Friday, 13 November 2015

Christmas Newsletter 2015

Christmas Newsletter 2015

Autumn is finally seguing into winter at D. Byrne & Co. and we have had our tasting glasses out to choose the wines for our Christmas cases.
The cases each contain twelve superb wines to suit all your seasonal drinking. They also make ideal presents, which can be collected from the shop or can be delivered to any address in mainland UK in time for Christmas. The cases also make excellent corporate gifts, please call us for details.

So whether you want to send a gift, thank a loved one, turn up with something special at a house party or simply light the fire, put your feet up and indulge, we have something for you.

Please note that due to the sheer quantity of wines being sold in our cases over the Christmas period, we reserve the right to substitute a wine or vintage for one of an equal quality if necessary.

A special thank you to Kate Byrne who has illustrated our Christmas newsletter this year.

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. 

D. Byrne & Co.

White Wines
Terrazze della Luna Pinot Grigio Trentino
This is no ordinary Pinot Grigio it is distinctive and lifted with excellent fruit concentration, a very classy wine sourced from the best of Trentino's high altitude vineyards. Stone fruit, apple and floral aromas and a palate that shows delicate yet complex floral notes. There is real freshness and vitality here and attractive white and citrus fruit flavours.

Domaine du Pre Baron Touraine
This Sauvignon has a beautiful perfume; think gooseberries steeped in elderflower cordial. The palate is very fresh, elegant and dry with a delicious crisp acidity on the lingering floral finish. A simply wonderful alternative to Sancerre.

Caparrone Pecorino IGT Colline Pescaresi
The Pecorino is without doubt one of Italy's most interesting and increasingly fashionable grape varieties. Delicate floral, stone fruit and citrus aromas lead on to a palate with fresh peach notes backed by a textural minerality, nutty characters, and crisp acidity.

Tabali Reserva Chardonnay Valle del Limari
A perfect interpretation of the quintessential and increasingly popular ‘new world’ Chardonnay. Wonderful and intense on the nose with mineral aromas, ripe fresh pineapple and hazelnuts, the palate is full-bodied with nice acidity and freshness, and finesse from the small proportion of the blend that is barrel fermented. The finish is long and satisfying, and elegantly poised.

Domaine Presbyteres Muscadet Sevre & Maine Sur Lie
This is a delightful and traditionally made Muscadet from one of the star producers of the region. Crisp, flinty notes with a hint of lemon on the nose. The palate has fresh, zesty, savoury bites with hints of green apple along with yeasty lees notes. A lovely classic Muscadet with character and flavour that is simply perfect served with shellfish.

Red Wines
Adobe Organic Malbec Rapel Valley
This really is a superb Malbec, with intense aromas of plum and blackberries, vanilla and spice. The palate has some lively fresh cherry characters, elegantly combined with a lovely chocolatey richness of flavour. Medium-bodied on the palate with silky ripe tannins and a long, broad finish.

Monte Schiavo Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno
Ripe open nose with cherry jam, red berry fruit characters and herbal notes. The palate is warm and generous, packed full of rich berry fruit, a touch of spice and a bitter plum twist on the finish. Tannins are gentle and add structure to this substantial, spicy red.

Magpie Estate Wishbone Shiraz/Grenache Barossa Valley
Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of dusty earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full-bodied with juicy plum and raspberry on the palate mixed with black cherry, spice and a lick of creamy oak. This is a generous juicy mouthful with bags of fruit and spice.

Bodegas Borsao Seleccion Barrica Campo de Borja
Ripe plum and cherry aromas with sweet toasty, well integrated oak and herbal hints. A rich, warm, generous wine with concentrated earthy blackberry fruit, backed by fresh acidity and firm ripe tannins. Real old vine Grenache intensity and depth of flavour with coffee and spicy vanilla notes.

Domaine Chante Cigale Cicada Red Pays de Mediterranee
The Cicada takes its name from the emblem of the Domaine Chante Cigale, one of the leading estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fresh raspberry fruits on the nose with flavours of ripe cherry and a touch of spice. The Carignan adds a bit of soul to the vibrant Grenache in this modern style, lighter southern Rhone that has nicely balanced acidity and supple tannins.

La Bascula Turret Fields Monastrell Shiraz Jumilla
A characteristically rich and powerful Monastrell-based red. Deeply perfumed with black cherry, damson and blueberry aromas, spice and black pepper. The palate is abundant with ripe juicy fruit, soft approachable tannins, hints of violet and more spice. The finish has an almost chocolate texture and a fresh vibrant character.

Chateau Baron Bellevue Cotes du Bourg
A more modern style Merlot prevalent right bank Bordeaux of real class. Soft and approachable with ripe and spicy tannins and a wild brambly character. Delicious with cheese or a roast of beef.

£85.99 if collected from the shop £93.99 delivered anywhere in mainland UK.

D. Byrne & Co.

White Wines
2014 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc-Stellenbosch
Crushed laurel on the nose with more than a nuance of residual seaside salt. This has a big and textured palate with stone fruit and fennel hints – it is rich and minerally, showing even a slight rocky quality about it. As bracing as the wind through the vines at Waterkloof.

2014 Feudi di San Gregorio
Falanghina del Sannio-Campania
This is a wonderfully elegant dry white with a clean lemony richness. The nose is intense and with notes of delicate white flowers and stoned fruits. The palate is fresh and well balanced with a long, clean finish.

2014 Capricho Val de Paxariñas Godello-Bierzo
A fantastically complex Godello from the up-and-coming Bierzo region of north-west Spain. Perfumed, with hints of exotic fruit, apple, and citrus with a hint of white flower. The ripe, textural and complex palate has a stone fruit minerality, lifted herbal notes and crisp acidity, with white spice and a lengthy finish.

2014 Yves Cuilleron Viognier-Collines Rhodaniennes
This is a fabulous Viognier from a star producer of the northern Rhone, so good in fact is this example that it could easily be mistaken for a wine from Condrieu. Very sophisticated aromas that are marked by apricots and blossom, the palate is full and very fine with wonderful texture and chalky minerality.  

2012 Domaine de la Motte Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy-Bourgogne
This is a superb Premier Cru Chablis from the wonderful 2012 vintage. Domaine de la Motte are a producer of rich modern style Chablis, the Beauroy is fermented and aged in both new and used oak to produces a Chablis of uncommon weight and richness.  

Red Wines
2011 San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo Riserva-Manduria
A huge wine in every sense, and one of our most popular wines of 2015. A deep and complex nose with hints of prunes, cherry jam, spice and tobacco. Full bodied with fine tannins and notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla on the long and savoury finish.

2012 Polus Vendimia Seleccionada-Rioja
Awarded gold at the 2015 Challenge International du Vin Bordeaux, this is lovely, mellow wine is made from a selection of the finest parcels from the excellent 2012 vintage. This is well rounded, silky and intense, with real plushness to the tannins, delicious with roast lamb. 

2012 Chateau Fabre Gasparets Corbieres-Boutenac
Deeply coloured from its youth, the aromas and flavours of cherry and black fruits infused with subtle, exotic spices are deep and complex. The finish is smooth and satisfying – an exceptionally fine and elegant wine. Its quality and character mean it drinks beautifully now but could also benefit from further ageing.

2008 Marchesi di Gresy Monferatto Rosso-Piemonte
Aromatic, spicy, mature forest fruits, notes of ripe plum and damson on the nose. Velvety and sumptuous on the palate - plum, rich vanilla and sour cherry give way to a fine, long, structured finish with ripe tannins. A full-bodied wine which exudes elegance.

2011 Vinha do Mouro-Alentejo
Quinta do Mouro are a leading producer in Portugal’s Alentejo region, they craft warm velvety red wines from both local and international grapes that are very typical of the region. No oak is used in the ageing of this wine and that is very evident in the purity of the silky red fruits that it carries. 

2013 Domaine Florent et Damien Burle Gigondas-Cotes-du-Rhone
This is a very classically styled Gigondas, full of freshness and finesse. This is not a heavy or overly sweet style, it is elegant and perfumed, with fresh red fruit aromas and flavours that are backed by an irresistible wild spicy edge……absolutely delicious.

2012 Familia Bianchi Malbec-Mendoza
The luscious, intense fruit aromas have hints of ripe plums, cherries and blackberries. These aromas continue on the palate with a generous mouthfeel and great weight, while remaining soft and silky. This is a wonderfully black and chewy Malbec.

£149.99 if collected from the shop
£158 delivered in mainland UK

A special Christmas Promotion

A selection of value for money petits chateaux and second wines.

2014    Domaine de Ricaud - Entre-deux-Mers  £6.99
45% Sauvignon Blanc  45% Semillon  10% Muscadelle
This is a wonderfully crisp and elegant dry white showing plenty of aromatic citrus fruits and lovely acidity.

2014    Chateau Beauregard Ducasse - Graves  £10.59
50% Semillon  50% Sauvignon Blanc
Hand harvested from the vineyards oldest vines, fermented and aged in French oak. This is the archetypical white Graves with squeaky clean citrus fruits backed by a subtle creamy brioche character provided by the oak.

2013    Chateau le Bruilleau - Pessac-Leognan  £11.99
70% Semillon 30% Sauvignon Blanc
Chateau le Bruilleau is a family run estate that produces only a tiny quantity of white wine. A Semillon dominant wine showing ripe, fleshy, smokey fruit.

2010    Chateau Rival-Bellevue - Bordeaux Superieur £6.99
85% Merlot  15% Cabernets Sauvignon & Franc
This is excellent value for money and displays all of the fruit and finesse of the outstanding 2010 vintage.

2012    Chateau Jalousie - Bordeaux Superieur  £6.99
Merlot prevalent   Cabernets Sauvignon & Franc
Our ever popular ‘House Claret’, the predominance of Merlot in the wine makes it both soft and accessible.

2012    Chateau la Verriere  - Bordeaux Superieur  £7.99
70% Merlot  30% Cabernets Sauvignon & Francs
Owner-winemaker Alain Bessette has twice been voted ‘Best Bordeaux Producer’. This is incredibly concentrated and powerful for such a modest price. A multi gold medal winner.

2012    Chateau Baron Bellevue - Cotes de Bourg  £8.29
Situated on the right bank, the Cotes de Bourg is an excellent source for value for money, soft and supple Merlot prevalent wines.

2012    Chateau Lidonne Tertre Cibelle  - Cotes de Bourg  £6.59
60% Merlot    25% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc  5% Malbec    
A very accessible and easy drinking Cotes de Bourg. Well rounded and soft in the mouth.

2012    Chateau Beausejour - Fronsac  £7.99
85% Merlot     10% Cabernet Sauvignon      5% Malbec
A delicious and supple Fronsac for an incredible price, made by superstar oenologist Stephane Derencourt’s consulting team. Gold medal, Bordeaux.

2012    Chateau Mayne Vieil - Fronsac  £9.99
This is quite a heavy weight its fruit and concentration are hallmarks of a quality vintage such as 2010. Made in a more modern and approachable style.

2010    Chateau Gardour  - Lalande-de-Pomerol  £9.99
60% Merlot     30% Cabernet Franc      10% Cab Sauv
Lalande-de-Pomerol is a satellite region of the more illustrious Pomerol, the wines are of a similar nature and generally offer considerably better value for money. This is plump and fresh and a sensational price.

2010    Chateau La Fleur Cravignac - St-Emilion Grand Cru  £13.99
60% Merlot      30% Cabernet Franc      10% Cab Sauv
A very nicely structured and elegant St Emilion with plenty of perfume and finesse.

2009    Chateau Valade - St-Emilion Grand Cru   £16.99
95% Merlot    5% Cabernet Franc
***SPECIAL OFFER*** One of our best-selling Bordeaux’s, this is a typically flamboyant 2009. This is very ripe, full and plummy but it is still perfectly well balanced, drinking beautifully.

2011    Chateau de Gironville  - Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois  £11.99
45% Merlot      45% Cabernet Sauvignon         10% Petit Verdot
A nicely ripe and fruit forward 2011, but still a very classically fashioned Haut-Medoc.

2006    Chateau d’Agassac - Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois  £15.99
50% Merlot         47% Cabernet Sauvignon         3% Cabernet Franc
One of the oldest vineyards in the Haut-Medoc, d’Agassac is now a model property that ranks alongside the best Cru Bourgeois. A perfectly harmonious and mature claret.

2010    Chateau Soussans - Margaux £15.99
50% Cabernet Sauvignon   50% Merlot
A fine, elegant and very stylish Margaux that represents outstanding value for the appellation.

2011    Chateau Bellegrave  - Pauillac  £19.59
52% Cabernet Sauvignon     48% Merlot
88-91 points, Wine Spectator. A very favourably positioned vineyard between Chateau Latour, Pichon Longueville and Lynch-Bages. A fine Pauillac in both stature and price.

2008    Chateau Clauzet - Saint-Estephe Cru Bourgeois   £18.99
55% Cabernet Sauvignon  25% Merlot  5% Cab Franc & Petit Verdot
This is a lovely Saint-Estephe, open and ripe with plenty of body, very well rounded with soft cassis and plum fruit flavours.

2012    Confidences de Prieure-Lichine - Margaux £16.99
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot                                
The second wine of Prieure-Lichine, a fine 4th growth Chateau. This is an aromatic, medium bodied Margaux filled with crunchy red fruits, perfume and finesse.

2011    Blason d’Issan - Margaux £22.99
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
 he second wine of Chateau d’Issan, a 3rd growth Chateau that is now on very top form. This fabulous 2010 really demonstrates the advantages of buying the second wines from top Chateaux in fine vintages, this really is a very harmonious Margaux.

2007    Sarget de Gruaud Larose - Saint Julien £22.99 
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
The second wine of Gruaud Larose, a 2nd growth Saint Julien of the highest quality. The 2007’s are forward and fruity and this Sarget is no exception, nicely mature and perfectly soft.

2010    Fiefs de Lagrange - Saint Julien  £21.99
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
The Second wine of Chateau Lagrange, a 3rd growth Saint Julien of the highest quality. Fiefs de Lagrange is always a very safe bet and consistently one of the most reliable and well- made second wines.

2011    Duluc de Branaire-Ducru - Saint Julien  £21.99
Cabernet Sauvignon/merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot
The second wine of Chateau Branaire-Ducru, a 4th growth Saint Julien of the highest quality. Ripe blackcurrants with cedar and spice, this has excellent balance.

A selection of fine Cru Classe Bordeaux
and other Clarets for Christmas

Many of the wines are in limited supply and very competitively priced so order early to avoid disappointment

1990 Chateau Duhart Milon Rothschild – Pauillac   magnums     £170.00
2004 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste – Pauillac                                     £39.99
2008 Chateau Talbot – St Julien                                                        £52.99
2003 Chateau Gruaud Larose – St Julien                                           £59.99
2001 Chateau Leoville Barton - St Julien                                           £69.99
2008 Chateau Langoa Barton – St Julien                                           £36.99
2009 Chateau Rauzan Gassies – Margaux        magnums                £70.00
2002 Chateau Brane Cantenac – Margaux                                         £34.99
2001 Chateau Labegorce – Margaux                                                   £24.99
2004 Chateau Kirwan – Margaux                                                       £42.99
2003 Chateau Giscours – Margaux                                                     £33.99
2009 Chateau Haut Bergey – Pessac                                                   £26.99
2008 Chateau Certan de May – Pomerol                                            £56.99
2003 Vraye Croix de Gay – Pomerol                                                  £34.99
1998 Chateau Feytit Clinet – Pomerol                                               £34.99
2009 Chateau Bourgneuf – Pomerol                                                   £35.99
2008 Chateau La Grave a Pomerol – Pomerol                                    £32.99
2001 Chateau Destieux – St Emilion Grand Cru Classe                   £28.99
2010 Chateau D’Aiguilhe – Castillon                                                £22.99
2010 Chateau Les Grands Marechaux – Blaye                                   £16.99
2007 Chateau Sociando Mallet – Haut Medoc                                   £26.99
2003 Chateau La Lagune – Haut Medoc                                            £34.99

Burgundy & Rhone Selection

2012  Bourgogne Chardonnay Vielles Vigne Roche de Bellene £10.99
2013  Pouilly Fuisse Joseph Burrier £16.99
2011  Meursault Vendange Selectionnees Lafarge £29.99
2009  Meursault Perriers 1er Cru Matrot £53.99
2009  Puligny Montrachet  Combettes 1er Cru Matrot £52.99
2011  Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes Roche de Bellene £10.79
2005  Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvee Halinard Dugat Py £29.99
2009  Volney Santenots 1er Cru Matrot £29.99
2009  Corton Pougets Grand Cru Jadot £49.99
2009  Pommard Clos de Epeneaux 1er Cru Comte Armand £62.99
2009  Pommard Rugien 1er Cru Jadot £46.89
2009 Clos de le Roche Grand Cru Pascal Marchand  £69.99
2009 Chambertin Clos de Bez Grand Cru Pascal Marchand £149.99
2009 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf- du- Pape Auguste Favier £31.69
2009 Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf -du-Pape £39.99
2009 Clos de Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape £59.99

Spirits & Liqueurs for Christmas

Port Offers
Krohn LagrimaWhite £9.59                                                                                                                   
An elegant sweet wine with notes of caramel, honey, and nut - all balanced by fresh acidity and leading to a long and appealing finish.
Graham's Six Grapes Reserve £8.99
This wine can best be thought of as the ‘everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker.’ Full-bodied, with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas.
Warre's Late Bottle Vintage 2003 £13.99
This prolonged bottle ageing is crucial to the development of the superb “nose” and flavour which lend this Port a style and complexity very much akin to that of Vintage Port. Warre’s LBV is generally acknowledged to be the finest of its type. This wine is superb with cheese, nuts and dried fruits after a meal.
Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 £18.99
The extraordinary quality of the wines from the Malvedos vineyard is such that in Vintage declarations these wines provide the main structure of Graham’s classic Vintage Ports. In most interim years, the wines from Malvedos merit bottling as a Single Quinta Vintage Port: Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port.
A lovely complex nose with excellent sweet and rich fruit aromas such as black cherry, black currant and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavours and an admirably long finish.
Krohn Colheita 2001 Vintage Tawny £13.99
A classic Krohn Colheita, smooth, complex and deliciously nutty - and a double Gold medal winner to boot!
Krohn are famous for their elegant tawny Colheitas. A great alternative to LBV. Rich dried fruit and fig characters on the complex palate with notes of spice and balancing, fresh acidity.
Sandeman 10 Year Old Tawny with 2 glasses £17.99
The intense red tawny colour with shades of brick, typical of this style of aged yet youthful wine, anticipates the elegant and complex aroma, combining ripe fruit, jam and nuts, with hints of vanilla and raisins. In the mouth, it is a most flavoursome wine, full-bodied and appealing, with a persistent finish.

Sherry Offers

Barbadillo Manzanilla   £5.99                                                                                                                
Zesty and citrus with a very clean, dry, salty finish.

Barbadillo Fino £5.99
Light, crisp and dry, the perfect aperitif.

Barbadillo Oloroso £7.59
Full-flavoured, dry and nutty. Delicious with cheese’s or salted nuuts.

Barbadillo Medium Amontillado £7.59
Rich nutty aroma and smooth full body. Elegant and slightly sweet.

Barbadillo Pedro Ximenez £8.99    
Very dark and lusciously sweet. Popular poured over ice cream or a great accompaniment to chocolate desserts.

Malts of the Month

GLENCADAM ‘Origin 1825’     Highland Single Malt           £25.99
A very special collection of casks were chosen for the Origin 1825 edition. The final selection consisted of a unique marriage of whisky matured in first-class American white-oak then finished in the finest Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts.
Aromas of creamy, floral malted barley with hints of vanilla that welcome the arrival of mixed summer fruits. Bananas, pineapple, pears and boiled sweets merge with a delicious mix of soft spice. Floral with pear-drop sweetness on the finish.
OLD BALLANTRUAN ‘The Peated Malt’     Speyside Single Malt      £26.99
Old Ballantruan is an unusually peated single malt from the Tomintoul distillery, bottled at a higher proof (50%abv).
Full and rich nose with heathery smoke balanced by subtle floral notes. On the palate gentle ‘peat reak’ flavours with hints of citrus tones, malty nuttiness, fudge and chewy dark peat. Long, lingering finish with a touch of malted barley sweetness.

Other Whisky Offers

A small selection of the hundreds of Whisky’s we have on offer this Christmas.
We also have a large range of whiskies from around the globe.

BLAIRMHOR 8 Year Old         Blended Malt     £16.99
Blended from a finely balanced selection of single malt whiskies. Sweet and toffee-like with a beautifully smooth, long lasting finish.
SPEYBURN Bradan Orach      Speyside Single Malt      £17.49
A classic Speyside single malt. Aromas of green apples, honey, lemon and floral vanilla spices. Wonderfully balanced medium-bodied whisky, with a long-lasting finish.
THE ILEACH Peated        Islay Single Malt       £22.99
Our biggest selling single malt, but it’s not for everyone. Robustly peaty, with that unmistakable breath of the seashore, The Ileach is “a true man from Islay”.
GLENGOYNE 10 Year Old       Highland Single Malt     £24.99
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 –never peat-and of sherry casks selected by hand.
THE ARDMORE Legacy, Lightly Peated      Highland Single Malt    £24.99
Light, silky peat-smoke and creamy vanilla, balanced with sweet honey and spice.
TOMATIN Legacy      Highland Single Malt        £24.99
Light and delicate with a candy sweetness which is peppered with hints of pine. Lemon sherbet, pineapple and crunchy green apples with a touch of freshly baked sponge.
ARRAN Lochranza Reserve        Island Single Malt       £27.99
Beautifully balanced citrus fruit and light vanilla sweetness with a burst of apple and delicate marine notes. A fresh island character from their home village of Lochranza.
TAMDHU 10 Year Old      Speyside Single Malt       £29.99
On the nose softness of vanilla and sugared almonds, balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon. Bursting with fruit and spice, gently leading to toffee and the richness of sherry oak. Finally unveiling the merest wisp of peat.
SPRINGBANK 10 Year Old      Campbeltown Single Malt     £33.99
This 10 year old offers whisky drinkers the perfect introduction to the Springbank range. Malt, oak, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla essence. Perfectly balanced from the first sip to the full, rich finish.
EDRADOUR 10 Year Old    Highland Single Malt     £34.99
Nestled in a pocket Glen, in the hills above Pitlochry, lies Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. Delicous aromas of sugared almonds and a hint of Oloroso. The smooth, creamy, light malty taste is followed by a mellow, warming finish.
BIG PEAT 5th Christmas Edition     Blended Islay Malt    £44.99
A shovelful of Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies including malts distilled at Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Port Ellen Distilleries. A vatted malt such as this is what the Scotch Whisky industry would call a ‘marriage of malts’. This very bottling carries a big peaty, salty, beachy, ashy, oceanic and rather chimney sooty selection of malts from the legendary Whisky Island of Islay… You could say this is ‘Islay in a bottle. No chill filtration and bottled at natural cask strength (53.8%) enjoy on a cold winters night.

Gin Recommendations

A handpicked selection of Gins
from our range of over 200

CAORUNN Small Batch Scottish £23.99
Our most popular Gin by far. A unique infusion of five Celtic and six traditional Gin botanicals, pure grain spirit and Scottish water for a clean, crisp, aromatic taste adventure with a long, dry, appley finish.

AVIATION American Gin £27.59
Created to change the way people think about gin, made in the traditional dry style with anything but a traditional flavour profile. Rich, floral and savoury notes of lavender, cardamom and sarsaparilla.

BATCH Handcrafted Gin, Burnley £29.99
The perfect Christmas Gin, from our closest distiller, with notes of Frankincense and Myrrh to give it a spicy savoury finish. Silver award winner.

FIFTY POUNDS London Dry Gin Gift Set £30.59
A genuine English small batch gin. The careful selection and combination of the natural ingredients used to produce Fifty Pounds Gin results in exceptional smoothness. Supplied with two large glasses.

SACRED Christmas Pudding Gin, London £33.99
This rich and satisfying distilled gin makes an elegant alternative to Christmas Pudding after a large festive dinner. Serve as a shot straight from the freezer.

This timeless decadence of rose petals combines with Liverpool Gin to create the very essence of romance. A tenderly fragrant nose and delicate brush of the palate await every suitor. Serve with good tonic water and garnish with a rosebud.

LIVERPOOL GIN Valencian Orange *NEW* £39.99
Liverpool Gin and Valencian orange- a match made in heaven. It combines the gins highly distinctive blend of organic botanicals and ingredients with the zesty, citrus notes of oranges. Serve with good quality tonic and a slice of orange.

Vodka Offers

BELVEDERE 007 Collector's Edition - Poland £29.99
Full and round with a medium bodied weight and rich, velvety texture. Some vanilla swaying between sweet and savoury with a hint of white pepper and spice.

MAMONT Gift Set with two glasses - Siberia £29.99
Ultra-premium, crystal clear spirit producer in limited small batches. Rich and silky smooth this is a truly exceptional vodka. Packaged in a tusk shaped bottle with two tusk shaped shot glasses.

Brandy Offers

TORRES 10 Gran Reserva - Spain £12.99
A fantastic price on the outstanding Spanish Brandy. Quite intense on the nose with warm hints of cinnamon and vanilla. On the palate it is round and rich, developing towards a lush and lingering aftertaste.

MAXIME TRIJOL Classic VSOP Gognac £28.59
A quality VSOP from the Maxime Trijol house, one of the few independents still controlling and performing all aspects of production in-house. Very smooth and mellow style of Cognac.

MAXIME TRIJOL Grande Champagne VSOP Cognac £36.59
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 and stunningly presented in a handsome decanter. This cognac offers rich aromas of rancio, with candied peels, stone fruits and aniseed.

RAGNAUD-SABOURIN NO. 25 XO Cognac £80.99
None of the Ragnaud-Sabourin cognacs are blended between years; they are all matured as vintages. This is a Grande Champagne XO, packaged in a stunning decanter and aged for 25 years. Floral nose with blossom, some sweetness and rose petals. Musty wood, spices oak-led vanilla, fruit and very soft with a long elegant finish.

BARON DE SIGOGNAC 10ans Armagnac £29.99
This is a beautifully crafted Bas-Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac. An attractive nose with discernible hints of vanilla, cinnamon and candied orange. Very round and full; earthy with hints of dried fruit and toffee yet showing floral, woody and spicy notes.

BARON DE SIGOGNAC 20ans Armagnac £4                                                                     Armagnac                            £41.99
On the nose supple with impressions of vanilla and reminiscent of brioche. Velvety to begin with followed by flavours of violets, prunes and vanilla. A gentle but long finish evokes liquorice, cinnamon and dried fruit.

Rum Offers

DOORLY’S XO                                                                                                    Barbados                             £22.99
To produce the unique character of Doorly’s XO, very old rums are selected by the master blender and matured for a second time in Spanish oloroso sherry casks, producing a delicious fusion of complex flavours from the cask and the well-aged rums. Demerara sugar, treacle, liquorice and aniseed on the palate, exceptionally smooth.
MEZAN XO Gift Set                                                                                         Jamaica                                £26.59
Superb gift for any rum lover. A bottle of Mezan Jamaica XO and two specially designed rum glasses. Pungent nose with fresh banana and sweet spice. A light palate with complex spice and hints of tobacco.

Liqueur Offers

AMARETTO SALIZA Bepi Tosolini                                                                                                   £19.59
A traditional Italian Amaretto made with crushed almonds. Light, delicious and rounded on the palate with a fresh almond sweetness with a long, candied finish.

LIMONCELLO Bepi Tosolini                                                                                                               £16.59
The best Limoncello we’ve tried. All-natural made using lemons harvested from the Amalfi coast, considered to be the best area for lemons.

EDINBURGH GINS Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur                                                                           £18.99
Tangy spring crop rhubarb macerated with oriental ginger and lemon zest is infused into Edinburgh gin to create a nostalgia-including roes-hued tipple perfect as a winter warmer.

LEOPOLD BROS. Michigan Cherry flavoured Whiskey                                                                   £32.59
Made by combining the juice of tart cherries with Leopold’s own whiskey. The spirit is left to rest in bourbon barrels, giving the flavours time to marry and mature while drawing out notes of vanilla, marzipan and spice. Delicous!

All illustrations in this blog are by Kate Byrne

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