Tuesday, 14 February 2017


In this newsletter:
The new Spring Case
Our ever popular Everyday Case
Wines of the month
New Tuscan Estate wines
Special offers on Chilean reds
Some new wines and old favourites
Sunday Times Magazine recommendations
Malt whisky of the month and offers
Gin of the month
Burgundy En Primeurs

D. Byrne & Co. Spring Case
Sileni Cellar Selection Pinot Gris, Hawkes Bay
A lovely balance between fleshy fruit, aromatics & delicate spice. Aromas of yellow peach & nectarine with some musky floral & cinnamon spice notes. The palate is rich & rounded with juicy nectarine characters providing a feel of real fleshiness.   
Bodegas Borsao Seleccion Blanco, Campo de Borja
100% indigenous, characterful, Macabeo from this respected Campo de Borja producer.
This wine shows stone fruit and limey citrus aromas. The palate mirrors the nose with more nectarine and apple characters, ripe citrus and a creamy mouthfeel - backed by subtle and well integrated oak.
The Long Little Dog Blanc, Pays d’Oc
Understated with fresh lemon and floral notes, it has a fantastic palate weight with more citrus as well as apricot and a savoury, saline character very much true to its place. The finish is youthful and fresh with good acidity.
Chateau L’Ermitage Tradition Blanc, Costieres de Nimes
Aromas of orange blossom & a stony, flinty quality. The Viognier & Grenache Blanc add a natural richness of peach & ripe nectarine flavours which are balanced by the fresh grapefruit & citrus characters from the Roussanne. A classic white from the Rhone.
Adobe Reserva Organic Gewurztraminer, Rapel Valley
The nose has jasmine tea notes with white pepper held together by a fine sandy structure. On the palate there are bright floral and mineral nuances with a lingeringly spicy, ginger character. Full and just off-dry, this wine may be different but it is absolutely delicious with spicy Asian foods.

Kaiken Reserve Malbec, Mendoza
This is a lovely, modern and fruit driven Malbec.
Deep purple in colour. Ripe fruit aromas of strawberries and cherries are nicely complemented with spicy notes and menthol aromas. On the palate, this wine displays extraordinary balance, freshness and soft tannins.
Magpie Estate Wishbone Shiraz Grenache, Barossa Valley
Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full bodied with juicy plum and raspberry on the palate. It’s a generous juicy mouthful with bags of fruit and spice.
Zorgvliet Silver Myn Argentum, Banghoek
This blend from the Bordelaise specialists of Banghoek Valley is brim full of dark, crunchy Cabernet-family fruit with dark curranty corners. The palate finishes long, textural with a touch of hoisin sauce. A fine and nicely structured wine.
Chateau L’Ermitage Tradition Rouge, Costieres de Nimes
A beefy wine that is dark and distinctive with lots of red ripe fruit, sweet and savoury characters and roasted coffee flavours. Warm, southern, spicy fruit that is warming and appealing yet still rustic.
Savoir-Fraire d’Autrefois Mourvedre, Pays d’Oc
An intriguing nose of tobacco, cloves and leather is followed by a luxuriant yet sleek and supple palate. Dark cherries and chocolate are interwoven with fine French oak and supported by firm tannins.
Conviviale Primitivo, Salento
A warm, richly flavoured red with aromas of plums, dried fruits & sweet spices. On the palate it is generous with impressive concentration of ripe plum & black cherry fruit & hints of dried figs -all balanced by a silky smooth mouthfeel & fresh acidity.
Fuenteseca Organic Bobal Cabernet, Utiel-Requena
Bright, juicy fruit aromas with appealing cassis and cherry characters. The palate has a silky texture with ripe, soft, plum and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is generous and rounded with gentle tannins and an appealing finish.
£89.99 If collected from the shop and £98 if delivered anywhere in mainland UK.
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

Everyday Case
Murviedro Fauno Viura/Sauvignon Blanc, Valencia
Medal-winning and fantastically fruity Viura Sauvignon Blanc blend from sunny Valencia.
Fresh peach and citrus aromas follow onto the bright and fresh palate. Here ripe stone fruit and gooseberry notes combine with mineral characters to add texture.
Sanvigilio Pinot Grigio, Pavia
Shows delicate, yet lifted, floral and fruity aromas on the nose. Crisp and fresh on the palate with a ripe lemon character, the wine has a good mouthfeel and clean finish. Very light and easy drinking.
Il Meridione Grillo, Sicilia
A honeyed, floral and spicy nose with hints of ginger and stone fruit. Ripe, sun-dried citrus characters on the palate with savoury notes and a creamy texture. Fresh balancing acidity on the lightly nutty finish.
Soldiers Block Chardonnay, Victoria
Pure elegance from the Southern Ocean. An elegant and easy drinking wine. This vibrant Chardonnay exhibits lifted fruit character, bright tangerine fleshiness, textural mouth-feel, a bright palate and a long and foodie finish.
Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc
Classic Sauvignon Blanc nose with herbaceous notes, yet with underlying ripeness. Pretty elderflower aromas balanced with zesty grapefruit notes. Concentrated fruit and good acidity make this a very satisfying drop!
Murviedro Fauno GSM, Valencia
Appealing, award-winning, juicy Grenache Syrah Monastrell blend from Valencia
Bright nose with plums and blackberries. The palate is characterful with riper black fruit, supple tannins and fresh, juicy acidity. Finishing with a hint of pepper and spice.
Vega Piedra Tinto, Rioja
Great value classic House Rioja from Bodegas Carlos Serres in Haro.
Approachable, appealing and juicy in style with lifted red berry fruit and hints of spice. The palate is bright with bramble and cherry fruit and gently rounded tannins. Nicely-balanced with a long finish.
Conviviale Montepulciano, Abruzzo
An intense wine with cherry, ripe plum fruit aromas and warm, earthy spice. The palate is densely packed with Morello cherry, cassis and bramble fruit flavours. Tannins are ripe, giving structure to a substantial wine with a fresh sappy finish.
Les Oliviers Grenache, Pays d’Oc
Supple yet with underlying structure, it is quite lifted and vibrant on the nose moving on to a full and intense palate. A fresh and exciting wine that is lively and exuberant. Packed full of ripe, crunchy red berry fruit backed up with a hint of liquorice and touch of spice. Lovely.
Meerestein Shiraz/Mourvedre, Swartland
A perfumed nose with a delicious bright raspberry and crushed blackcurrant character and an almost savoury finish.
Tierra Alta Pinot Noir, Central Valley
Quite simply the best value Pinot Noir we have come across.
A delicate and elegant wine (as all good Pinot should be) showing ripe fruit flavours of plums and wild strawberries, balanced with subtle smoky notes and a deliciously lingering finish.
Soldiers Block Malbec, Victoria
Classically textured, violet in hue with an exotically perfumed nose. A great wine to serve with rich and flavoursome foods.
£65.99 if collected from the shop or £74 if delivered to any address in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

Wines of the month

2015 Wishbone Shiraz Grenache Barossa Valley Australia   £7.99
Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full with more juicy plum and raspberry on the palate, black cherry and a lick of creamy oak. 

2016 Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand     £7.99
Reminds you of what made Marlborough Sauvignon famous, showing ripe tropical and gooseberry fruit flavours with a zingy finish and impeccable balance. Crisp yet full flavoured with a long finish.

Tuscan Estate Wines
 Azienda Uggiano was established in the early 1970s, eventually settling at San Vincenzo a Torri near the river Pesa - a beautiful site in the Tuscan countryside amongst monastries and villas - in 1976. These new additions to our list represent real value for money:

Montalcino           £21.99
Fantastic quality entry level Brunello. Forest fruits, violets, plum and sweet spice characters with toasty oak.
2012 Uggiano Chianti Riserva ‘Fagiano’        £10.59
The estates flagship barrique aged Riserva. Displaying black cherry, vanilla, berry and plum. Supple and long.
2013 Uggiano Chianti Classico Riserva          £8.99
Great value, classic Chianti Riserva. Plum and wild cherry fruit with supple tannins.
2015 Uggiano Chianti Colli Fiorentini            £6.99
Bitter cherry, vibrant spice and ripe black fruits.
2015 Uggiano Prestige Chianti                        £6.59
Bargain price Chianti with perfumed crunchy red cherry fruit.

Special offers on Caliterra Chilean Reds
2014 Caliterra Tributo ‘Single Vineyard’ Malbec, Colchagua Valley          £8.99
The Malbec grape, synonymous with Argentina, also flourishes on the western slopes of the Andes. Intense fruit, subtle oak and smooth tannins make this a fabulous winter warmer.
2016 Caliterra DSTNTO, Colchagua Valley             £8.99
Just as the name suggests, this wine is distinct and unique. One of the first wines in Chile to be made by carbonic maceration, it is deep in colour, intensely aromatic and fruity.
2014 Caliterra Edicion Limitada ‘A’, Colchagua Valley     £11.99
A harmonious pairing of the two signature grapes of South America; the spicy and savoury Carmenere expertly blended with the rich and fruity Malbec.

Some new wines and a few old favourites

2015 Burlesque Chardonnay, California, USA      £6.59
Bright and aromatic with clean citrus notes, layered with riper, tropical fruits. A pure, fruit driven expression. Mango and pineapple combine with green apple and lemon which is not masked by ugly oak.
2016 Adobe Reserva Gewurztraminer, Valle del Rapel, Chile     £6.99
Jasmine and tea notes with white pepper on the nose. Bright floral and mineral nuances with a lingeringly spicy, ginger and exotic finish. Hugely, broadly, appealing and accessible Gewurz.
2015 Monte Schiavo Coste del Molino Verdicchio Classico, Marche, Italy    £7.59
Stunning. 100% Verdicchio from the dynamic Monte Schiavo's 'Coste del Molino' vineyards. A stylish and concentrated Verdicchio with fresh intense aromas of grapefruit and lime, as well as honeyed stonefruit. The palate is fresh and fruity; very approachable, with apple, pear and ripe stone fruit. A mouthfilling minerality adds to the complexity and palate weight.
2015 Torre Terza Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy    £7.99
Tenute Toscane's Torre Terza estate produces limited quantity, but good quality wines - this Vernaccia is no exception. A dry, savoury white with apple and citrus aromas and a gently nutty, almond character. It has full, broad flavours typical of Vernaccia on the mid palate, leading to a dry, slightly spicy finish.
2015 La Val Orballo Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain     £8.99
Aromas of stone fruit, honey, and floral notes mingling with wild herbs, sweeter mandarin skin and apple. Generous and textural on the palate with hints of ripe gala melon, salinity, and fresh citrus.
2016 Amuata Absoluto Torrontes, Salta, Argentina          £8.99
Forget those awful soapy Torrontes you’ve tasted in the past. Alsatian in style, with lovely Eastern nuances of rose-petal, lemongrass and ginger. Rich and aromatic, fresh and beautifully structured.
2014 Ca N'Estruc Idoia Blanc, Catalunya, Spain     £12.99
Intriguing Spanish white blend from vineyards just a stone's throw from Barcelona. Complex and layered with aromas of tropical fruit and brioche . The palate is opulent with savoury, nutty characters balanced by apricot and a touch of vanilla. Weighty with mineral complexity and bright citrus acidity on the finish.
2013 Savoir-Faire d’Autrefois Mourvedre, Pays d’Oc, France    £7.99
Mourvedre currently enjoying a rebirth, possibly due to the quality and reasonably priced Monastrells coming from southern Spain. This example from southern France is intriguing, appealing and subtle. Nose of cloves and leather, followed by a complex mix of dark cherries chocolate and subtle French oak.
2015 Kaiken Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina         £7.99
Another great value red made by the Montes family from over the Andes in Chile. The wine displays hints of strawberry, spice and mint on the nose, with a lovely soft round texture and fruit character so typical of this variety in Argentina.
2015 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina       £7.99
Cracking value red that displays real varietal character. Typical blackcurrant fruit and spice, with subtle hints of tobacco leaf, leading to a complex and spicy finish.
2014 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz Australia,    £10.99
Beautiful example of what well-made Barossa Shiraz has to offer, and a favourite of ours for quite some time. A deep red with hints of purple and a nose of blueberries, spice and dark chocolate. Palate delivers blackberry and plum fruit with spice and hints of chocolate. Deliciously long.
2015 Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro, Australia     £12.99
Chateauneuf style blend from the Barossa with Grenache making up 80% of the mix. Red fruits and spice on the nose, while the palate offers a rich texture of red fruits, soft tannins and subtle oak.
2013 Borsao Zarihs Syrah, Campo de Borja, Spain     £13.99
A powerful high altitude Syrah from Spain. Ripe aromas of black fruits, blackcurrant pastilles and a hint of coffee and vanilla. The palate has wild blackberries, toasty oak and black pepper notes - all balanced by fresh acidity and a touch of dark chocolate.
2012 Bodegas Hispano+Suizas Bassus 'Finca Casilla Herrera', Utiel Requena, Spain      £19.99
A deep, dark and brooding blend from eastern Spain. Ripe red fruit aromas with toasty vanilla and balsamic notes. The palate is full and rich with more red berry and dense black fruit flavours. Poised and well structured with balancing acidity, light smoky notes and a long finish.
2009 Il Faggeto Pietranera Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, Tuscany, Italy      £20.69
A powerful, rich and elegant Tuscan wine. Intense and ripe nose with opulent plum and cherry fruit. The palate is powerful and richly-flavoured, with ripe black fruit flavours backed by pepper and spice. This evolves to spicy oak and liquorice - all followed by a firm, dry finish with ample ripe tannins.

Sunday Times Magazine recommendations

Les Six Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages £11.89
In an appellation often dominated by just two varieties, ‘Les Six’ is a new style of
Cairanne which, due to the ancient varieties of Carignan Noir (10%), Cinsault (10%)
and Counoise (10%) included in the assemblage, is also a Cairanne whose heart
holds dear the traditions of yesteryear. Les Six is all about elegance and the
expression of six different grape varieties; soft red fruits gently seasoned with a touch
of oak. This wine has a natural affinity with herby lamb dishes but would be superb with most grilled meats and roasted vegetable dishes.

‘Chateau L’Ermitage Cuvee Sainte-Cecile Rouge’ £11.69
This is a warm, herbal-scented southern French wine. Here the cautious, less-is-more approach to oak reveals itself in a wine which is immediately soft and developed, yet without overt oaky tones.
Château l'Ermitage was founded in the XIth Century by the hermits of Sainte Cécile d'Estagel Abbay. It is situated on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The estate's total surface covers 80 hectares of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate. The domain's owners for the past 30 years have been Michel and Jérôme Castillon. The work they accomplish allows the grape to breathe out and the use of oak barrels for ageing is restricted as much as possible.

‘Domaine La Haute Marone Sablet Cotes du Rhone Villages’ £8.99
A hugely approachable wine, brimming with fruit compôte and olive tapenade flavours, this is a powerful wine with savoury complexity. The oak ageing has produced a smooth, supple finish.
Food recommendations for this would include juicy pink lamb, grilled red meat or succulent duck…..and of course, a fantastic cheese board.

2015 Burgundy En Primeurs
We will shortly be offering the brilliant 2015 Burgundy En Primeur. If this is of interest to you, please reply to this email with BURGUNDY EN PRIMEUR in the subject line and we will forward you a list in due course.

Malt of the Month
Glenfarclas 10 Year Old - Speyside £29.99
Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Long, smooth and spicy finish.

Highly Recommended
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve - Speyside £27.99
Fruity, then sweet, with toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate flakes, banoffee pie and apple turnovers. The finish has creamy toffee to the fore, now a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.

Aberlour 12 Year Old – Speyside £29.99
Heavily sherried character and fruity aromas balanced with a rich chocolate, toffee cinnamon and ginger spiciness. Warming and lingering finish. Sweet and very slightly spicy.

Highland Park 12 Year Old – Orkney £27.99
A uniquely smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and gentle smoky finish. Starts off with syrup sweetness, quickly moving on to sour and creamy wood, with more tropical chews, pineapple and smoked orange rind. Smoky wood on the finish, with malt syrup, green pine cones and woody spice.

Gin Of The Month
Becketts - Kingston-upon-Thames £29.99
A small batch London dry gin distilled and bottled in London using the finest ingredients, most notably handpicked English juniper berries from Box Hill in Surrey and mint from the riverside at Kingston-upon-Thames. The result is a warm, aromatic and bittersweet character with the signature cool finish, an exquisite taste and wonderfully smooth.

Sherry Recommendation
Fernando de Castilla Classic Oloroso £11.29
Bring some Spanish warmth to the cold winter’s evenings with this classic, rich, Oloroso sherry.
A beautiful mahogany colour. Aromatic and dry with flavours of nuts and orange, with a very long aftertaste.

For orders or enquiries about any of the cases or wines in this newsletter, please contact us by phone at the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281, thank you.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas Newsletter 2016

Christmas Newsletter 2016

In this issue:
Specially selected wines for Christmas
Spirit recommendations galore: whiskies, gins, brandies and many others
A selection of Port offers

Autumn is finally segueing into winter at D. Byrne & Co. and we have had our tasting glasses out to choose the wines for our Christmas cases.
We sent you our fabulous Christmas cases in our previous newsletter, but just in case you missed it the link is here CHRISTMAS CASES

Christmas Opening Times
We are open seven days a week in the run up to Christmas
8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday
Open late until 8.00pm on Thursday and Friday
8.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday
10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday

Gift Vouchers
We have gift vouchers which can be made out to any amount you choose and can be posted on your behalf to anywhere in the UK.
For orders or enquiries about any of the cases or wines in this newsletter, please contact us by phone at the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281,
thank you.

Recommended Wines For Christmas 

Champagne Lallier Brut NV (gift boxed) £19.99 
An absolute steal, this is a wonderfully elegant, precise Champagne from all Grand Cru vineyards in Ay. 
2015 Domaine de Vedilhan Serica Viognier £7.99 
Our new White Wine of the Year. Elaborately textured and full-flavoured with rich stone fruits and lightly tannic herbs. 
2014 Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay £8.59 
Such great value. Award winning 1er Cru Burgundy style at half the price – delicious! 
2015 Sileni The Straights Sauvignon Blanc £10.99 
A Marlborough classic, this over delivers on both flavour and finesse. Absolutely delicious with fish dishes. 
2015 Feudo Maccari Grillo £8.99 
A fresh, lightly floral dry white with savoury, nutty notes. 
2014/15 Domaine de la Motte Chablis £10.59 
Classic Chablis with real texture and flavour enhanced by around 10% barrel aged wine in the blend, yet still steely fresh on the finish. 
2014 Domaine Feuillat-Juillot Montagny 1er Cru £15.99 
A fine and elegant white Burgundy, and great value for money. 
2011 Turkheim Grand Cru Brand Gewurztraminer £12.99 
An amazing price for Grand Cru Alsace. Classic yet delicate fragrance of rose-petals, lychee and warm spice with rich, powerful complex fruit yet a fine structure and balance.  
2012 Naiadas £14.99 
A hedonistic barrel aged Verdejo with spice, fennel and creamy notes. From pre-phylloxera bush vines, this is one of Spain’s most celebrated white wines. 
2015 La Bascula Catalan Eagle Red £7.99 
Our new Red Wine Of The Year, and it’s an absolute cracker. Without doubt this is the finest £7.99 red wine in the UK, taste it and see for yourself.  
2014 Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso ‘Capitel della Crosara’ £9.99 
A generous fruity Ripasso with fresh Morello cherry and ripe plum fruit flavours backed by soft and spicy vanilla notes. A great price for our most popular Valpolicella. 
2013 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne £9.99 
Fill your boots here, less than £10 for one of the southern Rhone’s finest Crus.  
2013 Chateau Mayne Vieil Fronsac £9.99 
This rich and plummy Fronsac is the perfect wine for those looking for a generous and accessible claret for Christmas. 
2013 Cline Cellars Nancy’s Vines Zinfandel £10.99 
Wonderful, fat strawberry fruit flavours with coffee and chocolate characters. This is unashamedly fruit forward and powerful, perfect with turkey and all the trimmings. 
2010 Contino Reserva Rioja £14.99  
A Rioja legend from a legendary vintage, really fine wine and a saving of £7 a bottle. 
2013 Montresor Amarone Satinata £18.99 
Hints of coffee and chocolate on the nose with ripe crushed berry, bitter cherry and sweet plummy fruit on the palate. Rich and warming yet fresh and well-balanced, lovely. 
2013 San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo Riserva £19.99 
The follow up vintage of our biggest selling wine of Christmas 2015. A huge, flamboyant wine that continues to impress.  
2007 Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc £28.99 
A great price for what is consistently the finest of all the Haut Medocs. The 2007 is perfectly mature and drinking beautifully, this is very fine.

Spirit recommendations

Whisky Offers
Some fantastic prices on our whiskies for this Christmas.

Campbeltown Single Malt
GLEN SCOTIA Double Cask             Campbeltown £28.59
Opens with fudge and a little dusting of powdered sugar. Powerful, oily and a touch herbaceous with some German brandy character. Sherried notes come through more on the finish.
Highland Single Malts
OLD PULTENEY 12 Year Old Highland £23.99
Dry, medium-bodied and smooth, redolent of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish.
GLENCADAM Origin 1825 Highland £24.99
Flavours of banana, pineapple, pear and boiled sweets merge with a delicious mix of soft spice from Sherry casks. Floral, creamy finish with subtle sweetness.
GLENGOYNE 10 Year Old Highland £24.99
Smooth, fruity and incredibly moreish. Fresh green apples, toffee and a hint of nuttiness. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone else in Scotland, of barley they dry by air and hand-selected sherry casks.
THE ARDMORE Legacy Lightly Peated Highland £25.99
Light, silky peat-smoke and creamy vanilla, balanced with sweet honey and spice.
GLENMORANGIE 10 Year Old Highland £27.99
Firstly vanilla is detected on the tongue, before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness. Clean and sweet aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.
TULLIBARDINE Sovereign Highland £28.99
A lovely balanced whisky exhibiting barley, pear drops and creamy chocolate notes which develop on the palate with a lingering finish.
GLENDRONACH 12 Year Old Highland £33.99
Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins, soft fruits and a touch of spice. Long, full and firm finish with slight nuttiness.
Island Single Malts
ARRAN Original Arran £25.99
On the nose complex and pungent, slightly salty and buttery, savoury and lightly peated. Soft entry and very easy on the taste with flavours of the nose above. 
HIGHLAND PARK 12 Year old Orkney £27.99
A uniquely smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and gentle smokey finish. Beginning with syrup sweetness, it quickly moves on to sour and creamy wood, with more tropical chews, pineapple and smoked orange rind. Smoky wood on the finish, with malt syrup, green pine cones and woody spice.
SCAPA Skiren Orkney £29.99
Aromas of runny honey and fresh cream. Hints of apple and a touch of anise.  Continued honey warmth and richness. Sparks of juicy pear and lemon peel. Touches of oak develop further on, bringing some balancing spice.
Islay Single Malts
THE ILEACH Islay £22.99
Fantastic value, you’ll struggle to find an Islay malt at this price! Strong yet gentle, warm yet mellow, but with a maturity beyond its years. Robustly peaty, with that unmistakeable breath of the seashore.
BUNNAHABHAIN 12 Year Old Islay £29.99
Syrupy in texture with vanilla and a light smokiness, more woody than peaty. Water brings out more sweet creamy vanilla and some perfume from the wood, as well as some sticky glacé cherry. Finish is dry with woody spice.
LAPHROAIG 10 Year Old Islay £33.99
Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.
KILCHOMAN Machir Bay Islay £34.99
The distillers use whisky which has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in a well-balanced flavour profile, with highlights of vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke. A top expression from Islay's farm distillery.
ARDBEG 10 Year Old Islay £36.99
Crackling peat, black pepper and sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. A wave of brine infused with buttermilk and currants. Smoke wells up bringing tasted marshmallows while espresso and tarry smoke develop.
Lowland Single Malt
AUCHENTOSHAN American Oak Lowland £24.99
Bounty bars, citrus peels and peaches. A little bit buttery, with golden barley and oak spice developing on the mid palate. Lasting notes of grapefruit and toffee pennies. 
Speyside Single Malts
SPEYBURN Bradan Orach Speyside £17.49
Outstanding price for Single Malt Whisky. On the nose it reveals green apples, honey, lemon and floral vanilla spices. It’s a wonderfully balanced, full-bodied whisky, with a long lasting finish.
TOMINTOUL Tlath Speyside £24.99
Light and creamy. Lively white pepper and some oak-driven spiciness dance on the tongue with background layers of nutmeg and toasted vanilla. Spicy with notes of shortbread and fresh mint.
AN CNOC 12 Year Old Speyside £25.99
Soft, very aromatic nose with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. A malt for every occasion.
GLENFARCLAS 10 Year Old Speyside £26.99
Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Long, smooth and spicy finish.
TAMDHU 10 Year Old Speyside £26.99
Bursting with fruit and spice – gently yielding to toffee and the richness of sherry oak. Fruit and vanilla linger on the finish, becoming pleasantly drying with the merest wisp of peat smoke.
THE GLENLIVET Founder’s Reserve Speyside £27.99
Fruity, then sweet, with toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate flakes, banoffee pie and apple turnovers. Finish has creamy toffee to the fore now, a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.
BENROMACH 10 Year Old Speyside £27.99
Delicious Forest Fruits and creamy malt. A wisp of smoke and lingering luscious Sherry notes. Mouthwateringly bittersweet. Ginger, dry sherry, almost hoppy after a while.
ABERLOUR 12 Year Old Speyside £29.99
Heavily sherried character and fruity aromas balanced with a rich chocolate, toffee cinnamon and ginger spiciness. Warming and lingering finish. Sweet and very slightly spicy.
OLD BALLANTRUAN The ‘Peated Malt’ Speyside £29.99
Heathery smoke balanced with subtle floral aromas. Gentle ‘peat-reek’ flavours with hints of citrus tones and malty nuttiness. Lingering smoke and peat with a touch of malted barley sweetness. Bottled at 50%.
BALVENIE 12 Year Old Doublewood Speyside £31.59
Aromas of sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla. Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours ~ nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.
GLENFARCLAS 15 Year Old Speyside £39.99
Rich golden amber colour. Very complex, sherried nose with light butterscotch aromas and a hint of dried fruit. The palate is very full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and subtle peat flavours. Long lasting finish, glorious sherry flavours, fairly sweet with gentle smokiness. This is a great whisky drinker’s whisky
Blended Malts
BLAIRMHOR 8 Year Old Blended Malt £16.99
Well worth a try! On the nose it is full-bodied, sweet and spicy revealing floral and fragrant overtones complemented with honey and vanilla. Sweet and toffee-like with a beautiful smooth, long-lasting finish.
MONKEY SHOULDER Blended Malt £22.99
A superb blended malt whisky from William Grant, made with single malts from three famous Speyside distilleries. The result is a smooth, creamy, supple and very malty Scotch.
Rest of the World Whiskies
TULLAMORE DEW Blended Irish Blend £16.99
The legendary triple distilled Irish Whiskey. Early fresh fruit leads to a definite light spice followed by some toasted wood which evolves into a delicious vanilla sweetness.
BLACK BUSH Deluxe Irish Blend £21.59
A great blend from Bushmills, made up mostly of malt whiskey aged for 11 years in sherry casks before blending. Very soft and fruity on the palate with barley and biscuits on the finish.  
TEELING Single Malt Irish Single Malt £37.59
Made from 100% Malted Barley from a range of different ages including Malt whiskey distilled in 1991. Vibrant with notes of melon, figs, toffee and lemon on the nose. A balanced mix of dry fruits, citrus, vanilla, spice and cloves. Long finish with sweetness in harmony with dry tannins from the wood.
NIKKA Blended Japanese Blend £27.99
Nikka Blended Whisky offers an expression in the typical Japanese style. Extremely smooth and balanced, it has established itself as the most accessible of the Nikka blends. Rich mouthfeel, with pleasing candied orange peel, floral notes and just a hint of sweet spice. Well balanced and very drinkable.
PAUL JOHN Edited Indian Single Malt £29.99
For anyone who enjoys Islay whisky this is really worth a try. Peated Indian single malt whisky from John Distilleries that has great maturity for quite a young whisky. Toasted cereal, big barley and honey notes, Hob Nobs! Slightly vegetal peatiness, lemon and seaweed. Some beach bonfire but the peat isn't overpowering.
MACKMYRA Bruks Swedish Single Malt £37.99
Possibly the most surprising whisky I’ve tried this year. Fresh, delicate fruit aromas with vanilla pods. Pine nuts, pine needles, raspberry bushes and mixed peels. Subtle notes of Ryvita and Sesame Snaps. Subtle citrus fruit on the palate with light pear drops and crispy green apples. Delicate spiciness coming with a fine toffee and aniseed, ginger and sweet almond. A fine-light smoke is embedded in a whiff of spicy-peppery-feel: there but not there. Finishing with spicy oak and apple pie whilst remaining light and nimble. 

Gin Recommendations
Just a small and highly recommended selection from our range of over 300 gins.
CAORUNN Small Batch Scotland £23.99
A unique infusion of 5 Celtic and 6 traditional botanicals, the most unusual being Blush Apple. Clean, crisp, sweet and aromatic, with a long lasting, refreshing and slightly drying finish.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and a slice of red apple.
PUERTO DE INDIAS Strawberry Seville £24.99
Rapidly becoming a very popular style of gin. It's definitely the strawberries that make this gin so special. But they're not just any strawberries. Puerto de Indias uses strawberries from the region of Huelva in Andalusia, which are supposed to be the best of their kind in Europe.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water/pink lemonade and diced strawberries.
TWO BIRDS London Dry Leicestershire £26.99
The countryside spirit. A classic London Dry gin full of juniper flavour and distilled with 4 other botanicals (orris root, coriander, citrus and one unknown). Smooth and delicate, with a slight mineral quality.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and a slice of cucumber.
TANN’S Premium Barcelona £27.99
Distinguished by a predominant juniper taste, macerations of rose petals and coriander and a carefully selected grain alcohol. A later triple infusion of juniper berries, coriander, cucumber, rose petals, cardamom, mandarin peel, orange blossom, lemon peel, liquorice and raspberry contribute to its subtleties in mouth and nose.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and diced strawberries.
BATCH Premium Burnley £29.99
Lancashire’s finest handcrafted, micro-distillery gin. An adventurous blend of distinctive botanicals enhanced by frankincense and myrrh which make it sublimely rich, yet subtly spicy.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and either crushed raspberries and slice of lime or orange peel (brings out more spiciness).
FOUR PILLARS Rare Dry Gin Yarra Valley £29.99
A perfect, classic gin that would fascinate and delight even the most hardened gin fanatic. Whole oranges are used, which is unusual, but it supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom. Cinnamon and star anise add rich fruitcake tones. Tasmanian pepperberry leaf provides warmth rather than heat, and lemon myrtle is a beautiful alternative to lemon peel. A spicy gin but with great citrus. 
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and slice of pink grapefruit.
SACRED London Dry London £29.99
A creamy aromatic gin with a bouquet of juniper berries, fresh cut orange, lime & lemon combined with cardamom, angelica and enhanced by distilled frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) from which the name Sacred is derived.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water with slice of pink grapefruit and sprig of rosemary or perfect for a Martini.
WARNER EDWARDS Harrington Dry Northamptonshire £29.99
Lovingly distilled in their copper still ‘Curiosity’. They take grain spirit, pure spring water from their own farm, homegrown elderflower, plus ten other botanicals and transform them into a fantastically smooth and intensely aromatic gin.
Serving suggestion: Three different ones all with tonic and 1. Lemon makes it very refreshing 2. Lime still refreshing but bringing forward subtle spice 3. Orange Peel makes it much more savoury and more spiciness comes through.
POETIC LICENSE Northern Dry Sunderland £31.59
Expect a big punch of juniper that is finely balanced with green cardamom for a warm and spicy flavour. With undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume. As for the other botanicals, that’s a secret for now.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and slice of pink grapefruit.
POETIC LICENSE Old Tom Sunderland £31.59
This classic originating from the mid-1800s delivers a sweeter and more peppery taste in comparison with the Dry Gin. From the botanicals alone they nurture its sweet taste, while oak casks continue to add flavour and colour. The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a slight rose gold tinge.
Serving suggestion: Ginger Ale and a slice of red apple and some cinnamon.
WARNER EDWARDS Victoria’s Rhubarb Northamptonshire £31.99
Queen Victoria grew the very same rhubarb that infuses their Harrington Dry gin in her garden at Buckingham Palace. It is now grown on a crown estate, in the Victorian kitchen garden style. The end result is a sweet and tangy rhubarb explosion.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water or Ginger Ale.
WHITTAKER’S Clearly Sloe Harrogate £31.99
Whittaker’s classic gin recipe (juniper, bilberry, bog myrtle, hawthorn and thyme) is laced with liquorice root and finest sloe berries, then allowed to gently macerate, creating a clearly rare artisan gin.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and sloe berries.
WHITTAKER’S Pink Peculiar Harrogate £31.99
Handcrafted with great skill and care in the heart of Yorkshire. An award winning contemporary gin with signature botanicals of pink peppercorns, pink hibiscus and cardamom with a hint of lemon citrus.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and pink peppercorns or a pink hibiscus flower.
CHASE Williams Elegant Herefordshire £32.99
Elegant 48 is made from scratch rare varieties of apples from their 200 year old bioganic cider orchards. The botanicals include juniper, elderflower, Bramley apple and angelica, plus secret wild botanicals from their meadow. Elegant and crisp with juniper and green fruits upfront. 
Serving suggestion: Tonic water and slice of apple or neat over ice.
NORDES Atlantic Galicia £32.99
Inspired by the eponymous fresh northerly Atlantic wind. Made using pomace from Albarino grapes, the botanicals include juniper, ginger hibiscus and liquorice, resulting in a unique, full flavoured and intriguing gin.
Serving suggestion: Grapes and a sage leaf.
SACRED Christmas Pudding London £33.99
Ian Hart, the founder of Sacred Microdistillery, created this limited edition gin after he was left with too much Christmas pudding, he steeped it in English grain spirit with juniper berries for three months then distilled it. The result is rich and satisfying gin that makes an elegant alternative to Christmas pudding after a large festive dinner.
Serving suggestion: Neat straight from the freezer.
POLLINATION Wales £34.99
Made with 29 botanicals including 19 which are locally foraged, which include chamomile, lemon balm, rowan berry and bramble. Others are obtained from the foothills of Mount Snowdon and around the Welsh county of Gwynedd. A creamy and herbaceous gin.
Serving suggestion: Tonic water with torn mint leaves and a twist of lemon peel.
Death's Door Gin is made with a base spirit of wheat from Washington Island and malted barley from Wisconsin, as well as a small selection of botanicals (juniper, coriander and fennel). Big but balanced notes of all three botanicals appear clear as day, carried on a clean, creamy spirit.
Serving suggestion: Soft enough to drink neat, perfect for Martini's or with tonic water and a slice of fennel and apple.

OTHERS – Just a few of the fantastic offers we have on hundreds of different spirits and liqueurs this year. We have many many more, if there is anything else you need, however obscure, we probably have it, just ask!

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum £16.99
Blended with the finest rums from the Caribbean and their unmatched recipe of natural spices. 
O.V.D. Old Vatted Demerara Rum £16.99
Matured in Guyana its mellow, rich, spicy, full-bodied taste is the choice of the discerning dark rum drinker. 
KRAKEN Black Spiced Rum £19.99
Imported Rum from the Caribbean blended with natural flavour. Kraken Rum is strong, rich, black and smooth.
DOORLY’S XO Oloroso Cask, Golden Rum £24.99
One of my all-time favourite Rum’s. A rich yet subtle rum surprisingly mellow. Demerara sugar, treacle, liquorice and aniseed on the palate. Fantastically smooth on it’s own but not too pricey if your mixing it also.  
DIPLOMATICO Reserva Exclusiva Rum £32.99
An exquisite sipping rum that is made almost entirely from sugar cane honey. Very chocolatey initially, like a chocolate sauce on dessert. Rich and full, bursting with the sweet toffee, fudge and tropical fruit flavours from the nose. The texture is very generous, rounded by the oak. Real mouth-watering depth of flavour here.
Belvedere Polish Vodka £29.99
The original and true expression of luxury vodka, created from 600 years of Polish vodka-making tradition. Full and round with a medium bodied weight and rich, velvety texture.
Torres 10 Gran Reserva, Spanish Brandy £13.99
Great price! Extremely rich, quite sweet and very smooth 
MAXIME TRIJOL V.S. Classic Cognac £22.99
Produced from young cognacs, the Maxime Trijol V.S. is rich in intense, fruity, floral aromas. The fruity aromatic balance makes this V.S. the ideal cocktail and long drink ingredient, but smooth enough to drink on its own.
MAXIME TRIJOL V.S.O.P. Grande Champagne £36.99
The VSOP Grande Champagne is blended from a large proportion of cognacs aged between 10 and 20 years. Distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region, this cognac offers rich aromas of rancio, with candied peels, stone fruits and aniseed. Delicious. 
JANNEAU V.S.O.P. Armagnac £25.99
Symbolic of the Janneau house style, the VSOP is a perfect blend of carefully selected eaux-de-vie, some matured for up to 20 years in new oak casks in our ancient cellars. Lively, tangy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with white chocolate and caramel notes. Finishes with a lingering honeyed golden raisin, toasted and spice.
BARON DE SIGOGNAC 10ans Armagnac £29.99
The 10 year old Baron de Sigognac delivers an exceptional and rare taste. This is a beautifully crafted Bas-Armagnac. Very round and full; earthy with notes of dried fruit and toffee yet showing floral, woody and spicy notes. Long well balanced finish with hints of almonds and vanilla.
EVAN WILLIAMS Flavoured Bourbon’s, Liqueurs £18.99
Available in either Cherry/ Cinnamon/ Honey. All very rich and reasonably sweet but still with that Bourbon aftertaste. Perfect Winter Warmers.
BEPI TOSOLINI Saliza, Amaretto £18.99
The best Amaretto we’ve tried. A traditional Italian amaretto made with crushed almonds. Light, delicious and rounded on the palate with a fresh almond sweetness, but not too sugary.
KINGS Ginger Liqueur (50cl) £22.99
Our most popular liqueur for this time of year. 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. Very warming and great as an after dinner digestive.

Port offers

1998 Guimaraens – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box plus decanting funnel £22.99  

Six Grapes Reserve Port –  £8.99 
2011 Late Bottled Vintage – £9.99 
2007 Crusted Port – In a gift carton £13.99 
2004 Quinta dos Malvedos – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £19.99 
10 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £12.99 
20 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £26.99 
30 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £49.99 
40 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £74.99 
5cl Miniature Gift Pack – Containing five styles £9.99 
20cl Gift Pack – Containing five styles £29.99 

Lagrima White Port £9.99 
Rio Torto Reserva £9.99 
2011 Late Bottled Vintage £10.99 
2005 Quinta Retiro Novo – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £15.99 
2003 Vintage – In a wooden box £29.99 
2001 Colheita £14.99 
1998 Colheita £16.99 
1995 Colheita- In a wooden box £19.99 
1982 Colheita – In a wooden box £38.99 
1976 Colheita – In a wooden box £59.99 

Smith Woodhouse 
1998 Madalena – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £16.99 

10 Year Old Tawny – in a wooden box £17.99  

2003 Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage – In a wooden box £14.99 
1998 Quinta da Cavadinha – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £20.99 

The Byrne Christmas Beer Keg
As usual we have the D. Byrne & Co. Christmas beer Keg of gorgeous beer prepared specially for us by Bowland Brewery, at just £18.99
We also have a huge selection of bottled beers both local and international and beer gift packs which make excellent presents.


May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2016 and wish you all a very Merry and Peaceful Christmas.