Spanish wine, cherry-red Tempranillo that shows strawberry and fruits of the forest on its smooth and velvety palate.
Best food pairing: Beef, Pasta, Veal, Poultry
By appointment to the Royal Danish Court. Carlsberg is a Pilsner style lager originating from Copenhagen, Denmark. Carlsberg is light, easy drinking and refreshing. The all malt recipe and Carlsberg yeast strain gives the balance between body and depth of flavour and a clean refreshing palate. When Carlsberg first imported it's lager from Copenhagen to the UK in 1868, it was a distinctive 12 pointed star that it used as its trade mark. Carlsberg's founder, J.C. Jacobsen created this star as the first trademark of his brewery, which was inspired by a 6 pointed star that has stood for quality since the middle ages. This 12 pointed Brewer's star remains an icon of premium lager for Carlsberg today. The Star even sits over the gates of the original brewery in Copenhagen as a constant reminder to continue to strive for quality in everything we do.
The Hoegaarden is a Belgian white beer which is one of the best known outside the Kingdom of Belgium. It is brewed with coriander and lemon zest for more taste and freshness.
Louis Tramier started this prestigious burgundy house in 1842 and it remains in the same family to this day. Extraordinary freshness in this light but concentrated, dominated Pinot Noir flavours with a breezy red fruit nose, subtle spice and a well-structured finish.
Made from grapes grown in Puglia, the warm southern state which makes up Italy's 'heel', this expressive Fiano is full of ripe stonefruit and zippy acidity, with a generous mouthfeel and lingering finish. For fans of a light, bright summer white.
A classic London Dry Gin, Christopher's works very nicely in a Gin and Tonic or in a cocktail; simply the best value for money gin on the market!
Our amazing team of wine & spirit amateurs work hard every day to select new wines all around the world from the most classy Bordeaux to unknown producers in New Zealand. Enjoy this pack updated on monthly basis including a bottle of red and white wine and enjoy products from the best loved local producers whom you might otherwise never have heard of.
Subtle, sweet and with a vanilla finish, Ballantine's Finest blended whiskey was created in 1910 by the Ballantine's family, blending over 40 single malts and superior grain Scotch whiskies. This blend carefully balances whisky from the 4 iconic Scottish regions - Lowland, Speyside, Highland & Islay. This whisky won a Gold Medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2014. Ballantine's offers well balanced subtle flavours with tones of milk chocolate, red apple and vanilla.
Made from Glera grapes, grown in the Valdobbiadene hills which are hand-picked and gently pressed in the winery. The must obtained is fermented in for nearly 40 days, at about 15° C, with the addition of selected yeasts. Characteristic, fruity with scents of golden apple, Williams pear, acacia flowers and lily of the valley.
Harvested at optimum ripeness from our hand-tended vineyards in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere valleys. The grapes were gently pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to maximise fruit purity and varietal character.This Sauvignon Blanc has a charming and complex nose, full of lychee, gooseberry and a some tropical notes. The palate shows good weight and texture imparted by the time on yeast lees. The wine has excellent fruit concentration, revealing a sustained, mouth-watering finish.
Region: New Zealand
Cépages: Sauvignon Blanc
Absolut Vanilia was introduced in 2003. Basically because vanilla is one of the most beloved flavors in the world. And it wasn’t long until that fact was reinforced through the instant success of Absolut Vanilia – it is almost equally popular as vanilla itself.
The 20 year-old vines for this deliciously elegant Pinotage are grown on the southeastern slopes of Paardeberg mountain in 9.3ha, halfway between the towns of Malmesbury and Paarl in Western Cape Province, South Africa. The area provides advantageous differences in day and night temperatures with Mediterranean-like warm days and cool nights of 12-16˚C brought about by the south west winds sweeping across from the ocean. The grapes are handpicked in mid-February and undergo natural and spontaneous fermentation. They are macerated by hand, left in contact with the skins for 3 days and then basket pressed. This Pinotage is aged for 12 months in old french oak barriques.
A bright red ruby colour, this is a wine diplaying expressive, fresh and ripe red fruit aromas and flavours with a hint of sweet herbs. It is both youthful and refreshing and yet elegant with a lovely long finish. Ideal with barbequed or roast Lamb, and roasted vegetables. Quiche also pairs well with this Pinotage.
Whilst most of the wine made under the Coteaux Bourguignons appellation is red, whites are also permitted: this is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Aligoté grapes harvested from both the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions. The Aligoté brings an aromatic freshness complementing Chardonnay’s richer apple and citrus character.
Other: Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
A top-quality gin made using botanicals from Shetland, including wild water mint, meadowsweet and sea pink flowers. Blackwoods is also unusual in that is released with a vintage statement for each small batch distilled. Shetland botanicals are infused with juniper, coriander and other botanicals, including lime, before being steeped in natural mineral water to release their gentle flavours to give the gin its unique and complex character. Each year, the botanicals are harvested by hand - changing slightly with each harvest due to the quality and quantity available. The distillation is then done in small batches using a traditional copper pot still.
Chivas Regal is a world-famous Scotch blend which was first made in the early 20th century by Chivas Brothers. The company can trace its roots back to 1801, with the opening of a grocers at Number 13 King Street, Aberdeen. Selling luxury food, coffee and spices, it wasn't until half a century later that the company started to make whisky, and then not until post-US Prohibition that Chivas Regal 12 Year Old was first officially released. F. Paul Pacult described Chivas Regal 12 as "the blend for grown-ups", awarding it an impressive 9 out of 10. It's a very apt statement - this is a very refined blended whisky, with herbs, honey and fruit leaping forth on the palate. Regularly lauded by the critics, this is a superb blend in its price category, representing great value for money. Nose: A creamy, aromatic melange of vanilla custard, hints of aniseed, lemon curd and butter toffee. Wood shavings and dried banana chips develop with just a hint of cassis. Palate: More of those banana chips showing through on the palate, this time there's a creamy hit of barley malt too, pepped up with a little allspice. Notes of ground walnut and caramel. Finish: Light spice and black pepper on the tail. Lingering notes of cereal sweetness. Overall: A spicy, beautifully balanced blend. Lots going on here.
A Pisco from Hacienda La Caravedo, the oldest working distillery in the Americas (established 1684) and producer of the extremely popular Pisco Porton. There are eight grapes permitted to be used for Pisco in Peru, with this 'Pisco Puro' made exclusively from Quebranta. Around 8lbs of Quebranta grapes go into each and every bottle.
Bacardi's premium rum release, the 8 year old is blended with rums aged for between 8 and 16 years. The nose is fresh and perfumed with notes of oak and peels, a little syrup with a fennel note. The palate is sweet and rich with tropical fruits, peels and winter spice. The finish is gentle and luscious.
Released in the UK in 2014, the Mount Gay Black Barrel rum is made from single column and double pot distilled rum, though using a higher proportion of double pot distillates than their other expressions. It is also finished in heavily charred bourbon barrels before being bottled.
Nose: Richly warming notes of plump sultanas, cracked black pepper and creamy vanilla from the bourbon barrel finish.
Palate: Toasty. Deeply spicy, with plenty of cinnamon. A hint of liquorice and more vanilla.
Finish: A long, balanced finish, drifting between sweet and spice.
Overall: A fab step up from the standard Mount Gay rum.
Brighton gin is an incredibly smooth, juniper and citrus led gin made in miniscule batches by gin lovers Kathy and Helen. Their distillery is situated in a little pub just outside the centre of Brighton and everything about the product is lovingly crafted by hand from the individual waxing of the bottles to the elegantly simple mixture of botanicals. Even the colour scheme was carefully chosen to mimic that of the iconic railings on Brighton sea front. Smooth and refreshing this gin slides down easily when drunk neat thanks to the milk thistle in the botanicals (which incidentally is also very good for your liver). It's refreshing, clean and the hints of zesty coriander pop through the juniper.
Daffy's Small Batch Premium Gin is made with grain spirit from northern France, which is then distilled using a copper pot still. The Scottish distillers use a selection of eight botanicals for Daffy's Gin, including juniper, Lebanese mint, coriander, angelica root, Spanish lemon and orange peels, cassia bark and orris root. It has been bottled at a very specific 43.4% ABV, as the distillers believe this to be the perfect strength for their expression - not excessively punchy, but with enough power behind it for balance and flavour. The bottle design, incidentally, is the work of Robert McGinnis, the American artist who made film posters for various James Bond and Matt Helm films as well as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Barbarella!
Named after the number of botanicals used, the final abv chosen was also supposedly the eighth tasted from a final shortlist of twelve possible percentages. It is aimed at the sophisticated male gin drinker. Made in small batches using the purest 100% English Grain Spirit, Langley's No.8 Distilled London Gin is hand crafted specifically to let the selected botanicals do the talking. An old-fashioned gin, perfect for a traditional gin and tonic.
Launched in 2005, No. 209 Gin is one of the dozen or so gins that emerged in recent years from the re-invigorated craft distilling culture underway globally. With its citrussy and spicy flavour profile, No. 209 Gin is what we’ve come to call a “contemporary classic” here at Gin Foundry. No doubt, the flavour profile leans more towards American pallets with a slightly subdued juniper presence and more prominent citrus notes. However, the core gin backbone is still there. It hasn’t shied away from the category’s heritage and the team has managed to create a modern, contemporary gin, which would appeal to many. The best gin we've tasted in a very long time, this quintuple-distilled gin has perhaps the best flavour we've ever encountered for a Gin Martini.
A light, fresh, vigorously youthful Champagne with a fine, elegant, slightly lemony nose, lively mousse and long, crisp palate. Outstanding value and consistently good. There is a high percentage of Pinot grapes (both Noir and Meunier) in the blend.
The Casamigos tequila brand was created by long-time friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber, as well as Discovery Land Company founder Mike Meldman. It was originally made just for them to enjoy as their own house tequila, one that they could sip and savour with friends and family. But in January 2013, they released it to the public! From the Casamigos range (which we believe means 'house of friends') comes an Añejo tequila, which has spent 14 months ageing in American white oak casks. This maturation has resulted in a tequila brimming with toffee penny, roasted agave, dark chocolate and sweetly spiced oak notes. Yes, that George Clooney.
Chateau La Lagune would have been name after its particular location on a strip of land between la Gironde river and the ocean. La Lagune is the first property you pass driving out of Bordeaux on the Route de Vins. It is in fact only 15 kilometres from Bordeaux city. There are 72 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Petit Verdot (10%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in oak barriques (70-80% new) for 15-18 months.
Grapes: 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% petit verdot
Appelation: Haut Médoc
Robert Parker eRating: 90