Mentzendorff Kümmel was born out of the creativity of a Dutch aristocrat, the Baron Von Blanckenhagen, and the talents of a young entrepreneur called Ludwig Mentzendorff.
Originally distilled in the remote village of Allash near the Latvian Port of Riga, this luscious caraway based digestif quietly grew to such popularity that Ludwig decided to export it to the United Kingdom under his name in 1850.
This unique schnapps-like liqueur is now distilled in Saumur, France, true to its original recipe.
Kümmel is often described as “grownups’ gripe water”, that ancient remedy for children’s colic and general indigestion. Serve ice cold.
Strangely the drink is often associated with golfers and golf clubs where it is known as “putting mixture” – players have a glass to relax them before going out to play. It will certainly relax you, but as to improving the putting?…..!
Maison Briottet is a family business founded in 1836.
Their crème de cassis is made from the Noir de Bourgogne variety of blackcurrant. The berries are harvested exclusively in the Côte d’Or department in Burgundy.
The blackcurrants are lightly crushed and then steeped in water and neutral alcohol for about 10 weeks, after which white sugar is added to adjust the sweetness. This long maceration period maximises the extraction of flavours and colour from the blackcurrants and the high alcohol level (20% vol) adds extra complexity and makes the cassis very stable.
Rich aromas with full blackcurrant overtones. A good and rich texture that piles up the blackcurrant flavours.
Cassis has a multitude of uses but is most renowned as the essential ingredient of the white wine and cassis mix known as Kir – named after Canon Félix Kir who was a priest, a hero of the French Resistance and mayor of Dijon from 1945 until his death in 1968, and who served the drink at all the civic events in Dijon.
Heering Cherry Liqueur contains only natural ingredients – no artificial colouring or flavouring.
Made to an original 1818 recipe, Cherry Heering as it is often called, is made by crushing cherries (including the stones) and infusing a neutral spirit. Herbs and spices are added before oak cask maturation for at least 3 years.
An essential ingredient of a “Singapore Sling” and vital for a “Percy Special”.
The Percy Special is peculiar to Northumberland and the Borders and is supposed to have been the invention of the 10th Duke of Northumberland. It is whisky and cherry brandy mixed 50:50 with the Duke apparently (and very sensibly) insisting on Cherry Heering!
“Cardenal Mendoza” is one of the few great brandies produced in a time-honoured system, exactly as it was more than 100 years ago. The brandy is named in honour of an eminent figure from Spanish history, Cardenal Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza (1428-1495), who played an important role in promoting the discovery of the Americas.
This unique Spanish brandy is aged, like a sherry, in a solera made from casks that previously held fine Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherries, imparting an incredible richness and complexity to the spirit.
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