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8 spirits to enjoy this holiday season

The limited-release beer, Sam Adams Utopia, was introduced

The limited-release beer, Sam Adams Utopia, was introduced by Sam Adams founder Jim Koch in 2002. Credit: AP

Be in high spirits for Christmas and New Year's. Here are eight ways.

Johnnie Walker Platinum -- The newest expression of the old favorite is, as you'd expect, a very smooth and satisfying blend, made with 18-year-old Scotch. $110.

Talisker Storm -- A smoky, potent, warming Scotch from a star of the Isle of Skye. The single-malt whisky has a pronounced maritime character. Best consumed neat. $66.

Bowmore The Devil's Casks -- The mahogany-hued, single- malt whisky from Islay is matured in sherry casks and delivers a hint of fruitcake, plus cocoa and heat. $90.

Glen Garioch Virgin Oak -- A taste of the Highlands arrives with heartiness and traces of vanilla, citrus and ginger. The small-batch, single-malt is an intense drink with a long finish. $110.

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve -- This stirring Scotch was aged in American oak casks for 19 years. There's a certain romance to the tale. The result is complex. $150.

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach -- The new, stylish, versatile blend of Cognac and lush, fresh fruit from the House of Marnier Lapostolle has the trademark orange essence and a rosy hue. $40.

Sandeman 2011 Vintage Porto -- A wonderful Port, drinkable now, but best kept to mature for at least 15 to 20 years. If you've got the time, you'll be merrily rewarded. $80.

Samuel Adams Utopias 2013 -- The rare, cask-aged high-octane, mega-malty, intricate brew, fruitier than usual, with a new addition to the blend. $199.

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