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!
Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale is brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, using only natural ingredients- water, malted barley, fresh whole hops, and yeast. Old Foghorn is based on traditional English barley wines. Perfect for sipping after dinner, Old Foghorn is highly hopped, using only Cascade hops. It is fermented with a true top-fermenting ale yeast. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called bunging, which produces champagne-like bubbles. Their barleywine ale is dry-hopped with additional Cascade hops while it ages in the cellars. Anchor have been producing small batches of Old Foghorn since 1975. Today, it is available both on draught and in twelve-ounce bottles. The high original gravity and full flavour of this ale make it a unique product, perfect for sipping after dinner.
Colour: Deep, rich, Chestnut mahogany, crystal clear. Aroma: A burst of classic Demerera greets the nose with a mix of brown sugar and molasses followed by dried fruits such as sultanas, prunes and exotic tropical fruits. Everything is sprinkled with a blend of island spices such as nutmeg, clove and cassia. The aroma finished beautifully with soft oak, caramel, and rich English toffee. Body: Full, round and extremely smooth. Taste: Very sweet on the tongue initially followed by a wonderful blend of sweet and bitter complexity. The taste delivers what the aroma promises which is classic Demerera brown sugar and a cornucopia of dried mixed fruits such as sultanas, prunes, and dried tropical fruits. Island spices coat everything in a subtle way. The finish is warm, and firm with gentle oak, caramel, and English toffee. Hints of sherry, leather and steeped tea add to the magic of this blend. Finish: Warm, firm, pleasantly long, and memorable. There is absolutely no burn on the finish, and its strengths are its smoothness, which is surprising given that it is only aged for 3 years.
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.
This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavour, noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer , refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.
Dark brown-red with a compact white-yellow, stable and lacing head. Touches of caramel, mocha and chocolate aromas, with spices such as liquorice and coriander are also present. A soft mouthfeel leads to an increasing bitterness, partially from the hop, but also from the roasted malt and chocolate malt. A nice balance between bitterness, sour and sweet.
On December 26th 1988, the famous Delirium Tremens was born. The particular character and the unique taste the result of three different kinds of yeast. Its very distinctive bottle and colourful label contribute to its success: the label depicts the different phases of production and the Pink Elephant was up and ready to conquer the world!
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.
So good it's almost wrong. Dark ruby in colour and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain't for the wee lads.
Once every year, the Metaxa Master Constantinos Raptis brings to life an extraordinary creation. From the House cellars, he selects ingredients that have matured patiently and are at the absolute peak of their expression. Carefully, he brings them together in a single batch to create METAXA Private Reserve. Every drop of this dark amber liquid reveals aromas of beautifully aged Muscat wines and of exquisite, aged wine distillates. Notes of old honey, bitter citrus peel, chocolate & coffee, mixture of sweet spices, pear compote. Complex, warm and generous. Gentle oak, dried figs, raisins, tobacco, orange peel. Long aftertaste of dried fruit (figs, plums), smoky, with a long aromatic finish.
Brewed to celebrate the anniversary of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion the ale proved to be so popular it has become a permanent addition to the range. Based on an eighteenth century recipe the ale is spiced with coriander which gives a remarkably fresh aftertaste.
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.
Traditional Blond is a top fermented beer with a secondary fermentation in the bottle, brewed according to an original recipe. Ingredients include malted barley from the Loire and three varieties of aromatic hops. It is a full flavoured beer with a fruity aroma and a subtle bitterness. Golden blonde colour, it is best enjoyed by drinking it as fresh as possible.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber colour and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavour.