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SPIRITS

  • Armagnac is a French brandy produced in the heart of Gascogny, to the south east of Bordeaux. Within the region there are three defined areas: Bas-Armagnac - produces the highest quality, most refined and complex Armagnacs. Ténarèze - yields most of the production and is known for its perfumed style of Armagnac. Haut-Armagnac is the least important of the three both in terms of quality and quantity. Armagnac is generally distilled once (as opposed to twice in Cognac) and this can promote a more intense fruit character and an "earthy", rustic flavour. Armagnac is mainly aged in local oak barrels which give more complexity and less sweetness to the finished spirit than their Cognac counterparts.
  • Cognac is a grape brandy from the eponymous French region situated just north of Bordeaux. The permitted grape varieties include Ugni Blanc (predominantly), Folle Blanche and Colombard. The rules governing its production state that Cognac must be distilled twice in traditionally shaped Charentais copper pot stills and aged for at least 2 years in French oak barrels. The indication of age on the label reflects that of the youngest spirit used in the blend. Some of the more commonly seen age terms are: VS (at least two years in cask), VSOP - Very Superior Old Pale (at least 4 years) XO or Napoléon or Hors d'Age (at least six years). In reality, most Cognac is aged for considerably longer than these legal minimums.
  • Gin has enjoyed an astonishing revival over the past few years with distilleries popping up all over the place. Whilst all will have juniper at the heart of their flavouring, the variety of additional botanical element leads to a tremendous range of styles.

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  • “The King’s Ginger” Liqueur, 41% vol, 50cl

    “The King’s Ginger” Liqueur, 41% vol, 50cl

    MS08

    The King’s Ginger – a liqueur specifically formulated by Berry Bros. in 1903 for King Edward VII.

     

    Rich and zesty, the liqueur was created to stimulate and revivify His Majesty during morning rides in his new horseless carriage – a Daimler.

     

    It has been appreciated by bon viveurs, sporting gentlemen and high-spirited ladies ever since.

    £24.36

  • Château de Montifaud VS, Fine Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

    Château de Montifaud VS, Fine Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

    CG02

    Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations.

     

    More than 90 hectares of vineyard are located in the two finest regions – “Grande Champagne” and “Petite Champagne”.

     

    The base wines (Ugni Blanc) are stored on their lees for 2-3 months until distillation. This gives the resulting Cognac more aroma, mellowness and length. The wine is then double distilled in centuries old copper stills and aged naturally in oak.

     

    From the Petite Champagne, the VS is a light and floral Cognac with an appealling soft character.

     

     

    £29.52

  • V.S.O.P. “Audace”, Janneau, Condom, 40% vol, 70cl

    V.S.O.P. “Audace”, Janneau, Condom, 40% vol, 70cl

    AR01

    Typical of the Janneau house style, their VSOP is a blend of carefully selected eaux-de-vie, some matured for up to 20 years in new oak casks in Janneau’s ancient cellars in Condom.

     

    It is a blend of spirits distilled from white wines from the Baco, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche grape varieties, produced in the two main areas of the Appellation Controlée: Bas Armagnac and Tenaréze.

     

    It is also a combination of two different types of distillation: a double distillation in pot stills, specific to Janneau and a single distillation in a continuous still. The distillation is carried out in winter and by law must be completed by 31st March following the harvest.

     

    The freshly distilled, transparent spirit is aged in 450 litre casks made from oak from the nearby forests of Limousin and Monlezun. Over years of ageing (the V.S.O.P. is aged for at least 7 years) the spirit acquires its woody aromas, typical amber colour and subtle tannin flavours.

     

    Bright and amber in colour with a nose that has aromas of honey, figs, and toasted nuts. The palate is lively with a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full bodied style;  white chocolate and caramel notes lead on to the finish that is long with honey, raisin and spice flavours.

     

    Bottled in the distinctive, fluted basquaise bottle.

     

    £31.14

  • The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Distillery, Cumbria, 46% vol, 70cl

    The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Distillery, Cumbria, 46% vol, 70cl

    GN04

    The Lakes Gin is a classic artisan gin with delicate floral notes and vibrant citrus. The latest edition is bottled at 46% volume.

     

    Fresh and fruity with vibrant notes of juniper, cracked black pepper, orange peel and lemon citrus.

     

    Easy drinking, smooth and refreshing!

    £33.00

  • Château de Montifaud V.S.O.P., Fine Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

    Château de Montifaud V.S.O.P., Fine Petite Champagne Cognac, Jarnac, 40% vol, 70cl

    CG04

    Château de Montifaud has been in the Vallet family for 6 generations.

     

    More than 90 hectares of vineyard are located in the two finest regions - “Grande Champagne” and Petite Champagne”.

     

    The base wines (Ugni Blanc) are stored on their lees for 2-3 months until distillation. This gives the resulting Cognac more aroma, mellowness and length. The wine is then double distilled in centuries old copper stills and aged naturally in oak.

     

    The VSOP is kept in new oak casks for one year before being transferred into old oak (4-15 years old) for the remaining ageing time – a total of 8-10 years.

     

    From the Petite Champagne, the V.S.O.P. is a full and fruity style of Cognac with apricot and pear aromas and flavours. The finish is complex, long and soft.

    £33.42

  • “Aviation” Gin, House Spirits Distillery, Portland, Oregon, USA, 42% vol, 70cl

    “Aviation” Gin, House Spirits Distillery, Portland, Oregon, USA, 42% vol, 70cl

    GN03

    Born in the fresh and pristine environs of Portland, Oregon, Aviation New Western Dry Gin, represents a unique partnership between pioneer House Spirits Distilling and internationally acclaimed bartender Ryan Magarian.

     

    What is the best way to enjoy Aviation Gin? As with most dry gins,  Aviation shines brightest when properly mixed in classic and modern culinary cocktails. Aviation, in particular, works best in citrus accented drinks that play off its unique notes of lavender, cardamom, Indian Sarsaparilla, and anise seed.

     

    Unlike most dry gins, however, Aviation sets itself apart with its slightly subdued juniper and citrus presence against the back drop of creamy rye spirit, which makes it, uniquely, enjoyable all by itself, both ice cold and at room temperature.

     

    With its full and weighty mouth feel, regionally inspired flavours of earth and spice, and a uniquely cool finish, Aviation is a rare expression of dry gin.

    £36.42

  • “Fifty Pounds” Rare London Dry Gin, 43.5% vol, 70cl

    “Fifty Pounds” Rare London Dry Gin, 43.5% vol, 70cl

    GN05

    Fifty Pounds Gin is produced in a small distillery located in the south-east of London, with a tradition of more than two centuries behind it. The method is carried out in a still manufactured by the legendary John Dore & Co Limited, in which a perfectly balanced, secret combination of herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, together with grain spirit (a neutral alcohol, previously distilled four times to achieve a greater purity) is distilled.

     

    The resulting distillate is left to settle for no less than three weeks, allowing the botanical essential oils of juniper berries, coriander seed, grains of paradise, savory, orange and lemon peel, liquorice and angelica root to blend perfectly with the grain spirit. Whether neat, with tonic, or in a dry martini, Fifty Pounds gin offers a unique and complex personality.

    £38.40

  • “Mamont” Vodka, Siberia, 40% vol, 70cl

    “Mamont” Vodka, Siberia, 40% vol, 70cl

    VK03

    Inspired by the discovery of the frozen, preserved Yukagir mammoth in northern Yakutir, Arctic Siberia in 2002, Mamont is a super premium Siberian vodka.

     

    The Itkul Distillery is Siberia’s oldest distillery, founded in 1868. Today it is the only distillery in the whole of Russia to produce alcohol from pure malt.

     

    Local natural ingredients and control at each production stage are the key values of the exceptional quality of Mamont Vodka.

     

    Key Features

    • Inspired by the Yukagir Mammoth
    • Unique tusk shaped bottles
    • White winter wheat
    • Altai Mountain spring water
    • Silver Birch charcoal filtered
    • Distilled 6 times for a smooth flavour
    • A hint of sweetness with a dry finish
    • One of the finest Siberian Vodkas

     

    “Mamont Vodka expresses the wild spirit of Siberia through its purity and wild nature. This authentic and crafted vodka is produced out of locally grown white winter wheat in the Oldest distillery in Russia. Uniquely shaped, Mamont Vodka gives homage to the famous Siberian Mammoth. Discover your adventurous spirit by exploring the Spirit of Siberia.”

    £39.12

  • Mossburn “Speyside” Blended Malt, Mossburn Distillers, Jedburgh, 46% vol, 70cl

    Mossburn “Speyside” Blended Malt, Mossburn Distillers, Jedburgh, 46% vol, 70cl

    WH02

    The Mossburn “Signature Casks” range of whiskies aim to showcase the typical characters of Scotland’s regional malts. They have been created to illustrate the classic expressions of their provenance, with further influence from Mossburn’s “signature” casks which were designed specifically to enhance the characteristics in each of these exemplary malts.

     

    Mossburn’s Master Blender has chosen a number of mature whiskies from several Speyside distilleries that illustrate the typical Speyside Malt flavours of honey, spice and delicate floral nuttiness. Initially aged in American oak before being blended and aged a second time in the specially coopered, custom-made Mossburn Casks. These casks were built to a precise specification, or Cask Bill, with each of the malts having its very own: Cask Bill #2 for the Speyside  features first-fill Oloroso Sherry butts fitted with heavily charred American oak barrel ends.

     

    These Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies have been bottled without any colouring or chill filtration.

    £39.12