Bitter & Ale
Madeira is a fortified wine that depends upon heat and evaporation to create consistent long lasting styles. The Canteiro process is employed for all 10, 15 and 20 year old Madeiras from H&H where the wine is heated naturally in barrels over some months to enhance concentration and consistency of the wine. Malmsey produces a rich sweet style whilst still exhibiting delicious mouthwatering acidity. A brilliant, old gold colour with green nuances. Aroma of dried fruits namely raisins, hazelnuts and walnuts and some wood in very good balance. Complex, medium dry palate of bitter almond, dried fruits, spices, green pepper and some wood. Tannins and acidity in good balance. A lasting aftertaste with the slight tang typical of this varietal. Ideal digestif or served with rich soft cheeses.
Limited stock. Appearance: Bright olive gold. Nose: Nose drying. Seaweed and old oranges, with smoke in the distance and some chalk. Surprisingly fruity and juicy, although with clear Talisker identity. With water almost soapy, a waxy sweetness. Smoke still present, but now more fragrant. Body: Firm. Slippery smooth. Palate: Sweet and meek to start, with some acidity and saltiness. Extraordinary flavour development. Becomes dry, stony, minerally, dusty, toasty. Ground white pepper. Chillies. Finish: Medium to long, slightly bitter, drying finish with a warming effect.
Colour - Amber with sparkling copper shades. Nose - Without water: Opulent, mature. Sherry influence. An intricate array of fruit and wood. Christmas cake-like. Sultanas. Maraschino cherry. Thick-cut marmalade. Oak panels in an old church. A cedary touch. Balsamic spices. Cubebe pepper. A hint of eucalyptus. Tropical hardwood. Oak soon gives way to malty notes. Citrussy freshness. Orange and kumquat peel. Some cakey notes. A reminder of Grand Marnier souffle. With water: Water enlightens the fruity bouquet and brings out vanilla notes. Lighter notes of ripe peaches. Pear and marzipan pie. Luscious barley sugar aromas. Palate: Without water: Unctuous. Mouth coating, almost syrupy. Full-bodied. Sultana cake. Ginger biscuits. Oak holds the reins back, releasing a drying spiciness. Cinnamon and ginger. A touch of hot paprika. Walnut and raisins dark chocolate. With water: More sweetness but wood and fruit are not so well integrated. A watery gap at mid-palate. And a bitter note in the finish. Bare oakiness shows up a little blatantly. Finish: Everlasting, warming. Nutty. Toasted hazelnuts. A full layer of liquorice. A whisky so well knitted. The most oaky and least floral of the range of Glenlivet. But age and a particular selection of casks has achieved a distinguished maturity, almost intimidating. Sherry notes give depth to the distillery character and a cakey sweetness. Aromas are perfectly melted, especially when The Glenlivet 21 Year Old is enjoyed without water. Wood is well integrated but firmly frames the aromatic palette. A very special dram to enjoy with dark chocolate and let pleasure linger late in the night.
Astonishingly complex, mild taste of fresh rye bread, honey and meadow grass, with a slight rye bitterness. This single grain spirit is distilled three times in small batches in copper pot stills, followed by purification using egg whites and birch charcoal. It is presented in a reconstruction of Tsarina Elizabeth's personal bottle from 1745. Polugar is the historic vodka from the Russian Empire, enjoyed throughout Russia by the aristocracy and peasants alike as the national spirit until 1895 when, following a decree of Czar Alexander III, all the pot stills were broken up. All production was converted to what we know today as vodka, distilled in government licensed and taxed column stills. The art of Polugar distillation has returned, thanks to the research and passion of Boris Rodionov, a noted Russian vodka historian and scientist who has reproduced an 18th century recipe at the authentic strength of 38.5%. As the ban remains in place in Russia, it is now crafted in a micro-distillery in Poland, within the 19th century borders of the Russian Empire.
A wonderful combination of soft bourbon notes and a light malty subplot with a light sprinkling of ginger. Softly oiled, very lightly malted. The arrival of the drier oak offers a perfect bitter sweet foil. Long, chocolate, rich and sophisticatedly spiced. Brilliant!
A wheat doppelbock with a dark-ruby colour, Aventinus has a compact and persistent head. Very intense with a complex spicy chocolate-like aroma, on the palate you experience a complex soft touch, fresh with a hint of caramel. It finishes in a rich soft and lightly bitter impression. Deep and complex - for big and relaxing moments by the fire. The ideal companion for hearty roast meat, venison and also fruity chocolate desserts. Oldest wheat doppelbock of Bavaria. Since 1907.
Duvel has a fruity dry aroma, owed to the finest hops, that reminds experts like Michael Jackson of Poire William concerning its bouquet and pallet. Its dry but still alcohol-sweet flavour makes the beer an excellent thirst-quencher, with a pronounced hop aroma. Thanks to the balance between a fine aroma and subtle bitterness, this beer occupies a unique position in the rich Belgian Beer tradition. Duvel is the perfect companion for appetisers, digestives and every other occasion.
Limited stock, 1 bottle remaining. Chardonnay (56%) Pinot Noir (44%) Grand Millesime 2000 is a blend of tweleve villages including Avize, Cramant, Ay, Ambonnay and Bouzy. Colour and Appearance: Clear, luminous pale gold with flashes of green and amber. Creamy, frothy mousse and a constant stream of supremely fine, whirling bubbles. Nose: Delicate, elegant and complex, with richly scented fruit such as apricots, peaches and pears, and elegant fresh jasmine and white lilac flower scents. On swirling a smattering of citrussy, honeyed notes reminiscent of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit and zest of candied citron fruit bring a hint of refreshment swathed in the sweet smells of baking: sponge cake and fresh butter. This cuvee has the elegance of a Champagne that is already showing its pedigree through luxuriant, deeply sensual spicy notes. Cinnamon, vanilla, aniseed and sweet liquorice mingle and complement one other. Palate: Full-bodied, this pleasant, finely honed Champagne has liveliness and vinosity, with flavours echoing the aromatics. The judicious blend of grapes from different vineyards is revealed by the lush Pinot fruit flavours, backed by a rounded, velvety structure with attractive but subtle hints of sweet almond and wild sloes liqueurs. Chardonnay tempers the fruity fleshiness, contributing just the right amount of freshness characterised by a cakey, spicy flavours: lemon buns and fruit cake, cinnamon and soft liquorice, and a hint of violet. The delicate sparkle contributes a gentle softness and reveals the underlying fresh acidity, which contributes to the overall balance. Enjoyable, long and pleasantly persistent on the finish, with spice, dried fruit and Tahitian vanilla notes. The sweet, mature flavours of preserved fruit and acacia honey are just beginning to show. Ready for drinking. A marvellous match for French or Asian cuisine, this wine complements almost any kind of dish, savoury and sweet, with the obvious exception of those with excessive acidity or bitterness. Opt for a well-balanced dish that will complement but not mask the flavour of the wine: scallops or snails, carpaccio of tuna or pigeon stew; or caramelized pears.
Born in Boston, USA, around 1902, perfected in Switzerland in 2010, Butterfly offers the best of both old and new worlds. An American recipe and heritage combined with Swiss ingredients and savoir faire. Butterfly is a joint venture between American absinthe lover and historian, Brian Fernald, and Claude-Alain Bugnon, the Swiss distiller of La Clandestine Absinthe. While it is impossible to tell if the taste is identical to the absinthe made 100 years ago, the citrus and mint notes are thought likely to have appealed to those who wanted a taste with less anise, and less bitterness. Re-launched in Europe in 2010, Butterfly is already receiving rave reviews from absinthe lovers around the world (even some people who don't like absinthe normally seem to like it). It has a wonderful thick louche, and a quite delicious taste. Enjoy with 4/5 parts of chilled water and in cocktails such as The Butterfly Kiss. Like all absinthe made in Switzerland, Butterfly is distilled (absinthes from other countries may just be cold mixed), contains no artificial colours and has no added sugar.
Skol Super is a deep blonde imperial strong lager with a sweet bitter lemon and lime fruity liqueur-like flavour and a warming rich lingering finish. First brewed in 1959 for the European market, Skol Super is a full bodied strong lager with a characteristic fruity aroma. Brewed and canned for: Carlsberg UK Ltd, Northampton.
Appearance: Dark amber. Body: Medium to full. Nose (unreduced): Rich rum toffee and molasses with a slight smokiness. Nose (30%): Hot and peppery with much sherry and malt. Overall quite a dry impression. Taste: Smooth, with an interesting balance of sweet and dry, again with rich sherry with malt, some fruit and woody notes. Finish: Becomes much more dry with a short, slightly bitter finish. (Pronounced 'dale-YOU-an').
Why not try Japan's favourite dark beer? Brewed in Osaka, Asahi Black is made from three different roasted malts. This gives it a rich, nutty flavour and makes it incredibly smooth-drinking. Unlike other, more bitter dark beers and stouts, it's brewed in a process called bottom fermentation, which gives it a subtle, sweet edge and smooth 5% abv. All of which makes for a truly warming experience.
Copper highlights twinkle through a dress of golden colour. Fine bubbles define the delicate nature of this champagne, and on the nose it's fresh and lively, it is loaded with citrus notes, then gingerbread and nuts, as well as candied fruit. On the palate the Francoise Bedel Origin'Elle is fresh and well-balanced, and a discovery of candied fruit. The climax to all this is a finish that brings forth a pleasing bitterness that will make this wine one to remember.
Densely populated with flavour, 312's spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavour delivered in a smooth, creamy body. This gives 312 a balance of flavour and refreshment that never fills you up and won't let you down.
Brewed in the centuries - old Belgian tradition, Einstock's White Ale features the complex flavours of the classic witbier (wheat beer), including orange peel and coriander. All brewed with pure Icelandic water that delivers a cool smoothness that is flavourful and refreshingly drinkable.
Appearance: Light amber. Body: Medium. Nose (unreduced): Sweet and malty with a background of green fruit. Nose (30%): Becomes more malty with a some dry sherry. Taste: Starts sweet and grassy, becoming more bitter and sharper. Finish: Hot, dry and peppery. Limited Stock.
Nose. Malty and creamy. Sherry and organics. Developing sweetness. Spices. Smoke. Opens up a little with time, but doesn't choose sides. The slightest hint of peat pops up. Taste: Dry and hot start, mellowing out into a sour centre. Some liquorice. A bit flat. Little development after that, the taste just slowly fades away in a winey, bitter finish.