Sunday Tipple with Redbreast

Been a while since I relaxed with a fantastic Irish whiskey. Seems like it’s been a lot of bourbons and gins lately, which i am definitely not complaining about! This Redbreast 15 was just calling my name today, and I just couldn’t say no. So many wonderful flavours and a ton of character wrapped up into one neat package. It is just one of those whiskies that just bring so much joy with every sip!

Redbreast as a brand has been around since the early 1900’s, but production dipped for a while. In the 90’s Redbreast was brought back onto the market, by Irish Distillers with the 12 year old and the brand continues to sit on top of the Irish whiskey market. I am also a big fan of the 12 year, but this 15 just pulls out so much more flavour for me.

This is a single pot still whiskey, which means it uses a mash of both malted and unmalted barley. Where single malt uses only 100% malted barley. Single pot still whiskey is exclusive to Ireland and gives the whiskey it’s distinct spicy character.

If you are a fan of Irish whiskies but have not yet ventured into the Redbreast offerings yet, make this or the 12 your next adventure! Exceptionally smooth and refined, not to mention very moreish! Quite a lot of stimulating layers of flavour. Lovely thick mouthfeel that is like fresh honey coating your tongue, and flavours of fresh baked apples. The woody-ness and slight spice comes through nicely. There is no doubt why this whiskey has taken so many awards!

This is going to make a very enjoyable Sunday evening! Pop on over to the site for your very own bottle!

Have a wonderful week!

Forager’s Gin

We are always receiving fantastic spirits in all the time, but it’s always exciting to get truly delicious liquid. That is true for our shipment of Forager’s Gin that came through our doors! There are a lot of really tasty gins out there, but these have shot to the my list currently! The passion and effort that the folks at Snowdonia Distillery out into this gin really comes through in the taste!

Snowdonia Distillery was founded by the Marshall family in 2015, which was North Wales’ first micro distillery after nearly 100 years! Founder Chris Marshall, who was a investment manager and former professional skier, has lead a small dedicated team who are passionate about making the best spirits possible! After realising that the Snowdonia region didn’t have a distillery, he made moves to change that. He brought in the best botanists, sensory analysts, master distillers, and master coppersmiths. Chris said, “Our aim was to find experts in their field and use their skills to achieve what we had in mind.” They take their inspiration from the Welsh Landscape around them, incorporating the local water and nature to craft something special!

They only have a 5,000 bottle production run per expression. Many months of the year are spent foraging for the freshest botanicals that are grown around them. They also have an ultra-long maceration period, resting the botanicals to create amazing flavours. The botanicals being; juniper, sea buckthorne, apple, elderberry, gorse flowers, and bell heather.

Snowdonia Distillery has 2 brands at the moment, Forager’s Gin and Marsette Liqueurs both of which have have gained widespread acclaim and coverage. Picking up a World Gin award and had been voted one of the top 10 craft spirits brands in the UK. Vogue magazine also added Forager’s to last years Christmas Wish List.

The two bottlings we have in at the moment are the Yellow Label and Black Label Gin. The Yellow being super inviting and the Black being the ultimate gin for a martini!

FORAGER’S YELLOW LABEL GIN – 46% – 70CL

Starting with soft juniper tones, Foragers gently takes you to fresh, semi-sweetness of apple and elderberry, before giving way to incredible, subtle, unmistakable floral notes from gorse and heather flowers. This truly is an authentic expression of Britain and the terrior of North Wales.

Perfect served in a variety of drinks including a dry martini or in the simple, but classic Gin & Tonic using either BTW Tonic water or Fever Tree Tonic, with a slice of British red apple.

FORAGER’S BLACK LABEL GIN – 46% – 70CL

Forager’s Black Label delivers intense, smooth juniper notes followed by beautifully mellow warmth and richness stemming from Sea Buckthorn. Use to create a crisp, elegant G&T, beautifully smooth cocktail, or epic gin martini.

Ramble Tamble

I adore October, the dawn of my favourite season. I wait each year to feel the creeping breeze of icy air, warmed by the fading summer sun. However, this October, I was delighted to hear there was work for me in Liverpool. I packed two bags; one for essentials and the other for the whisky. My excitement was unravelling each step I took
closer to the Mersey.

I arrived at Lime Street Station and jumped a cab straight to my favourite location in the city. A small church garden, just off of Rumford Place which overlooks the Liver Building and the Princes Dock. I parked myself on a bench overlooking the view, and cracked open the perfect bottle.

The Arran Malt Port Cask Finish. A fantastic aroma of strawberry jam, peppermint and sticky toffee pudding, with a full bodied pallet of berries, cocoa and ginger, completed with a coated, long finish of tart red wine – similar to a Côtes-du-Rhône. It is bottled at 50%abv, which is a perfect dram for someone looking for a little more adventure.

This single malt originates from a quaint island situated between Campbeltown and Ayr, it sits just off of the gulf stream, allowing the Island to sprout palm trees. I never would’ve thought a palm tree could grow on the Outer Hebrides. The distillery itself is quite young compared to other single malt distilleries. It was founded in 1995, situated in the north of the island at a place called Lochranza, where the water sources were completely untouched and perfect in every way.

Back in the eighteen century, the island had perfect links to Glasgow and the demand for smuggled whisky was on the rise. There was a huge amount of spirit distilling on the Island, there was even some molasses rumoured to being distilled. After the law changed, a distillery ran in Lagg from 1825. However, the closure of the distillery happened in 1837 and the heritage of distilling on the island seemed to be lost forever. Even though the Island was once home to over fifty whisky distilleries, it is now only home to one. The Lochranza Distillery has over 60,000 guests visit it every year. Unfortunately, I am yet to visit.

I have heard amazing stories of a bike track which completely encompasses the shore of the island. I can picture myself gliding through a haven of roaring seas and calm beaches, whilst listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival and attempting to spot the allusive palm trees of Arran. Only to find myself finishing the trail with a dram of my favourite Island Malt. Arran Port Cask Finish.

But for the meantime, Liverpool is pretty gorgeous this time of year.

-James