With Christmas only 11 weeks away, it’s time to start thinking of fun, festivities and yes… presents.
We have put together our top tipple suggestions for your upcoming Christmas. So that your seasonal offerings will be ‘merry’ and bright!
This Christmas why not treat your loved ones to the nation’s favourite port, Cockburn’s Special Reserve. A perfect gift for any wine fan, this Port is delicious on its own or paired with either chocolate or cheese to bring out its rich, balanced flavour.
Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port (75cl) RRP £12.00
Originally introduced in 1969, Cockburn’s Special Reserve was so ground-breaking it created a whole new Port category and is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Hailed as one of the most iconic Ports of all time, it’s matured in oak casks, giving it the full bodied dry finish which made it the benchmark for all Reserve Ports. Featuring notes of strawberry and plums this classic is the perfect accompaniment to any meal, particularly around the festive season!
Rosemullion Distillery’s Christmas Spirit gin, which will be available to buy online via Drinkfinder and in select stores across the South West of England from mid October at a MRRP of £15.
Available in 25cl bottles, the 40% ABV gin brings cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and several other spices to create a warming festive aperitif.
The gin comes from Rosemullion Distillery, a new-for-2019 craft distiller of gin and rum, based on The Helford in Cornwall. Between them, the husband and wife team have more than 45 years’ experience as industrial chemists, and started the distillery in order to combine their scientific knowledge and processes with a passion for quality spirits.
Rosemullion is also one of a very small number of distilleries to create its own base spirit from scratch, rather than simply flavouring industrial spirits.
For more information, visit https://rosemulliondistillery.com/
Norfolk Gin stocking fillers arrive in time for Christmas
Norfolk Gin, a fragrant and well-balanced bathtub gin, is now available in small porcelain decanters; making it an ideal gift for any gin-lover this Christmas.
So much more than a standard miniature, each porcelain handmade decanter contains 100ml of Norfolk Gin, a delicious, handcrafted spirit, made in the historic city of Norwich. The smaller bottles, made exclusively for Norfolk Gin by Wade Ceramics in Stoke on Trent, make for a beautiful addition to any gin collector’s drinks trolley or cabinet.
Adventurous and luxurious Salcombe Gin, which embraces life on and around the water, has released ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’, a new Mediterranean inspired gin. This exceptional dry rosé gin forms part of a luxury collection of gifts from Salcombe Gin to give this Christmas.
For something unique and standout choose from a Salcombe Gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’ luxury hamper for a loved one, a beautiful Copa glass gift set, miniature gift set or a gift voucher to award-winning Salcombe Gin School. This exceptional new gin is also perfect for creating beautiful Christmas cocktails for celebrations and festivities.
Tomatin’s Legacy expression has spent time maturing in Bourbon barrels and Virgin Oak casks, resulting in a sweet, light, refreshing and universally versatile whisky. Legacy boasts aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, pineapple and lemon. On the palate gentle flavours emerge ahead of a light, clean finish.
12 Year Old
Tomatin’s 12 Year Old expression is smooth and silky, matured in a combination of traditional Scotch, Bourbon and Sherry casks providing a traditional yet distinctive Whisky.
The 12 Year Old’s rich fruity aroma is the prelude to sweet flavours of apples, pears and a subtle hint of nut before a long pleasantly oily finish. Hero product of the range, classic, consistent and traditional. Can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a whisky based serve.
http://www.tomatin.com/tomatin-12 – £44.00
14 Year Old
Tomatin 14 is soft, smooth and sweet. Unlike the rest of Tomatin’s Core Range, the Tomatin 14 Year Old has the distinction of being matured in a combination of Bourbon barrels and then finished in Tawny Port casks, resulting in a rich sweetness. The rich notes of this aged expression are perfectly balanced by an aroma of red berries and sweet honey. On the palate, aspects of light fruits and nuts leads to a distinctive finish of smooth fruit salad.
Ruby red in colour with abundant ripe red fruits such as plums, cherries and blackcurrants. The palate is juicy, medium bodied and very well balanced.
The Estate Collection Reserva range represents the purest expressions of each grape variety and are characterised by vibrant aromas and flavours. The Merlot is a blend of 98% Merlot, 2% Malbec all from the Colchagua Valley.
Caorunn’s newest addition, the Highland Strength gin with an ABV of 54% to highlight the traditional Scottish botanicals infused in our unique Copper Berry Chamber, for a flavour that deserves to be savoured.
Stockist: Amazon, Independent and Specialist retailers – RRP: £40.00 See more here > Caorunn Highland Strength
Exmoor Distillery is a young distillery run by husband and wife team, John and Nicola. It’s here that the true essence of Exmoor has been captured in a bottle of premium hand-crafted gin.
Light on the lips, this gin is smooth enough to sip neat over ice and comes alive when mixed with a quality tonic to produce a classic G&T with wonderful citrus notes. Northmoor also works wonderfully as the premium ingredient in a gin-based cocktail.
The premium recipe packs an authentic taste sensation, infusing traditional juniper berries with carefully considered and chosen botanicals including coriander, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon, cinnamon, rowan berries, winter savoury, orris root powder and kaffir lime leaves. This gin is perfect for sipping in front of the log fire over the festive period!
Northmoor Gin 44% ABV. RRP: £35.00 (70cl) £19.95 (35cl). You can buy Northmoor Gin straight from the source at https://www.exmoordistillery.co.uk/
Cobra is Brewed Smooth for All Food, meaning with the smooth texture and delightfully malty flavour there is a Cobra Beer suited for all the Festive meals that lie ahead! Whether that be alongside a traditional Christmas Meal, bread sauce and stuffing croquettes, or delicious pigs in blankets; Cobra’s malty sweetness and finer bubbles are what make it the perfect serve for each!
Whilst being one of the most awarded beers in the world, Cobra is also accredited by The Vegetarian Society as vegan friendly. Additionally, with Cobra Gluten Free and Cobra Zero the range is completely inclusive, so everyone can celebrate with a Cobra in hand during the Thanksgiving period!
Cobra Extra Smooth Premium
Cobra Premium is a beer expertly brewed to pair with all types of food. Made from a complex recipe of seven ingredients, and brewed to give a smooth and sophisticated taste, Cobra Premium is best suited to dishes with a bit of a kick; pair Cobra Premium with spicy chicken Pho or authentic Mexican Etoile.
Available nationwide from £4.25 (4x330ml)
This super-premium, full-bodied beer is double fermented in the bottle, giving King Cobra a warming and powerful depth. Served in a champagne style bottle, this is the perfect celebratory beer to enjoy chilled with friends. Pair King Cobra with buttery boiled Lobster or a spicy Tiger Prawn Biriyani.
Available from Tesco and Morrisons from £5.00 for 750ml
Expertly brewed, yet with 0% ABV, Cobra Zero is an excellent choice for those looking for a sophisticated serve without the alcohol. The award-winning recipe uses only the finest ingredients and has a sweet and malty flavour. Perfectly served alongside Fresh Japanese Sashimi, which can be shared all round – so there is a Cobra suitable for all!
Available from Asda and Ocado from £3.00 (4x330ml)
The Perfect Personalised Gift for a Boozy Christmas
For all the die hard whisky fans out there, Copper Dog, the eight malt blend and celebrity favourite, has launched a personalised gifting service to help you avoid the annual nightmare before Christmas. Whether you’re on holiday or home alone, this is a Christmas story even the biggest scrooge couldn’t turn down. The perfect gift can be hard to find for those who have everything, even if you are buying for your elf. So here is your miracle on 34th street, and you don’t need to travel on planes, trains and automobiles to get it, just order online and have it delivered straight to your door. Copper Dog’s solution to a wonderful life at Christmas.
Sit back, light the fire, and enjoy a tipple whilst watching your favourite Christmas flick this December. And remember, a Copper Dog is for life, not just for Christmas.
Available to purchase:
GET IT INKD – £35, 70cl bottle with personalised message.
HARVEY NICHOLS – £40, 70cl gift package, available online & in-store. (N.B. personalisation not available at Harvey Nichols)
Unlike rival brands in the sector, Besos is a palate pleaser that is free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soya and nut, and doesn’t curdle when mixed.
With a smooth and smoky finish, this Spanish plant-based brandy provides a distinctive taste. Also available in the Besos range is chocolate flavour — ideal for a cosy night in or a gift for a loved one.
Peter Smith, Managing Director of Besos, commented: “With no allergens, Besos de Oro is the ideal choice for anyone looking to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. We’re proud to provide a drink that can be enjoyed by all members of the public, no matter what their choice of lifestyle or dietary requirements.
“For over half a century the Irish Cream Liqueur has been the favourite tipple for millions of people all over the world, but times change — as do cultures, beliefs and fashion. Besos has taken this family favourite and made it the drink of the moment. Forget lactose intolerance, gluten, nut and dairy problems. Forget cruelty to animals — Besos has solved these issues and shown it’s possible to mix ethics, allergy free and scrumptiousness in the same glass.”
The liqueur has an elegant design too, with each bottle packaged in a sleek, modern and crisp casing. Produced in the North East, it is to be launched on Monday, via the new Besos website for £20. (http://alternativeliqueurs.com/)
Launching exclusively into Sainsbury’s nationwide, following on from the success of the brand’s official launch in Waitrose in September 2017 with its Silver series range.
Designed to add a touch of style to any occasion, the new wines are perfect for alfresco drinking, dinner parties or to enjoy at home.
Harvested from premium vineyards within Australia, the Quartz Chardonnay is an aromatic white wine, with fruity citrus and white peach aromas that perfectly balance its crisp, clean finish. This delicious wine is paired best with lightly cooked shellfish such as crab and prawns, as well as a creamy chicken soup.
With luscious ripe berry flavours, the Quartz Shiraz is an elegant wine with generous length and a smooth finish. Recognised as Australia’s favourite red wine, the Shiraz pairs best with slowly cooked meat and fruity, dark chocolate desserts.
Tempus Two is a leading Australian winery, having been founded in 1997 in the iconic Hunter Valley region. The brand has been the official wine sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia for the past seven years reinforcing its style credentials.
Tempus Two Quartz series is now available in Sainsbury’s, RRP £9 per bottle.
Inspired by Flamingos – the exotic and funky strutters of the bird world. Independent Manchester distillery, Zymurgorium, has created a tropical pink gin bursting with the Caribbean flavours of mango, pineapple, passionfruit, allspice and ginger.
Zymurgorium Flagingo Pink Gin is available to buy from Selfridges, House of Malt and www.zymurgorium.com RRP: £19.00
You can buy a six pack of Kustom Lager, a mixed six pack of Kustom, Full Amber & Flat Tire Lager (currently on offer for an amazing 2 for £9) or the four pack of the Non-Alcoholic Flat Tire in Tesco. The recyclable cans also make the packaging sustainable.
Pistonhead have been crafting specialist brews in the awesome ‘Brutal Brewing’ workshop in Sweden since 2011. They’re serious about brewing, but not much else!
Pistonhead support creativity, individuality, a Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude and good times. The range includes Kustom Lager, loaded with barley malt and hops to create a full bodied lager balanced with a distinct bitterness; Full Amber, created from American hop varieties Cascade, Citra and Centennial to pack a punch; and Flat Tire, a bitter, citrusy dry hopped lager derived from the Centennial and Mosaic hops. There’s also a non-alcoholic version.
Spanning 19,000 acres of rolling farmlands and woodlands in the heart of Wiltshire, the Ramsbury Estate is amongst just a handful of distilleries in the world to craft its spirits from field to glass, by growing its own wheat and using its own chalk filtered water source in a fully sustainable production process on the estate.
RSP £35.00 (70cl, 40% ABV)
Tasting note: Floral tones and crisp quince fades into more savoury juniper, with a refreshing finish and a touch of spice. Smoothness abounds, and this single estate spirit sits at the sweeter end of London Dry Gin
Awards: Gin Masters 2018 – London Dry – SILVER; IWSC 2018 – Gin & Tonic – SILVER
RSP £38.00 (70cl, 40% ABV)
Tasting note: Initial dried fruits, then cocoa and layers of caramel. Elegant, medium-bodied creamy texture. Dark chocolate richness. A distinctive and enigmatic character, with a broad range of characteristics
Awards: Vodka Masters 2018 – Ultra Premium – GOLD; Vodka Masters 2018 – Europe – MASTER; Bartenders Brand Awards 2018 – Vodka – Champion
RSP £90 (2 X 70cl, 40%ABV) Available from the Ramsbury website.
Create the perfect festive drink this season with Ramsbury’s Christmas Hamper which includes a bottle of Single Estate Gin and Vodka, two serving glasses, a stirring spoon and voucher for two to tour the single estate distillery and craft brewery. There will be opportunities to try Ramsbury’s award-winning drinks and learn more about the estate’s sustainable distilling and brewing process.
RSP £2,150 (2 X 70cl, 40%ABV) Available from the Ramsbury website.
The perfect gift for a drinks connoisseur this Christmas, the Ramsbury Estate Christmas hamper includes a bottle of Single Estate Gin and Vodka, two bottles of Ramsbury Gold Ale and Red Ram Craft Lager, six highball G&T glasses, hand engraved Royal Brierley Rams Head Decanter, artisan kitchen slow gin jam and plum jam, Ramsbury Black Gold Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil, Ramsbury Honey, Coco Chemistry Ramsbury Gin Truffles, Ramsbury Vodka Raspberry Caramels, Peanut and Caramel Chocolate Salami and a Paul Swan Handmade G&T Chopping Board. To complete the hamper, also included is a gift voucher for a private tour for two of the Ramsbury Distillery and mini break for two at The Bell at Ramsbury, including two nights with breakfast and a three-course dinner with drinks.
Cocchi vermouth and flavoured are born from wines and spices selected according to the original recipes created by Giulio Cocchi.
The vermouth of Turin is a collective heritage of the Piedmontese, which sees in the royal court of Savoy the first great promoter of a product that, starting from the end of the XVIII century in particular, generated a flourishing industry that made Piedmont the Kingdom of Vermouth.
A full bodied vermouth, with rich red fruits and delicate spices, available from Waitrose RRP £18
See Cocchi – Aperitivos and vermouth – Piedmont, Italy