Plymouth Gin Botanical Lab Workshops – 7th & 9th June 2018
Get those lab coats and goggles at the ready, as we join forces with Plymouth Gin to host a series of botanical lab workshops at Amathus Soho, City and Shoreditch. During the sessions you’ll be taken on a journey through the history and production of Plymouth Gin, then put to the test as we challenge you to make your very own gin.
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Glenfarclas Masterclass – 24th May 2018
Cálem Port Masterclass – 24th May 2018
SAVE THE DATE – on Thursday 24th May, Amathus City will be hosting a Cálem Port masterclass with Joao Belo from Cálem. The following will be on tasting for you to try:
What a line up… tickets on sale now
Tovaritch! celebrates its 100th award and pushes itself towards new records
On April 3, 2018, Tovaritch! was awarded its 100th medal by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago. It is a continuous testament to the brand’s superb quality.
Since 2007 Tovaritch! has regularly participated in some of the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competitions in the world, including the Beverage Testing Institute, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, The Spirits Business competitions and the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
In blind tastings Tovaritch! is invariably rated highly by the finest palates in the spirits industry. Its five Consistence in Excellence awards from The Spirits Business convey the message loud and clear.
Says Eugenio Litta Modignani, CEO of Tovaritch! Spirits International SA, “For any single vodka to reap 100 awards, it’s an impressive feat. There are other vodkas in the market that may have as many or more awards but they are spread out over their many varieties. With Tovaritch!, it’s one and only variety, and it’s the winner. Hitting the 100 awards mark in the spirits business is not unlike climbing Everest. It’s a goal unattainable for most but those who make it join the winners’ club. What’s more important is that standing on the top of the mountain they get to see new horizons – and others peaks to be conquered. Within two weeks of our 100th award, we earned yet another – 101th – from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It’s fair to say that we are on our way to our next peak.”
In today’s increasingly environmentally-conscious marketplace, one of the key things that makes Tovaritch! a natural winner is its green philosophy. Tovaritch! selects all natural, non-GMO ingredients for its vodka. The spring wheat and rye come from the rich soil of the Volga region. Tovaritch! sends its quality assurance experts to the grain farms in order to buy the best grains free of chemical pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers and enzymes. The water used in the production is drawn from pristine underground wells and undergoes reverse osmosis treatment to remove unhealthy
substances while all the essential minerals are preserved.
From the fields Tovaritch! takes its green practices into the distillery, using only organic yeasts and natural nutrients. It blends the filtered spirit with natural ingredients, thus ensuring that its vodka has a smooth, clean taste that only a vodka free of artificial additives can boast.
Tovaritch! is a grain vodka produced and bottled in Russia by Geneva-based Tovaritch Spirits International SA. It builds its success on Russian tradition and Swiss precision. Vodka Tovaritch! is distilled five times and filtered through a combination of birch charcoal and silver. With its unique combination of fine quality and attractive pricing, vodka Tovaritch! offers the best of two worlds in one bottle.
New in – Spirit of Hven No. 6:1 Mizar
Introducing Spirit of Hven No. 6:1 Mizar, the 6th single malt whisky in the ‘Seven Stars’ series; married on Quercus Petraea barriques that previously held Château Margaux Premier Grand Cru. A light smokiness with spicy notes of raisins, cacoa and vanilla. Hints of chamomile backed by violet and banana.
The English Whisky Masterclass – 23rd April 2018
To celebrate St George’s Day, we will be hosting a with The English Whisky Company at Amathus Soho, Monday 23rd April 6.30pm, hosted by our resident whisky specialist Marlowe Harris.
The English Whisky Company is England’s oldest registered whisky distiller. In 2005 the Nelstrop family designed and built the St George’s Distillery in Norfolk, with the express purpose of producing the very finest English single malt whisky… and that they have certainly done.
The following whiskies will be on tasting:
The English Whisky Chapter 17 (Triple Distilled) Single Malt Whisky
The Norfolk Parched Single Grain Whisky
The Norfolk Malt n Rye Single Grain Whisky
The English Original Single Malt Whisky
The English Smokey Single Malt Whisky
The English Whisky Chapter 15 (Heavily Smoked) Single Malt Whisky
The English Whisky Chapter 16 (Smokey PX Matured) Single Malt Whisky
A superb family owned and sustainably managed Champagne house
Amathus Drinks is delighted to announce the partnership with Champagne Duval-Leroy. From April 2nd Amathus will be the exclusive UK distributor for this prestigious house. Family-owned since 1859, today Duval-Leroy is under the stewardship of Carol Duval-Leroy, ably supported by her three sons Julien, Charles and Louis. Located in Vertus in the Côte des Blancs, the house works with an unusually high proportion of their own 1er and Grand Cru vineyards, many of which are worked organically. Chardonnay is the dominant grape throughout the range and top quality rosé is also made alongside a selection of special cuvées from historic varieties. A combination of stainless steel, oak barrels and old reserve wines are used to create wines of great precision and complexity.
Duval-Leroy is a leader in promoting sustainability in both winery and vineyard, not only listing a fully organic wine but also certified completely vegan across the range. Widely carried by Michelin-starred restaurants, Relais et Châteaux and prestigious hotels across the globe, in addition Duval-Leroy has been awarded Best Champagne in the World by CSWC (Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships) for three consecutive years, confirming their reputation as a producer of the highest quality.
Jeremy Lithgow MW, Amathus Drinks’ Head of Wine said “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a prestigious house. The quality across the range is outstanding and we’re excited to be working with another family owned company which shares our desire for quality and ambitions for growth in the UK market.”
Northern Restaurant & Bar Show – 20th & 21st March 2018
Meet us at Northern Restaurant & Bar Show on the 20th & 21st March at Manchester Central, stand E68. We’ll be showcasing Bobby’s, Ferdinand’s, Spirit of Hven, Barceló, Les Vergers Boiron and Rhum Clément… to name a few.
Calle 23 Tequila Masterclass – 13th March 2018
Amathus cordially invites you to the UK launch of Calle 23 Criollo. Sample the newest addition to the Calle 23 range with founder Sophie Decobecq. RSVP email@example.com. Do not miss out!
Casual Dining – 21st & 22nd February 2018
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‘A Taste of France’ Masterclass – 1st February 2018
Join us Amathus City on the 1st February for our ‘A Taste of France’ masterclass with our very own Frenchie and brand sales manager, Yves Calabre. On tasting will be a selection of French brandies including, Francois Voyer VSOP, Francois Voyer XO, Laubade XO, Laubade Hors d’Age, Laubade Blanche, Breuil VSOP and Breuil 15yr, with a few extra surprises to excite your taste buds. Which will be your favourite French brandy?
Introducing Les Vergers Boiron Ambient Fruit Purées
The fruit, the whole fruit and nothing but the fruit…
Les Vergers Boiron, a family adventure established in 1942 and today the brand of reference for professionals looking for that one-stop fruit solution, has launched their new range of ambient fruit purées, ready to use for instant, quick serve applications.
Ten absolutely must-taste flavours, 100% natural with unrivalled fruit content, no added flavourings, preservatives or artificial colourings. No need to freeze, just mix, serve up and enjoy; and what’s more, they last up to eight days once opened, with zero compromise and 100% taste perfection.
Choose your favourite fruit heaven from the following authentic tasting, utterly divine flavours – strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, pear, passion fruit, pineapple, apricot, mango, yellow peach and blood orange.
Delicious drinks in just a few seconds…
The English Whisky Co. releases the first 10 year old English Single Malt Whisky
The English Whisky Co. is England’s oldest registered whisky distiller. In 2005 the Nelstrop family designed and built the St George’s Distillery in Norfolk with the express purpose of producing the very finest English single malt whisky.
Following a string of successful releases over the past few years, along with numerous awards, The English Whisky Co. are releasing a limited number of bottles of the first 10yr old English whisky available for over a century. Selected from exceptional ultra-rare casks of the Founders’ Private Cellar range it provides a promising glimpse of the whiskies we can expect to see from the distillery in the future. Each individually numbered bottle comes with its own certificate and is presented in a beautiful piano finished box.
Amathus Drinks Plc is delighted to be appointed the new UK distributor of The English Whisky Co. Phil Duffy, Head of Spirits for Amathus, commented, ‘The English Whisky Co. is an incredible addition to the Amathus portfolio and we feel honoured to have them on board. With the increasing popularity of whisky, it is inevitable the collection will be equally well received by our on-trade and off-trade customers. The release of their 10yr English Single Malt is an important landmark in the development of modern distillation in England, and having tasted the range of whiskies they are producing we’re looking forward to exciting times ahead.’
New to Amathus Agency – Koval Organic Spirits
Established in 2008, Koval is the first distillery in Chicago since the mid-1800s, is one of America’s largest artisan distilleries and has won over 50 international awards. Koval pioneered a new school of distilling in the US that focuses on the heart cut: the purest, most grain forward portion of the distillate, which gives Koval its signature clean, bright style. Koval is also known for its use of unique and interesting grains, such as millet, leading Wine Enthusiast to name the distillery a “leader of the alt-grain scene.” All of Koval’s whiskies are ‘single barrel’ and are aged in 30 gallon oak barrels; the contents of each bottle can be traced all the way back to the field on which the grain was grown.
While Koval is a vanguard of American independent whiskey, they also have a lot to offer gin fans: their Dry Gin – the most awarded domestic gin in the US in 2015 – has now been joined by the gold medal winning Barreled Gin (aged in Koval Rye barrels for 6 months).
All Koval products are certified organic and kosher, and are made from grain to bottle in Chicago.
The Glenrothes Masterclass – 7th December
Sipsmith Masterclass – 5th December
A Walk Down Gin Lane with Sipsmith
Join our friends from London Distillery Sipsmith for an evening of gin tasting at Amathus City. Enjoy a hot gin cocktail to kick things off while you learn all about the history of gin and where Sipsmith fits into this, followed by a full tutored tasting of the Sipsmith range.
The range of gin on tasting (after the Hot G&T as a greeting):
– Sipsmith London Dry Gin
– Sipsmith VJOP
– Sipsmith Sloe Gin
– Sipsmith London Cup
Perfect Provenance – Direct from the Estate
A rarity, very few bottles left in existence!
Porto Cálem, was founded in 1859 by António Alves Cálem with its first Vintage Port being released in 1870. Porto Cálem has an international reputation for being one of the Douro’s most celebrated Port producers. Cálem Colheita is an aged Tawny Port made with grapes from a single vintage which by law must be matured in wooden casks for at least seven years.
Cálem Colheita 1961, bottled in 2013, after 52 years in the barrel has just been awarded the top award at the IWSC annual awards, the gold IWSC Trophy 2017 for the Port wine category. (The IWSC Annual Awards celebrates excellence in wine and spirit making, and is recognised as setting the International benchmark for quality).
Judges tasting notes:
“Amber shading to green. Dried figs, caramel and raisins, with marmalade notes and candied lemons. The wine exhibits amazing youthfulness and purity and literally dances on the tongue. The balance of alcohol, wood ageing and fruit have come together in an incredible fusion of flavours and textures that is just purely sublime.”
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.