Torlesse Cassis Liqueur 375ml $20 (4 stars)

Oh wow! Blackcurrant alert! This 18% alc liqueur is super-fresh, incredibly precise, pure fruit and a lovely, grippy, tangy texture to finish. Delicious on its own as a sexy little tipple, or mix it with lemonade or soda water, enormous ice cubes and a sprig of mint or basil to boost it. Gorgeous stuff indeed. […]

Rogue Society Goldi Locks

Rogue Society Goldi Locks $124 Seriously if you’re a gin lover of any significance then you’ll need to beg, steal, borrow or at least sell the soul of your first born to get yourself a bottle of this, the second offering from New Zealand’s own Rogue Society.  According to the Rogue team, there are four […]

Dramfest Is On!

Dramfest ‘12 brings wealth of whisky to Christchurch and if you’ve got tickets from last year’s event which was scuppered by the earthquake fret not – they’re still valid! This popular biennial event, organised by Michael Fraser Milne of Christchurch whisky specialist store, Whisky Galore, takes place in Christchurch from 24-26 February 2012. The expo […]

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($45) 700ml (40%) and I can’t for the life of me understand why it took so long to taste it.  Each batch is totally hand-made from a single source of iron-free, limestone spring water, malted barley, wheat and yellow corn which fermented in old cypress tanks (not stainless steel) then it’s […]

Ardmore Single Malt

Ardmore ($80) 700ml (46%) Founded by one of Scotland’s most famous whisky families, Ardmore is also the core ingredient in Teachers Blended Scotch Whisky and the family have been distilling fine Highland Malt since 1898.  I love the lifted, smoky aromatics and silky caramel and spice flavours and its long, warming, toasty mouthfeel.

Manuka Gold Honey Liqueur

Manuka Gold Honey Liqueur $46  Created using my favourite type of honey, Blue Borage and fortified using grape brandy, manuka honey and some other secret ingredients this is my new favourite sweet treat.  I could harp on about the health benefits of honey (as each bottle contains over 40%) but it’s totally the taste which […]

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