Newsletter – Friday 13th December

Happy Friday Team!

How are we doing this week? How’s the Christmas prep going? It all creeps up so terribly quickly at this time of year. Well panic not! There’s still time to get deliveries in for your special peeps (if you order by the 17th of December!) and we’ve got a fab range of spirits in our Christmas sale – you can find something special and for a good price too.

Now, to help you countdown to Christmas, welcome to the first Gin and Rum Advent Calendar! This week we are celebrating 7 wonderful Gins and Rums from around the world, all available on our online store, which would make the perfect gift this Christmas…

Sloanes Dry Gin – Named after the 18th century Sir Hans Sloane, who is said to have discovered many of the plants used to flavour gins today. Botanicals include iris root, coriander, angelica root, cardamom pods, liquorice root and whole vanilla beans. Deliciously sweet and spicy, it’s a wonderful collection of flavour and a beautiful ode to the man whose collection of 71,000 odd items provided the foundation of the British Museum. Buy it here.

Lola & Vera Pink – Lola & Vera was not actually named after the two stylish ladies on the front of the bottle, but the two stills in which the gin was created. Taste a little baking spice percolates through red berry sweetness and a little anise. This is a wonderful gin. It’s sister gin, Lola and Vera Apple, has apples macerated in the base spirit before filtering out and distilling with the botanical mix. And, with rich spices like cardamom and star anise and bright notes of lemon, orange and sunflower, it’s something rather glorious for this time of year. Buy it here.

Don Papa Rum – Light and fruity on the nose whilst smooth and delicate on the palate, the light amber coloured Don Papa has a long, rich-textured finish and offers flavours of vanilla, honey and candied fruits. Don Papa is a premium aged small batch from the Isle of Negros Occidental in the Philippines and it’s inspired by the story of Papa Isio, who was involved with the late 19th century Philippine revolution. Buy it here.

Rumbullion – Sweet Madagascan vanilla with clove and cinnamon spices supported by intense orange peel. Extremely inviting. Palate: Rich sugars and spices, orange oil, clove, honey and cola cubes. Full on flavour. Finish: Very long and spiced with creamy vanilla. Overall: Intensely satisfying spiced rum. As a fan of Professor Ableforth’s Bathrub gin, I was very keen to try their Rumbullion. It is as glorious and delicious as I expected. It’s very easy going and a real treat to drink. Get on the case! Buy it here.

Citadelle Gin – Distilled in gas fired Cognac pot stills: the 19 botanicals are added progressively over 72 hours to extract the optimum flavour and create a beautiful balanced world class gin. The nose is delicate with fresh flowers, honeysuckle, jasmine and cinnamon. On the palate, juniper gives way to a voluptuous complexity and an elegant, refined finish. This gin was one of the first French gins I tried and it really set the tone of what I attribute to French gin. Strangely enough, this flavour is actually made from botanicals from far and wide, as the gin was originally developed in Dunkirk distillery in the late 18th century. Dunkirk was one of the earliest ports for European explorers so was a great place to source their fantastic array of botanicals. Buy it here.

West Winds’ The Sabre Gin – The West Winds’ Sabre Gin is described as an ‘Australian expression of a traditional gin’, and is made with botanicals including juniper, lime peel, lemon myrtle and wattleseed. I’m a big fan of Australian gins as I find the terroir gives something of a deep, rustic and warming spice which serves as a great character for the spirit.  The Sabre is fresh with citrus but has the added boom of spiced wattleseed, giving it a fantastically creamy and full taste. Buy it here.

Ron Mentidero – The Spanish word Mentidero means a place to gossip and the rum was named after the areas of Madrid where the people of the Golden Age gathered to talk and gather information. Soft vanilla, fresh tropical fruits and plenty of dry nutmeg lead before a hint of tobacco develops. This rum was one of the first to be produced in Madrid and was created to represent the city in all it’s glory.  It’s hand crafted in small batches and for the extra special touch it is aged in French oak barrels for at least a year for bottling. Lovely stuff. Buy it here.

Cor! What a great little selection that is! You shouldn’t have much of a problem finding something suitable in there! There are some other spirits lurking about in the Christmas sale and don’t you worry, I’ll be telling you about a few more next week.

Have a great week! Enjoy the build up of party season and I’ll be back with more treats soon!

Bernie and G&R