Go back in time to the downright dirty history of the American speakeasy and you’ll find Angostura Orange bitters in a huge number of different drinks. Rising to prominence during prohibition many classic cocktails simplyaren’t complete without a shot of Angostura Orange. A classic example of bitters, one of the few that survived US Prohibition, flavours of orange and geranium are most prominent followed by spicy cardamom and coriander. Shake into your Martini, your Manhattan or even a classic Champagne cocktail.
The creation of innovative bartender Lukas Stafin, Fortunella liqueur was inspired by fragrant, aromatic golden oranges – kumquats – as well as their Chinese origins. Taking its name from the Asiatic species of kumquat known as Fortunella, this is a zesty, sweet liqueur, perfect for making cocktails or simply sipped over ice.
Galliano L’Autentico is a genuine Italian classic. Its golden yellow hues hide a multitude of flavours, all natural and all blended using a traditional process which has been stuck to for many years. The flavour of Galliano L’Autentico is created through the harmonious balance of Mediterranean herbs and plants as well as those from further afield, creating an aromatic, herbal tonic which leads into a softer, mellower flavour, wonderful for sipping after dinner. Sweet and tempting, the flavour of aniseed is at the heart of this liqueur.
Luc Belaire Rose is a light sparkling beauty from Provence, where all the best Rose wine comes from. It is as beautiful as it looks, and it looks very pretty. A stunning blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, it's full of flavour, and makes a darn fine cocktail too.
Midori is one of the world’s most popular melon liqueurs and it’s easy to see why, it has a light and bright flavour, fresh and fragrant and lets its star ingredient, the sweet, fresh melon take centre stage. It’s a wonderful addition to any number of cocktails or simply sipped with lemonade. Its green hues attract attention and it can add that exotic kick your favourite long drink was looking for.
Nikka From The Barrel is an exceptional Japenese whisky which truly packs a punch. Power is truly the name of the game with Nikka From The Barrel. A balanced nose introduces floral flavours, fresh fruit, spice and also oak leading into a full-bodied punchy flavour on the palate. Winter spice, toffee and vanilla come alongside the bright fruity notes, creating a flavour which is welcoming, enticing and almost demands you take just one more sip.
The Daddy of dry vermouths. Fino Sherry style dryness with cloves and Cardamom followed by squishy white supermarket grapes. The finish retains the spiciness with a dry floral notes of bitter pear and apple.
Passoa is an exotic liqueur which shows off the exuberance and vibrancy of the passion fruit. It’s popular all over the world with Puerto Rico rating it as its number one liqueur. Its aroma is fresh and fragrant, passion fruit comes through but also boiled sweets and zesty grapefruit. On tasting you’ll enjoy a light syrup mouthfeel and passion fruit at the forefront with cooked grapefruit and a little cherry coming through too. Truly exotic and wonderful on ice.
Wild Turkey 101 has been aged for eight years at a much higher proof than they’re traditional bourbon. This delivers a more intense, alcohol-heavy nose but also a deeper, more complex flavour. You wouldn’t know it from the nose as it’s light and unassuming but once you sip you’ll taste the depth of sweetness within this bourbon alongside the toasty alcohol burn. Pepper, caramel and honey are stand out flavours in this intense bourbon and it’s certainly one to remember.
A full-bodied and balanced bourbon, at once fresh, sweet and smoky, with a rich and rounded mouth, Longbranch is a collaborative effort between Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell and the brand's Creative Director – award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey.
Longbranch has been refined using charcoal from both Kentucky white oak and Texan mesquite in a nod to both mens' home states, and the bottle bears the signatures of both Russell and McConaughey in a nod to the spirit in which this bourbon was made – that of friendship and partnership.
Fantastic grain Vodka that lives up to its esteemed reputation. Silky mixed citrus zest and soft wheat unfold both slowly and smoothly on the palette.The finish is dry and clean with moments of lemon and crushed wheat; has a great length too. Big thumbs up. Grey Goose always delivers. Extremely well made vodka and well worth the money.
A staple of the cocktail bar, Monin Gomme syrup is a rival of Cane Sugar syrup. It’s the base of many of those world famous cocktails you try to emulate, adding a subtle sweetness to sours cocktails and bringing out the fruitiness in exotic punch. Gomme syrup has mild notes of orange blossom but is odourless and serves to ensure you have a solid foundation for a wide range of different classic cocktails.
Monkey 47 is your chance to enjoy the hard graft that comes from painstakingly matching 47 different botanicals. The botanicals chosen work in perfect harmony with each other and include everything from the expectation of ripe juniper berries to interesting notes of Ceylon cinnamon, Acorus calamus lemon balm and verbena. Truly unique and one that all gin connoisseurs must try, Monkey 47 retains the classic flavours of gin and enhances them with additional botanical notes.
Can you imagine lazing on a summer’s afternoon without your Pimm’s in hand? We think not so let’s raise a toast to Pimm’s No 1 the classic English summer drink. Traditionally served 3:1 with freshly made lemonade, cucumber, mint and strawberries, Pimm’s has a rich and fruity taste which simply screams summer. English through and through Pimm’s No 1 was invented in the City of London and spicy undertones lift the naturally fruitiness even further.
A champagne house is judged primarily on the quality of its Brut non-vintage, which, more than any other wine reveals its art of assemblage. Powerful and complex, the Brut Yellow ensures continuity of the House style and offers an "aromatic" rare brand remembered for long.
Offering a delicate bitterness and a spicy aftertaste Suze is a famed French aperitif which is usually enjoyed neat. Modern consumers may prefer to add cola but it’s traditionally matches with tonic water or orange juice, as well as finding its way into many classic cocktails. A combination of gentian root and other specially selected botanicals, Suze finishes on a citric note which is refreshing and rounds of the drink perfectly, leaving only a bittersweet aftertaste.
A distinctive Italian liqueur made from soaking fruit rind, herbs and other ingredients in its base spirit before adding caramel for sweetness. Amaro Averna has a distinctive orange flavour and includes over 33 different herbs including cinnamon and gentian. It can be enjoyed on its own or with a range of mixers including cola and tonic water. The recipe and method of production hasn’t changed in 1868 so each measure of Amaro Averna has a piece of history within.
Don Julio Anejo 1942 spends up to two and half year ageing, nearly enough to be classed as extra anejo. It’s stilled in a single pot still and has the wonderful spiced aromas of cinnamon, sweet agave, vanilla and interesting Turkish delight. The taste is deep with cinder toffee notes, the continual flavour of the agave and bursts of sweet, zesty citrus. Dry and nutty the finish is long with notes of smoke.
The pure essence of the exotic lychee is captured in this Asian-inspired liqueur. The sweet and exotic lychee fruit comes through lightly in this popular liqueur and it’s a wonderful choice for adding to champagne, sparkling wines or sparkling soft drinks. The legend of Emperor Ming of the Tang dynasty gives the lychee a special place in the heart of China but Kwai Feh is now enjoyed around the world.
Another classic from the famous Appleton Rum Distillery, a blend of Jamaican rums come together to deliver the flavour of Appleton 21 Year. Matured for that full 21 year period, this Appleton rum is a rarity and is only released once a year, making it highly sought after. Burnt fruit cake and leathery notes are the most prominent in this rum closely followed by bitter spiced oak, that classic Demerara sugar flavour and vanilla and ginger spices. The tannic oak flavour remains long after drinking and is indicative of the premium quality of this rum and its maturity.
William Grant & Sons is piloting a new vermouth brand, produced using cascara, a by-product from the production of coffee.
The liquid comprises a sweet vermouth that has been infused with cascara, the leftover pulp from the coffee berry once the fruit has been used to make coffee.
Fabulous as a long drink with Tonic ....
The rum base is an aged Caribbean rum previously used to season empty whisky casks for final maturation. An extract of Banana Peel is infused into the rum to impart a fruity forward note to the spicy, sweet toffee profile of the Rum. It’s like liquid Banana Bread. Best served neat over ice, shaken in a Daiquiri or mixed long with Ginger Ale.
After initially maturing in traditional oak casks the Arran Single Malt in this
bottling was specifically selected by our master distiller to be ‘finished’ in
Côte-Rôtie Wine Casks sourced from a quality producer of this red wine
from the Rhone Valley. This whisky is bottled without artificial colouring
or chill filtration to ensure a natural full-bodied and flavoursome single malt.
Gonzalez Byass has relaunched a historic brand of vermouth, La Copa. Based on the original 19th-century recipe, this is made using a blend of eight-year-old oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherries. Flavoured with botanical including wormwood, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, angelica and quinine, this is a sweeter style of vermouth that works well in cocktails.
Combining the sweet and sour delicacy of the grapefruit with the classic herbaceous spice of bitters, Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters are a powerful weapon in the mixologist’s arsenal. Add a tangy citrus element to cocktail, jazz up margaritas and give sours cocktails something alternative to make them stand out. Fee Brothers traditional production methods ensure a truly authentic bitters taste flavoured subtly with the zing of grapefruit.
The families that produce Mezcal Union Uno have three generations experience as their main craft and it shows. There aren’t many finer Mezcals (if any) at this price. 100% AGAVE. 8 YEAR OLD AGAVE ESPADIAN & 20 YEAR OLD AGAVE CIRIAL. 700ML/VOL 80 PROOF. PRODUCT OF MEXICO.