Sunday, 13 December 2015

5 fantastic beverage gift ideas for Xmas

The Berry Bros Christmas Hampers

Berry Brothers shouldn't be a stranger to any food and wine lovers. They are the oldest wine and spirit merchant in the UK, they are offering a great selection of premium Christmas Hampers. Matching fine, carefully selected wines and spirits with artisan delicacies, the Christmas collection ranges from neat apĂ©ritif selections to the lavishly indulgent Le Grande. They have also just released a new wine book: "Exploring & Tasting Wine.Also, a wine course with digressions, is the perfect gift for any wine lovers. Do check out their impressive retail store located on St James Street, Mayfair or browse their selection online, free delivery for all Xmas gifts and unmixed cases, go shopping!

Pinkster Gin

A pink gin for Christmas? Why not. Distilled in small batches, Pinkster is an award winning, premium gin. If heavy and full body spirit such as whisky or traditional gin, isn't to your taste-bud, Pinkster should be the one for you. They hand-steep fresh, locally grown raspberries in the spirit from Cambridge and the result is a truly refreshing and light fruity gin. The taste is dry, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. For a refreshingly different G&T, mix with a decent tonic and add a sprig of fresh mint.

Montanya Rum


Montanya Rum isn't your typical rum, they are a range of rums from Colorado, America. Their Montanya Platino is the one that stood out for me. In fact, it makes perhaps one of the very best daiquiris that I have had ever tasted. A light, crisp rum aged to maturity in American Oak, coconut-husk charcoal filtered, and blended with Colorado mountain spring water. Every drop is fermented, distilled, aged and bottled on premises, no excpetions. 
The Platino has been awarded 9 gold medals and two "Best in Class" designations in International competitions, as well as "Best White Rum" at the World Rum Awards, UK 2015.

Ruby Blue Liqueur


A bottle of liqueur is essential for any Christmas party, and Ruby Blue Liqueur is a must try if you have a sweet palate. A small batch Northern Irish Liqueur collection from a craft distillery in Co Antrim. They have a selection of premium liqueurs: Wild Blueberries, Chilli Pepper, Cranberries and Blackcurrant. Wild Blueberries is my personal recommendation, not overly sweet and finely balanced, works perfectly well on its own or in a long drink. 
Also try the Chilli Pepper if you like kicks in your drink, it works wonderfully as a shot or on ice.

Chase Rhubarb Vodka

Simply put, Chase's rhubarb vodka is the very best natural flavoured vodka. Slowly cooked Herefordshire Rhubarb and then marinated with the award-winning, three times distilled Chase Original Vodka in a beautiful copper pot still. The resultant spirit is then further distilled a fourth time to infuse the flavours before adding macerated fresh rhubarb and filtering to leave a delicate pink colour. Chase Rhubarb Vodka captures the true flavour of carefully pressed rhubarb, achieving a natural scent of rhubarb and custard with the subtle sweetness of rhubarb on the palate, without using any artificial ingredients or heat methods.

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