Palmers

Palmers

Langley Distillery is famous for the production of many a famous gin tipple, including the aptly named Langley’s, Martin Millers and Broker’s. Third-party contracts have always been the name of the game for the Birmingham based company, but now they’ve decided to branch out and create their own tipple, defined by its heritage and history of the Palmer family.

The Palmers heritage can trace itself back to 1805 in Old Street, London, where the family varnish business were to be founded by William Henry Palmer. Once passed onto his son Walter, the business started to transition into alcohol production, which set the foundations for the company as we know it today with current great-grand daughter Angela, along with her husband, sparking the voyage into gin creation.

Taking the Crosswells Brewery site, itself dating from the early 1800’s and built over an ancient underground water source, the brewery changed itself into a distillery in 1920 and has some of the oldest working copper gin stills in the UK, some of which date back to the early 1800’s!

Palmers gin has been created with Angela in mind, which they say is “infused with Angela’s zest and love for life.” The gin itself has within a blend of 7 botanicals (juniper berries, coriander seeds, cassia bark, liquorice root, angelica root, orris root and grapefruit), the exact recipe of which is kept close to Angela’s son Adam and granddaughter Natalie. Each botanical is weighed out by hand and placed into the aptly-named copper still ‘Angela’ (commissioned in 1903) in a specific order, alongside water and British wheat spirit. The resulting mix if left to infuse overnight.

But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Palmers – 44%

Light, subtle notes of lavender, parmer violet and grapefruit zest upon the nose, following onto the palate with a smooth start. Orange twist, with hints of waxy lemon, liquorice and an undertone of earthy notes, resulting in a warm kick of juniper berry.

A cracking gin on its own, but one that’s also worthy to be within one of these –

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Glass –

Martini

Ingredients – 

35ml Palmers London Dry Gin
25ml Cointreau
25ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
25ml Sugar Syrup
Lemon Twist to garnish

Method – 

Combine all ingredients within an ice filled mixing glass and stir. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with lemon twist.

A superb gin that really shows off the history and dedication that Langley’s have had, and have finally put their stamp on their own gin to rival the very many they have created for others over the years. One for the drinks cabinet for sure.

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Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Goes On Sale Worldwide

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Irish Distillers, producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, today announced a new, global extension to the innovative Jameson Caskmates range with Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, following a successful trial run in Ireland in September 2017.

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is a triple distilled Irish whiskey finished in craft IPA-seasoned barrels. The result is a whiskey that features the signature smoothness of Jameson alongside hints of light hops, fresh citrus and floral notes, and can be served neat, on the rocks, or paired with a beer.

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is the next chapter of a story that began in 2013, when Brian Nation, Master Distiller in Midleton Distillery, and Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, met Franciscan Well Founder and Head Brewer, Shane Long, in a local Cork bar. The Midleton masters agreed to loan some Jameson casks to the brewery to discover their influence on Irish stout and when the stout-seasoned barrels were returned to Midleton Distillery, Dave Quinn re-filled them with Jameson Irish whiskey – a finishing process that created Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition. Having previously hit it off with stout, the team in Midleton were curious to try a new beer mate, and after much exploration discovered that a zesty IPA was the perfect partner.

Commenting on the announcement Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said: “Irish Distillers has a long history of innovation within the Irish whiskey category and we are incredibly proud of the latest chapter in this story of creative experimentation. This new addition to the Jameson Caskmates family was trialed in the Irish market exclusively since September 2017 and the response has been fantastic. We have no doubt that Jameson Caskmates IPA will be as popular throughout the world as it has been in its homeland of Ireland.”

Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science in Midleton Distillery, added: “Without the curiosity and collaboration that took place that night in Cork and the expertise, passion and dedication that followed, we may have missed out on what has become a staple innovation within the Jameson family. It’s great to see the range growing so that more craft beer and whiskey fans alike can experience Jameson Caskmates. I recommend that you try the new release on the rocks or paired with a craft IPA but always with good friends over great conversations.”

Since launching in 2015, Jameson Caskmates has satisfied the appetite for new, innovative and authentic tastes among whiskey enthusiasts, Jameson drinkers and craft beer fans in over 40 markets worldwide.

Bottled at 40% ABV, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from December 2017 in the USA and January 2018 in Ireland. RRP is €38.

Newly Launched Mezcal Steals the Agave Crown

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While spirit connoisseurs have been excited in recent times by the tequila revolution, something far more exquisite has been sweeping the awards at the recent International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

Arguably the biggest news to emerge from the IWSC was that a mezcal, not a tequila, had taken top honours in the agave category – a competition first. And a new-comer at that. Translated as ‘ancient cut’, Corte Vetusto is a range of single-origin, artisanal mezcals, respectfully hand-crafted in small batches from mature agave. By deliberately emphasising the agave flavours and ensuring the light mesquite smoke enhances the taste rather than dominating, the range is set to challenge consumer perceptions of mezcal and position the brand as a genuine sipping alternative to some of the world’s great spirits.

Making such an impact at launch has not gone unnoticed by some of the UK’s most discerning buyers. The premium Corte Vetusto mezcals now grace the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, along with high-end establishments such as Nobu and Milk & Honey as well as on-trend Mexican venues – Breddos Tacos and Santo Remedio.

About the range:

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– Created from cultivated agave with a hint of wild agave to give it a distinct aroma and taste
– Double distilled in a 250L copper pot still
– Crisp, bright, agave-forward mezcal
– IWSC 2017 Gold Outstanding & Mezcal Trophy winner
– £59

Tobala
– Created from wild agave
– First distillation in a 250L copper pot still
– Second distillation in a 70L ancestral clay pot still
– The unique combination of copper and clay distillation delivers a mezcal of unrivalled sophistication and complexity
– £99

Ensamble
– Created from a blend of wild agave.
– Limited-edition, each batch will comprise a different blend
– First distillation in a 250L copper pot still
– Second distillation in a 70L ancestral clay pot still
– The unique combination of copper and clay distillation delivers a mezcal of unrivalled sophistication and complexity
– £99

With a premium artisanal product comes a dedicated handmade production process. With no scientific process to rely on, Corte Vetusto is created in Oaxaca, Mexico, according to time-honoured traditions by 4th generation ‘Master Mezcalero’, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Diaz. A watchful eye is required to create a cut of mezcal that passes his strict criteria. From harvesting, cooking and milling the agave to fermenting and distilling the liquid, this authentically craft spirit takes over a month to make each batch and is a real labour of love.

Corte Vetusto is the first brand created by passionate marketer David Shepherd. David’s vision is to develop a portfolio of spirits made by true artisans, who have dedicated themselves to respectfully upholding the traditions and values associated with these spirits.

Born in Singapore to British parents, David’s childhood saw him grow up in Mexico City and Cape Town before venturing off to Scotland for University and then settling in London in 2005. With such a passion for Mexico and its heritage, David was captivated by mezcal’s breadth of flavour, cultural significance and devotion to traditional production methods. Taking just 20 months to bring to market, with no previous drinks industry experience, the launch of Corte Vetusto is already an incredible achievement, watch this space – mezcal is officially on the map.

For more information visit:
https://www.cortevetusto.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VetustoMezcal/
@VetustoMezcal

Stockists:
Off-trade
– Harvey Nichols
– Selfridges
– Master of Malt
– The Whisky Exchange
– The Grocery
– The Bottle Apostle

On-trade
– Nobu Berkley Street and Park Lane
– Hutong
– Breddos Tacos
– Cartel
– Santo Remedio
– Milk & Honey
– Trailer Made Cocktails
– Tredwells
– Pitt Cue
– Hawksmoor

Edinburgh’s Leon Black Announced UK Winner Of Bacardi Legacy 2018

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28 participants from 10 countries competed in the Northern European finals of the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition in Amsterdam. Leon Back from Edinburgh’s Panda & Sons was announced the UK winner with his drink ‘The Queen Street’, and will go to the world finals in Mexico for the chance to be crowned global winner of one of the most prestigious cocktail competitions in the world.

BACARDÍ, the world’s most celebrated rum, invited bartenders from all over the world to participate in the competition. Every year BACARDÍ takes this opportunity to seek out cocktails that stand a chance of becoming genuine classics, like the legendary Daiquiri or Mojito.

28 participants from 10 countries took part in the Northern European finals for a place in the grand finals. One bartender was selected from each of the participating countries to go to the world finals in Mexico, to be held in the spring of 2018. In other words, the participants in these ‘national’ finals only competed against bartenders from their own country, but they did so in an inspiring international context, rubbing shoulders with counterparts from nine other countries.

It was not entirely coincidental that Amsterdam was chosen as the host city of the Northern European finals; the city is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most important cocktail hubs.

The ten bartenders who secured their ticket to the finals in Mexico yesterday are:

Leon Back / Panda & Sons (UNITED KINGDOM)
Erik van beek / Bar27 (NETHERLANDS)
Didier van den Broeck / Dogma (BELGIUM / LUXEMBOURG)
Harald Gröbl / Mark’s New York Bar (AUSTRIA)
Kacper Dylak / Cinchona (SWITZERLAND)
Carl Wiman / Himkok (NORWAY)
Henri Halonen / Liberty or Dead (FINLAND)
Carl Marcus Erlandsson / Hay Market (SWEDEN)
Anthony Barry / Cask (IRELAND)
Damien Guichard / Velvet (GERMANY)

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Since it was created in 2008, the list of honour for the BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition has done more than simply put a series of cocktails by some of the world’s best bartenders into the spotlight. It has also become a genuine network of talented people, all connected by a unique contest in which camaraderie always counts for more than the will to compete.

Leon’s winning recipe for ‘The Queen Street’ cocktail can be found below:

50ml Bacardi Carta Blanca
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
20ml 1-1 Sugar syrup
20ml Martini Ambrato
2 dashes Celery Bitters
Spritz Islay Whisky

Shake all ingredients with ice, double strain and serve straight up in a Nick & Nora Glass. Spray with a spritz of Islay whisky on the side of and top of glass

The Islay Boys to Launch UK Distribution with Emporia Brands

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Spirits innovator Emporia Brands and award-winning The Islay Boys of Scotland, are proud to announce that they are joining forces to launch the brand into the UK, starting with the upcoming Spirits Show in London on 1st and 2nd December.

Donald MacKenzie and Mackay Smith, hailing from the Rhinns peninsula of Scotland’s most famous whisky isle, are the gentleman behind The Islay Boys brand and their three distinctive expressions; Flatnöse Blended Scotch Whisky, Flatnöse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Bårelegs Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Donald and Mackay, like Ketill Flatnose, Magnus Barelegs and their Viking and Celtic forefathers, are born adventurers and have travelled the four corners of the globe – from New York and Paris to the spice fields of Zanzibar. With this, they have taken their experiences and blended them with the tradition of home, creating whiskies that they enjoy drinking together with friends and family.

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Launching the new partnership at the Spirit Show in London, both trade and consumers can experience the 2017 IWSC awarded expressions of whisky over both available days. Donald and Mackay said: ‘We are delighted to be working with the dedicated and professional team at Emporia to help grow our brands in our home market – we love the fact that the Chairman of Emporia Brands, James Rackham, was married on Islay, making us all Islay Boys together!’.

James Rackham goes on to state “It’s a rare privilege to be invited to be given the opportunity to sell one of your personal favourite spirits, and Emporia Brands are very happy to be sharing our love for this Islay range with our friends in the UK bars and merchants.”

For more information on the Spirit Show and available tickets, visit http://thespiritshow.co.uk/exhibiting/exhibitors-list/the-islay-boys-limited/

Thai Square Islington Launches Destination Bar

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Renowned for their top notch authentic Thai cuisine, Thai Square is now out to impress with the launch of their beautiful first floor bar in the newly refurbished Islington branch, officially opening on the 24th November.

With live music from pop/jazz singers Sarah Goodwin & Irene Serra, a happy hour promotion at the bar throughout opening weekend– it’s the place to be for a night out with friends or after work drinks!

Following its closure in December 2016 due to severe flooding after a public water main burst, the restaurant is now almost unrecognisable thanks to the work of managing director Haim Danous. Set over two floors, the bar overlooks the main restaurant – perfect for an after work drink or night out with friends!

Make your way up the sweeping staircase and a statement alabaster bar dominates the room. Dressing room-style mirrors surrounded by exposed lightbulbs cover the back of the bar, adding a touch of art deco glamour with high stool seating, perfect for a pre-dinner or after work drink. Designed specifically to accommodate a live band, four large booths at one end of the bar are positioned to chat with friends while enjoying the performance.

The new bar menu, designed by chef Mannuthat Tanpradit, focusses on small plates, such as crispy fried Duck Spring Rolls or tender Thai grilled pork, Kor Moo Yang. These flavour packed morsels are a great accompaniment to the new drinks menu designed by mixologist Chertchai Banjongrak. Classic cocktails have been given a Thai twist with highlights including the Golden – gin or vodka mixed with St Germain liquer, fresh yuzu juice, rose syrup, champagne and a pinch of gold dust, Bangkok Dangerous – lemongrass & ginger infused vodka, lychee liqueur, fresh lemongrass, ginger & lychee, topped with lychee juice.

On the official opening night (24th Nov), Sarah Goodwin will be singing from 8.30pm-11pm with Irene Serra taking to the stage the following night. Work your way through the delicious cocktail menu with Thai Square’s Happy Hour offer – buy one get one half price on all drinks from 6pm-8pm!

Whether you want a quick drink after work or late-night dinner and drinks, the bar at Thai Square Islington has been designed to ensure the setting is just as luxurious as the drinks.

Address: 347-349 Upper St, London N1 0PD
Phone Number: 020 77042000
Opening Times:
Monday-Thursday 12–3pm, 5pm–11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Tuesday 12–3pm, 5pm–11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Wednesday 12–3pm, 5pm–11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Friday 12–3pm, 5pm–11pm (last order 10.30pm) Bar opens until 3am
Saturday 12pm–11pm (last order 10.30pm) Bar opens until 3am
Sunday 12–11pm (last order 10.30pm)

Bacardi Unveils Sound Of Rum Series

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BACARDÍ® has today announced the launch of Sound of Rum Series, a four-part music documentary which explores the influence Caribbean music has on the world and the intrinsic link between rum, music and the cultures that have combined over time to create today’s the Sound of Rum. The series is the latest iteration of the BACARDÍ the Sound of Rum creative campaign which aims to connect the brand’s island roots to modern music.

The Sound of Rum is a diverse sound and unique concept born from the brand’s partnership with electro/moombahton trio Major Lazer, announced earlier this year. It draws influence from a collection of Caribbean genres including reggae, dancehall and afro beats and fuses them with modern day global influences from hip-hop, trap and grime to create something truly unique. Sound of Rum Series is released to further illustrate and explore this cultural and creative movement.

Sarah Doyle, Vice President of BACARDÍ for Europe, says: “It is important that we continue to create content and experiences that truly resonate with our audience. The Sound of Rum began as something to connect our brand’s island roots to modern music, but Sound of Rum Series goes deeper by clearly defining the concept whilst paying homage to the culture and traditions from which it was born. We are excited to have worked with so many inspiring and authentic artists on this project which, alongside the partnership with Major Lazer, enables BACARDÍ to bring theSound of Rum to life in so many unique ways.”

Each episode of Sound of Rum Series begins with the islands conveying how the Sound of Rum, though born in the Caribbean has traveled and developed throughout the world. Featuring stars such as Major Lazer, Sean Paul and Chase & Status, the series offers musical insights into the scene and reveals how the Sound of Rum has flourished in Europe.

Episode one of Sound of Rum Series can be seen below!

London’s First Prosecco Bar To Open In Tower Bridge

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February 2018 will see Prosecco​ ​House​, London’s first bar dedicated to
prosecco open at One Tower Bridge.

The bar will stock Prosecco DOCG, the premium prosecco from Veneto, the home of the
drink and has been created by owner Kristina Issa who wants to bring the same excellent quality of prosecco enjoyed in Italy to London.

Kristina is working directly with family owned vineyards in Veneto and will be exclusively stocking five vineyards that are not available anywhere else in London. The bar will have over 20 different proseccos on the menu, hand picked by Kristina herself.

The five wineries that will be served are: Marchiori, Rivalta, Cirotto, TASI Bio and Andreola. Guests will be able to enjoy glasses of prosecco starting at £7.50 and bottles starting from £30. Bottles will be available as standard, magnums and go up to jeroboams.

The interiors have been designed by Kristina and interior designer Justyna Czarnoba and
will include burnt orange velvet bar stools, hand selected marble from Italy and antique
bronze tables with mirrored glass surfaces. The bar will be stunningly back lit and have a wide variety of prosecco bottles on display.

The focal point of the room will be the large wine fridge that will span the whole side of the room chilling the prosecco to perfection. Guests are also able to buy bottles to take home with them and the aim is to create London’s best selection of prosecco available to enjoy at home too. The prosecco will also be available for delivery via UberEats and Deliveroo.

A small selection of cicchetti will be served alongside the prosecco and will include Salami Lovison, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola and Ricotta with sundried tomatoes and Italian pickled artichoke. There will also be a small selection of prosecco cocktails available including Aperol Spritz, Bellini and Prosecco House signature cocktails.

Prosecco House will be open from 11am each day and will also be serving delicious Italian coffees with focaccia sandwiches throughout.

Kristina says of her new venture, “the idea came to me over drinks with friends back in
January. I love prosecco but could never find a glass of the same quality here in London
compared to Italy. I wanted to create a bar that feels both luxurious but is also open to
everyone and that all feel welcome.

There is a gap in the market for a high quality bar serving the finest prosecco that is not in a hotel or a cocktail bar. I am working closely with producers to ensure guests receive the finest prosecco that is so readily available in Veneto.”

Prosecco House will sit within Berkeley Homes’ One Tower Bridge, a development of
high-specification apartments, five-star residents’ facilities, restaurants and commercial
space, including The Bridge Theatre.

Limited Edition Bottle Of 1800 Tequila By Artist Enoc Perez Released Featuring ‘The Gherkin’

1800_ArtistSeries_3_F_V21800® Tequila have collaborated with world-renowned contemporary artist Enoc Perez for the 8th edition of their Essential Artist Series. Enoc’s famed architectural collection, used for the 1800 Tequila bottles, features six iconic buildings from across the world, including London’s much-loved ‘Gherkin’. If you have a budding mixologist in your life who is a lover of London, this limited edition bottle of double-distilled premium tequila made from 100% blue agave ticks all the boxes this Christmas.

Founded as a means to showcase art in non-traditional medium, each year the series presents a new discussion around the crucial link between art and culture, as told through the work of cultural vanguards such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Each limited edition instantly becomes a collector’s item. This year, through Perez, the spotlight shifts to cities as cultural epicentres and breeding grounds for edgy yet refined style.

The limited edition 1800 Tequila bottle featuring the ‘Gherkin’ will be available to purchase exclusively from the London branch of Selfridges, as part of its London-themed Christmas shop, priced at £39.99 (70cl, 38% ABV), while stocks last.

Come and try 1800 Tequila before you buy – sampling will be taking place in the London Selfridges store every Wednesday and Thursday in the lead-up to Christmas, starting from 1st November, 2-8pm. If you purchase a bottle of 1800 Tequila during this time you’ll also receive a free 5cl bottle. Use as a stocking filler for another tequila-lover in your life or keep it as a gift for yourself. Every purchase will also be gift-wrapped with specially designed ‘Gherkin’ print wrapping paper to create an impressive gift.

In addition, 1800 Tequila are also offering a beautiful twin pack of 20cl bottles of 1800 Silver and 1800 Reposado on Amazon, priced at £22, while stocks last.

Tequila is one of the most versatile and characterful spirits around. It is gloriously silky in texture, adding a complex depth of flavour to classic cocktails. Try in the latest aperitivo cocktail, the 1800 Blush – a deliciously refreshing combination of 1800 Silver Tequila and Fentimans Rose Lemonade, served over ice and garnished with a sprig of fresh mint and a slice of pink grapefruit. Perfect as a pre-Christmas lunch aperitif instead of your usual glass of fizz.

A Sparkling Line-Up As Fizz Festival Returns To Altrincham In 2017

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Altrincham Town Hall will once more host the Fizz Festival and Fizz Festival People’s Choice Awards, now in its third year. Last year’s event was another sell-out success with around 400 people attending.

Where: Altrincham Town Hall, Market Street, Altrincham WA14 1PG
Dates & timings: 18th Nov, 12noon-3pm & 4pm-7pm, 19th Nov 12noon-3pm, 4pm-6pm + Awards.
Tickets are normally £25 with a reduced rate of £15.00 on the later Sunday session. Early bird deals are available for a limited period.

There will be over 100 wines available to try and buy, from Cava and Prosecco through to award-winning English sparkling wine and of course, Champagne. The ticket price includes a free tasting of ALL wines with no need to buy additional tokens. Quite a challenge!

Exciting new producers and suppliers!

This year the festival organisers have attracted some amazing new suppliers to keep the line-up exciting and interesting. They include some of the most passionate and knowledgeable industry experts you’ll ever meet! New for this year are:
· Wines of Brazil: Brazil makes lots of great sparkling wine and you can try them here
· Skyfall: A brand new premium ‘naturally blue’ Gran Reserva from Spain
· Fox & Fox: East Sussex based award-winning winery
We will, of course, welcome back our Award winners from last year as well as local suppliers:
· Veeno: Italian Wine café in Manchester
· Oddbins: A fantastic choice of fizz from their Chorlton based store
· Booze & Burn: Manchester based maker of candles in recycled champagne bottles
Fizz Festival People’s Choice Awards
The Awards attract a huge amount of excitement and each visitor will have the chance to vote for their favourite wines, with the Awards presented at the end of the festival. Categories are:
Best Champagne: Sponsored by Slater & Gordon, Manchester
Best Sparkling Wine UK: Sponsored by Altrincham based Lund Bennett
Best Sparkling Wine Rest of World: Sponsored by The Real Algarve in Hale Barnes
Music Food and Fizz

There will be a pop-up food area, live music and a range of informal masterclasses.

The festival has a modern feel with no snobbery and a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It really does attract those who want to know more about their favourite sparklers and what better way to do that and stock up for Christmas at the same time?