The Alcoholic's Wishlist

It’s no secret that I love to drink, and if you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you probably know that I get drunk fairly randomly. With my job—and the smorgasbord of other work I mercilessly bury myself into—episodes of sudden cravings are nothing new. Ask any of my close friends and they can show you a number of text messages from me (usually typed all caps), asking them where they are and telling them that I need a drink. Hell, sometimes I even drink alone (what a loser, LOL).

Therefore, with my insatiable affinity to alcohol, it is automatic that I have quite a collection at home (read: EMERGENCY STOCK). A number of whiskies, leftover vodka (why), some gin, cognac, some mixers, and of course, beers. In times of boredom, stress, or loneliness, I turn to my bottled friends for company, movies and chips optional. But really, my excessive drinking is more of a habit I have developed because of my love for its flavors and varieties—not because I’m broken or something. And it’s true: somehow, it helps me write good stuff. Yes, I’m F. Scott Fitzgerald like that.

Aside from my favorite bars—The Perfect Pint, Tipple & Slaw, Z Hostel, Firefly Deck, The Penthouse 8747, and Alamat, to name a few—stores like The Booze Shop are my best friends when it comes to drinking. The sight of an entire room filled with shelves and shelves of booze excite me. I find bliss in seeing neatly arranged bottles—whiskeys here, vodkas there—and looking through the thick glass of enclosures for the most expensive products. Discovering new brands elate me—and believe me, at The Booze Shop, there’s always something new to see.

I dropped by The Booze Shop last week in preparation for upcoming get-togethers and for the Christmas Eve. It is tucked in a little brick building in Jupiter Street, right beside Whistlestop and quite near Sweet Ecstasy and the spot where The Distillery and Moonshine used to be. The store is fairly small—but what it lacks in space, it makes up for in its collection size. From the usual liquors and spirits you can find in bars, to the more rare ones (peated whiskies for instance), every alcoholic will find something for himself in this shop. Even better, the price of alcohol at this shop are lower compared to others!

Aside from my purchases, I have listed down other drinks I have tried/seen: drinks I would love to receive for Christmas from generous family and friends, hahaha! I’m easy to please guys—just give me booze and I’m happy! This list is not arranged in any way whatsoever; it’s just a random roster of everything I want to take to my own bedroom. So here you go, the alcoholic’s wishlist:

1 | The Botanist

Gin is fast becoming my third favorite drink (1. beer, 2. whisky), especially with artisanal brands like The Botanist, which elevates and gives new meaning to gin. This one is aromatic and floral, made with 22 Islay (Scottish) botanicals through a slow distillation process.

2 | Hendrick’s

Another small-batch gin brand, Hendrick's boasts of botanicals like elderflower, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, and lemon, before being infused with rose and cucumber. Exquisite and drinkable!

3 | Hibiki (17 years)

Anyone who has tried any Japanese whisky knows that it equates to LYF.

4 | The Macallan

One could never have enough good whisky. Especially if it's a Macallan, please throw it to my direction.

5 | Any Remy Martin/Hennessy/Camus cognac

Ever since I tasted the 300-year-old Remy Martin Louis XIII, I began craving for cognacs. Its complex taste is perfect for serious nightcaps.

6 | The giant Jack Daniel’s (3L)

Because somebody shouted "partytime!"

7 | The PhP25,000 Hakushu Single Malt Whisky

Because dreaming is free. :p (It would probably take me another 18 years to finish this if I had one, LOL!)

You can also buy stuff from The Booze Shop online! Check out their website below.

Disclaimer: no bottles were ravaged in the process of writing this post.

The Booze Shop
28 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Order online: click here

What is your favorite drink? Are you a whisky person? Do you love beer? Or would you rather have tequila? Drop a comment below!

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