Grand Marnier Tasting Notes

Extravagant. Stylish. Chic. Words many would use to describe a bottle that sits upon many a back-bar – Grand Marnier. The orange liqueur from France is also steeped in history, dating back to 1827. In this year, a gentleman named Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle founded a distillery in Neauphe-le-Château, France that produced fruit liqueurs. In 1876, his granddaughterContinue reading “Grand Marnier Tasting Notes”

Mandarine Napoléon

Liqueurs is a funny category. Many of you may not realise how much liqueurs you can consume in a life-time. Cocktails, after-dinner, pre-dinner, coffee, hot chocolate all could have some kind of liqueur to usually sweeten up or emphasize a flavour. They can be seen on bars around the world but rarely would you point oneContinue reading “Mandarine Napoléon”

Grey Goose Presents . . . Grey Goose Le Fizz Gift Box for Christmas

GREY GOOSE® presents GREY GOOSE Le Fizz Gift Box for Christmas GREY GOOSE, the World’s Best Tasting vodka, presents the perfect Christmas gift for discerning vodka drinkers – the GREY GOOSE Le Fizz Gift Box. The GREY GOOSE Le Fizz Gift Box contains a 70cl bottle of GREY GOOSE vodka, two beautifully designed crystal GREYContinue reading “Grey Goose Presents . . . Grey Goose Le Fizz Gift Box for Christmas”

Stevens Garnier Trade Tasting Roadshow

A few weeks back, Castlefield in Manchester was the base for the Oxford wine agency of Stevens Garnier to showcase their very best offerings in their latest trade tasting roadshow. Attracting wine makers from countries including Austria, Portugual, California and France, as well as industry folk like Ruth Yates of Corks Out and Chris Green of the ManchesterContinue reading “Stevens Garnier Trade Tasting Roadshow”

Rémy Martin Tasting Notes

Cognac, a brandy from the Cognac region of France, is a category that is heavily stereotyped with an image of rich, successful business types enjoying a hearty measure with a cigar being puffed emphatically. But the thing with stereotypes, and Rémy Martin in particular, is that they’ve accustomed themselves to a Chinese whisper. One consumer hears that the cognacContinue reading “Rémy Martin Tasting Notes”

Corks Out Summer Classics Tasting

Last week, Corks Out in Timperley hosted their monthly wine tasting, this time looking at offerings suited for the BBQ summer weather. Hosted by Karim, we were to be delving into Prosecco, three white, a rose and two reds all from various old and new world countries. So below, I give to you my tasting notes on each –Continue reading “Corks Out Summer Classics Tasting”

Magellan Gin Tasting Notes

Have you always wondered if gin was practically colourless? Well Magellan gin will give you a surprise. Using the inspiration of Ferdinand de Magellan in 1519, who circumnavigated the world to explore the ‘spice islands’ and the several barrels of cloves that were brought back, the Magellan gin is hand crafted in small batches usingContinue reading “Magellan Gin Tasting Notes”

Esprit de June Liqueur Tasting Notes

I’ve been lucky enough recently to try out some of the portfolio of Boutique Brands, which includes G’Vine gin, Atlantico rum and Roberto Cavalli vodka. But the most unusual spirit they offer is something named Esprit de June, a liqueur created in France and can consider itself the only liqueur produced with the vine-flowers of Ugni Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon andContinue reading “Esprit de June Liqueur Tasting Notes”

Grey Goose

  If you know me personally, or have followed my journey since the beginning, it’s no secret that one of my favourite vodka brands is Grey Goose. There’s not many brands in the world that I don’t like to be fair, each liquid has its own unique trail, but Grey Goose is one that sticksContinue reading “Grey Goose”

G’Vine Tasting Notes

G’Vine, handcrafted in France, seems to have redefined the frontiers of the gin category, erasing traditional ideas and changing the perception of this centuries-old spirit. While most of the world’s gin is made from grain spirit, G’Vine Gin is crafted from grape spirit which creates a silky, luxurious feel. France’s Cognac region is the birthplace of G’Vine, using Ugni Blanc grapes whichContinue reading “G’Vine Tasting Notes”