Firstly, let me start by wishing you all a very merry Christmas. 2023 has been yet another memorable year for many reasons, but how nice is it to finish on a bit of Christmas Spirit!
Not only do we get a well-earned rest, but we also get to enjoy a delicious tipple, whether that be in a cocktail, or straight up!
If you’re considering a little treat for yourself, or perhaps a special someone, then you won’t go far wrong with any of these beauties!
Mermaid Salt Vodka 40% ABV
Quite possibly my favourite vodka, Mermaid Salt Vodka is a spirit that captures the essence of the sea in a bottle. Crafted on the Isle of Wight using locally sourced ingredients and a proprietary filtration process that involves Isle of Wight rock sea salt, this premium vodka offers a flavour profile that is both delicate and complex.
The vodka itself is crystal clear and boasts a silky-smooth mouthfeel. On the palate, you’ll experience a soft sweetness reminiscent of grains, a mild peppery finish, and a gentle salinity that enhances the overall flavour without overpowering it.
The addition of Isle of Wight rock sea salt is what truly sets Mermaid Salt Vodka apart. This salt, harvested from the waters surrounding the island, imparts a subtle brininess that elevates the vodka’s character and pays homage to its coastal origins. It’s a thoughtful nod to the island’s heritage and adds a layer of authenticity to the product.
Mermaid Salt Vodka is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed on its own, neat or on the rocks. It also makes a delicious addition to cocktails. Some popular Mermaid Salt Vodka cocktails include the Bloody Mary, the Salty Dog, and the Martini.
If you’re looking for a vodka that is truly unique and authentic, Mermaid Salt Vodka is a must-try. Its distinctive flavour profile, delicate salinity, and thoughtful production process make it a standout in the world of premium vodka.
The English Whisky Sherry Cask Matured Single malt 46% ABV
The English Whisky Sherry Cask Matured is an absolute gem and a standout in the world of fine single malts. Distilled in Norfolk at the aptly named English Distillery, this fine liquid is aged in a in sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry cask.
Its beautiful bronze colour, provides a sense the richness and complexity here. The nose is a sweet embrace of sherry making, a bold entrance indeed, followed by hints of dried fruits, vanilla, and a subtle whisper of oak.
On the palate the sherry influence is unmistakable, contributing a luscious sweetness that intertwines seamlessly with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, stewed fruits and a touch of spice. The mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious. There are lots of layers to savour, presenting an impeccable balance, nothing short of perfection if you like a sweet whisky.
The finish is a grand finale that leaves a lasting impression. Long and satisfying, with the sweetness gradually giving way to a gentle warmth. Sherry, oak, and a hint of spice linger, YUM!
The packaging itself is a testament to the attention to detail that The English Whisky Company puts into its products. The bottle, adorned with a classic label, exudes elegance, and the presentation box adds to the overall sense of occasion.
This would make a cracking pressie for either the seasoned connoisseur or a newcomer to the world of fine whisky.
Isle Of Harris Gin 45% ABV
Isle of Harris Gin is a premium gin produced on the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. One of the first things that captures your attention when encountering Isle of Harris Gin is its exquisite bottle design. The elegant bottle is adorned with a beautiful, intricate lines that gives a super premium feel. It’s a visual masterpiece that sets the stage for the gin inside.
As soon as you open the bottle, you’re greeted with a blend of botanical aromas that reflect the island’s natural surroundings. The key botanicals in this gin include locally sourced sugar kelp, a type of seaweed, as well as nine other traditional botanicals like juniper, coriander, and orange peel. The use of sugar kelp in particular is a nod to the gin’s coastal roots and imparts a distinct brininess to the aroma.
On the palate, Isle of Harris Gin is a harmonious fusion of flavours. The gin is smooth and well-balanced, with juniper leading the way and the sugar kelp providing a subtle, oceanic character. The coastal influence is not overpowering, but it adds a layer of complexity that distinguishes this gin from others.
What’s remarkable about this gin is its versatility. It is equally enjoyable neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails. Its smoothness and unique flavour make it a great base for classic gin cocktails like martinis and G&Ts, but it can also shine in more experimental concoctions where the briny notes of sugar kelp can play a prominent role.
The production process of Isle of Harris Gin is notable for its emphasis on craftsmanship and locality. The distillery, located in Tarbert, Harris, is committed to using sustainable practices and supporting the local community. The use of hand-harvested sugar kelp from the nearby waters emphasizes the gin’s connection to its coastal environment.
House Of Malt £43
Oxford Rye Whisky – The Dissertation 47.3%
The Dissertation is a limited-edition rye whisky produced by The Oxford Artisan Distillery in the heart of England. It is a unique and notable spirit that reflects the rich history and culture associated with the city of Oxford, as well as the distillery’s commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability.
This exceptional whisky was meticulously crafted through the use of two distinct casks, each featuring unique mash bills. One of these casks, formerly used for Ramandolo wine, lends a sweet Italian wine influence to the whisky, while the other is a traditional American Oak Cask. The Ramandolo cask was filled with a 100% rye mash bill, contributing to the development of its sweet and delicate floral notes. In contrast, our traditional mash bill, composed of approximately 70% rye, 20% wheat, and 10% malted barley, was employed in the American Oak Cask. This combination resulted in a distinct flavour and colour profile, setting it apart from previous releases with a lighter and more fragrant character, showcasing the whisky’s notable rye content.
On the palate, The Dissertation is a delightful and complex experience. The bold and spicy character of the rye grain is balanced by a pleasant warmth and depth of flavour, including hints of tropical fruit with herbs and citrus. The finish is Lighter, fresher and spicier than other Oxford Rye whiskies we’ve tried in the past.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery’s commitment to sustainability and ethical practices further enhances the appeal of this whisky. They use organic and biodynamic farming methods to craft their spirits, and they take pride in their environmentally friendly approach.
Overall, The Dissertation is a standout spirit that delivers a delightful tasting experience. It is a testament to the craftsmanship and dedication of the distillers, as well as the rich history and culture of Oxford itself.
Highland Nectar Scotch Whisky Liqueur 35% ABV
Highland Nectar is a Scotch whisky liqueur that artfully combines the distinctiveness of Highland whisky with a harmonious blend of herbs, spices, and fruit. The result is a velvety liqueur with a rich and complex flavour profile that invites exploration.
On the nose, Highland Nectar greets the senses with a symphony of aromas, including cinnamon-infused golden syrup biscuits, zesty lemon, warm cloves, aromatic vanilla pods, sweet honey, nutmeg, and a hint of refreshing eucalyptus. The bouquet is both inviting and intriguing, hinting at the layers of flavour to come.
Upon sipping, the palate is treated to a delightful fusion of sweet, spicy, and citrusy notes. The initial sweetness of sugary boiled sweets is followed by a burst of zesty orange peel and fragrant garden herbs. A touch of ground allspice, crystallized ginger, and exotic star anise adds depth and complexity to the flavour profile. The symphony concludes with a drizzle of maple syrup and lingering hints of cinnamon, mulled chai cider, and the gentle embrace of clove.
Highland Nectar is a truly versatile liqueur that can be enjoyed on its own, neat or on the rocks. It also makes a delicious addition to cocktails. Some popular Highland Nectar cocktails include the following:
- Highland Nectar Old Fashioned: A classic cocktail with a Highland twist, made with Highland Nectar, Highland whisky, Angostura bitters, and sugar.
- Highland Nectar Sour: A refreshing and tart cocktail made with Highland Nectar, lemon juice, and egg white.
- Highland Nectar Hot Toddy: A comforting and warming cocktail made with Highland Nectar, hot water, lemon juice, honey, and a cinnamon stick.
Nose: Toffee, citrus, spice, and honey dance on the nose of this whisky, with hints of tarragon and spiced sponge-cake batter. The palate is rich and thick, with a burst of anise balanced by creamy vanilla toffee, cinder toffee, charred hints, bitter lemon rind, and sweet candied lemon. The finish is long and lingering, with baking spice and soft toffee notes.
Palate: Creamy vanilla toffee and spicy anise dance on the palate, with hints of charred wood, bitter lemon rind, and sweet candied lemon. The aniseed flavour lingers, slowly dissolving like a hard candy.
Whether you are a seasoned whisky enthusiast or simply enjoy a delicious and unique liqueur, Highland Nectar is sure to please. Its rich and complex flavour profile, versatility, and charm make it a must-have for any liquor cabinet.
Mr Black Coffee Liqueur 23% ABV
Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur was founded in 2013 by Philip Moore, a renowned Australian distiller, and designer Tom Baker. Moore’s background in horticulture and spirit making gives him a deep understanding of the ingredients and processes involved in creating a delicious liqueur.
Mr. Black is made just north of Sydney using coffee beans sourced from the world’s best growing regions. The cold press coffee expression uses beans from Brazil, Papua New Guinea, and Ethiopia, and each bottle is produced by hand.
The aroma of freshly ground coffee greets you as you open the bottle, with a hint of vanilla tempering the bitterness. On the palate, espresso takes the lead, joined by deep cocoa and a welcome acidity. The 1100mg of caffeine per litre is evident in the lingering coffee finish, which mellows out gradually like a good cup of coffee.
The perfect pour for Mr. Black is an espresso martini, which showcases the liqueur’s true power. Simply combine two parts liqueur to one part espresso for a sophisticated and addictive cocktail.
Cotsworlds Cloudy Christmas Gin 42% ABV
Introducing a festive rendition of its beloved cloudy gin, the Cotswolds Cloudy Christmas Gin offers a delightful twist on the traditional spirit, infused with the warm and seasonal flavours of cardamom, clementine, and pine.
Distilled in a time-honoured copper pot still, this gin is meticulously crafted with nine carefully selected botanicals, resulting in a juniper-forward classic that exudes a touch of holiday enchantment. As you savour each sip, anticipate refreshing bursts of clementine, a subtle undercurrent of warming spice, and the enchanting appearance of a cloudy shimmer when ice or tonic is introduced.
With tasting notes that showcase bold citrus, the clean essence of pine juniper spice, the zing of fresh grapefruit, and a lingering finish that combines juniper, cardamom, and the delicate fragrance of Cotswold lavender, this gin offers an enticing journey for the senses.
What sets this festive gin apart is its misty allure, offering a tasteful nod to the holiday season without delving into the realm of sparkles and shimmer. Though we certainly have no qualms about the glitz and glamour of other gin varieties, this one strikes a perfect balance.
For the optimal experience, serve yourself a generous 50ml portion over a glass filled with ice, top it off with Indian tonic, and garnish it festively with a slice of orange and a star anise. As the tonic is added, watch in delight as the captivating cloudiness emerges, adding an extra touch of wonder to your holiday festivities.
Master Of Malt £35
Waterford Irish Single Malt Biodynamic Luna 1.1 50% ABV
Waterford Luna 1.1 Biodynamic is a unique Irish whiskey made from 100% biodynamically grown barley – the first in the world. It is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Nose: An explosion of spice, reminiscent of rye whiskey, with cinnamon, cardamom, and freshly baked rye bread. Orchard fruits such as apples, peaches, and apricots add sweetness and balance.
Palate: A lively and flavourful palate, with black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger leading the way. Creamy notes of cream cheese, pastry, vanilla, and sugared almonds mingle with orchard fruits in a delightful dance.
Finish: The amazing aromas linger on the finish, joined by creamy custard. The finish is very long and satisfying.
Overall, Waterford Luna 1.1 Biodynamic is a well-made and complex whiskey. It is full of flavour and character, and it is sure to appeal to fans of Irish whiskey and biodynamic spirits.
This is another absolute cracker from Waterford, I’m a huge fan of their work!
Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky 40% ABV
Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky is a noteworthy addition to the world of Welsh whisky. Produced by the Aber Falls Distillery in Abergwyngregyn, North Wales, this single malt expression has garnered attention for its commitment to craftsmanship and its reflection of the Welsh terroir.
Upon pouring a glass of Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky, you’ll be greeted by a rich amber hue that speaks to its aging process. The aroma is both inviting and complex, with a symphony of sweet and fruity notes, as well as a subtle influence of oak. It’s a well-balanced bouquet that promises an intriguing taste experience.
On the palate, Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky offers a delightful journey of flavours. This single malt showcases a harmonious blend of sweet, fruity, and spicy elements. You’ll likely detect notes of honey, dried fruits, and a gentle nuttiness. The oak influence becomes more pronounced on the mid-palate, offering a subtle vanilla and caramel character. This complexity and depth of flavour reveal the careful selection of the casks and the maturation process.
The finish is a rewarding conclusion to the tasting experience. Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky leaves a warm and lingering impression with a mild spiciness and hints of toffee and toasted oak. The balance and length of the finish are indicative of the quality of this Welsh single malt.
One of the remarkable features of Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky is its emphasis on using Welsh barley. This contributes to the whisky’s unique terroir, which is further enhanced by the distillery’s commitment to supporting local agriculture and sustainable practices.
The Aber Falls Distillery’s location in North Wales, near the coast and the Aber Falls waterfall, underscores the brand’s connection to the Welsh landscape. This natural backdrop undoubtedly influences the spirit’s character, making it a distinctive representation of its environment.
To sum up, Aber Falls Single Malt Whisky is a well-crafted and enjoyable spirit that reflects the unique terroir of Wales. Its commitment to craftsmanship, sustainability, and local ingredients make it a worthy addition to any whisky collection.
Master of Malt £25
Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Foursquare Rum Finish 57.7%
Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Foursquare Rum Finish is a captivating whisky that marries the finesse of Speyside malt with the exotic influence of Caribbean rum casks. This intriguing creation offers a delightful journey for the palate and an experience that exemplifies the art of blending and finishing.
Upon pouring a glass, you’ll be greeted by a rich, golden hue that speaks to the whisky’s 12-year maturation period. On the nose, Mossburn’s Speyside Blended Malt offers a harmonious blend of aromas, including sweet toffee, vanilla, dried fruits, and a hint of tropical allure from the rum cask influence. The initial scents are both inviting and mysterious, setting the stage for what’s to come.
On the palate, this whisky truly shines. It presents a refined and sophisticated array of flavours. The Speyside malt foundation delivers a gentle, honeyed sweetness that’s perfectly complemented by the rum’s tropical fruit notes. You’ll likely encounter flavours of caramel, ripe bananas, and a subtle spiciness. The fusion of Speyside and Caribbean influences creates a beautifully balanced and textured whisky that invites you to savour each sip.
The finish is a delightful crescendo. It leaves a warm, lingering impression with the sweetness of toffee and a subtle, lingering oak spice. The medium-length finish ensures that the flavours don’t overstay their welcome, leaving a memorable and enjoyable aftertaste.
Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Foursquare Rum Finish is a testament to the art of blending and cask finishing. The Speyside malt forms a solid foundation, while the Foursquare rum cask influence adds layers of complexity and a touch of the exotic. This whisky beautifully bridges the worlds of Scotch and Caribbean spirits.
Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur seeking a unique and engaging dram or simply looking to explore the delightful nuances of cask finishing, Mossburn’s offering is worth experiencing. Its balance, maturity, and the intriguing dance of Speyside and rum cask flavours make it a whisky to savour and share with fellow enthusiasts.
Rock Rose Scottish Gin 41.5% ABV
Rock Rose Scottish Gin is a captivating and distinctly Scottish spirit that has garnered attention for its unique botanical blend and its connection to the wild and rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
Upon first glance, the bottle itself is a work of art. The stunning, ceramic bottle features an intricate design inspired by the rugged and untamed nature of the Highlands. It’s a visual delight that sets the stage for what’s inside.
One of the defining features of Rock Rose Gin is its use of local botanicals, which are hand-foraged from the surrounding region. This infusion of regional flavours is a reflection of the distillery’s commitment to capturing the essence of the Scottish Highlands. It’s a true celebration of terroir.
The aroma of Rock Rose Gin is a fascinating blend of citrus and floral notes. Juniper, a quintessential gin botanical, is certainly present, but it’s complemented by the zesty freshness of orange and the delicate fragrance of rhodiola rosea, one of the local botanicals used. The result is an inviting and complex bouquet that hints at the layered flavours within.
On the palate, Rock Rose Gin delivers a harmonious blend of flavours. Juniper takes the lead, as it should in a gin, but it’s balanced by the citrusy brightness of bitter orange and the earthy, slightly peppery character of the rhodiola rosea. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the finish is clean and crisp, with a touch of warmth from the spice,
One of the notable aspects of this gin is the sense of place it imparts. It truly feels like a journey through the Scottish Highlands, with every sip bringing you closer to the untamed beauty of the region. The infusion of local botanicals and the thoughtful crafting process create a gin that is not just a beverage but an experience.
Rock Rose Scottish Gin is a celebration of the rich and diverse natural resources of the Scottish Highlands. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a classic G&T, this gin is a versatile and captivating addition to the world of craft spirits. It’s a must-try for gin enthusiasts and anyone looking to explore the flavours of Scotland’s wilderness in a glass.
Dark Drop Rum
Dark Drop Rum is a unique and innovative rum produced by DropWorks, a distillery based in Nottinghamshire. It is a double pot-distilled rum made from a blend of two molasses-based distillations, which are then aged in American oak chips (not sugar!) for seven days. This process gives Dark Drop Rum its rich, dark colour and bold flavour profile.
On the nose, Dark Drop Rum is an explosion of aromas, with notes of blackcurrant, liquorice, and star anise. The palate is equally impressive, with a complex and layered flavour profile that includes notes of caramel, molasses, and spice. The finish is long and warming, with lingering hints of oak and vanilla.
Dark Drop Rum is a versatile spirit that can be enjoyed on its own, neat or on the rocks. It also makes a delicious addition to cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, Negroni, and Daiquiri.
Here are some of the things that make Dark Drop Rum stand out:
- Its unique production process: Dark Drop Rum is double pot-distilled and aged in American oak chips, which gives it its unique flavour profile.
- Its use of molasses: Dark Drop Rum is made from a blend of two molasses-based distillations, which gives it its rich, dark colour and sweetness.
- Its bold flavour profile: Dark Drop Rum has a complex and layered flavour profile that includes notes of blackcurrant, liquorice, star anise, caramel, molasses, spice, oak, and vanilla.
- Its versatility: Dark Drop Rum can be enjoyed on its own, neat or on the rocks, or used in cocktails.
Overall, Dark Drop Rum is a well-made and delicious rum that is sure to appeal to fans of dark rum. It is a unique and innovative spirit that is sure to add something special to your next cocktail or drink.
Here is a recommended cocktail recipe using Dark Drop Rum:
Dark Drop Old Fashioned
- 2 ounces Dark Drop Rum
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Nikka Whisky from the Barrel 51% ABV
Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is a Japanese whisky that has garnered a well-deserved reputation as a bold and captivating spirit. Produced by Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., this expression is celebrated for its exceptional depth and complexity, setting it apart in the world of fine whisky.
The packaging of Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is compact and a nod to the whisky’s concentrated and intense flavour.
Upon pouring a glass of Nikka Whisky From the Barrel, you’ll immediately notice its deep amber hue. The aroma that greets you is a rich tapestry of scents, offering a blend of dried fruits, spices, and oak. It’s an intricate bouquet that hints at the complexity of the whisky.
The palate is where this Japanese whisky truly shines. It delivers an explosion of flavours, with a pronounced spiciness that dances on the taste buds. You’ll likely encounter notes of dried fruit, toffee, and a subtle smokiness. The mouthfeel is robust and full-bodied, making each sip an engaging and memorable experience.
High ABV and Cocktail Versatility – One of the distinctive features of this whisky is its high alcohol by volume (ABV), which adds to its bold character. While it can be enjoyed neat, it also excels in cocktails, adding depth and complexity to classic recipes like the Old Fashioned or the Manhattan.
The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a warm and slightly smoky impression that lingers on the palate.
Nikka Whisky From the Barrel is a powerful and sophisticated Japanese whisky that has rightfully earned its place among the world’s best. Whether enjoyed neat or in cocktails, its bold and multifaceted character invites exploration and celebration. It’s a testament to the craftsmanship of Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. and a memorable addition to any whisky collection.
Haymans Old Tom Gin 41.4% ABV
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin is a delightful and classic gin that captures the essence of an earlier era in the history of this beloved spirit. This gin is a timeless gem that has been resurrected by the Hayman family, and it beautifully embodies the Old Tom style.
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin is a faithful recreation of the traditional Old Tom style, which was popular in the 18th century and is known for its slightly sweeter profile than London Dry gin. This gin is made with natural cane sugar, which gives it a subtle sweetness that harmonizes with the botanicals and other flavours, resulting in a balanced and approachable taste.
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin is a perfect choice for vintage cocktail recipes, as its classic style enhances the overall flavour profile of these drinks. Its slightly sweeter nature can also help to balance out other ingredients, such as sour citrus juices, making it a versatile gin that can be used to create a wide range of cocktails.
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin is a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts and those interested in the history of gin. Its authenticity, traditional production methods, and balanced sweetness make it a unique and enjoyable drinking experience, whether enjoyed in a classic cocktail or simply sipped neat.
Merser Signature Rum 40.2% ABV
Merser Signature Rum is a premium rum that pays homage to the rich history and tradition of London’s rum blending. Crafted by the Merser & Co. team, this rum showcases a meticulous blending process and a commitment to quality.
From the elegant bottle design to the complex and nuanced flavour profile, Merser Signature Rum is a testament to London’s rum blending heritage. The use of traditional blending techniques, such as the solera aging process, imparts a depth and complexity to the rum that is truly exceptional.
On the palate, Merser Signature Rum delivers a harmonious symphony of flavours. A well-balanced sweetness is complemented by notes of toffee, dried fruits, tropical fruits, and a touch of spice. The oak influence adds a touch of sophistication and refinement, while the overall flavour profile is both layered and complex.
The finish is long and lingering, leaving a warm and satisfying impression. The toffee and oak notes linger on the palate, a testament to the quality of the rums used in the blending process.
An affordable must-try for any rum connoisseur.
Mapmakers Coastal Spiced Rum 40% ABV
Crafted by the Mapmakers Spirits Company, this expression offers an adventure of flavours that draw inspiration from the open sea and the spirit of exploration.
The first thing that captures your attention is the intriguing name and packaging. The branding reflects the spirit of exploration, with nautical maps and compass motifs that evoke a sense of adventure. The bottle itself is a visual delight, reminiscent of an antique flask one might discover on a seafaring voyage.
Upon pouring a glass of Mapmakers Coastal Spiced Rum, you’ll notice its rich amber hue. The aroma that wafts from the glass is equally captivating, with a combination of sweet and spicy notes. It’s an alluring bouquet that hints at the complexity of flavours to come.
On the palate, Mapmakers Coastal Spiced Rum offers up sweet and exotic spices. Notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and a touch of caramel are enhanced by the infusion of traditional spices like clove and nutmeg, along with a hint of citrus.
The rum is flavoured with real spices and botanicals, resulting in a depth and richness of flavour that is often lacking in spiced spirits that rely on artificial additives.
The finish is satisfying and lingers on the palate, with a warming sensation and a gentle sweetness that adds to the overall enjoyment. Mapmakers Coastal Spiced Rum is a well-rounded and balanced spirit that is suitable for sipping neat, on the rocks, or as a flavourful addition to cocktails.
Overall, Mapmakers Coastal Spiced Rum is a standout in the world of spirits. It is a captivating and unique expression that offers an adventure of flavours that are sure to delight any palate.
Master Of Malt £35
Kryo Malt Oloroso Whisky 47.2% ABV
Kryo Malt Oloroso Whisky is a remarkable spirit that bridges the worlds of malt whisky and sherry cask aging. Crafted by Kryo Distillery situated in an old dairy in Isokyrö, Finland, this expression is characterized by its complexity and richness, thanks to the influence of Oloroso sherry casks.
Upon pouring a glass, you’ll be greeted by a rich and inviting amber hue that speaks to the whisky’s time spent maturing in sherry casks. The depth of colour hints at the robust flavours that await.
The nose is a fascinating blend of sweet, nutty, and spicy notes. The Oloroso sherry cask influence is evident in the aromas of dried fruits, such as raisins and figs, along with a hint of toasted nuts. These aromas are harmoniously intertwined with traditional malt whisky characteristics, such as malted barley and subtle hints of oak.
On the palate, Kryo Malt Oloroso Whisky is a symphony of flavours. The sherry influence is prominent, offering a rich and velvety experience. You’ll encounter a delightful sweetness, reminiscent of dark chocolate and candied fruits, along with warm spices like cinnamon and cloves. The malt whisky base adds depth and complexity, making this a well-balanced and satisfying dram.
The finish is long and memorable. It leaves a lingering warmth with notes of dried fruits, a gentle nuttiness, and a hint of oak. The combination of these elements showcases the quality of both the malt whisky and the Oloroso sherry cask maturation.
What’s remarkable about Kryo Malt Oloroso Whisky is its successful fusion of tradition and innovation. The use of sherry casks for aging is a classic technique, but the way it’s employed here elevates the whisky to a new level. The rich and complex flavour profile is a testament to the distillery’s expertise in cask selection and blending.
It’s a marriage of tradition and innovation that results in a spirit that is both classic and contemporary. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or as part of a classic cocktail, this whisky is a delightful and versatile addition to the world of Scotch. It’s a must-try for whisky connoisseurs and anyone looking to experience the richness of Oloroso sherry in their glass.
House Of Malt £55
The best way to see Christmas Day in is with a BucksFizz… and don’t scrimp on the champers! Champagne Castelnau is a true embodiment of elegance and tradition. With a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1916, Castelnau has consistently upheld its commitment to producing exceptional champagnes. The distinct character of their offerings lies in the meticulous blend of handpicked grapes, showcasing the unique terroir of the region.
The signature Brut Reserve boasts a harmonious balance of crisp apple and citrus notes, intertwined with subtle hints of brioche and toasted almonds. Its fine bubbles create a mesmerizing effervescence, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
Overall, Champagne Castelnau is an embodiment of time-honoured expertise, delivering a range of champagnes that cater to the most discerning palates. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging, Castelnau’s offerings are bound to leave a lasting impression of sophistication and finesse.
Jura 14 American Rye Cask 40% ABV
The Jura 14 American Rye Cask displays a delicate light gold hue tinged with a subtle hint of green. Its body is thin and oily, forming a slow, extended bead.
Nose: This whisky presents a sweet and spicy bouquet, featuring honey, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and pepper. Subtle citrus notes and a touch of floral aromas add complexity.
Palate: With a medium-bodied and oily texture, the palate is smooth and creamy. Echoing the aromatic profile, it carries flavors of honey, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and pepper. A subtle infusion of oak and baking spices further enhances the tasting experience.
Finish: The medium-long finish imparts a warm sensation, leaving behind lingering notes of cinnamon, clove, and pepper.
The Jura 14 American Rye Cask stands out as a well-balanced and approachable whisky. Its harmonious blend of sweetness and spice makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a whisky with moderate peat and smoke levels.
If you’re still not convinced, check out these reviews I picked out:
- “A well-made whisky with a nice balance of sweetness and spice.” – Whisky Advocate
- “A great everyday whisky that is perfect for sipping or mixing.” – The Whisky Exchange
- “A must-try for fans of American rye whiskey.” – Master of Malt
Havana Club 7 Year Old 40% ABV
Havana Club 7 Year Old is a premium Cuban rum that exemplifies the island’s rich tradition of rum production. With seven years of aging in oak barrels, this spirit offers a complex and refined taste profile that is sure to delight rum enthusiasts. This is my go-to rum cocktail base… never lets me down!
On the nose, Havana Club 7 Year Old presents a harmonious blend of sweet vanilla, caramel, and a hint of oak. The aroma is inviting and hints at the depth of flavours to come.
Upon the first sip, the rum’s smoothness immediately stands out. It caresses the palate with a velvety texture, allowing the flavours to unfold gracefully. Rich notes of toffee and brown sugar dominate, providing a delightful sweetness that is balanced by subtle hints of tobacco and leather. The oak aging imparts a gentle spiciness that adds complexity without overwhelming the palate.
The finish is long and warming, leaving a pleasant, lingering sweetness with a touch of oakiness. Havana Club 7 Year Old is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks to fully appreciate its nuanced character.
In summary, Havana Club 7 Year Old is a masterfully crafted rum that showcases the artistry of Cuban rum-making. Its rich, balanced flavours and silky texture make it a top choice for those seeking a sophisticated and rewarding rum experience.
El Galipote Spiced Rum 35% ABV
El Galipote Spiced Rum, hailing from the Canary Islands, is a radiant golden rum infused with a captivating blend of spices, including cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. For the price, this is a no-brainer!
Appearance: Presenting a luscious golden hue with a subtly oily texture, El Galipote Spiced Rum boasts an inviting visual appeal.
Nose: The nose exudes warmth and allure, featuring enticing aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and a subtle hint of caramel.
Palate: On the palate, this rum unveils a smooth, medium-bodied character. Delightful flavours of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and a nuanced touch of oak grace the taste buds. A gentle sweetness is harmoniously counterbalanced by the interplay of spices and oak.
Finish: The finish is a lingering and warm affair, leaving behind delightful notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg that resonate on the palate.
El Galipote Spiced Rum stands out as a well-balanced and flavourful spirit, ideal for sipping neat or as a versatile component in cocktails. It caters to the preferences of those who appreciate the nuanced charm of spiced rums.
Check out this cocktail: El Rum Sour
- 2 ounces El Galipote Spiced Rum
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 egg white
- Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cherry and an orange twist.
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