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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.
  • Calvados is apple brandy distilled from cider produced in Normandy and makes an interesting alternative to Cognac or Armagnac at the end of a meal. Alternatively, why not try "le trou Normand", or "the Norman hole". This is a small glass of calvados taken between the courses of a long meal - considered to revive the apetite, it's guaranteed to enliven any dinner party!
  • Made from pomace, the discarded grape seeds, stalks and stems that are a by-product of the winemaking process, Grappa has been around since the Middle Ages. Traditionally, Grappa is served (either at room temperature or chilled) in small glasses and served after the meal, as the Italians believe that it aids digestion.
  • 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

  • Limoncello Liquore Superiore,Distillerie Camel, Bepi Tosolini, 28% alc, 70cl

    Limoncello Liquore Superiore,Distillerie Camel, Bepi Tosolini, 28% alc, 70cl

    MS01

    This all-natural Limoncello by Bepi Tosolini is made from lemons harvested from the Amalfi coast, considered to be the best area for the lemons.

     

    The colour in this Limoncello is a lovely yellow and has a very natural lemon flavour. It is nothing like some of the more, ahem, luminous Limoncellos you see around. Drink ice cold after a meal.

     

    £24.60

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

    Château de Montifaud VS, 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

  • Grappa Selezione Moscato, “Vitigno Raro”, Bepi Tosolini, Mastro Distillatore, Udine, 40%, 50cl

    Grappa Selezione Moscato, “Vitigno Raro”, Bepi Tosolini, Mastro Distillatore, Udine, 40%, 50cl

    MS13

    Established in 1943 and still family owned, Bepi Tosolini represents the highest expression of quality in the grappa sector. Located at the foot of the eastern Friulian hills, Tosolini’s modern facility maintains its original installations and ensures the authenticity of its product.

     

    Distillate of pomace from Moscato grapes. Clear and transparent,  with an intense rose aroma and hints of acacia honey. Very soft and gentle on the palate.

     

    Bruno Tosolini personally visits Asti to supervise the selection and ensure quality for this wonderfully fresh grappa.

    £32.70

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

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

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    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

  • Calvados “Henri de Querville”, Distillerie de Houley, 40% alc, 70cl

    Calvados “Henri de Querville”, Distillerie de Houley, 40% alc, 70cl

    BR03

    The Deschamps family distillery is situated in the heart of the Pays d’Auge region on a 150 hectare estate of which two thirds are planted with small, bitter sweet apples which are perfect for making Calvados. They have six stills, both pot and column to produce fresh, vibrant, and above all, fruity Calvados.

     

    A rich, perfumed Calvados. It is aged for a minimum of 2 years in oak before release.

     

    Fresh, crisp apple notes with gentle sweetness in the long finish.

     

    £33.60

  • Hepple Gin, The Moorland Spirit Company, 45% vol, 70cl

    Hepple Gin, The Moorland Spirit Company, 45% vol, 70cl

    GN09

    A gin from a new distillery on the edge of the beautiful Northumberland National Park.

     

    A complex mix of 13 botanicals – Juniper, Green Juniper, Douglas Fir, Bog Myrtle, Lovage, Blackcurrant Leaf, Blackcurrants, Amalfi Lemon, Coriander Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Liquorice, Angelica and Orris Root.

     

    Three different processing stages are used to maximise the juniper content of Hepple gin:

     

    A traditional copper still specifically designed for precise distillations. A glass still that utilizes low temperature vacuum distillation to capture zesty notes from local botanicals, including young green juniper berries, that would be compromised by high heat. The third process uses ultra high pressure extraction to release the intricacies of ripe juniper berries, delivering additional layers of texture and finish.

     

    On the nose the gin is fresh and zesty with apple, citrus and spicy juniper and in the background a wonderful resin note from the Douglas Fir. The palate starts with fresh citrus and melon with spicy, fragrant juniper – both juicy and refreshing. The finish is very long with juniper, cedar, sweet blackcurrant and liquorice.

     

    Gin in High Fidelity”

     

    £37.80

  • “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