New & Exclusive to Amathus: Tsiakkas Wines

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So, last week was a very exciting week for Amathus as we saw the arrival of our new Tsiakkas Wines from Cyprus. Cyprus probably isn’t the first country that comes to mind when you think of wine, but this region is definitely renowned for its wine-making skills, producing some seriously impressive, flavoursome wines.

To a lot of people, Cypriot wines can be mistaken for ‘new world’ wines but what is actually quite surprising is that the history of winemaking in Cyprus is very old. In fact, it’s one of the oldest in the world. Recent excavations by Italian archaeologists suggest that wine-making in Cyprus may have existed 6,000 years ago but it wasn’t until the 1990’s when the country’s wine-making skills really began to shine.

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The location of Cyprus, 50 miles off the south coast of Turkey, certainly provides a challenging environment for the nation’s winemakers. Over the years numerous international and native grape varieties, such as Xynisteri, have been planted. These varietals have spent hundreds – if not thousands – of years adapting to the hot and dry conditions and now form the basis of premium wine production in Cyprus.

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Tsiakkas Winery is located in the village of Pelendri in the Pitsilia region of Cyprus, which is traditionally well-known for its grape vines. Costas Tsiakkas established the winery in 1988 which he runs together with his wife Maria. The winery produces a range of wines from grapes varieties such as Chardonnay, Xynisteri, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tsiakkas Winery prides itself on producing high quality wines, which continue to improve in quality year after year.
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So let’s take a look at some of the wines Tsiakkas Winery produce (each of the wines are now available to purchase from all Amathus stores and from our website too)
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The Tsiakkas Xynisteri 2014 is an exceptional white wine made from the grape variety Xynisteri. On the nose you get aromas of lime, green apple, herbs and beautiful floral notes. Its high acidity completes its fresh, lively, yet delicate style. This wine is bottled fresh to retain its citrus aromas, has a medium body and long lasting finish.

 

wine bottle Pictures 012Tsiakkas Vamvakada 2013 is a red wine made from the indigenous variety Vamvakada. It’s a medium bodied wine with spicy currants and vanilla undertones. It has a distinct taste of dark forest fruits, firm tannins and is said to age extremely well over time. I guess the longer you leave it, the better!

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Tsiakkas Winery is one of the producers that have returned to producing the historic dessert wine Commandaria. Tsiakkas Commandaria 2008 is made using natural fermentation avoiding the use of fortification, to retain its fruits. The wine is aged for 4 years in small oak casks at very low temperatures. On the nose you get hints of crème brulee, coffee, roasted dry nuts and quince! It’s best paired with sour desserts, so go for something lemony- we’d recommend the obvious choice and the best dessert ever.. lemon cheesecake!


We’re thrilled to have Tsiakkas Wines in our portfolio and we’re really excited for you all to try them!

If you would like any more information on any of the wines above, please visit our website or pop in to your nearest store.

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Ones to watch in 2016..

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With Christmas and New Year out the way it’s time to look ahead at what’s to come in 2016. January is supposed to be the month to relax and take it easy before all the madness starts again, but we’re way too excited to find out what’s in store for the drinks industry in 2016. Whether it’s a new product entering the market or an entirely new brand, we can’t wait to find out exactly what they are!

So let’s delve straight in and see which spirits and wines are on the rise and which ones we should expect to see more of, on the shelves and behind the bars.

Gin

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Gin has definitely been the show stopper of 2015, with an ever growing range of new brands gracing the market. From the classic London Dry to the not-so-classics, made from all sorts of weird and wonderful botanicals. Sometimes even we find it hard to keep up!

The gin category is currently growing by 6.6% and is showing no signs of putting the brakes on and slowing down. As the category continues to grow, we’ll be experiencing greater things from this spirit with even more new and exciting gins set to appear on the market soon.

It’s going to be another, very very exciting year for gin and we can’t wait to see what’s to come!

Aquavit

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With aquavit gradually appearing in more bars across the UK, 2016 is expected to be its year! Aquavit, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a Scandinavian spirit distilled either from grain or, more commonly, potatoes. To make it a bit simpler, think of it as a flavoured vodka.

In Scandinavia, aquavit is generally drunk neat, chilled or at room temperature but in the UK, aquavit is already showing signs that it can work well in mixed drinks and cocktails. Bartenders are already switching their gin in a Negroni and vodka in a Bloody Mary for a spicier kick that comes from using aquavit.

We’re one of the leading suppliers of aquavit in the UK so why not give some of our brands a try. Choose your favourite between: Linie Aquavit from Norway and Aalborg Aquavit from Denmark. If they don’t tickle your fancy then don’t worry, we’ve got plenty more aquavit for you to try.

Vodka

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Over the last year or so, vodka has taken a bit of a back seat after struggling to keep up with the growing popularity of spirits with more unusual flavours. However this year, vodka is said to be making a comeback with a steady flow of new premium brands, with an added edge, entering the market. Vodka is definitely fighting back to regain its status right up there, next to gin… watch out!

Mezcal

 

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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, including Del Maguey, Los Siete Misterios and Pierde Almas.

This new found love for mezcal has definitely taken people by surprise, considering not that long ago barely anyone had heard of this wonderful Mexican spirit. In an interview with the Morning Advertiser our Brand Champion and mezcal connoisseur, Jon Anders gives his take on this mezcal epidemic.

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 are 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’re 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’.

In 2016 we expect to see an even bigger rise in the popularity of mezcal, with more bars and restaurants making sure they’re stocked up!

Tequila

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Tequila is not just for traditional margaritas and shooters anymore. It’s a widespread spirit that can be purchased today, in most bars, clubs and restaurants. Tequila has an enormous history with the demand for the spirit still growing fast. Now, with so many players in the tequila game, tequila trends have been bigger than ever. New drinks and cocktails are frequently being developed with the vast selection of tequila brands and types that are now widely available.

Tequila has definitely earned a new name for itself as the world continues to discover the many things that it has to offer. It is certain that it won’t be losing any of its steam anytime soon!

Vermouth

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Back in the eighties, every household had a bottle of vermouth stashed away in the drinks cabinet. But vermouth quickly fell out of fashion and was only ever used as an ingredient in the odd cocktail or two. Now it’s making a comeback, quickly becoming one of the most ‘on trend’ things you can drink. The classic version of vermouth was always dry but the category is slowly expanding with sweet and much more herbal versions now existing.

The demand for vermouth from bartenders is also rapidly increasing. It’s becoming one of the key ingredients in the ever growing cocktail culture as cocktails like the Manhattan, Negroni and Martini have started to become fashionable again…Plus, it’s absolutely delicious and every bar and restaurant should definitely have it at the top of their drinks list!

Contratto  offer a fantastic selection of vermouth’s, including a bianco, rosso and americano rosso.  The Contratto Vermouth recipe dates back to the early 19th century and is based on a combination of white wine, Italian brandy and over 50 delicately infused natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds. This traditional process is used to create a sophisticated elixir and a complex and well-balanced boutique aperitif that will make any vermouth based cocktail an exceptional experience. Give them a try!

Japanese Whisky

 

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All over the world, people seem to be going mad for Japanese whisky. The growing popularity of Japanese produce in bars and restaurants has meant that Japanese whisky is in higher demand than ever before.

The story of Japanese whisky goes back about 90 years and owes its existence largely to two people – Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru, who founded the distilleries behind the two largest producers – Suntory and Nikka. It’s crazy to think that it was first distilled in the 19th century but took up to the 21st century for the wider world to catch on as these days people can’t get enough.

With a growing trend of consumers that want more unique and exotic products, we expect that the demand for Japanese whisky will continue to increase well in to 2016.

Something a little different for your mixer

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Consumers are continuously looking for new and exciting tonics to go with their spirits. They want something different, with an interesting flavour that is nothing like the ones you can pick up from any supermarket or corner shop.

Ferdinand’s has definitely hit the spot with their recently released Doctor Polidori dry and cucumber tonics.

Doctor Polidori’s Dry Tonic is infused with herbal essences, making it an aromatic filler for your favourite spirits. Herbal notes of basil and thyme combined with exotic notes of spicy cubeb pepper and instantly recognisable juniper make for a very interesting character.

Their cucumber tonic on the other hand is not equipped with the usual citrus aromas but instead, exciting cucumber notes. This tonic works spectacularly in a G&T, providing a refreshing and vibrant experience!

Greek Wines

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Greek wines may be the most underrated on the planet. Why is a mystery, as the Greeks have been making wine since around 2000 BC. Certainly, the quality of Greek wines has improved dramatically since the 1980s, but this is the case for all winemaking countries… isn’t it?!

Over the past few decades a big shift has taken place with a reduction in overall vineyard area. This has resulted in fewer bulk and table wines being produced, which has actually lead to the rise in numbers of quality producers and boutique wineries.

This is exciting as the trends show that people are looking for cool, unusual grape varieties from emerging winemaking countries. White Greek grapes like Assyrtiko and Moschofilero and reds such as Vradiano and Agiorgitiko may not roll off the tongue but they are high quality grape varieties that are now being used to create complex, food friendly wines.

This trend is expected to continue well into 2016 so a continuous increase in the popularity of Greek wines looks very promising. So as you can probably predict, we can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for some of our Greek wines producers, like Vrinioti and Tselepos. Exciting times!


If you would like anymore information on any of the products above, please visit our website or pop in to one of our stores.

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What’s coming up in 2016..

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Hop Scotch Wine Tasting – 29th November, 2016

On Tuesday the 29th November, our very own Ettore Ramazzotto will be joining forces with Hop Scotch Cafe Bar in London, to host our first, of many (we hope) wines tastings at Hop Scotch. On tasting will be a selection of our finest Old World & New World wines, with an array of nibbles to accompany.

Tickets are £15 pp. To book your place, simply email hello@hopscotchcafebar.com or call 0208 699 8998.


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The Macallan Masterclass – 23rd November, 2016

Free up your diaries for our Macallan Whisky masterclass, taking place on the 23rd November at Amathus City. On tasting will be The Macallan 12yr Sherry Oak, 12yr Fine Oak, 12yr Double Oak and Rare Cask. Limited tickets available so visit our website & sign up.


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Ferdinand’s Masterclass – 8th November, 2016

New month, new masterclass! Join us next Tuesday at our Soho shop for an evening with Ferdinand’s. On tasting will be the full Ferdinand’s range, including their Saar dry gin, Riesling infused vermouth, as well as, their newly released barrel aged vermouth and Riesling liqueur.

Ferdinand’s owes its name to the Prussian District Forester, Ferdinand Geltz. Carefully hand-picked Riesling grapes from the Zilliken estate and the craftsmanship of Master Distiller Andreas Vallendar, guarantees a range of top-quality products from the Saar region. To book your place, visit our website now.


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Yaguara Masterclass – 27th October, 2016

Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice in traditional alambique copper stills in the heart of Brazil, Yaguara Cachaça is blended under the watchful eye of master blender Erwin Weimann. After the successful launch of the award-winning Yaguara Organic Blend Cachaça last year, Yaguara has introduced two new expressions to its portfolio: Yaguara Branca, a 100% white, unaged cachaça, and Yaguara Ouro, aged in American oak and Brazilian native wood.

On the 27th October we will be hosting a Yaguara masterclass at Amathus Soho, where you’ll get the chance to sample all three expressions. Visit our website and book now.


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Aquavit Tasting – 20th & 26th October, 2016

Our very own Jon Anders has teamed up with Scandinavian Kitchen to host 2 Aquavit masterclasses on the 20th & 26th October! On tasting will be a selection of Scandinavian Aquavits, including O. P. Anderson, Hallands Fläder, Linie Aquavit and Aalborg Nordguld and Dild. Accompanying the masterclass will be a selection of canapés and allsorts of other Scandinavian treats. Tickets are £20 per person, to book your place visit: http://bit.ly/2cZ8Glm


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Mezcal Los Siete Misterios Masterclass – 8th October, 2016

#LondonCocktailWeek is almost upon us and this year we’re celebrating in all Amathus stores! On Saturday, 8th October we will be hosting a Mezcal Los Siete Misterios masterclass at our Soho shop, which will be free for all LCW wristband holders to attend.To reserve your place, RSVP soho@amathusdrinks.com.

This masterclass is not only limited to London Cocktail Week wristband holders, if you want to come along and you don’t have a wristband, just visit our website and sign up.

Make sure you stay tuned as we will also be hosting an array of pod tastings across all stores, which again will be free for all LCW wristband holders to attend… let the countdown to London Cocktail Week begin!


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The Whisky Show – 1st – 2nd October 2016

It’s almost time! If you’re heading to the the Whisky Show this weekend at Old Billingsgate, London, make sure you come and pay us a visit. We’ll be at stand number 45 with Wolfburn Whisky,  Spirit of Hven, Kings County and Michel Couvreur!


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Flamenco Dancing Backstage at Sabor Iberico – 30th September, 2016

Don’t miss out on 2-4-1 Ron Barceló Rum cocktails and flamenco dancing on the 30th September at Sabor Iberico in London! There’s no need to book, just make sure you’re there for happy hour at 6 o’clock.


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Spanish Wine & Tapas Pairing Masterclass – 15th September 2016

Join us next Thursday at Chupitos in Welling for an evening of Spanish wine and tapas. On tasting will be 6 wines from the outstanding Bodegas Ochoa in Navarra, Spain… what more could you want!?

To book your place call Chupitos on 020 3638 3098 or if you’re passing by the restaurant, call in to reserve your spot. Bon Appétit!


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Charles Sparr Masterclass – 14th September, 2016

On Wednesday, 14th September we will be welcoming Charles Sparr into our Soho shop for our very first Charles Sparr masterclass. On tasting will be 6 wines from the collection, including 2 Gewürztraminer, 3 types of Riesling and 1 Pinot Noir.

For your chance to sample these award-winning wines from Alsace, simply visit our website and sign up now.


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Whiskey Thief Masterclass – 13th & 14th September 2016

Roy Evans, founder of Whiskey Thief, introduces his revolutionary bourbon this Tuesday and Wednesday at Bird of Smithfield and Bodean’s. Unfortunately this one is for trade only; so if you’re free and work in the trade,  join us from 3pm until 4pm, on whichever day suits you best.

For Tuesday’s event, RSVP: daniela@amathusdrinks.com or for Wednesday’s, RSVP: lee@amathusdrinks.com or tarik@amathusdrinks.com.


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Marolo Grapa Tasting – 13th September 2016

If you’re in the trade and have a love for grappa, then get yourself to Cafe Murano on Tuesday, 13th September for our Marolo Grappa tasting. On tasting will be 5 grappa, including the Gewürztraminer, Brunello, MoscatoMoscato Apres 5yr and the Barolo 12yr.

To reserve your place, RSVP: daniela@amathusdrinks.com.


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Ladies & Gents – 26th August – 28th August 2016

Kick start your Bank Holiday weekend with free Ron Barceló rum punch, all weekend at Ladies & Gents Bar in Kentish Town, London.

No tickets required, just turn up in your Hawaiian attire and drink away! Who’s in?


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Diageo Special Release Whisky Masterclass – 20th & 21st July, 2016

What a treat we have coming up later this month! On the 20th and 21st July we will be hosting 2 whisky masterclasses – one in our City store and the other in our Knightsbridge store. On tasting will be 8 special release whiskies, including the Caol Ila 17yr, Brora 37yr , Port Ellen 32yr, Clynelish Select Reserve, Dalwhinnie 25yr, Pittyviach 25yr, Dailuaine 34yr and Caledonian 40yr.

Tickets are £60 per person and spaces are very limited. Bagsy your place now by visiting our website  and signing up. This one is not to be missed!


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Werner Masterclass – 12th July, 2016

As part of our #31DaysofGermanRiesling celebrations we’re hosting a Werner masterclass, next Tuesday at our Knightsbridge store.To reserve your spot, visit our website and sign up now.


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Spirit of Hven Masterclass – 7th July, 2016

For those of you who like gin, whisky, vodka & aquavit.. sign up now to our Spirit of Hven masterclass, happening next Thursday at our Soho shop.

On the island of Hven located in the strait of Öresund between Denmark and Sweden lies the Spirit of Hven Distillery.

Founded in 2008, this family owned distillery produces a diverse range of oak matured distillates including Organic Vodka, Gin, Aquavit, Summer Spirit & world acclaimed single malt whiskies. Handcrafted using only certified organic ingredients; each spirit is one of a kind with an enticing character and sensational flavour.

Don’t miss out!


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53° North Gin Tasting – 29th June, 2016

Gin lovers this one is for you! Join us on the 29th June at 53° North in Halifax for a gin tasting like no other. On tasting will be a selection of 5 gins, including Rives London Dry, Bobby’s, Ferdinand’s Saar Quince,Greenhook Ginsmith and Van Wees Three Corners Premium.

Each of the gins on tasting will be paired with a premium mixer and tailored cocktail created by 53° North’s head mixologist, James. As well as the tasting their Head Chef, Mark will also be preparing carefully selected dishes to match perfectly with each of the gins.

Tickets are £35 per person. To book your place, please call 01422 646 422.


 

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Pernod Ricard Whisky Masterclass – 27th June, 2016

Also happening later this month is our Pernod Ricard Whisky masterclass, taking place at our City store on Monday, 27th June. You’re in for a treat with not 1 but 8 whiskies on tasting for you to try. The whiskies you’ll be sampling include,  Green SpotRedbreast 12Powers Johns LaneMidleton Barry CrockettAberlour 12yrLongmorn Distiller’s ChoiceGlenlivet Founders Reserve and Scappa Skiren the Orcadian.

To book your ticket, please visit our website.


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Aquavit Trade Masterclass – 15th June, 2016

On Wednesday, 15th June we will be hosting an Aquavit masterclass at our Knightsbridge store, kick starting at 3.30pm. The masterclass will only be available to trade customers and on tasting will be 6 different Aquavit including, Halland Flader, OP Anderson,  Aalborg TaffelHven Aqua VitaeGammel Opland and Linie Double Cask.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to our Knightsbridge store -knights@amathusdrinks.com.


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Del Maguey Food & Mezcal Pairing – 14th June, 2016

We’ve teamed up with TDC Cardiff to host a very exciting 5 course dinner where each course will be matched with a different Del Maguey, Single Village Mezcal.

Tickets are £30 and the event starts at 7pm on Tuesday, 14th June. Visit http://bit.ly/1rl7LlC, to book your place now!


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London Wine Week – 23rd May – 29th May, 2016

London Wine Week will take over our city in a matter of days; kick starting on the 23rd May until the 29th May.The whole week will be jam packed full of all kinds of wine tastings, events, masterclasses, as everyone, including us, wants in on the action.

This year, similar to last, we will be hosting an array of masterclasses, throughout the week, in all four of our stores. From sparkling’s to Australian favourites, we’ve got a masterclass to suit you all.

To find out what’s happening when and where, check out the following link: http://bit.ly/1Tlvfig.


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Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 – Deadline 31st May, 2016

The Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 (MCC) has officially begun! For the 6th year running MCC, the biggest international bartenders’ competition with a Mediterranean theme is back and this year it is being hosted and organised by Skinos Mastiha Spirit, the leading Greek/Mediterranean spirit.

The concept of this year’s competition is “Team Challenge”, where bartenders are invited to participate in teams of two. Bartenders from all over the world, including Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the UK are to find a fellow teammate and create a unique Mediterranean recipe, inspired by the ingredients, flavours and aromas of the region!

Each team is asked to submit their recipe, which will be presented to the MCC jury during the semi-finals in each region. The winning team of the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 will travel to Berlin and the BCB (Bar Convent Berlin) to present their winning Skinos cocktail.

Deadline for entries is the 31st May 2016. Visit www.myskinos.com/mcc & sign up now.


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Pernod Ricard Irish Whiskey Day Masterclass – 19th May, 2016

So if one World Whisky Day masterclass isn’t enough, we’ve now got another one happening on the 19th May at our City store.

Book your tickets now for our Pernod Ricard Irish Whiskey masterclass… on tasting will be the Redbreast 12 year oldPowers Johns LaneGreen SpotMidleton Barry Crockett. If you love your Irish whiskey this is surely for you!

Tickets are £25. To reserve your place, visit our website.


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World Whisky Day Masterclass – 17th May 2016

As part of our World Whisky Day celebrations, we invite you to join us for a very special masterclass taking place at Amathus Knightsbridge on Tuesday, 17th May. On tasting will be seven of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies from across the world, including Wolfburn, Pappy Van Winkle, Michel Couvreur, The Yamazaki & Spirit of Hven.

Tickets are £50 per person. Limited spaces available so visit our website and book now.


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Meletti Masterclass – 11th May, 2016

London clear your diaries and join us on the 11th May for our Meletti masterclass at Amathus Soho.

The Meletti family has been producing extraordinary handcrafted liqueurs for generations. Silvio Meletti started the company in 1870 when he endeavored to produce an anise-flavoured liqueur that would rival or surpass the best products of Italy and France.

As with any great product, the quality of the ingredients is what sets the best above the masses. Today, Silvio Meletti’s sons, Aldo and Silvio, continue to select only the finest herbs and botanicals for all of their products.

To reserve your place, please visit our website.


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Meletti Masterclass & Cocktail Competition – 11th May, 2016

It’s that time again! If you think you’ve got what it takes then sign up to our Meletti masterclass & cocktail competition, next Wednesday at the fabulous cocktail and toasties bar, Loves Company.

To register, simply RSVP to Daniela@amathusdrinks.com.


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Collins Cocktail Competition – 4th May, 2016

Cocktail competition time! Bartenders if you think you’ve got what it takes, join us for our Collins cocktail competition at Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool, 4th May. You’ll be battling it out with other bartenders to make us a twist on a Tom Collins using 35ml of Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin… the rest of the ingredients are up to you!

To reserve your place, RSVP jody@amathusdrinks.com. In the meantime grab your bottle of Bobby’s & start practicing!

 

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Whisky Masterclass – 3rd May, 2016

On Tuesday, 3rd May we will be teaming up with Zest to host a whisky masterclass at JW3. Marlowe Harris, one of the BDE’s here at Amathus, will be hosting the masterclass where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about & sample, 3 of the newest whiskies on the market; Wolfburn Single Malt Whisky, Whiskey Thief & Kings County Bourbon. If the masterclass alone isn’t enough, there will also be a delicious Zest buffet feast for you to get stuck in to!

Tickets are £32 per person. To find out more information or to book your tickets, click here.


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London Wine Fair – 3rd – 5th May, 2016

This year, we’re taking part in London Wine Fair on the 3rd-5th July at Olympia, London. London Wine Fair brings together around 18,000 buyers, producers & trade professionals to discover, learn and celebrate all things wine.

We will be showcasing a number of our top agency producers and their new releases, including Fess Parker, Cálem, Ochoa, Cuvelier Los Andes and Woodstock. Make sure you come and visit us in the West Hall, stand B16. See you there!

To register, please visit www.londonwinefair.com.


 

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Malbec Wines Masterclass – 16th April, 2016

To celebrate Malbec World Day we will be hosting a Malbec masterclass at our Soho store on Saturday, 16th April. On tasting will be a selection of our fabulous Malbec wines, including Cuvelier Los Andes and Bodegas Carelli.

To reserve your place, please visit our website.


 

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Mezcal & Coffee Pairing at Wahaca, Soho – 14th April, 2016

We’ve joined forces with 2 Broke Blokes Coffee Roasters and Wahaca to bring you an evening like no other.

Join us on Thursday, 14th April at Wahaca Soho’s Azulito Bar for a one-of-a-kind mezcal and coffee tasting session. You’ll get the opportunity to pair and taste a selection of coffees and mezcals as well as learn about the farmers who grow, harvest, and produce these delicious drinks. This evening is part of London Coffee Night, a celebration of coffee and spirits with all proceeds going to Project Waterfall, who bring clean water to coffee growing communities.

It’s an honour to be part of this amazing event, so book now and join in too!


 

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Château de Laubade Masterclass  – 13th April, 2016

Your invitation awaits! Please join us on Wednesday, 13th April for our Château de Laubade Armagnac masterclass at our Shoreditch store.

Limited spaces available, so make book now.


 

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Krug Champagne Masterclass – 31st March, 2016

How exciting is this? On Thursday, 31st March we will be hosting a Krug Champagne masterclass at our City store. Tickets are £25 per person.

To book, simply pop in store or visit our website.


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Teeling Masterclass- 17th March, 2016

Make your St Patrick’s Day one to remember with our free Teeling Irish Whiskey masterclass at our Soho store. From single malts, to blends, to discontinued limited edition whiskies, this is a tasting you won’t want to miss!

To book, simply email our Soho store – soho@amathusdrinks.com.


 

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Elk Cove Masterclass – 8th March, 2016

On Tuesday, 8th March we will be holding an Elk Cove masterclass at our Soho store, which will be hosted by the VP of Sales & Marketing at Elk Cove, Shirley Brooks.

Elk Cove was founded by Joe Campbell, a Harvard graduate and ER doctor who fulfilled his lifelong ambition of becoming a winemaker by establishing Elk Cove in his native state of Oregon in 1974.

Joe and Pat’s five children all grew up working summers in the vineyards at Elk Cove – it was truly a family business. In 1999, the Campbell’s son, Adam, took over as head winemaker. Adam was aged only three when the family moved to Elk Cove, so he was in the perfect place to continue the family’s reputation as one of the leading wineries on the Oregon wine scene.

Limited spaces available so please book now.


 

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Mezcal Trade Tasting – 8th March, 2016

Please join us on the 8th March for a Mezcal masterclass at our Knightsbridge store. The masterclass will kick start at 3pm and will only be available to trade customers. Throughout the masterclass you’ll get chance to sample a range of mezcals from our agency brands, Del Maguey, Pierde Almas, Los Siete Misterios, Los Danzantes and Alipus.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to knights@amathusdrinks.com.


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Bodegas Ochoa Masterclass – 2nd March, 2016

Join us on Wednesday, 2nd March, for a Bodegas Ochoa masterclass hosted by Beatriz Ochoa at our Shoreditch store.

Bodegas Ochoa was founded in 1845 and fast became one of Navarra’s most celebrated producers. Today, the Ochoa family tradition continues at the winery, which is now run by the fifth and sixth generations of the Ochoa family. Javier Ochoa and his two daughters, Adriana and Beatriz, produce wines from a diverse range of different grape varieties including Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

We’ve limited spaces available so please book now.


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Think Gin – 1st March, 2016

After a hugely successful launch last year, Think Gin is back for another year and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better! Taking place on Tuesday, 1st March at The Hospital Club in London, Think Gin (if you haven’t guessed already) is an event dedicated to the world of Gin. Throughout the day, you’ll get chance to attend  as many gin masterclasses, tastings, debates and workshops as you like.

This year, we’ll be joining in on the action and showcasing some of our fabulous Agency Gins including Ferdinand’s, Bobby’s and Rives Gin, so make sure you swing by and say hi!

Places are very limited so make sure you reserve your place by emailing Leannejohnstone@agilemedia.co.uk.


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Skinos Mastiha Spirit Pod Tasting – 24th February, 2016

Next Wednesday, 24th February, we will be hosting a Skinos Mastiha Spirit pod tasting at our Shoreditch store from 6.30pm onwards.

Skinos is a Greek Mastiha spirit from the Mediterranean Island of Chios. It’s made by distilling the resin of the Mastiha tree, a Greek tree that is the source of the mastic spice, with a neutral spirit. The flavour is unique, flowery and delicately sweet. Best served over ice with a slice of lemon.

There’s no need to book, just turn up and enjoy!


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London Beer Week – 22nd February – 28th February, 2016

Get ready for a week of beer, cider and plenty of ale. London Beer Week is back and this year it promises to be even bigger and better than last. From the 22nd- 28th February, beer-lovers will be in their absolute element, surrounded by pop up bars, events, parties and tours dedicated to the wonderful world of beer!

This year, we want to get in on the action by offering all LBW wristband holders a ‘4 for the price of 3’ offer on our bottled beers and cans. Simply pop into one of our stores, choose your favourite 4 beers, show your wristband at the till and you’ll get the cheapest one free.

It’s not too late to get involved, visit www.londonbeerweek.com and order your wristband now.


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SITT Trade Tasting – 22nd February & 24th February, 2016

The SITT is a wine trade tasting event for both new and seasoned trade professionals, bringing you a wide selection of specialist importers, boutique wineries and agencies all showcasing a great range of wines.

This year, is a very exciting year for us as we will be presenting some of our newest award-winning agency wines, including Nicolo & Paradis, Tselepos, Werner, Woodstock and many more.. so please come along and join in. We’ll be in Manchester on the 22nd February and London on the 24th February. Hope to see some of you there!

For more information and to register, please visit www.sittasting.com.


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Wine and Food Pairing with Maverick Wines – 26th January, 2016

Join us at Granger & Co. for our Australia Day winemaker dinner with Ron Brown from Maverick Wines. 5 wines  and 4 courses, all for £45.

To book, please call Granger & Co. on 020 7251 9032 or email fiona@grangerandco.com.


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Glenfarclas & Kilchoman Masterclass – 25th January, 2016

Please join us this Burns Night for a special whisky tasting. From 6:30pm, on the 25th January, we will be hosting a joint whisky tasting at our Shoreditch store featuring whiskies from Glenfarclas and Kilchoman, the newest distillery on Islay.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to Shoreditch@amathusdrinks.com.


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Wine and Food Pairing with Maverick Wines – 24th January, 2016

Join us on Sunday, 24th January for a meet the winemaker dinner at Maray, Liverpool. 4 delicious dishes paired beautifully with 4 Maverick Wines. All this for only £35 each.

To book, please call Maray on 0151 709 5820.


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Ginuary: Our favourite month of the year!

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January is a hard month; credit card bills to pay, all the “new year, new you” rubbish including detoxes, diets and dry January. Let’s forget all that and start 2016 celebrating the best month of the year..Ginuary!

If you haven’t noticed already, lots more people are developing a new found love for gin. If they’re not talking about it, they’re looking for something new and exciting to add to their gin collection. New brands are being launched every month and bars are making sure they’ve got the latest one in.

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With so much choice out there, unless you’re an expert, how do you know which one to pick? As this month is gin month, we’re here to help by introducing you to some of the world’s best gins. From the Netherlands to Germany, Spain and America, we’ve got something for everyone!


 

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Meet the delightful Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin. Life is too short not to experience its fragrant and complex flavour. A balanced blend of juniper, rosehips, cloves, lemongrass and cubeb peppers amongst others, create this extremely unique gin.

Bobby’s is at its best in a Bobby & Tonic, served over ice and garnished with an orange peel and cloves.

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Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is fun, delightful to the palette and offers all spirit enthusiasts among us a product they can play with, experiment with and be proud to have added to their collection. Infused with carefully hand-picked Riesling grapes from the steep shale slopes of the Zilliken estate, on the grand Saarburger Rausch site, make this gin an impressively unique tasting experience.

Serve it with Ferdinand’s Saar Vermouth an olive and a splash of olive juice and you’ve got yourself a Dirty Martini!

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Established in 1782, A.van Wees distillery de Ooievaar claims to be the last authentic distillery left in Amsterdam, producing a range of Old Dutch genevers, bitters and liqueurs. Their products are creative compositions made from pure natural raw materials; a combination of fruits, flowers, plants, roots and seeds.

This premium version of the A. van Wees de Ooievaar Three Corners Dry Gin is made with more intense, concentrated flavours whilst still remaining elegant with notes of juniper, coriander and lemon. With its prominent flavour, this Dutch gin should definitely stand out in your Ginuary cocktails and drinks!

 

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Established in 1880, Rives have been making their Special Gin in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain since 1980.

Rives Special Gin is a super-premium hand crafted gin, with a unique taste guaranteed to blow your mind! It’s easy to drink but still holds a powerful and complex flavour. It’s the only 100% Andalusian exclusive gin made in copper stills traditionally designed by the Master, John Dore. The perfect balance and taste of Rives Special Gin is achieved by the careful selection of 11 botanicals naturally harvested from around the world.

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Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin is definitely a favourite of mine, made from organic, New York State grown wheat, Tuscan juniper, coriander and Thai blue ginger, making it one of the boldest, most interesting gins out there.

Greenhook craft their gin using a technique called Vacuum Distillation. It allows them to distill their gin at low temperatures, which prevents the delicate aromas of their botanicals from being stewed with excessive heat during distillation. This unique process creates a beautifully fragrant gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavours unlike any other!


So up next we have something a bit different and what a lovely surprise it is….Van Wees Amsterdamsche Old Genever!

 

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 Now genever differs slightly from gin in that although it is still flavoured with juniper it is also made using malt wine, which tends to give a greater depth and complexity of malt flavour and an overall sweeter finish. Genever is actually the original style of gin from Holland.

Its light gold tones and a tender voluptuousness come from at least six months ageing in oak casks. A good starter to get acquainted with an oude (old) genever.

It’s at its best drunk straight but can also be used as a premium ingredient in luxury cocktails. Give it a try, you’ll be amazed!


With Ginuary now in full swing and all these delicious gins to try, you’ll no longer be thinking about hitting the gym!

Enjoy!

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New Year with Amathus!

When someone asks you what drink you drink at New Year, the obvious choice would be Champagne.. and lots of it! New Year only happens once a year, so this year, why not try something different! I know you’ll be thinking, well what do I drink or serve up now?  Don’t panic.. we’re here to help with a New Year cocktail menu that will be a guaranteed hit. Out of the 6 cocktails we’ve chosen your ideal cocktail awaits!
So here goes…
If Champagne is your thing or if you’re not skilled when it comes to making cocktails, don’t worry this Champagne Cocktail will go down a treat! It’s so easy to make, an absolute classic and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Place a sugar cube onto a spoon and add to it a couple of drops of Van Wees Angostura. Drop the soaked sugar cube into a champagne flute and add 20 ml of François Voyer Cognac VSOP, top up with Nicolo & Paradis Blanc de Blanc. Delish!

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 With that signature olive garnish, there’s no cocktail as iconic as this one. This gin martini recipe is simple, sophisticated and absolutely delicious.
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For the perfect martini you only need 3 ingredients.

1 part Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Riesling Vermouth
5 parts Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin
And to garnish a green olive or lemon rind

Simply combine the gin and vermouth in a cocktail shaker, fill it halfway with ice and stir until well chilled. Once chilled, strain into a glass and finally garnish with an olive or a twist of lemon. For added effect (if you’re using lemon of course) run the slice of lemon around the rim of the glass.

To make your life even easier just pick up one of our Ferdinand’s Dry Martini Kits, all you’ll need then is the garnish that goes with.


New Year definitely calls for something new, so if you haven’t tried it before, make it mezcal. What we have here is a cocktail called Eyes Wide Shut made with the fabulous Del Maguey Mezcal.

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The ingredients you need are:

35 ml Del Maguey Vida
50 ml Del Maguey Chichicapa
30 ml Walnut & Brazil Nut Orgeat
15 ml Cartron Poire William Liqueur 
20 ml Pago Pear Juice

Shake all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker then strain into a rocks glass over cubed ice. For an added je ne sais quoi garnish with a dehydrated pear slice.


 

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Next up we have the Quince Martini made with:
60ml Zilliken Saar-Riesling (Kabinett, fruity sweet)
Garnish: Lemon zest
Stir all the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a pre- chilled cocktail glass. Finally splash with lemon zest for that extra lemony zing.

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The Voicemail Cocktail is a favourite of mine. All you need to do is stir the following ingredients in a mixing glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.
1 dash of Dale Degroff’s Pimento Bitter
Easy peasy!

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The Figranaga Cocktail could be your New Year show stopper. It’s a little trickier than the rest but don’t be alarmed this can be done. All you need is:

45ml Tequila Centinela Reposado
15ml Joseph Cartron Triple Sec
10ml Joseph Cartron Pomegranate Liqueur
15ml Carelli 34 Malbec 2013
20ml fresh lime juice
1 small spoonful of Fig jam

Frost the glass and rim with chili peppered salt. Pour all the ingredients in a shaker, shake and filter, then pour in to a glass.


If you serve up these cocktails you’ll be crowned host of the year!
Happy New Year, we hope you enjoy!

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Christmas Day wine & food matches

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With only 3 weeks to go, Christmas is fast approaching. If you’re similar to me you’ll only just be thinking about ordering your turkey, buying your Christmas presents and doing the dreaded food shop! Wouldn’t it be great if someone could do it all for you? Well here’s where we come in. Although we won’t be able to order your turkey or do your food shopping for you, the alcohol bit we’ve got covered!

With so much choice out there it’s difficult to know whether you’ve bought the right fizz to drink at breakfast or the right white wine to go with your turkey. Well, panic no more because we’ve selected them all for you. Each bottle we’ve chosen is guaranteed to match perfectly with your Christmas food favourites. So here goes….

1st meal of the day and the most important.. breakfast! Whether you have smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, bacon sandwiches or a full English breakfast, it has to be fizz! Our recommended favourite is Nicolo et Paradis NV Blanc de Blanc. It’s fresh, vibrant and has a long finish.

 

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With this, you can’t go wrong, everyone loves a few bubbles in the morning!


Once breakfast is done, it’s time to get the turkey in the oven and put the Christmas jumpers and music on. The countdown to Christmas dinner starts here!

Matching wines with your Christmas dinner isn’t easy. Not everyone around the table likes the traditional turkey and a lot of the time there’s more than one choice of meat. With so many flavours to contend with, how do you know that you’ve got the balance right? To help you out here’s what we’d serve up with each meat.

 With turkey, it has to be our Fess Parker Ashley’s Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. It’s rich and luscious showing flavours of citrus, pear and apple fruits, with hints of toasty oak.

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If you prefer your red to white then I’d go for the Elk Cove Pinot Noir.

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It’s  an elegant, silky red with flavours of blackberry and cherry compote, making it an ideal accompaniment for roast turkey.


With beef it’s got to be red wine and lots of it! Our choices would be either the Grandes Serres Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 , a very modern styled Rhone red with tonnes of spiciness and complexity.

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Or the Maverick Twins Barossa GSM 2013, a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. This wine is vibrant with fruit characters reminiscent of dark chocolate and sweet raspberries. Yum yum!

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Again with lamb, it’s got to be red. This time, I’d go for the Ochoa Reserva, made from the finest Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet varietals. It’s an elegant classic which is round and complex.

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The Carramimbre Crianza 2011 is another cracker with lamb. It’s intense spicy, rich flavour, with cinnamon, mint and vanilla notes perfectly complement roast lamb.

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If goose is your Christmas Day choice then we’d recommend you serve it with the Werner GG Riesling. It’s acidity and freshness cuts through the rich gamey flavour of roast goose.

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Again, if you love red more than white it’s got to be the La Barbotaine Sancerre Rouge. It has big red currant and white pepper aromas with cardamom, truffle and red plum flavours. Truly fantastic!sancerre-rouge


 

Once Christmas dinner is done it’s straight on to the pud. Whether it’s Christmas pudding or mince pies, we’ve chosen you a wine that will go with each.

With Christmas pudding, we’d recommend something sweet. The  Woodstock Muscat has intense flavours of dried fruits and toffee, making it the perfect partner for the rich and indulgent Christmas pud.

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No question about it Port has got to be drunk with mince pies. Try our Cálem Tawny 20 yr Port that combines rich, dried fruits with flavours of butterscotch and roasted nuts. Perfection!

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If you would like any more information on the products above please visit our website or pop into your nearest Amathus store.

Merry Christmas!

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Contratto Masterclass and Cocktail Competition

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On Monday, 9th November, we spent the afternoon at Evans and Peel to host a Contratto masterclass and cocktail competition. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we were lucky to be joined by Anja Cramer, owner, with husband Giorgio, of Contratto distillery.

Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto. The winery is known as the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Italy, in fact, the Metodo Classico 1919 Contratto Extra Brut was the first vintage sparkling wine ever made in the country.

 In 150 years of wine making, Contratto went from producing sparkling Moscato and red wine to still wines, vermouth, tonics and syrups. The winery is now owned by La Spinetta (a family run business) who acquired it in 2011. Since then they have reintroduced Contratto to the world and continued to preserve and uphold its 140-year-old tradition and top quality.


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Evans and Peel isn’t like most bars you’ll find in London. It’s an underground, hidden cocktail bar located near Earl’s Court tube station.  I don’t know whether you’ve been before, but it’s not the easiest place to find. After 10 minutes walking up and down the same street looking for a big sign saying ‘Evans and Peel’, which didn’t exist, I finally had to ask someone to point me in the right direction.

I won’t spoil it for you, but this place is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t done so already! All I can say is, expect the unexpected!


So the masterclass kick started at 2 o’clock and on tasting were 3 vermouths, Bianco, Rosso and Americano Rosso, a bitter and an aperitif. The flavours were incredible, each having their own individual taste and uniqueness.

Just a few tasting notes for you, so you can see how different the ingredients are for each of the Contratto products.

Up first was the  Contratto Vermouth Bianco, which had flavours of coriander seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, bitter orange peel, sage, sweet orange peel, liquorice roots and many more….the list is endless!

Next we tried the Contratto Americano Rosso Vermouth, which had flavours of ginger, mint leaves, hibiscus and hawthorn flower, nettle leaves and bitter and sweet orange peel.

The final vermouth we tasted was the Contratto Rosso, which had flavours of hawthorn flowers, coriander seeds, marjoram leaves, chamomile leaves, aloe juice, cinnamon, mint leaves and ginger roots.

After the vermouth’s, it was on to the Contratto Bitter and Aperitif.

The original recipe for Contratto Bitter dates back to 1933 and is based on a mixture of delicately infused, premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds combined with Italian Brandy. Flavours include cardamon, enula bell, swertia, nettle and bitter and sweet orange peel.

Last but not least was the Contratto Aperitif, it had flavours of tangerine peel, juniper berries, rhubarb, ginger and wormwood. This complex yet well-balanced boutique aperitif is capable of turning any aperitif based cocktail into a wonderful experience.

I’d recommend that if you haven’t sampled these products before, you definitely need to now…. delicious!

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Once the masterclass had finished there was just enough time for a quick break before the cocktail competition started at 3.30pm.

So, similar to other cocktail competitions we’ve hosted, each bartender had to come up with cocktails on the spot. They could enter as many drinks as they liked and were judged purely on taste alone – not presentation. To make it a bit different this time round, as well as having the use of all the Contratto products, we selected a range of additional spirits the bartenders were allowed to use. These included  a bottle of Rives Special Gin, Rhum Clément Blanc, Château de Laubade Armagnac, 1615 Acholado Pisco and Pierde Almas Mezcal.

The ones to impress and judging the competition were Nick Bell (Amathus Retail Manager), Anja Cramer (owner of Contratto distillery) and Simon Epale (Bar member at Evans and Peel). The winning prize was a trip to Italy, home of Contratto, and all runners up received a bottle from the Contratto collection. Oh and a Contratto apron too!!

 

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The competition was extremely high making it a very tough decision for our 3 judges. After a lot of backwards and forwards and re-tasting the cocktails, a decision was made. Drum roll, please…

In third place was Csaba Toth from Oblix Restuarant. Congratulations Csaba!

In second place was Giovanni Graiadei from The Blind Pig at Social Eating House. Congratulations Giovanni!

and in, first place and the lucky winner of the trip to Italy was…….

Filippo Brunelli from Ceviche in Soho. He stole the show with his signature cocktail made up of Contratto Fernet, 1615 Pisco Acholado, lime juice, ginger ale and Angostura Bitters. 

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I’d just like to say a big thank you to Anja Cramer for hosting the Contratto masterclass and judging the cocktail competition. Thank you to our 2 other judges, Nick and Simon, well done boys and finally a huge thank you to Evans and Peel for letting us host the event at your amazing bar.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our blog.

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Coming soon to Amathus..

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Wine and food pairing with Carramimbre at Maray – 1st December 2015

Please join us on Tuesday, 1st December for a meet the winemaker dinner at Maray in Liverpool.

Not only will you meet the winemaker of Carramimbre but you’ll also get the chance to sample the wines, paired perfectly will select dish of the Maray menu.

Tickets are £25 per head. To book your tickets, please call Maray on 0151 709 5820


 

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Nyetimber Masterclass – 26th November 2015

Ever since the very first vines were planted, Nyetimber has had one single aim: to make the finest English sparkling wine there is.

Nyetimber owns one hundred percent of their vineyards and all wines are produced using grapes from the hectares they have planted in West Sussex and Hampshire.

The southern climate allows the grapes to slowly ripen, achieving optimum levels of acidity, complexity and finesse. Over the years, they have developed into one of the leading lights in the English wine industry, and continue to grow from strength to strength.

Please join us on Thursday, 26th November for an evening with Angus Hunter, Account Manager at Nyetimber.

To book your place, RSVP to soho@amathusdrinks.com


 

 

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Pairing dinner with Pierde Almas Mezcal – 25th November 2015

Pierde Almas is an artisan-made, small-batch mezcal produced in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca from 100% naturally fermented agave. On Wednesday, 25th November, Mestizo will be hosting a Pierde Almas dinner, pairing the different varieties of mezcal with a carefully prepared menu created by their chef.

Pierde Almas is also Mestizo’s Drink of the Month, throughout September they’ll be serving up all kinds of cocktails with Pierde Almas mezcal as the main ingredient. Yum!

To book yourself a place at the dinner, please call Mestizo on 020 73874064


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Wino Wine Tasting – 19th November 2015

Please join our very own, Katy Johnson next Thursday for a wine tasting and food pairing at Wino in Leeds. Price per person is £20 which includes your wine and food for the night.

If you’re interested in booking, please call Wino directly on 0113 3455960.


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Manchester Ti’Punch Cup final – 17th November 2015

Manchester are you ready for the Ti’Punch Cup final that is coming your way?

To show your support get yourself down to Cane & Grain on the 17th November, to see your favourite bartenders battling it out for a trip to Martinique, home of Rhum Clément.

Trust me when I say, it’s not to be missed!


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Classico Negroni Masterclass by Bar Termini – 14th November 2015

On Saturday, 14th November we’ll be welcoming Tony Conigliaro, proprietor of London’s 69 Colebrooke Row into our Soho store for an exclusive tasting of one of his new products, a pre-made Classic Negroni.

A Negroni is made up of 3 key ingredients Gin, Vermouth and Bitters. It’s simple to make, packed full of flavour and brings your taste buds to life.

For those of you with no lab above your bar, this pre-made Classic Negroni is a simple solution to Negroni perfection!

Please RSVP to soho@amathusdrinks.com and reserve your place now.


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Kilchoman Masterclass – 12th November 2015

Anthony Wills established Kilchoman distillery in 2005. Located on the west coast of Islay, Kilchoman’s is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.

To celebrate their 10th year anniversary, Anthony Wills’s three sons, George, James and Peter, have decided to hit the road again for another European/UK tasting tour. With the UK set to be the next stop, we’ve been lucky enough to be chosen as one of only two London venues hosting a Kilchoman’s tasting.

So please join us, this Thursday, at Amathus Soho to sample Kilchoman’s limited edition Madeira cask finish, vintage 2007 and special cask strength.

To book your place, RSVP soho@amathusdrinks.com


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Château de Laubade Masterclasses – 11th & 12th November 2015

Join us for Château de Laubade masterclasses at Soho, 11th November 6:30pm and Shoreditch, 12th November 6:30pm, hosted by Denis Lesgourgues.

Château de Laubade was founded in 1870 and is located in the heart of the Bas Armagnac region. The Lesgourgues family have been running the estate since Maurice Lesgourgues took over Château de Laubade in 1974.

Today the estate is run by third generation brothers, Arnaud and Denis Lesgourgues, who follow their grandfather’s tradition to uphold Château de Laubade’s reputation as the leading and most awarded Armagnac brand.

To book please click here


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Tony Blackburn’s Soul Night Out – 10th November 2015

Tony Blackburn is back for another year to host the BBC London Soul Night Out at Koko’s in Camden.This year it will be taking place on Wednesday, 10th November, with live performances from Shaun Escoffery, Lemar, Diane Shaw, Jaki Graham, Kenny Thomas, Odyssey and The Three Degrees. For the second year running we will be offering our support and sponsoring the event in association with Children in Need.

We’re honoured to be able to support BBC Children in Need, a magnificent cause helping disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Unfortunately, tickets for the event are now sold out. For all the highlights tune in to BBC Radio London from Wednesday, 10th November.


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Contratto Masterclass & Cocktail Competition – 9th November 2015

On Monday the 9th November, we’ll be taking over Evans and Peel for a Contratto masterclass and cocktail competition, you’ll never forget.

The masterclass, hosted by Anja Cramer, will kick start at 2.00 pm giving everyone the chance to sample her range of vermouths and liqueurs before the cocktail competition at 3.30 pm. Bartenders will need to come up with cocktails on the spot using products from the Contratto range.

The lucky winner will win a trip to the Contratto winery in Italy and runners-up will receive other great prizes from the Contratto collection.

Let the battle of cocktails commence!

RSVP: marketing@amathusdrinks.com


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Wahaca Day of the Dead Festival 2015 – 7th November 2015

This Saturday, 7th November, is Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival at Tobacco Dock, bringing Mexico’s finest food, drink, music and art together, in one place, for 12 whole hours.

We’ve decked out our very own underground Mezcaloteca.Whether you like your mezcal straight up or in a cocktail, come by, were catering for all!

On top of this we’ll also be hosting mezcal masterclasses featuring Del Maguey, Los Danzantes, Alipus, Pierde Almas and Los Siete Misterio, so swing by our Mezcalteca and join in the fun!


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Tequila Season 2015- 7th September to 29th November 2015

Get ready..Tequila Season has arrived! For the 11th year running its time to celebrate Mexico’s finest tequilas and here’s how. From September to November our favourite Mexican restaurant group Cafe Pacifico, La Perla Bar and Grill, El Nivel, will once again be welcoming tequila aficionados and tequila novices into their bars to sample a wide range of tequilas. Each tequila on tasting will be allowed 2 weeks in the spotlight.

So joining in on the action is our very own Calle 23 Tequila. Pop by one of the restaurants  and sample this wonderful tequila from the 20th October until the 2nd November.

To find out more, please click here.


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Germana Cachaça Masterclass – 4th November 2015

We’ll also be hosting a Germana Cachaça masterclass on the 4th November at our Soho store.This will be a rare opportunity for you to meet the owner of Germana Cachaça, taste the products and delve into how they’re made.

Germana is one of the most famous cachaças in Brazil. The Germana recipe stems from a family tradition that began with the family’s patriarch, Sergio Caetano.  Since then, the secrets and cares of its distillation have been passed down from generation to generation.

To book, please RSVP to soho@amathusdrinks.com (limited spaces available)


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Bodegas Ochoa Masterclass – 4th November 2015

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, 4th November, for a Bodegas Ochoa masterclass hosted by Beatriz Ochoa at our City store.

Bodegas Ochoa was founded in 1845 and fast became one of Navarra’s most celebrated producers. Today, the Ochoa family tradition continues at the winery which is now run by the fifth and sixth generations of the Ochoa family. Javier Ochoa and his two daughters, Adriana and Beatriz, produce wines from a diverse range of different grape varieties including Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

To book your place, please click here.


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Mexican Halloween Party – 31st October 2015

Trick or treat, it’s Halloween!

Get your costumes at the ready for a Halloween extravaganza this Saturday at Cafe Pacifico. Calle 23 will be there bringing you some of the greatest tequila around! Ariba!

For more information and to book your tickets, please click here.


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Del Maguey Cocktail Competition UK Final – 26th October 2015

On Monday 26th October, we will be helping host the 2015 Del Maguey cocktail competition final at Wahacca, Charlotte Street. The competition kick starts at 4.30pm so if you’re in the area drop by to see your favourite bartenders battle it out for a chance to win a trip to Mexico.


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Chilean Wine Masterclass – 22nd October 2015

Please join us for an evening with Renato Guerra, who will be presenting his range of Inu and Anane Chilean wines. The masterclass will take place at our Soho store on Thursday 22nd October at 6.30pm.

Three generations of the Guerra family have been making wine in Chile’s Maule Valley for over 100 years. The wines are currently made by third generation Renato Guerra and his father who in turn, inherited the vineyards from his grandfather. The vineyards are located along the banks of the Maule River between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Limited spaces available so please book your tickets here.


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National Mezcal Day – 21st October 2015

Next Wednesday is  National Mezcal Day, celebrate with the great selection of mezcal that we have available. Choose from our exclusive brands, including Del Maguey, Los Danzantes and Los Siete Misterios.

¡vamos a celebrarlo!


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National Calvados Week – 18th – 25th October 2015

With less than a week to go, National Calvados Week is fast approaching. To help you celebrate we’ve decided to make you an offer you simply can’t refuse. From Sunday, the 18th of October, for 1 week only, we’ll be giving away free miniatures with every bottle of Château du Breuil you buy. If getting a free miniature isn’t enough, we’re making sure that each one is an older edition to the bottle you buy.

What’s even better, the offer is available in store and online too. For more information, just visit our website or pop into one of our stores.


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RumFest – 17th October 2015

From the 17th October to the 18th October the ILEC centre will become home to RumFest 2015.

RumFest is the world’s largest rum festival that brings trade and consumer experts from the rum industry together for a weekend of great food, a range of seminars and entertainment and most importantly the finest rum around.

We will be joining in on the RumFest action with Ron Barceló and Rhum JM offering tastings and holding Rhum JM seminars throughout the weekend.

To book your tickets and for more information click here


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Chelsea Wine Show – 16th October – 18th October 2015

Chelsea Wine Show brings together award-winning wines from around the world from Friday, 16th October until Sunday, 18th October 2015. The show will take place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London.

Over the 3 days we will be showcasing some of our fantastic agency wines we have available. These include Fess ParkerBernard-MassardCálemWerner and many more.

For more information and to book your tickets, click here


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Cantarutti masterclass – 14th October 2015

Join us for an evening with Rodolfo Cantarutti to explore the rare and fascinating wines of Friuli. The masterclass will be hosted on Wednesday 14th October at our Shoreditch Store, 303 Old Street.

The Cantarutti estate was founded in the late 1960’s by Alfieri Cantarutti who focuses on producing wines from a number of different red and white grape varieties which are native to the Friuli region of Italy.

To book your places, please email shoreditch@amathusdirnks.com or call 0207 729 2111.


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London Ti’Punch Cup Final – 13th October 2015

Come and support your favourite bartenders at the 2015 London Ti’Punch Cup final. The final will take place on Tuesday, 13th October at The Beachcomber, Queensway.

Let the battle of cocktails commence!


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Van Wees Masterclass and Cocktail Competition – 12th October 2015

Please join us on Monday the 12th October at The Library, Martins Lane for a Van Wees masterclass and cocktail competition hosted by Fenny Van Wees. Don’t miss out as there’s some fantastic prizes to be won.

RSVP: marketing@amathusdrinks.com


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UK Speed Rack 2015 – 11th October 2015

Speed Rack is a speed bartending competition which works at showcasing female mixologists around the country. It was founded in 2011 by Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero.  The event raises money for breast cancer research, education and prevention. In 3 years across the US, Canada and UK, Speed Rack has raised over $300,000 for breast cancer charities.

Del Maguey is a proud sponsor of the event and we will be joining them from 2 pm until 6 pm at Old Spitalfields Market offering a complimentary tasting to everyone watching or taking part.

For more information and to book your tickets please click here


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Neighbor Next Door – 10th October 2015

This Saturday Evan Rage (former London Cocktail Club team member) presents to you Neighbor Next Door. Instead of being your regular bar hopper at London Cocktail Week, this year Evan has decided to set up his very own pop-up bar at London Cocktail Club, Islington.

To get those taste buds tingling, he will be serving up all kinds of cocktails, including Nordic Penicillin, Sea Merchant, Norwegian Choc-kick and Moves like Ragey. All of which combine Norwegian Linie Aquavit with a range of other goodies. On top of that he’ll also be shaking up Cinnamon Smoked Old Fashioned’s and Orange Tango’s. All this will be available for just £9 a cocktail.

So come on down to LCC Islington this Saturday night and be ready for some LCC banter and the best cocktails around.


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Rives Gin Masterclasses – 7th & 8th October 2015

The Rives Gin masterclasses will be hosted by Felipe Toro and will take place at Soho and Shoreditch stores on the 7th & 8th October. We will also be hosting a pod-tasting at our City store on 8th October from 12pm onwards. Limited spaces available so please book your places now.

Rives is a Spanish owned family business that was founded by Mr. Augusto Haupold in 1880. The company specialises in the production of exceptional gins using traditional production processes. The company is  located in El Puerto de Santa María and boasts one of the most advanced distilleries in Europe.

To book your places, please click here


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London Cocktail Week – 5th October – 11th October 2015

This is definitely one we’ve all been waiting for.. London Cocktail Week starting on Monday the 5th October.

Stay tuned as more information of what we’ll be getting up to during London Cocktail Week is coming soon. In the meantime, why not visit their website.


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National Vodka Day – 4th October 2015

Following National Stout Day is National Vodka Day on the 4th October. Let’s use  this day to celebrate some of the best vodka around. For us, it’s the Tovaritch! Vodka, an authentic Russian vodka produced and bottled in vodka’s original homeland, St. Petersburg region.


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National Stout Day  – 3rd October 2015

It’s National Stout Day on the 3rd October.. what a way to spend your Saturday sampling a variety of the world’s stouts.

We recommend you try the Coedo Shikkoku, a black lager from Japan. Two types of black malt join six other malt varieties for a black lager that is smooth, light and well-balanced.

Coedo proudly offers this dark jewel to stand among the best dark beers in the world.


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National Champagne Week – 1st October – 7th October 2015

We will be celebrating National Champagne Week with our new range of Nicolo & Paradis champagne.

Champagne Nicolo & Paradis is based in Arsonval (Aube Valley) and is produced by Agnès and David Nicolo. The vineyard is located in Colombé-le-sec and covers more than 17 hectares. The vines are predominantly Pinot Noir, but Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier vines are used for the blending process.

For more information or to purchase a bottle, please visit our website


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Sideways Screening and Wine Tasting Event – 30th September 2015

The newly re-opened Regent Street Cinema is hosting a screening of the multi-award winning film Sideways on the 30th September 2015. Sideways was a surprise box office hit in 2004, it told the story of two disillusioned forty-somethings on a wine infused road trip  around California.

Before the film, you will be given the opportunity to taste one of the latest releases from the Fess Parker winery (featured in the ‘spit bucket’ scene in the film). Our wine expert, Alex Down, will be serving a fresh and lively Pinot Noir, for you to try, which represents the Santa Barbara County wine scene that Sideways helped to make famous.

To book your tickets, please click here


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Ron Barceló Masterclasses – 29th September 2015

We invite you to join us for an evening of Ron Barceló masterclasses at our Soho and Knightsbridge stores on the 29th September. The masterclasses will be hosted by Maxim Boiko Savenko, Development Manager at Ron Barceló.

To book your places, click here


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Alipus & Los Danzantes Mezcal Masterclasses – 24th September 2015

Join us for an Alipús & Los Danzantes Mezcal masterclass at our Soho store, hosted by Héctor Vásquez de Abarca, Marketing Manager of Mezcal Alipús and Mezcal Los Danzantes. Hector will also be hosting two pod tastings on Friday 25th September. They will take place at our Shoreditch store from 12.00pm and at Knightsbridge from 7.00pm.

To book, click here


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Fess Parker Masterclasses – 24th & 26th September

We will be opening our doors to Fess parker for an exclusive masterclass, hosted by Tim Snider, President of Fess Parker Winery. The focus of the masterclass will be on their fantastic Pinot Noirs, made famous by the ‘spit bucket’ scene in the 2004 award- winning film Sideways.

To book, click here


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SITT Autumn Trade Tasting – 23rd September 2015

The SITT is a critical tasting for both new and seasoned trade professionals, bringing you a wide selection of specialist importers, boutique wineries and agencies all showcasing a great range of wines. This year the SITT will be held at The Royal Horticultural Halls on Elverton Street.

Register here


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Boutique Bar Show – 22nd & 23rd September 2015

Discover Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin at Boutique Bar Show on the
22nd and 24th of September.

Register here


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Ferdinand’s cocktail competition – 21st September 2015, 2.30pm at The Library

It’s cocktail time! Please join us for a Ferdinand’s masterclass on the 21st Septemeber followed by a cocktail competition. It’s your chance to showcase your cocktail skills and win a trip to Ferdinand’s Distillery!

RSVP : Marlowe@amathusdrinks.com


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It’s the Tequila & Mezcal Fest this weekend! Joining us there and also available to taste is Calle 23, Centinela and Cabrito tequilas, Del Maguey, Alipús and Los Danzantes mezcals as well as Zignum and Los Siete Misterio… make sure you pop by for a tasting.

To book, click here

Wahaca Day of the Dead Festival 2015

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This Saturday, 7th November, is Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival at Tobacco Dock, bringing Mexico’s finest food, drink, music and art together, in one place, for 12 whole hours.

We’ve decked out our very own underground Mezcaloteca. So whether you like your mezcal straight up or in a cocktail, come by, we’re catering for all!

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On top of this we’ll also be hosting mezcal masterclasses featuring Del Maguey, Los Danzantes, Alipus, Pierde Almas and Los Siete Misterio, so swing by our Mezcaloteca and join in the fun!

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Del Maguey Cocktail Competition and UK final

Last Monday (26th October) we welcomed Del Maguey into our Soho store for a special mezcal masterclass hosted by Michael Gardner and Steve Olson.

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The masterclass was a rare opportunity for people to taste the mezcals, whilst learning about their history, heritage, culture and sustainability. It was incredible to see how the mezcal category has changed since Ron Cooper (Founder of Del Maguey) began importing the spirit 20 years ago. Before Cooper, the wider world had little idea this organic, 100% agave product existed.

Here’s how the story of Del Maguey began. In 1970, in a blur of tequila, Cooper and his friends questioned the existence of the Pan American Highway. Two weeks later, Cooper and his artist friend set off in a VW camper van on a four-month journey to find and travel down the Pan American Highway. It did, in fact exist and his experiences in Oaxaca lead him to discover mezcal which, to his surprise, fast became a spirit recognised all over the world. From this day forward, Del Maguey was born.

Thinking about it… If Cooper never travelled the Pan American Highway, where would mezcal be today?

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Once the masterclass had finished, it was up and off to Wahaca for the 2015 Del Maguey UK Cocktail Competiton final, where each bartender would be battling it out to win a trip to Oaxaca (home of Del Maguey).

Our 6 lucky finalists and in with a shot were:

James Bowker from Edgbaston Boutique Hotel & Cocktail Lounge in Birmingham
Martin Hudak from the American Bar at Savoy in London
Juan Martinez from Taqueria in London
Milan Kresan from Gong Bar at Shangri-La Hotel in London
Alex Proudfoot from Crazy Pedro’s in Manchester
and Robyn Wilkie from Mash in London

On the judging panel (and the ones to impress) were:

Erik Lorincz, Head Bartender at the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel
Monica Berg, Bar Supervisor at Himkok
Michael Gardner, Partner of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal
and Steven Olson, aka wine geek, and founding partner of Beverage Alcohol Resource

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The competition kick started with a speech from Steve Olson where he welcomed everyone with a traditional Zapotec toast. The Zapotec toasts to life and the health of one another. While looking into the eyes of each of your companions, you must proclaim to the group ‘Stigibeau’ (Stee-gee-bay-oo) which can roughly be translated into.. ‘to all the good things’.

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At 4 o’clock the contestants were allowed to enter the room where they found a table containing all their cocktail ingredients. They then had time to prepare their drinks, which included 2 cocktails for the judges and a batch of 25 for the audience to try. All preparation had to be completed in time for the competition to start at 5 pm.

When the competition finally began each competitor, in turn had 10 minutes to make and present their cocktails to the judges. Whilst the judges were sampling the cocktails the competitors were given extra time to finish their cocktail batch and hand it out to the audience.

Whilst the competition was in full swing, Wahaca served up complimentary tacos and quesadillas for everyone to enjoy.

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Once everyone’s 10 minutes was up, all that was left was for the judges to make the winning decision. After a lot of deliberation, a decision was made and the winners were ready to be announced.

So without further ado, the Del Maguey UK cocktail competition winners were….

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 In 3rd place Martin Hudak from American bar at Savoy, London.

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In second place James Bowker from The Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Martin and James didn’t leave empty handed, receiving a bottle each from the Del Maguey collection. Congratulations boys!

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So with 2rd and 3rd place out the way, all that was left was to announce 1st place….

A huge congratulations goes to Alex Proudfoot from Crazy Pedros, who wowed the judges with his Del Maguey cocktail, A Life Less Ordinary. He gave an outstanding performance and is a well-deserved winner of the 2015 Del Maguey UK final. Well done Alex… now pack your bags, you’re of to Mexico!

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In true Mexican style, the competition ended with a final Zapotec toast, where Steve Olson thanked everyone for coming along. Salud!


There’s not much left for me to say apart from a big thank you to everyone who took part and came to support. Thanks to the wonderful judges, Erik, Monica, Michael and Steve and finally to Wahaca for letting us host the Del Maguey cocktail competition in your amazing restaurant.


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