Recognisable from the blue hyacinth macaw on its bottle, Doorly’s fine old Barbados rum is an extra special creation. Doorly’s XO is a sweet concoction of heady aromas and enticing flavours including notes of oloroso sherry thanks to the casks the spirit is matured in. Oak spices are prevalent in the flavour and support the sweet vanilla and marzipan notes which deliver a tart spiciness which is enjoyable again and again. A lingering and enjoyable smokiness on the palate is again thanks to the oak maturation process.
Named after the famous American poet, Dorothy Parker American gin is a blend of botanicals including juniper, elderberries, citrus, cinnamon and hibiscus. This makes both a delicious g&t and a gin daisy.
The bright honey hues of this 10-year-old bourbon invite you in to try its wonderful warm flavour. Eagle rare 10-year-old is a pure and mellow flavoured bourbon with scents of ripened banana and smoky charcoal coming through first. The flavour is deeper with fresh fruit notes pairing with the charcoal depth, melon comes through strongly with candied almonds and a long fiery endnote. A versatile bourbon which you can mix or sip as you wish.
The signature gin from the east London liquor company, a distillery based in bow wharf (right near Victoria Park, for those of you that know the area). This London dry gin is made with 100% British wheat spirits and infused with a bright selection of botanicals, including fresh lemon and grapefruit peels, cubeb berries, cardamom, coriander, angelica root and Macedonian juniper berries.
A fine and flavoursome pear brandy, Miclo Poire William Eau de Vie captures the sweetness and the sharpness of the pair and balances them wonderfully. The sweet williams pear flavour has been fermented alongside the distillation process to deliver a smooth sweetness and a long ageing process in specially built tanks ensuring the depth of flavour is sustained. The authentic pear flavour in this Eau de Vie delivers a real sense of biting into the fresh fruit and calls for baked desserts and cheese boards alongside it.
A unique blend of thirteen botanicals includes lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts. Lemongrass and lime peel contribute lively citrus notes. Created by hand in our west end and Leith distilleries, this is a delightfully crisp gin with a distinctively smooth finish.
No drinks cupboard is complete without a classic kirsch. Lesgrevil Kirschwasser is authentically flavoured using traditional production methods. The cherry fruit, stones and juice are all fermented to create a rich and vibrant cherry flavour which Lesgrevil has harmoniously teamed with light notes of almond. Adding kirsch to your cocktails ensures a strong hit of sweet cherry flavour or you can alternatively use it to pep up desserts, flavoured pastries or even drink alone.
The williams pear takes centre stage in this sweet and satisfying eau de vie. Lesgrevil poire william eau de vie combines the sweet flavours of the pear with the intensity of the distilled alcohol and combined they create an enticing blend which is wonderfully enjoyed as a digestif. The sweet and fruity flavour of the pear is wonderfully teamed with your after dinner cheeseboard or a light dessert.
Twelve years of work and dedication goes into the creation of el dorado 12-year rum and three different stills’ worth of spirit is used to guarantee a perfectly smooth and enjoyable drink. The length of maturation helps develop the fruit flavours within the rum, prunes, dates and toffee apple come through strongly with sherry treacle and cinnamon spice flavours also complementing the flavour profile. The balance of this rum is delicate, leaning slightly towards the sweet but not without a welcome hit of spice.
One of the world’s first known luxury rum blends, el dorado 15 year brings together spirits as old as 25 years to deliver an exceptionally flavoured end product. Heady festive aromas are released as you open the bottle, sherry trifle, rich fruitcake and candied citrus fruits invite you to take a sip. On drinking, you’ll enjoy warm chocolate caramel notes and espresso coffee with that vanilla sweetness that you’d expect from a quality rum.
El dorado 21 years uses that 21 year period as a minimum benchmark and the blend is in fact made up of blends as old as 25 years and the maturity of this rum is apparent from simply opening the bottle. The aroma is filled with sweet scents reminiscent of an old fashioned sweet shop, with boiled sweets coming through strong on the palate too. The finish brings in some of the more intense notes including fresh tobacco, spiced chocolate and together they create a rum which is ideal for after-dinner sips.
A bright and breezy Guyana rum, young at just 5 years old, el dorado 5 years is one of the youngest offerings from this producer. Creamy butterscotch is the leading scent when you open the bottle and it’s soon partnered with bright notes of tropical fruit and a hint of mint oil. This oily element is apparent on the palate, helping to deliver a light-bodied rum which is rich in tropical flavours including fresh coconut.
One of the younger offerings from el dorado, this blend made of rums of a minimum of 8 years old is sweetly spicy and thick with molasses and toffee flavours. There’s a festive feel to this rum, with Christmas cake spices working together to create a strong and enjoyable flavour. Honey, vanilla, toffee and butterscotch are rich on the palate with syrupy orange marmalade coming through too, creating a rich and enjoyable rum which is perfect when enjoyed neat or with soft drink/mixer/mixers.
With a couple of awards under its belt el dorado, 3-year rum is a fine example of a mixing rum which a crispness that lends itself to sharp citrus cocktails and even exotic punches. Coconut is ever-present from the first opening and hints of sugary sweet icing sugar are also apparent in the nose. On drinking, el dorado is surprisingly dry with notes of intense brown sugar, a nutty edge and of course that coconut coming through strongly. The ends note blends vanilla with the coconut for a fresh finish.
Bottled straight from distillation, el Jimador is a crystal clear Blanco tequila and named for the skilled men who select and harvest the agave that gives it its flavour. First introduced in 1994, el Jimador Blanco is a sweet vegetal smelling tequila which also offers up notes of fresh balsa wood. These aromas merge into flavours of pine freshness, sweet agave and notes of citrus. The peppery heat comes through in the finish and reminds you it’s a genuine Mexican tequila you’re drinking.
El jimador reposado is made from mature blue agave and spends two months resting in American oak barrels. Golden hues escape from the bottle thanks to this process and the flavour mellow yet rich with toasted agave at the forefront. Almond, vanilla and baking spices create an aroma to draw you in and then they also prop up the agave flavour with additional sweetness. The smokiness comes through at the end and is a welcome addition to the sweetness.
Made using East Anglian wheat and with the final distillation through an ancient copper pot still, Element 29 is unfiltered resulting in a creamy vodka with notes of cereal and citrus.
This eco-pouch refill system allows you to replenish any empty Element 29 Vodka you have, saving money and wastage. Each pouch is the equivalent to 6 bottles.
Matured in genuine buffalo trace bourbon barrels and blended from 10 individual rums, Elements 8 Platinum is exceptionally crafted and its flavour is a testament to this. Naturally, filtered rainforest water is combined with the chosen rums to deliver a light bodied yet complex character. Bright, pungent raisins are a prominent flavour leading to a soft, mellow finish. A premium rum which loves to be teamed simply with ice or dashed into your favourite long drink.
Only launched in 2010, elements 8 spiced rum is a fantastic addition to the other spiced offerings on the market. Top-quality dark rum is enhanced with warm Caribbean spice as well as steeped fruit and sweet honey. Bourbon barrel ageing delivers a smoky depth to the flavour and it’s the spicy notes, specifically cinnamon, clove, ginger and star anise which come out strongest. Fruity coconut pairs perfectly with the honey and ensure a rounded end.
Elijah Craig 12 year old takes its name from a reverend from Virginia who used his fire-charred barrels to create a bourbon which benefits from the burnt nature of the casks. A small-batch bourbon, the aroma of Elijah Craig 12 is thick with orchard fruits, crème anglaise, toasted oak and a touch of toffee. The flavour is rich in cooked apple flavour with aniseed and a hint of spice which deepens as you sip. The creaminess of the drink never fades and it has an enjoyable sweet edge, as bourbons go.
Antigua’s finest, English harbour rum spends a minimum of five years in aged bourbon barrels, delivering a touch of whisky spirit to each sip. Vanilla custard and cinnamon spice are the first scents that hit you and the flavour is deep with fudge and golden syrup, with the consistency of cinnamon carrying through. Different blends are brought together to deliver the end results, English harbour rum which brings cinnamon to the centre stage and works wonderfully with your favourite ginger ale.
Espolon tequila is a brand created by Cirilo Oropeza, an experienced master distiller, with over 50 years of experience of distilling tequila under his belt. His Blanco has notes of pineapple, vanilla and pepper.
Evan Williams extra-aged offers flavours different from other bourbons in the distillery’s range, simply due to the extra time it spends in its barrels getting ready. When perfectly prepared it’s bottled and you’ll enjoy a wonderfully mellow and drinkable bourbon which has a perfectly balanced flavour. On the nose you’ll get bright notes of vanilla, cream and spice and they soon lad onto a maple syrup rich body, warm on the palate with oak notes balancing against the spice. Warm and sweet, perfect for those chilly winter nights.
The medium amber colour is bright...the opening sniffs after the pour displays the trademark gentle, fruit-like sweetness/graininess of Evan Williams - time in the glass affords the chance for the bouquet to deepen and grow complex as layers of aroma include milk chocolate, marshmallow, sugar cookies and freshly mown hay.
Super clean and tasty quinoa vodka. Clean bright lemon and almost a little fruit on the palate. Very smooth all the way through. The finish is a lemon and soft spice affair. Very very well made vodka and very very fairly priced vegan-friendly too. Big thumbs up.
With a reputation which has grown positively since its creation in 1896, the famous grouse has a name which certainly suits. Craftsmanship and expert blenders ensure the famous grouse remains one of the world’s favourite scotches. One of the smoothest scotch whiskies there is, the famous grouse has a well-rounded yet immediately distinguishable flavour. Floral and peaty notes marry together to create the flavour so many of us know and love.
A higher than your average strength bourbon, fighting cock delivers a character packed full of punch and real depth. Spicy and toasty oak come through first and there’s even a touch of rum in the flavour, blending perfectly with buttery toffee and pepper notes. Smoky caramel lingers delivering a finish which really is full of heady spice and tempts you into trying just one more sip.
Fines Master Gin's foundation lies with the "holy" trinity of gin. Juniper, Coriander and Angelica, followed by a wonderful blend of orange, lime and grapefruit. This zesty gin taste is rounded off with chamomile, liquorice, orris and cassia. This is a fresh citrus twist on a traditional London Dry, just begging for sunshine and tonic! The gin is prepared by loading the still with grain-based alcohol and water, with the still at 50℃ the botanicals are then added and left overnight.
Sharp white grapefruit is prominent followed by a wash of sweetened pink grapefruit. Lemon and lime zest appear mid appear just before a sweet grapefruit kick that is smooth and long. Impressive follow up of pink grapefruit and morello cherry with a big citrus burst to finish. Cracking stuff. Serve from freezer. Amazing value for money.
Penny chews flavoured with lime and Mr freeze lime ice poles come in first with a peppery undertone. Chalky, bitter lemon zest follows. The kicks is sharp and tangy but turn into sweet, chalky lime notes that linger. Screams out for a soft drink/mixer/mixer. Serve from the freezer.
Made from an intriguing blend of eucalyptus, liquorice, and premium 30% vodka, fisk provides an incredibly smooth and refreshing taste to inject a breath of fresh air into the drinks market. Made from an intriguing blend of eucalyptus, liquorice, and premium 30% vodka, fisk provides an incredibly smooth and refreshing taste to inject a breath of fresh air into the drinks market.