastry in sight for this unique take on a traditional Christmas favourite. Simply pour over ice and drink. Suitable for vegetarians too!  

£12 for 500ml bottle from Marks & Spencer. www.marksandspencer.com 

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