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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!


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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.


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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!

So come along and visit us at stand W230 to discover the exciting world of Jinro Soju from South Korea. We’ve also got a few surprises up our sleeves so make sure you don’t miss out. Register here.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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Bonpland Rum 

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…


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Meletti Amaro 

Recently featured in GQ Magazine, Meletti Amaro, the classy Italian digestivo!

Read the full article here


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Just landed… Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

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.


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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.

Joining in on the action with us and showcasing their exceptional rum collections are BarcelóRhum J.M and Rhum Clément. Come and visit us at stand 22 and see what it’s all about!

Register now at www.rumfest.co.uk.


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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.

We want in on the action and will be there showcasing the outstanding Spirit of Hven and Kings County at stand 55.

Sign up now at www.whiskyshow.com.


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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 city@amathusdrinks.com or call 0207 283 0638. Limited spaces available so hop to it!


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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!


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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…


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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!


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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.


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‘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.


 

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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Brass Monkey becomes the second official Mezcaleria in the UK!

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Brass Monkey, located in the heart of the Nottingham’s Lace Market District, has been declared the second ever official Del Maguey Single Village Mezcaleria in the UK. This has been awarded as recognition of the great work they do to raise the profile of mezcal and champion premium, single village mezcal.

Brass Monkey opened its doors in 1999 and 17 years later it still remains one of the hottest places in town. Boasting one of the best back bars in the city, Brass Monkey stands out from its peers offering a unique drinking experience with its quirky interior, live music and creative cocktail menu.

Becoming proud owners of this title, allows Brass Monkey to stock the full Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal portfolio – the second bar in all of the UK to be given this honour. To commemorate this they’ve been awarded with a shiny blue plaque, which now hangs in prime position above the door.

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It couldn’t be more fitting with the grand revealing of the plaque, taking place on the 5th May, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo – a celebration of Mexican heritage & their victory in The Battle of Puebla in 1862… so what better way for Brass Monkey to celebrate this day than with a Del Maguey Vida cocktail competition followed by a Cinco de Mayo party into the early hours.

Manager of Brass Monkey, Liam O’Brien comments ‘Being awarded and recognised as a quality Mezcaleria is great, it’s not something we thought we would achieve but it’s something we’ve certainly been aiming for. At Brass we love agave spirits and have been stocking and serving only the best spirits we can find. With good quality spirts, hardworking staff, great service and fantastic hair you’d be surprised what you can achieve with a building that’s held together with duct tape, Blu-Tack and good intentions!’

About Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

Del Maguey is a collection of fine, rare, unblended mezcals made by individual family producers in small remote villages scattered throughout the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. With one exception – the rare Tobala – they are all produced from 100% espadin agave and according to traditional processes, which dates back over 400 years.

Each Del Maguey Mezcal bears the name of the village where it is produced, and is unique with flavours expressing the personalities, culture and the history of the village. Described as smokey, true, deep and warm, Del Maguey Mezcals are something special.

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Reawakening the spirit of Scotland’s rugged North Shore

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Just over 2 weeks ago we saw the arrival of our new agency whisky, Wolfburn. This was a very exciting time for us, not only to have this wonderful whisky added to our portfolio but also because it’s a brand new single malt whisky, fresh to the market. This doesn’t happen a lot in the whisky world, so you can imagine how ecstatic we were to be given the honour of distributing Wolfburn throughout the UK.

So here’s a bit of background for you:

In 2011 the founders of Wolfburn Single Malt Whisky travelled to Thurso in Caithness, in search of the old Wolfburn distillery. All that remained was the flow of water that once fed the mash tun and stills many years ago. The team were convinced that if the water was still there, then the whisky could be too. In May 2012, the purchase of the land was finalised. By January 2013 the new Wolfburn distillery was complete and on Burns Night, a cask of Wolfburn Whisky – the first for nearly 150 years – was laid down in Thurso.

 

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Using unpeated malt, master distiller Shane Fraser and his team have crafted the latest incarnation of Wolfburn Whisky from a blank canvas by pot still distillation, the old way; no automation, no rush and a lot of care. Aged in Spanish and American oak casks, Wolfburn Single Malt Whisky is wonderfully unique in flavour. It’s light and fragrant with aromas of fruit, malt and a hint of peat. It’s sweet and nutty on the pallet, leaving a pleasant flavour of smoke in the mouth.

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As well as the Single Malt bottle there is also the Inaugural release. Crafted from the very first casks from the new Wolfburn distillery, it’s truly something for collectors and connoisseurs. Limited in number to 875 bottles (100 for the UK market), each individually numbered and engraved, and presented in a hand-made oak box.

The whisky inside was selected by Shane Fraser specifically to become Wolfburn’s first. Using long fermentation, long slow distillation, and matured in hand-selected casks, it is genuinely something very very special.


 

Since its release on the 14th March, Wolfburn Whisky has already taken the market by storm and is fast becoming a whisky that everyone is talking about. From articles in Harpers Food & Drink Magazine to fantastic reviews from the likes of Dave Broom, a very well-known writer in the whisky world. Scoring it an 8/10 and branding it ‘one to watch’, Broom adds ‘I’ve been impressed with Wolfburn’s quality from the word go and this doesn’t disappoint.’

To read the full review, please visit bit.ly/wolfburn.

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If you require anymore information on any of the two products, please visit our website or pop in to your nearest Amathus store.

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Mezcal is up in the UK Spirit Market

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One of the most noticeable new trends in the UK spirit market is the rise of mezcal and we’re certainly very proud to have the best and most exclusive selection of mezcal available in the UK.

Not everyone will be familiar with the spirit mezcal and a lot of the time it can be mistaken to be the same as tequila. There are however a few major factors that set these two Mexican spirits apart.

Just a general fact for you all; tequila and mezcal can only be called tequila and mezcal if they are made in specific regions of Mexico. Where they’re made and how they’re made are the key differences that set these two apart. Here’s how…

Tequila is produced only in three small regions, Jalisco, Nayarit and Guanajuato, the most common of the regions being Jalisco. Mezcal, on the other hand, can be produced in most Mexican states with the majority of production taking place in Oaxaca. Tequila can only be called tequila if it is made with Blue Agave whereas mezcal can be produced using over 30 varieties of different agaves. Because of this each mezcal varies hugely in flavour as opposed to tequila which tends to be of a similar taste. When it comes to cooking tequilas, the piñas are baked in steam ovens whereas traditionally with mezcal the piñas are roasted in an underground pit filled with wood and charcoal.

Basically, think of it like this: mezcal is to tequila as scotch single malt is to bourbon, in that it’s a lot smokier and has a much more earthier flavour. Simple.. yes!?

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So when Jon Anders, Amathus Brand Champion, spoke to the Morning Advertiser, it was interesting to hear his view on the sudden rise of mezcal in the UK spirits market.

Here’s what he had to say:

‘Mezcal is the big one. It happened almost overnight, two or three years ago no one had heard of mezcal, now you can get it in bars all over the country’.

‘It taps into the same trend that gets people interested in whisky, as there’s so many different expressions out there. It’s a premium spirit, we sell small volumes but consistently, which is over the odds for a high price imported spirit’.

‘People will be willing to search out places that serve drinks that have that authenticity and quality. They are willing to learn, they read about something on the internet then they want to come to the bar and try some of the drink they hear about, to experiment’.

This just shows how much the spirit market can change over time. Something that people had never heard of 3 or 4 years ago is now fast becoming a must have in bars, restaurants and people’s alcohol cabinets.

If mezcal is your thing then stay tuned…we have a Mezcal Alipus & Los Danzantes masterclass coming soon to our Soho store. In the meantime have a browse of our great selection of mezcal, available in store and online. Happy shopping!

For the full article please visit http://bit.ly/1hrDuNX.

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Amathus Drinks PLC welcomes Bablake Wines Ltd to the family

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It is is with great pleasure that we can announce that on the 1st August 2015 Amathus Drinks PLC acquired the complete shareholding of Bablake Wines Ltd. We are tremendously excited with the acquisition, and look forward to future opportunities to utilise each others wealth of experience to create dynamic synergies and continue to make further developments within the industry. This strategic acquisition adds momentum to Amathus’ ambitious growth plans, doubling it’s customer and distribution asset and furthering its national distribution network.

Del Maguey : Voted No.1 in World’s Best Bars Brand Report 2015 !

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Del Maguey:

Voted No.1 in London-based, World’s Best Bars Brand Report 2015 !

This is a wonderful win to start the New Year and Amathus is thrilled to announce the news to its customers. This is the biggest industry accolade around at present, with the voting academy being made up of an international group of influential bartenders, commentators and industry trainers.

Del Maguey is a collection of fine, rare, unblended Mezcals made by individual family producers in small remote villages scattered throughout the state of Oxaca (pronounced Wah-Ha-Kah) in Mexico. Mezcal has taken the London bar scene by storm in 2014, and its popularity is set to continue to grow throughout the whole of the UK in 2015. If you haven’t already played party to this fantastic spirit, we recommend you give it a try! 

Click here to shop the collection.

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 If you want more information on any of these products please visit our website, or head in to your closest Amathus store:

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Amathus launches fourth store in Shoreditch

Amathus launches fourth store at 303 Old Street, EC1V 9IA, Shoreditch

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With three busy branches already operating in Soho, City and Knightsbridge, Amathus’ new store will stock an enviable range of competitively priced wines, champagnes, spirits and craft beers; including a carefully selected range of niche drinks that are exclusive to Shoreditch.

The store will hold our diverse selection of exclusively imported wines from top producers across the globe, including the Decanter magazine award winning Idiom Collection from Stellenbosch, the Wine & Spirits Magazine 2013 Winery of the Year Elk Cove Vineyards from Oregon; together with exciting recent additions from Australia joining in to the portfolio, Woodstock from McLaren Vale and Maverick from the Barossa Valley.

Our collection of 1800 spirits, 400 of which are exclusively imported by Amathus, includes the world’s most sought after Bourbon whiskey from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Casa Centinela Tequila, multiple golden medal winning distillery Château de Laubade, and renowned mezcal range Del Maguey; a unique spirit made with Ibérico de Ballota ham, which was recently named 2014’s Best Product at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.

Wine and spirit tasting sessions will also be held at the new store, with a host of experts on hand to talk guests through a regular series of guided master classes.

Amathus Shoreditch will open seven days a week, with a click and collect service and free local delivery available. The excellent product range and services provided by Stuart and Brian of The City Beverage Company will be continued. For existing trade customers please contact Dominic@AmathusDrinks.com, for account queries please contact Finance@AmathusDrinks.com  and for any other queries please contact Harry@AmathusDrinks.com

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