These lovely gift boxed editions available for Christmas 2017, which make wonderful last-minute gifts.

Opihr

Opihr

Founded by Frankie Snobel aka ‘Lady Tipplesworth’, a mixologist with over a decade’s experience of mixing award-winning cocktails across the globe. British brand Tipplesworth aims to demystify cocktails and help you to create beautifully-blended cocktails from the comfort of your own abode. Handcrafted in England using the finest ingredients.

Tipplesworth launched in London in 2013 and has been taking the drinks market by storm. Creating cocktail cases, kits and mixers sold across the UK’s top high-end retailers, as well as supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Ocado. 

Premium Cocktail Mixers

These handcrafted and all natural non-alcoholic mixers make it easy for anyone to mix up a delicious fuss-free cocktail. The three cocktail mixers are packaged in 500ml glass bottles and when mixed with spirits, create five or more tasty servings, perfect for summer festivals, parties and picnics. Tipplesworth recommends the Raspberry Mojito is mixed with with white rum, the Espresso Martini with vodka and the Bramble with gin.

Each bottle has “how to” infographics on the side for easy mixing. The mixers can also make alcohol-free serves.

Price

Individual Bottles RRP: £4.99

Cocktail Mixer Carrier RRP: £14.99

Stockists: Selfridges, Master of Malt, Lakeland, Harvey Nichols and online at ocado.com 

The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley is a 10 Year Old Single Malt, finished in 30 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Casks, hand-selected by Master Distiller, Darryl McNally.  The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley joins The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil as the second expression in the range of Premium Irish Whiskies. 

COPPER ALLEY - A PLACE & TIME

Now lost to the ages, Copper Alley was the oldest street in Dublin, so named for the coin which was minted there in the 17th Century. It was in the heart of the Liberties, and along this street traded tanners, merchants, taverns and of course, distilleries.

ABOUT COPPER ALLEY

A double barrelled 10 year old single malt, aged for 10 years in bourbon casks and finished for 6 months in 30 year old Oloroso Sherry Casks

Limited release of only 31 casks, individually selected by master distiller, Darryl McNally

Non chill filtered and bottled at 46%

A traditional style Irish whiskey made to the original production methods.

Perfect to sip on the rocks, or with just a touch of water added.

TASTING NOTES

NOSE: Distinctive, full bodied aroma with plenty of character, malty, fruity with lovely sweet sherry flavours throughout

TASTE: Complex, well flavoured, sherry sweet, assertive, with a real melt in the mouth maltiness with sherry succulence coming through at the end

FINISH: Rich and smooth, lingering on the tongue. 

The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley is available from Harvey Nichols stores, masterofmalt.com, amazon, royalmilewhiskies.com, the whiskyexchange.com, thedrinkshop.com and celticwhiskeyshop.com RSP £65 for 70cl.  The international guideline price is from €65 - €69 for 70cl.

Glen Moray is a quality Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Elgin, the capital of Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region. The distillery has been producing fine malt whisky, distilled in traditional copper stills, on the banks of the River Lossie since 1897.

The craft of producing this elegant and well-rounded Single Malt has been passed from generation to generation ensuring the legacy of the Glen Moray Distillery continues. In its lifetime, the distillery has known only five distillery managers; the most current being Graham Coull.

Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish

The Glen Moray Classic Port Cask Finish is a small batch release, combining the best of the soft gentle Glen Moray Classic Single Malt with the spicy, plum, wine-like, tannic elements from the port casks from Porto Cruz in which it is matured.  On the nose, toasted vanilla and subtle oak is followed by rich dried fruit, along with subtle hints of dark chocolate and leather. This port cask finish has a lemony tang to it which progresses into a caramel-like taste with dashes of cinnamon. Finally finishing with a honey sweetness combined with spices and dark chocolate.

RRP: £25 FOR 70cl ABV: 40%. Available from Majestic, Spirited Wines and Whisky Specialist Retailers.

Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style London Dry Gin which takes its name from the forefather of English gin, Thomas Dakin, who created the world’s first quality gin in 1761 in the North West of England.

Thomas Dakin Gin is distilled in small batches in a baby copper pot still. The Master Distiller uses a secret recipe of eleven botanicals, including some traditionally used for making cordials in the 18th Century, as well as juniper, orange peel and English coriander with the unique addition of red cole to give the gin its long, lingering finish. Horseradish, or red cole as it was known in Dakin’s day, was used to revive weary travellers journeying by coach and horses from London to Scotland.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Juniper perfumed notes upfront with sweet orange and citrus aromas and a hint of red cole botanical at the end. Taste: Smooth, intense and piquant which softens, leaving a sweet citrus and savoury taste.

Finish: Medium to long lingering finish.

Thomas Dakin Gin is a juniper-led classic style gin with sweet orange and citrus notes and a pepper and savoury finish, thanks to the cubeb berries and red cole. Thomas Dakin Gin is gluten free.

Stockists

Thomas Dakin Gin is available in Waitrose and Harvey Nichols stores nationwide. It is also available in Selfridges Manchester and London, Booths, Ocado.com, 31Dover.com, GinFoundry.com and as well as fine bars and restaurants in Manchester and throughout the UK, plus World Duty Free Airport shops in the UK and Spain.

Gift Boxed edition available in Waitrose and Selfridges RRP £29.00

RRP £29.00 for 70cl ABV: 42% 

Made in West Dorset on England’s south west coast, Black Cow is the world’s first pure milk vodka, made from the milk of grass grazed cows and nothing else. Black Cow is an award-winning, super premium, crystal clear vodka with a smooth and creamy character.

Most vodka is made from grain or potato whereas Black Cow is uniquely made entirely from milk. The milk is separated into curds and whey. The whey, which contains the sugar needed to produce alcohol, is fermented, using a special yeast, into a milk beer. The milk beer is then distilled and treated to Black Cow’s secret blending process. The vodka is triple filtered and finished before being hand bottled. The vodka has no additives or flavourings, is gluten free and is suitable for those with lactose intolerance, as all the milk sugar (lactose) has been converted into alcohol. 

price and stockists

Black Cow Vodka: RRP £31.75. for 70cl. ABV 40% Stockists: 1,000 retail stores across the UK including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Majestic, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Berry Bros. & Rudd and quality independent retailers. 

BLOOM Gin is a floral London Dry Gin, inspired by nature. Master Distiller Joanne Moore, who celebrated her 10th Anniversary in 2016 as Master Gin Distiller, chose the flowers of chamomile and honeysuckle, with the citrus fruit pomelo, to make up the three main botanicals for BLOOM – each one contributing to the delicate gin drinking experience.

 Tasting Notes

Appearance: Clear and bright.

Nose: A light floral gin, with traditional perfume and earthy aromas; the predominant notes are chamomile, pomelo and honeysuckle.

Taste: Slightly sweet with a very smooth mouth feel and a citrus finish.

Price and Stockists

BLOOM London Dry Gin: RRP £24.00 for 70cl. ABV 40%

Stockists: Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Tesco, Asda and Ocado. Available online from 31 Dover and Master of Malt. 

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, the Spirit of Adventure, was created by the Master Distiller of the world’s oldest gin distillers, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices from along the Spice Route. Opihr is the world’s fastest growing premium gin. 

The heritage of Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is firmly rooted in the Maritime Spice Route. Traditionally merchants would travel thousands of miles along the route, trading exotic spices and botanicals from distant lands. Opihr’s hand-picked botanicals epitomise the exotic intensity of the Orient, with spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia, cardamom and black pepper from India and coriander from Morocco.

Tasting Notes

Nose: A rich Oriental spiced gin with a smooth perfume and sharp bursts of citrus. Key notes of cumin and cardamom provide a warm earthy background balanced with the grapefruit peel. 

Taste: Soft camphor, some sweetness and oriental spices create a warm mouth feel that lingers but does not increase intensity.

Finish: Long length with soft black pepper and spice.

Price and Stockists

RRP £23.00 for 70cl 40% ABV.

Available from Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Amazon, Booths, Master of Malt and seven regional Harvey Nichols stores nationwide and 31Dover.com

Gift Boxed Edition available from Booths


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