The Perfect Margarita Recipes To Celebrate National Margarita Day

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Jose Cuervo’s tequila expert, Oli Pergl has transformed the classic Margarita with a revised recipe that will inspire everyone to make the perfect serve in less than a minute in their own homes this National Margarita Day, 22nd February. The UK’s leading tequila brand, Jose Cuervo, has also joined forces with two renowned bartenders to devise the ultimate Margarita recipes that are easy to make at home.

Oli has drawn on his many years of mixology to create the perfect recipe for a classic
Cuervo Tradicional Margarita. Oli Pergl says, “There is nothing better than a classic Margarita and making it at home can seem a little daunting but it’s actually surprisingly simple. I wanted to come up with the perfect ratio for a classic Margarita to produce the very best version of the cocktail in less than a minute at home. The result is just the right
balance between sweet and sour, in short, the perfect Margarita,” he added

Oli Pergl’s Perfect Margarita

Ingredients: –

-50ml Cuervo Tradicional Silver
-20ml Orange Liqueur such as Cointreau
-30ml Fresh Lime Juice
-1 pinch of Sea Salt flakes (for rim garnish).

Method: Rub a lime wedge around half of the glass and roll into a small pile of Sea Salt (not the granular table salt). Tap on the glass to get rid of excess and put on the side. Grab your cocktail shaker, (if you don’t have one you can use a coffee flask or jam jar), and add all ingredients, fill up with ice completely, pop on the top and shake hard for 7-10 seconds. Open the shaker and pour into glass. Garnish with a lime-wheel and if you’re feeling fancy spray some salt water over the top (in a small spray bottle mix 3:1 Water and Tequila and shake with sea-salt to make).

Helpful Tip: You can use a tea-strainer to get rid of the small ice crystals when pouring
into the glass – the true mark of a professional cocktail maker!

For those who like their Margarita with a little twist, Cuervo has teamed up with Carlos
Londono, from Cafe Pacifico, the two time winner of best Margarita in London at the
2017 and 2018 Margarita Rumble competitions, and Sofiane Barthélémy from the
renowned Lanesborough Hotel to devise two further recipes that are quick and simple
to make at home.

Carlos Londono’s Pomegranate and Mint Margarita
“13 years ago, a close friend of mine travelled to India and introduced me to pomegranates, he brought them back to London and showed me how delicious and juicy they could be. Since then we have been juicing pomegranates in our restaurant and haven’t been able to stop. The popularity and trend of using pomegranate in cocktails has never ceased and we use it in everything we can, including our cooking. The addition of mint also brings a beautiful bouquet to the cocktail and adds vibrancy to my rendition of a favourite tipple.”

Ingredients:
-40ml Cuervo Tradicional Silver
-30ml Fresh Lime Juice
-20ml Pomegranate Juice (or a quarter of a fresh
pomegranate)
-20ml Orange Liqueur
-7.5ml Agave Nectar / Syrup
-5 Mint Leaves

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill up completely with ice, cap it and shake for up to 10 seconds. Fine-strain over cubed ice (to remove smaller bits of Mint) and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a large mint sprig.

Helpful Tip: You can find Agave Nectar/Syrup in the Honey and Jam section in most large supermarkets or specialised food stores – this is a veganfriendly sweetener that replaces the sugar in this recipe.

Sofiane Barthélémy’s Grapefruit and Honey Margarita
“When I make Margaritas at home, I usually do a frozen-style version as it’s quicker and easier to share. Most of the time I loosely follow the ‘Tommy’s Margarita’ recipe but I don’t use sugar. Honey is really great instead as it’s so rich and readily available. Feel  free to experiment with other ingredients like grapefruit to help jazz it up too!”

Ingredients: –
-50ml Cuervo Tradicional Silver
-15ml Fresh Lime Juice
-20ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice
-1 tbsp Honey

Method: Add all ingredients into a blender and stir briefly to dissolve the honey. Add the same amount of ice to liquid and blitz in 3 second intervals to avoid over-blending and achieve your desired consistency. Pour into your glass, slice a thin grapefruit wheel and add to the drink.

Helpful Tip: Ever find that your limes are a little hard? Roll them on a kitchen surface using the palm of your hand to soften them up and get more juice from them!

Jose Cuervo will also be celebrating Margarita Day with their ‘Cuervo Tradicional Margarita Masterpiece’ campaign – a collaborative online art project led by award winning artist Helen Marshall, where tequila fans can send in pictures of themselves enjoying their margaritas via the hashtag #LiveTradicional to become part of a contemporary twist on a vintage Cuervo Margarita advert and be in with the chance of winning a host of tequila prizes. The finished piece will be launched on Margarita Day via Jose Cuervo’s social media channels. Visit @josecuervouk on Instagram and the Jose Cuervo Facebook page for more information.

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A Modern Malt For The Creative Whiskey Drinker

The-Sexton-F-700ml----Bottle-ShotA new breed of whiskey is set to shake up the spirits category with its launch this month: The Sexton® Single Malt Irish Whiskey is an unexpected single malt, rich in hue, approachable in taste and memorable in flavour, and is heading to our shores from its Northern Irish home. The powerful and versatile drink goes against the grain— designed for a new modern whiskey drinker who looks for a multi-tasking malt that’s just as delicious enjoyed in a cocktail as it is neat or on the rocks.

Coming to market during an exciting time for the category, The Sexton is perfectly placed to usher in a new era for Irish single malt.

Borne of the trusted heritage and provenance of The Old Bushmills Distillery, The Sexton is the result of the unique vision and creativity of Master Blender Alex Thomas. Thomas is one of the world’s few female whiskey blenders and brings great expertise as well as bold and exciting new thinking.

Fascinated by the maturation phase of the whiskey-making process, she created The Sexton to be the perfect balance between spirit and oak. “It’s fantastic to bring The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey to the United Kingdom during such an exciting time for the category. After years of experimenting with different cask profiles and laying the liquid to rest for just the right amount of time, I’m pleased to share a rich and deeply flavourful Irish single malt that is ideal for mixing in cocktails. In doing things differently, we want to celebrate those who are also forging their own path and leaving their mark on the world.”

Made from 100% Irish malted barley, The Sexton Single Malt is triple distilled for smoothness in copper pot stills and aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts. These sherry butts are all hand-selected, and Thomas has spent years working with partners who share her passion and commitment to excellence.

The European oak casks are air-dried for 16 months, toasted from the inside to a medium-high level and seasoned with Oloroso sherry for two years. First, second and third fill Oloroso sherry casks are used to achieve a perfect harmony between sweet sherry flavours and toasted oak notes. The Sexton is a non-age statement whiskey, which allows Thomas the freedom to select casks when the profile is just as she wants it.

The result is a rich and smooth whiskey perfect for new cocktail experimentalists or for those wanting to put a modern twist on a classic serve.

The Sexton’s rich and sophisticated spirit is matched in the style-stakes by the striking, hexagonal black bottle it’s served from, which unravels its own rich story and is set to be a covetable decanter for display in some of the country’s leading cocktail bars.

The term ‘Sexton’ comes from the Medieval Latin word ‘sacristanus’, meaning custodian of sacred objects, and is used to describe the man who prepared the grave—the last man to witness the body before being laid to rest. As such, The Sexton Single Malt challenges people to make choices every day that will add up to a life story worth telling.

The bottle has been crafted to tell the story of The Sexton. A unique skull on the bottle is a mark of its spiritual owner. Its distinguished shape and heavy composition means it requires a strong grip—and its black exterior has been designed to appeal to the creative and style conscious whiskey drinker.

The Sexton unveiled itself to some of London’s leading bartenders in suitably bold settings for its official UK launch. An immersive tasting experience unfolded in the pitch-black underground of the Clerkenwell Catacombs in East London, where senses were heightened in the surroundings of the eerie underground location as guests tried the whiskey for the very first time.

At the one-off tasting event, The Sexton signature serves were introduced – modern, fresh takes on classics, perfect for drinking in the night time hours:

THE HOLY GRAIL

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, top with soda water, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, serve over ice and garnish with a lemon peel

LOVE IT TO DEATH

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml fresh lime juice, 12.5ml Aperol, 2 dashes Absinthe, 20ml sugar syrup, serve garnished with thyme and orange peel

MOURNING, NOON & NIGHT

35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml sweet vermouth, 25ml Campari, serve on the rocks & garnish with a lemon peel

THE HAUNTED

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, 5ml coffee liqueur, 5ml maple syrup, 2 dashes chocolate bitters, serve on the rocks

BURY THE HATCHET

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml lemon juice, 12.5ml gomme (sugar syrup), top with soda water and add a 15ml sweet sherry float, garnish with a wedge of lemon

LAID TO REST

25ml The Sexton Single Malt, 5ml Pedro Ximenez sherry, 20ml Manzanilla sherry, 12.5ml spiced claret syrup, serve over crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves and dried spices

DEAD OF NIGHT

35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml lemon juice, 20ml sugar syrup, 1 egg white, 12.5ml red wine, shake and serve on the rocks.

CHILLED TO THE BONE

35ml The Sexton served on the rocks

The Sexton is available from November in high-end bars, restaurants and lounges as well as fine wine & spirits shops for a suggested retail price of £27.99 GBP.

Here Is The World’s Best Aquavit Cocktail In 2018

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Linie The Journey is an international cocktail competition where bartenders from throughout Europe compete for the prestigious first-place award. The international final
was held on Monday, 27 August, at Ingierstrand Bad in Oslo.

Linie The Journey
The story of LINIE started in 1805 with the remarkable journey to Indonesia. It was then discovered that sailing around the world, crossing the equator twice, gave the aquavit a smooth and unique taste. The premise for Linie The Journey is to create a cocktail with Lysholm Linie Aquavit as the main ingredient. The cocktail should also be inspired by the countries along Lysholm Linie Aquavit’s route around the world: Norway, Germany, England, USA, Panama, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, China, Korea, Japan and Mexico.

International coverage
The competition has drawn a lot of international attention since aquavit is growing in popularity. Aquavit has taken cocktail enthusiasts by storm, and it is clear that many are very committed to bartending, Lysholm Linie Aquavit and the competition. “We are seeing considerable interest in aquavit among young, up-and-coming bartenders, and this national spirit comprises an exciting base in cocktails. We have received more than 200 suggestions for this year’s competition, and quality and creativity are high among participants,” says Romain Jourdan, Category Manager for International Premium Spirits at Arcus and the driving force behind the competition.

With early rounds in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and Norway, respectively, more than 200 participants competed to earn one of the 11 spots in the final.

World-class jury
The jury is headed by Monica Berg and also includes the king of mixology, Alex Kratena; the star bartender from Paris, Carina Soto Velasquez; and Arcus’s own Master Blender, Ivan Abrahamsen. The jury weighed four criteria in its assessment of the drinks and the finalists: appearance, taste, story and, most importantly, originality.

Women outscore the men in mixology
This year’s Linie The Journey is the third consecutive competition, and the first two both
crowned female champions. And this year it happened again!

German Peggy Knuth, one of two women in the final, went home Monday night with the coveted first-place award in Linie The Journey 2018 with her cocktail Eastcoast Park. Knuth is the Bar Manager at Salut! Bar in Berlin. Despite her love for Norwegian spirits and Lysholm Linie Aquavit, this was the first time she competed in – and made an impression at – Linie The Journey.

“This year’s Linie The Journey was larger and better than ever, and the winner, Peggy, had a very personal and excellent presentation, but perhaps most importantly – she had a fantastic drink! Lysholm Linie Aquavit was accentuated well, the flavours were balanced, and it was really a drink that you would want to have again! It sounds cliché, but simplest is often best!” says the head of the jury, Monica Berg.

I did not expect to win.
“I naturally hoped on some level that I would win, but I really did not expect it. But, in my opinion, Lysholm Linie Aquavit and Pandan are the perfect partners, just like lovers, and I am so pleased that I was able to incorporate my own preferences in a drink and that the judges liked it. I also think it is incredibly fun – and exciting – that I now have the opportunity to create my own Linie Aquavit with Ivan Abrahamsen, and it is a thrill that it will be sent on the same journey as Lysholm Linie Aquavit. I have to say, I am very satisfied with the evening’s outcome,” said Knuth.

Self-crafted aquavit on first-class journey 
The finalists in Linie The Journey were not just competing for the prestigious first-place ranking, but also a unique opportunity: the possibility to craft their own Norwegian cask-matured Linie Aquavit. Knuth, together with Master Blender Ivan Abrahamsen, will
now create her own personal blend, which will head out on the same journey that Lysholm Linie Aquavit has undertaken all these years – across the equator twice.

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THE winning cocktail: Eastcoast Park
60 ml Linie Aquavit
30 ml lemon cordial (homemade*)
7 drops Pandan Extract (homemade**)

*Homemade lemon cordial
60g lemon peel
1000ml water
500g sugar
20g citric Acid

**Homemade pandan extract
50g dry Pandan leaves (chopped)
200ml neutral alcohol
Leave it for min. 2 weeks

 

The King of Soho Is In The Pink With New Gin launch

The King of Soho Variorium and OriginalThe King of Soho is adding a new addition to its colourful line-up with the introduction of the King of Soho Variorum Gin, a berry edition of the original London Dry.

The King of Soho Variorum Gin adds a hint of pink and notes of strawberry to complement the essential juniper and citrus flavours of the classic recipe, making it ideal to be enjoyed over ice, in cocktails and mixed drinks; served with a strawberry garnish. The creativity and literary works of Soho are the inspiration behind the name – in literature, a variorum edition is an original work with notes.

With the original King of Soho London Dry celebrating its fifth anniversary in October 2018, the King of Soho Variorum is a new twist on the classic, with a lower ABV of 37.5%. It has been created to appeal to a broader audience and reflects the brand’s modernity. In its vivid red bottle, Variorum Gin is a vivacious and fun companion to the King of Soho London Dry; the perfect pair to stand out on the shelf or bar – day and night

Like the original, Variorum is distributed in the UK & Ireland on-trade and off-trade by Hi-Spirits. The King of Soho brand is the creation of West End Drinks, owned by entrepreneurs Alex Robson and Howard Raymond, and styled after Howard’s father, the legendary Soho theatre impresario and businessman Paul Raymond.

Alex Robson, managing director of West End Drinks, said: “The King of Soho Variorum Gin is a celebration of the colour and style of Soho; a pink berry spirit inspired by the creativity and literature of London’s iconic district, to join our smooth and premium drinks line-up.

“We launched the original King of Soho classic London Dry almost five years ago, and the King of Soho Variorum Gin builds on that success with an appeal to a gin consumer who is looking for a slightly lower ABV and berry notes in their drinks and cocktails. Crafted in London , it reflects the modernity and innovation of our brand and the ever-changing spirit that is Soho.”

The signature serve for The King of Soho Variorum is the Variorum Cooler:

50ml King of Soho Variorum Gin
120ml Cranberry Juice
120ml Pink Grapefruit Juice
Build in a tall glass filled with cubed ice, and garnish with a grapefruit twist and a strawberry.

The King of Soho Variorum launches in late July, with a RSP of £33.50.

Winner Announced At 1800 Visionaries Cocktail Competition

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Callum Baines from Treacle Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh has been crowned the winner of 1800 Tequila’s Visionaries Competition. Bartenders across the UK were tasked with creating a cocktail that demonstrates what we will be drinking in 20 years’ time. The five other finalists included; Amy Swanton from The Aviator Hotel, Farnborough, Jonathan Shaw from One Goose Entry, Belfast, Peter Konkoly from Coya Mayfair, London, Radslaw Rozycki from The Cocktail Trading Co., London, Sofiane Barthelemy – from the Library Bar at The Lanesborough, London.

Callum Baines impressed judges with his cocktail, “Make Tequila Great Again”, which combined 1800 Reposado, oak wood smoke, cactus and aloe syrup, lemon juice and Boston Bittahs served in a mug. Baines’s inspiration came from the notion of global warming, impacting resources of natural water and fresh ingredients causing sustainability to become the main focus of cocktails of the future. Winner, Callum Baines will receive a once in a lifetime trip to Mexico and trip to 1800 distillery.

 

Rum-Bar

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To most, Jamaica is seen as one of more recognisable islands of the Caribbean. Whether it’s through your own visits or becoming inspired by the images and videos on social media, the country is rich in culture with the expected tipple of choice being a driving force for many to enjoy when visiting.

A distillery tour is a must when visiting any Caribbean island, especially if originating from Europe or America. The styles of the equipment used to the liquid it produces, it’s a stark contrast of finished product to the selection of home, and it adds to intrigue and buzz when a tour operator has a distillery option to their many packages available.

Saying that, you do only get to enjoy a handful.

A handful in that not all distilleries are open to the public, or indeed able to function with a tour opportunity. You will see and experience perhaps some of the biggest names on the island, Jamaica included with Appleton Estate and Hampden Estate, but you do miss out on many expressions that the islands can offer. It’s understandable that if you visit a distillery and walk away with new-found knowledge and a love for a new bottle, you’ll seek it out in your hotel, the areas local bar or indeed your favourite rum bar once back home. But with the UK especially, there’s so much rum to experience these days that you can easily overlook those ‘other’ distilleries when visiting its home country.

It’s with this that my focus here is on a fellow Jamaican distillery that can be easily overlooked due to its lack of a tour opportunity. Lets take a look at Rum-Bar from Worthy Park Estate.

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Worthy Park Estate itself can be found within St. Catherine, itself a part of the Vale of Lluidas (or more commonly known as Lluidas Vale), 1,200 feet above sea level and with approximately 10,000 acres of vibrant foliage just 40 miles north-west of Kingston and 28 miles south from the tourist centre of Ocho Rios. The Estate has been a part of the landscape since 1670 when it was gifted to Lt. Francis Price for his services to Oliver Cromwell during the English capture of the island from the Spanish in 1655. Ever since it has slowly expanded to how you see it today.

The production of cane and sugar began in 1720, continuing to this day under the Clarke family, who themselves took over in 1918 from the previous family and becoming one of only 3 families to ever own the Estate. Despite having 10,000 acres of land, approximately 40% of it is currently used for sugar cultivation (where around 20 cane varieties are grown), with the rest for a handful of livestock and other crop production.

January to the end of June is the traditional sugar season, although due to the nature of the 24 hour operation, July to December is perfect to service the equipment within the sugar factory so consistency over the years can be maintained. The sugar cane itself is predominantly harvested by hand for efficiency and to maximise yield, although 20 years ago it was decided to also use cane harvesters to assist in the daily supply needed, resulting in Worthy Park Estate being rated number one on the island since 1968.

Each year, approximately 210,000 tonnes of cane is milled, with 90,000 tonnes of that coming from the Worthy Park Estate itself. The rest is supplemented by purchases from local farmers. It makes sense then that Worthy Park Estate produces all the molasses needed for its rum production, with between 7,000 – 8,000 tonnes per year produced.

Worthy Park Estate’s rum history has been sporadic since the 1740’s, with production in halted by the Spirits Pool Association of Jamaica in 1962 due to an over-supply of Jamaican rum following World War 2. With no rum activity for decades, and with times and attitude to rum changing, 2004 saw the Clarke family deciding to relaunch and in 2005 their new distillery opened, with 2007 seeing the flagship brand Rum-Bar Rum launched.

There’s currently four Rum-Bar expressions available to the market; the traditional Jamaican styled Rum-Bar Rum, a white overproof rum that is a blend of three un-aged rums, all distilled within their copper pot still, Rum-Bar Silver which is a a white, un-aged 40% abv rum, and their Rum-Bar Gold which is barrel aged (Jack Daniel’s) for a minimum of 4 years. Rum-Bar Rum Cream came to be the 3rd expression released, combining Rum-Bar Rum with real cream.

So with this, below I give to you my tasting notes on my Worthy Park Estate journey so far –

Rum-Bar Gold – 40%

Ripe green apple notes come through on the nose, with honey, vanilla and fudge infused molasses ever-present. Plenty of banana flavours come through on the palate, with hints of cedar from the oak, toffee and lingering treacle finish.

A cracking Jamaican tipple here, one that can easily be sipped over ice. Saying that, it wouldn’t go a miss in one of these –

Cane Planter’s Punch

Ingredients – 

90ml Rum-Bar Gold
30ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
30ml Simple Syrup
3 dash Angostura Bitters
Fill with Coconut Water

Method – 

Combine all ingredients in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle and garnish.

A very tasty look at the ‘other’ Jamaican rums that you can come across both on the island itself, as well as within many venues across the UK. I’m looking forward to heading over myself this year, and although there’s no distillery tour, that doesn’t mean I’ll be ignoring it in the local bars! One for your drinks cabinet for sure.

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Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Campaign Returns for 2018

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Spirits innovator Emporia Brands and award-winning Chairman’s Reserve rum of St Lucia Distillers are proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai campaign.

After yet another successful campaign in 2017, with winners Milk Bar from Reading representing the UK to second place in the 2017 international final, this year see’s the return of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai campaign, a collaboration between the World Spirit Awards 2018 winning Chairman’s Reserve rum range from St Lucia Distillers, and award-winning UK importer Emporia Brands.

Entries are open now and we ask bartenders across the UK to submit their twist on a Mai Tai, a serve closely associated with Chairman’s Reserve, using two expressions of the St Lucian rum (Original, White Label, Spiced and Forgotten Cask) as well as incorporating influence from the local culture of their venue, either the UK or their more specific territory. Entry deadline is June 30th at midnight,

All entrants are required to promote their creation over the two-month period of July and August, earning a variety of points that are rewarded for a combination of Chairman’s Reserve sales, social media activations, media content such as photos and videos, and event collaborations.

Once the campaign finishes, the top four venues who have gained the most points from all the entries will be invited down to London and top event space and bar The Magic Roundabout at Old Street station on Monday 17th September. Here, each venue will be asked to create their winning recipe to a VIP crowd of journalists and rum enthusiasts, with the hope of impressing them enough to vote as their favourite Mai Tai of the evening. The venue with the most tokens win themselves two plane tickets to St Lucia, the home of Chairman’s Reserve, in March 2019 as part of the immersive Chairman’s XI.

To submit your entry, please visit https://www.emporiabrands.com/chairmans-mai-tai

To enjoy a Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai,

– 40ml Chairman’s Reserve Original
– 10ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced
– 25ml lime juice
– 15ml triple sec
– 12.5ml orgeat syrup

Shake & strain over crushed ice. Serve in tiki mug or old-fashioned glass. Add 2 dashes of Angostura and garnish with mint sprig.

Starward

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David Vitale has brought Australian whisky to the UK, using his Melbourne roots and their famed ‘four seasons in a day’ temperature swings. Introducing to you all, Starward.

2007 saw David create the idea of a ‘approachable, affordable Australian whisky – served neat or as a cocktail with food’. Using locally grown brewer’s barley, yeast and water are added to brew and ferment, before distilling using a traditional double distillation process within copper pot stills.

Once drawn off, the spirit enters Australian red wine barrels, the wood still saturated with wine, for the full duration of the maturation period. During this period, Melbourne’s “four seasons in a day” climate means the wood of the barrels expands and contracts more frequently than those say in Scotland or America, resulting in bolder flavours in a shorter space of time. And, unlike Scottish whisky, whilst their whisky matures the alcohol content goes up, not down, something they name the Elemental Maturation.

Two expressions are currently available, seen below, with my tasting notes to accompany –

Starward Solera – 43%

Aged in barrels of around 40-50 years old, formerly containing Apera, which is an Australian take on Spanish sherry.
Rich, ripe stoned fruits of apricot, cherry and hints of strawberry upon the nose. A tart, sharp experience of orange zest, citrus and honeycomb, followed by a long, bold finish of raisin, dried apricot and grape soaked oak.

Starward Wine Cask – 41%

Aged in steamed Australian red wine barrels. Subtle aromas of malt, red grape and dark cocoa upon the nose, followed onto the palate with riper plum, cherry and cinnamon stick flavours. A lingering profile of raspberry and citrus for the finish.

Two fantastic Australian whiskies, and great to see they are versatile to enjoy too –

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Whisky Grapefruit Collins

Glass –

Collins

Ingredients –

45 ml Starward Solera
15 ml Aperol
15 ml Lime Juice
20 ml Grapefruit
10 g Sugar

Method –

Shake all ingredients, strain into a tall Collins glass, top up with soda and garnish with mint and lemon.

Two great expressions to enjoy from the land of Oz, with the country really striving for recognition within the whisky world; Stalwart becoming one of the leaders from Down Under. Worth of a place in your drinks cabinet.

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Birds

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“WE ARE JULIAN, LUPO & BASTI – THREE GERMAN GLOBETROTTERS CREATING EXTRA TASTY WINES AND A UNIQUE WINE-BASED CRAFT SPIRIT, INSPIRED BY OUR ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD.”

Doesn’t that just intrigue you? Three gentleman, travelling the world and becoming inspired to create wine and spirits? Where do we sign up!

I’ve recently come across their latest spirit expression, so it only seems right to dive in and explore the reasoning behind the three guys and their brand ‘Birds’. Julian, Lupo and Basti set out to counteract what they see as a over saturated gin industry, and create something never before seen. Combining their love of travelling, they set to create BIRDS, ‘a craft brand dedicated to unite the traveller lifestyle with a spirit that brings together German craftsmanship and exotic flavours from all continents.’

In a different route from gin, BIRDS is distilled from German Riesling wine and flavored with a variety of different botanicals, including;

EUROPE;

Orange peel, apple and blackcurrant. 

AFRICA

Clove and jungle pepper. 

ASIA

Star anise and liquorice.

AMERICA

Angelica root, cocoa shell and pink pepper berries. 

AUSTRALIA

Mace and eucalyptus.

BIRDS is produced within an independent micro distillery located between Berlin and Hamburg, itself surrounded by 450 hektars of apple trees. Here they distill their spirit within a copper pot still by Arnold Holstein in small batches of only 700 bottles. To boot, their 7th generation winery is located at the famous Moselle in the south-west of Germany, producer of the Riesling base.

Their Adventure Edition has been tried and tested, so below, I give you my thoughts –

BIRDS Adventure Edition – 42.2%

Rich aromas of soft mint, eucalyptus, liquorice and blackcurrant upon the nose, flowing nicely onto the palate, with the added kick of the Riesling. Pepper dominates alongside cloves and star anise, but soft cocoa makes an appearance near the end.

A fantastic gin, full of flavour! One that will shine within one of these –

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Glass – 

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Ingredients – 

40 ml BIRDS Adventure Spirit
20 ml lime juice
150 ml Ginger beer

Method – 

Build all the ingredients over cubed ice and within a wine glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

One to have within your drinks cabinet for sure, especially with the spring days coming full force. A delightful tipple that will surprise many!

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Emily Says . . . . ‘John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum’

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In her fourth feature under ‘Emily Says . . .’, the voice to the Manchester bar scene in Emily Puckering looks at the Barbadian classic from John D. Taylor;

Coming from a bartenders experience, rum is one of the most frequently ordered drinks, whether drinking it neat, with a mixer, or as many find themselves doing, searching for the perfect rum based cocktail.

But this Caribbean classic has much more to offer than one would expect. The creation of rum all the way back in the 17th century was spurred along by plantation slaves, of whom discovered that a by-product of the sugar refining process could be fermented into alcohol.

Putting aside the technical talk, rum allowed the production of many rum-based liqueurs that were yet to come in the future of alcohol. One of these rum-based products is John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, created in Barbados some time between 1830-1930.

A beautiful blend of lime zest, sugar, ginger, cloves and pure Barbadian white rum, John D. Taylor truly created a true specimen of the 18th-19th century Barbados bar culture. Velvet Falernum offers drinkers a much smoother and sweeter experience, particularly for those who may want to avoid the rich spices of classic rum. Standing at only 11% volume however, Velvet Falernum is perfect in the use of mixology, and has even been considered a syrup rather than a liqueur due to its sweet properties.

Today in the bartending world, Velvet Falernum is well known for its usage in classics such as the Rum Swizzle, Mai Tai, Zombie and the Corn N’ Oil. But for something a bit different, Velvet Falernum plays a key role in one of these exquisite creations:

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Velvet Green Martini

Glass – Martini

Ingredients –
25ml egg white
15ml lemon juice
7.5ml kiwi syrup
25ml apple juice
15ml Velvet Falernum
15ml Briottet Apple Liqueur
15ml Tanqueray Export

Method – Pour all ingredients into a boston glass, add ice and hard shake to create a thick head on the finishing result.

Garnish – Mint sprig and a pipette of chlorophyll for an ombre effect.

The Velvet Green Martini delivers a, as the title suggests, a velvety smooth drinking experience. The egg white creates the silky texture which compliments the name of this drink perfectly. Sugar syrup is not as vital as would be usually due to the sweet notes of Velvet Falernum, complementing the sweet and crisp aromas of apple and kiwi that are present in the drink. Velvet Falernum not only works beautifully with rum, but with various different spirits as the Velvet Green proves clearly.

When making this drink, I must say around 9 times out of 10, many will recoil at the thought of chlorophyll being added to their drink. Just to clarify, chlorophyll mustn’t be mistaken for chloroform. Chlorophyll is a tasteless and odourless plant extract that is used purely for appearance. Its dark colour creates an ombre effect, which is truly pleasing for the eyes, as well as the taste buds.

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The Botanist