New In – Shrubb J.M Liqueur d’Orange
The wait is finally over… Shrubb J.M est arrivé! A brilliant marriage of aged J.M rhum with bitter orange zest, natural sugarcane syrup and a maceration of locally sourced vanilla bean, cinnamon and nutmeg. Best served neat/on ice, or in a Agric’Old Fashioned… Oh yeah!
Kilchoman Masterclass – 22nd November
If you missed the one last month at Amathus City then join us at Amathus Soho for our second Kilchoman masterclass. As a reminder on tasting will be the Machir Bay, Loch Gorm, 100% Islay, Vintage 2009 and the Madeira Cask.
You know what to do – sign up here.
BBC Good Food Show – 30th November – 3rd December
Save the date! This year we will be making an appearance at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham; a four day event with the best variety of food, drinks and cookery products from over 500 exhibitors… it’s the biggest and tastiest day out in the UK!
Kilchoman Masterclass – 24th October 2017
Please join us at Amathus City for a Kilchoman Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky masterclass on the 24th October at 7pm. On tasting will be the Machir Bay, Loch Gorm, 100% Islay, Vintage 2009 and the Madeira Cask.
Sign up now via our website, whilst there’s still tickets left.
New In – A.v.Wees Three-Corner Dry Yuzu Gin
The latest addition from A.Van Wees Distillery de Ooievaar, Three-Corner Dry Yuzu Gin, made from a mix of 100% distilled yuzu from Japan and 100% distilled gin from the classic botanicals of juniper, lemon, coriander, angelica and a variety of other herbs. On the palate, dry, subtle, yet intense yuzu and mandarin citrus flavours. Utterly divine!
The Ti’Punch Cup UK Final – The Winner is Announced…
This year we saw the return of the Ti’Punch Cup Competition after two whole years. If you’re not that familiar with the Ti’Punch Cup or even a Ti’Punch for that matter, then here’s what you need to know…
The Ti’Punch is a cocktail made up of three key ingredients: rhum agricole (white, gold or aged rhum), sugarcane syrup or raw sugar and fresh lime. The Ti’Punch is more than just a cocktail, it’s the heart of the culture in Martinique, traditionally served as an apéritif. Historically people used to have a Ti’Punch in the morning, to kick-start their day; better known as ‘décollage’ translated ‘take off’ in English.
So to celebrate the ‘Art of the Ti’Punch’, Rhum Clément launched the Ti’Punch Cup where bartenders from all over the world could enter. The idea of the competition is to create a twist on the classic Ti’Punch, by swapping out/adding in different ingredients to create your very own rendition. It’s a competition well worth entering, if for no other reason than that the national finalists win a 5-day trip to the French Caribbean island of Martinique for the global final, on the 12th-16th March 2018.
This year’s UK final took us to ECC in Chinatown, London. In total there were eight finalists competing for the winning spot, including Sam Boulton (The Bureau, Birmingham), Chris Tanner (The Vault, London), Zaneta Leszczynska (ECC Chinatown, London), Alex Taylor (Pennyroyal, Cardiff), Ashera Goonewardene (The Beachcomber, London), Remy Cousquer (Riverhut, Surbiton), Ben Todd (Home, London) and William Campbell (Alvinos, Newcastle).
The competition kick-started at 12pm sharp and each finalist had ten minutes to make four of their signature cocktail and present it to the judges. Our four lovely judges included Kiowa Bryan Rhum Clément US Brand Ambassador, Simon Difford founder of Difford’s Guide, Peter Holland from the Floating Rum Shack and Tiago Semblano, winner of the Ti’Punch Cup UK final in 2015.
The competition was extremely high, which made it a tad difficult for our judges to pick just the one winner. So without further ado, from third place to first place, our three lucky winners are as follows:
Third place – Alex Taylor from Pennyroyal in Cardiff with his Ti’Punch Power of 3.
Second place – William Campbell from Alvinos in Newcastle with his Historic Swizzle Ti’Punch addition.
So in first place, and the winner of the UK final was Ashera Goonewardene from The Beachcomber in London. Ashera stole the show with her cocktail, Retour Chez Moi, made with Clément Canne Bleue, canne syrup, lychee liqueur and guava juice; twizzle, twizzle, twizzled together then garnished with grapefruit peel… taste heaven. Congratulations Ashera, next stop Martinique!
After a Ti’Punch or two to toast Ashera’s success is was onto Trailer Happiness where the party continued well into the night.
Finally, a big thank you goes out to each of the finalists, our judges and of course ECC for letting us host the final at your fantastic bar.
A job well done!
We are excited to reveal that Bonpland Rum Rouge VSOP is now available on all Lufthansa first class flights. Another great accolade for the brand, congratulations guys.
First class all the way…
Recently featured in GQ Magazine, Meletti Amaro, the classy Italian digestivo!
Read the full article here…
Kings County Bottled-in-Bond
Bottled-in-bond is a designation that refers to American whiskeys (and some brandies) that are distilled, aged, and bottled entirely at one distillery, from barrels filled in one season, by one distiller.
Kings County Bottled-in-Bond is aged for 4 years in oak barrels and bottled at 100 proof. Smooth, spicy and complex with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and vanilla.
RumFest 2017 – 14th & 15th October
Calling all rum lovers of the world, join us at this year’s RumFest on the 14th & 15th October. For two days straight the ILEC Conference Centre will become home to the world’s largest rum festival, bringing trade and consumer experts together for a weekend of great food, entertainment and most importantly the finest rum around.
Register now at www.rumfest.co.uk.
The Whisky Exchange Show 2017 – 30th September – 2nd October
The Whisky Exchange Show is the UK’s most popular whisky festival, bringing together distillers and whisky fanatics from all over the world in the heart of London at the Old Billingsgate.
Sign up now at www.whiskyshow.com.
Champagne Pol Roger – 28th September
Please join us on Thursday, 28th September at Amathus City for our Champagne Pol Roger masterclass, kicking starting at 7pm.
On tasting will be the Brut Reserve NV, Pure NV, Rich NV, Vintage 2008, Rosé 2008, Blanc de Blancs 2009 and the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006. Tickets are £25 per person, to book please email email@example.com or call 0207 283 0638. Limited spaces available so hop to it!
California Wine Fair 2017 – 27th September
On Wednesday 27th September, California Wines will be hosting a portfolio tasting in central London. It will be a destination for California wines, with over 600 wines on tasting and over 40 exhibitors in attendance.
We will be part of the exhibitors list and will be showcasing our Californian agency brand, from Santa Barbara County – the wonderful Fess Parker. Alongside us will be Tim Snider, winemaker at Fess Parker Winery… so grab yourself a ticket at www.californiawinefair.co.uk… and we’ll see you there at table number 4!
The nominations have been announced…
Best of luck to Bonpland V.S.O.P Rouge and Otto’s Athens Vermouth who have been nominated for the Best New European Spirit or Bar Product at the 2018 Mixology Bar Awards.
We wait in anticipation for the results…
The Ti’Punch Cup is back
Register at www.tipunchcup.com for a chance to take part in the UK heats and win a trip of a lifetime to Martinique.
Deadlines for entries is the 12th September 2017… don’t miss out!
Three apples in every bottle… nothing else
Hoila Cider is a 100% premium apple Alpine cider from South Tyrol, Italy.
Hoila was born through an extensive research collaboration with the prestigious Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. They analysed and evaluated over 20 local apple varieties to create their premium blend. After years of hard work, countless trials and tests, and true dedication they established their own cider production facilities in Cortina.
Hoila is a refreshing cider made from the purest apples grown in South Tyrol. They combine the best British brewing tradition with Alpine authenticity, artisanship and absolute commitment to quality… it’s mouth-wateringly good.
‘A Taste of Honey’ from Joseph Cartron
Joseph Cartron intensely tickles our tastes buds with their latest heather flower honey liqueur, Cartron Miel; elaborated from pure alcohol and heather honey from the Landes region in the South West of France. Heather is a hardy plant that requires a lot of sunshine in order to produce the little pink flowers the bees forage between July and the autumn.
Reminiscent of spices and smoked peat, this artisanal heather honey liqueur is perfectly balanced to express its naturally sweet, aromatic characteristics.
The Nils Oscar Way or the Highway
Nils Oscar’s grandson opened the Nils Oscar microbrewery in Stockholm in 1996, experimenting with grain grown on the family farm nearby. The brewery quickly became a staple for quality Swedish craft beer and, after years of success, relocated and expanded. Still to this day, the second generation of the family focuses on producing traditional beer but with a modern twist.
Nils Oscar Sundberg was born in a small village in Sweden, in 1865. A pioneer in many respects, Nils Oscar personifies all the values that the brand stands for – honest, energetic, modern, respectful of nature, firmly grounded, a sense of craftsmanship and a little mischief of course. Each bottle is branded with Nils Oscar’s portrait as a seal of approval and to remind them to live up to his dedication to quality, honesty and forward-thinking…and they will continue to do this one bottle at a time.
Nils Oscar God Lager is their number one best seller that certainly lives up to its name, God, meaning ‘Tasty’ lager in Swedish.
New In – World Class Burgundies, with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’
Right in the heart of the Burgundy region, south of Beaune, on a hillside vineyard located in the village of Santenay, stands the Château de Santenay. This magnificent castle, with roots dating back to the 11th century, was once the main residence of Philip the Bold (Philippe le Hardi), son of the King of France, John the Good (Jean le Bon); hence why the château is commonly called ‘Château Philippe le Hardi‘.
Philippe le Hardi was the most illustrious owner of Château de Santenay. A brilliant politician, Philippe was responsible for a magnificent chapter in the history of Burgundy, founding the ‘Valois of Burgundy’ dynasty, which would reign for over a century.
Château de Santenay, is one of the larger wine-producing estates in Burgundy. This prestigious property, consisting of the château with its remarkable glazed tile roof and vineyards, is the result of an ancient heritage intimately linked to the history of wine production in Burgundy.
The wine estate consists of 98 hectares of vineyards, where the ‘noble’ Burgundian grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown. The wines are aged in the classic Burgundian tradition within the castle cellars.
Gold medal winner at the International Wine Challenge 2017, the Mercurey 1er Cru ‘Les Puillets’ 2015, is rich with opulent raspberry fruit flavours, has a ripe and inviting body with a wonderful balance and aroma. A truly stunning example of a classic red Burgundy.
Peruvian Perfection – the finest premium lager from Latin America
A very warm welcome to our newest agency beer from Peru. From the heart and heights of an ancient Andean civilisation, Cusqueña is a superior quality lager, brewed since 1908. On October 1st, 1908, a group of entrepreneurs led by Ernesto Günther founded Cervecera Alemana in the city of Cusco; it was here that the story of Cusqueña began.
Produced with only the finest natural ingredients near the mystical lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru; Cusqueña is crafted from the purest mountain water from a source at 18,000 feet in the Andes, with a combination of 100% barley malt, caramel malt and the finest aromatic Saaz hops. This gives it its exceptional golden quality, exquisite taste,
and distinctive flavour twist of caramel and citrus.
It’s crisp, pure and totally refreshing.
Award-winning Sparkling Wines from Luxembourg
A huge congratulations to our outstanding sparking wine producers, Bernard-Massard, who received some cracking results at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. The Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L’Écusson NV was awarded Platinum – Best in Show and the Millésimé 2014, was awarded Platinum.