Forget Dry January - Here’s Our Try January Guide by Danielle Merry

Forget Dry January - Here’s Our Try January Guide

January,  the month of good intentions and short-lived resolutions. This year we want to offer an alternative challenge to the usual Dry January - after all, we know that you’re rarely able to stick to it - and if by some miracle you do abstain for the month that come February you’ll back on the booze twice as hard ‘to make up for it’ Are we right?

So this year we want to help you start challenging yourself. Instead of making 2019 a year that starts with limitations why not focus on expanding your horizons with some new discoveries, and what better way to do that than by discovering some tasty new tipples - you’ll be the envy of the whole office as they sit they're regretting their choice of a dry January!


So let’s make a go of Try January the best way we know how - with some pretty amazing alcohol choices that we’re pretty sure you’re currently missing out on!


Johnnie Walker White Walker

This specially created limited edition whisky was released late last year and the newest expression of best selling Johnnie Walker. Inspired by the popular TV series, this clever collaboration is one not to miss - not only is the bottle one that no Game of Thrones lover should be without - the whisky its self lives up to the Johnnie Walker reputation - you’ll find this whisky to have a great blend of vanilla, cinnamon, almond  and caramel notes.


Nikka From The Barrel

We are loving Japanese whisky right now, and Nikka From The Barrel is no exception. Nikka from the barrel is a blend of multiple types of malt and grain whisky. It was created to deliver full flavours and richness of whisky "from barrels". As the whisky contains so many characteristic components at higher alcohol of 51.4%, it is essential to let the liquid "marry" in used casks for 3-6 months for it to stabilise and harmonise - and in Nikka’s case, the result is marital bliss. With wonderful aromas of boiled sweets, orange peel and apricot, whisky dances across all taste Tip: a dash of water helps enhance the sweetness in the dram.

Zymurgorium Violet Gin

Remember parma violet's from when you were a kid? Well if you loved those lilac coloured sweets you will love this gin, think of it as parma violets in liquid form! Zymurgorium Sweet Violet Gin Liqueur is a sweet, artisan spirit from Manchester's most inventive micro-distillery.

Did you know: Sweet Violets supposedly were a gift from Zeus the king of the Greek pantheon as a comfort to Io for whom he loved but had to turn into a heifer to save her from Hera’s wrath!


Baileys Pumpkin Spice

If you haven’t yet tried Baileys Pumpkin Spice we’re not sure where you’ve been!. This seasonal edition "combines sweet cinnamon and baking spices, rich maple, brown sugar, and baked pie crust with additional hints of vanilla and coffee, for a delightful and versatile take on the well-loved Irish cream liqueur. Baileys Pumpkin Spice is the perfect way to make your own pumpkin spice latte. If you're feeling adventurous, add a splash to your next milkshake, garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!



Chase Rhubarb & Bramley Apple Gin

Rhubarb & Bramley Apple Gin is carefully crafted by blending GB Gin with freshly pressed rhubarb and Bramley apple juice, straight from the farm. This tangy and tart gin pairs perfectly as a G&T.We recommend you enjoy it in a Collins with some cloudy apple juice, fresh lime, and a dash of soda!


Sheridan’s Coffee Liqueur

Sheridan's Coffee Layered Liqueur genuinely imaginative addition to the spirits range, It’s actually two bottles fused together containing separate liqueurs: with one side containing the ready-blended, real Irish whiskey and dark coffee, and the other filled with a white chocolate liqueur. Pour together in a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans for an elegant, longer drink or pour separately to create the perfect layered drink. - Start with the black liqueur and top with the white liqueur.

The Saboteur Red Blend

The Saboteur Red Blend is a big, robust, spicy wine from the Western Cape of South Africa. Made up from an unusual blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon - this blend really works On tasting this wine features dark, ripe and rich fruits backed up by spice, black pepper and a touch of earthiness. This is wine made to be paired with red meat- a match made in heaven.

 

The Botanist

Well, what to say? There is so much going on with this outstanding Gin, we could probably go on and on and on. In short, though, the smooth texture of The Botanist might fool you into thinking this is a straight forward Gin. Not at all. On the contrary, there is a whole host of flavours that will slowly reveal themselves including citrus, honey, mint, apple and so the list goes on. The best way to drink? Savour it.



El Dorado 15yo Rum

Long acknowledged as the Caribbean's premier rum, continuously winning major awards over the past decade, El Dorado 15 Year Old Special Reserve is viewed as a fine, cognac-like rum possessing the most intriguing and complex character in its class. Perfect for long sipping, straight or on the rocks. A Classic! A combination of specially selected aged rums, some as old as 25 years, from the Enmore and Diamond Coffey stills, the Port Mourant double wooden pot still and the Versailles single wooden pot still, it is blended to perfection and aged in old bourbon oak casks. Full nose packed with dark coffee, candied orange, almonds, dark chocolate, pepper and rich vanilla. Beautifully rounded palate with a great spread of flavours: grilled tropical fruit with smooth oaky spice, silky, vibrant and moderately full-bodied.

 

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