Louis Roederer Brut Premier

It’s coming up on that evening where a lot of champagne is consumed! Although it will definitely look different this year, New Year’s Eve is an evening people wished came sooner! Champagne will probably still play a big roll, even if it’s on your own or with a loved one. Toasting to what will hopefully be a much brighter year next year! I had to grab myself one of these Louis Roederer gift sets to ring in the new year.

Brut Premier is made up of 40% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier. All matured in oak tuns produced from three Champagne grape varieties. This is an absolutely fantastic non-vintage cuvée, that just dominates this category. Louis Roederer boasts uncompromising quality when it comes to what they put out. Not to mention they are one of the only French Champagne producers to own nearly 75% of the grapes in the most sought after vineyards in the Champagne. The Brut Premier is the Champagne that sets the house style for Louis Roederer.

The freshness, finesse, and brightness of Brut Premier make it the perfect wine for festive occasions. Its structured texture, richness, and length are distinctly winey. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.

-Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master

Perfect for any kind of celebration or romantic rendezvous! Very elegant and fresh.

Arran 25 Year Old Release

Photo Credit: Arran Whisky

Arran has always been one of my favourite places to visit, and the fact they have a distillery there just makes it that much better! A mixture of good scenery and good whisky is always a recipe for a lovely experience! I will be happy when I’m able to go spend some more time there.

Lochranza Distillery is in their 25th year of production and to mark that momentous occasion, they have released their first 25 year old single malt! The 25 will be added to their core range and will only have limited quantities put out each year. This is definitely a big milestone for them to put out this single malt from the 1995 casks. As this has been an especially challenging year for everyone, they are hoping this will be something special that everyone can enjoy together!

Here is a little rundown from the distillery:

Original 1995 Stock Lifespan Breakdown
35% ex-Sherry
65% ex-Bourbon

Re-casking
All stock re-casked into 1st Fill and Refill Sherry Hogsheads for 12 months prior to bottling.

Arran 25 Tasting Notes

Nose – Rich oak with a gentle nutmeg note. Sweeter aromas of baked ripe figs, sultanas and black cherries.

Palate – Fruit cake with toasted almonds and cinnamon. The juicy zestiness of oranges and mandarins mellows perfectly with manuka honey, muscovado sugar, baked apricots and an interesting white pepper note that provides even more complexity.

Finish – Creamy and spicy with dark chocolate, walnuts and dark fruits compote.