To help celebrate Amathus’ 40th birthday, we’ve teamed up with some of our long-standing brand agency partners to create some exceptional and unique bottlings of iconic spirits. Personally selected by Harry Georgiou, Managing Director and Owner of Amathus, with Yves Calabre of our expert spirits category team, in collaboration with master distillers and blenders, these are extremely rare examples of some of the best spirits on the planet.
Harry explains: “We are extremely proud of our history, and this unique selection of fine and rare spirits is the perfect way to celebrate 40 years at the forefront of the UK drinks trade. These extraordinary brandies, whiskies and rum expressions are the result of a collaboration with some of the finest spirits producers in the world and stand as a testament both to the skill and passion of these producers, and to our ongoing commitment to bringing the finest examples of drinks to the world.”
The Sensational Six
43% ABV · 70cl · £157.35 · Allocation: 457 bottles
François Voyer occupies 29ha in the heart of the prestigious cru of Grande Champagne on some of the highest quality soils – the area known as the ‘golden triangle’. From this tiny estate Maître de Chai Pierre Vaudon produces cognacs of breath-taking elegance and complexity. This one-off bottling is based on a single vintage from the 1970s, and is testament to what this unique region is capable of. An intense, delicate cognac with a complex rancio and a finish that lasts a month or more. Quite simply perfect.
40% ABV · 70cl · £105.50 · Allocation: 300 bottles
The Château de Laubade is located in the Bas Armagnac region and has been in the stewardship of the Lesgourgues family since 1974. This 40-year is a classic old armagnac and a masterclass in ageing the Baco grape. The high proportion of Baco (over 50%) gives a velvety richness with plum, dried fruit and tobacco notes; the Ugni Blanc and Colombard making up the blend provide the elegance and freshness to back this up. Stunning with a cigar. And without a cigar.
47.7% ABV · 70cl · £93.55 · Allocation: 300 bottles
Château du Breuil has 42ha of orchards in the Pays d’Auge region, where the climatic conditions are perfect for growing apples for brandy. Distillation over a naked flame and twenty years in wood have resulted in this single cask of perfectly aged Calvados, which has been bottled at full strength – a rarity in the region. It combines a beautiful baked apple crumble aroma with a fresh green apple flavour mingled with soft spice; it really opens up in the glass after 15 minutes or so, if you can manage to wait that long.
44.3% ABV · 50cl · £75.00 · Allocation: 386 bottles
From the volcanic soils of the Northern tip of Martinique, the much-loved JM estate specialises in fine old and vintage rhum agricoles. The distillery gets its water from a volcanic spring within the grounds and – incredibly – the cane is pressed within one hour of harvest, preserving all its freshness. This is a single cask of 11-year-old rhum with an incredible complexity: tropical fruit, spices and nuts with a beautiful toastiness. Impossible to drink without smiling, even in the absence of the Martinique sun.
The English Whisky Company B1-423
57.1% ABV · 70cl · £85.05 · Allocation: 211 bottles
The English Whisky Company was established in 2006, becoming England’s first whisky distillery in over a century. Based in Norfolk, with plentiful supplies of barley and water, they have now been producing award-winning whiskies for over a decade. This is an exceptionally smokey whisky (peated to 62ppm) aged in a single bourbon cask and bottled at the high strength of 57.1%. This combination delivers huge amounts of smoke on the nose and the palate, backed up with the fruity esters and balance that characterise David Fitt’s cracking whiskies.
51% ABV · 50cl · £199.75 · Allocation: 100 bottles
Michel Couvreur source malt whiskies from Scotland and mature them in their caves in Burgundy, moving between different cellars to perfect the ageing process. This is a single cask single malt, distilled in 2002 and matured in a sweet Pedro Ximenez cask for 16 years, in both dry and humid cellars, and at only 100 bottles is one of the rarest whiskies they’ve ever produced. It is a beautiful deep red colour, with rich sherry notes and a round fruitiness that holds its alcohol level well. Like an exceptionally classy hug.