With the distinctive design and recognisable Italian flair of its marker, Carpano Classico Rosso is a rich and sweet vermouth which can be enjoyed in a wide number of ways. With all the characteristics of a quality red vermouth, Carpano Classico Rosso is fragrant, spicy and leaves you wanting at least one more sip. It’s a classic combo that works and the sweetness is well-balanced with that touch of spice.
The sweet, nutty taste of the almond adds depth to your drinks and allows a regular liqueur coffee to become a thing of beauty. Monin Orgeat syrup takes the essence of almond and its rich, pleasant aroma and adds depth to your alcohol and non-alcoholic creations. The distinct bitterness of the almond pit works closely with the sweetness of the nuts themselves, a dash of Monin Orgeat syrup will enhance the flavour profile of your drinks.
Santa Teresa Gran Reserva is the flagship of this leading Venezuelan rum producer. Golden hues and five years maturation ensure an oaky depth to the flavour and from the initial aroma you’ll enjoy deep vanilla notes, a touch of spice and coconut. On tasting, Gran Reserva is dry on the palate and has intriguing spiced mocha flavour which leads into mellow fudge and toffee notes in the end.
Your ancestors may even have heard of this one, Mount Gay is one of the world’s oldest rums, dating back to the 18th century. Pure Barbadian spring water and sugar cane are blended to create the trademark flavour, the recipe still the same as when first created. Notes of apricot and banana burst from the bottle and there’s a subtle smokiness that comes from the Kentucky bourbon barrels the rum is aged in.
Blues Brothers or Ghostbusters aside, this is a serious spirit! Super clean vanilla notes with a touch of lemon and a smooth pepper and lemon rind finish This is best straight form the fridge but comes up well at room temperature too.
Clean Polish vodka that holds its own. Bread and butter with dried apple and lemon zest on entry. Crushed grains then take over with deep spicy overtones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the finish is both flinty and pepper driven. This is really very good for the price and remaons a favourite of the Polish, who seem to drink cauldrons of it every weekend.
Matured for 12 years, Cragganmore is a delicious, sherry-infused single malt representing Speyside and offering up both fruity warmth and slight floral notes. As you open the bottom it’s those floral notes that come first, closely followed by heather, smoked almonds and honey. Stone fruits dominate from your first sip, with a rich honey depth, chestnuts, walnuts and almonds enhancing the flavour even further. Delicate pepper spice brings each sip to a close in understated yet delectable style.
The coffee liqueur which is known best around the world, Kahlua uses coffee beans from Mexico before being produced by the master blenders at Heering in Denmark. The strong coffee notes come through immediately on the nose and its thick texture is welcome on the palate with a sweet chocolate flavour coming through alongside the coffee. Try the 1950s classic of Kahlua and milk, which allows the intense flavour of the coffee to come through wonderfully.