When it comes to the perfect pour or cocktail, drinks21 knows a thing or two thanks to its range of premium and super-premium ‘handpicked’ drinks. Carefully tried, tested and selected from ‘seasoned’ authentic producers located around the world, you can choose from rare boutique ‘finds’ and exclusive listings to more well known brands. Here, drinks21 share their Top 10 Christmas Drinks recommendations for your cabinet during the festive season …
Exclusive to drinks21 is Heavy Water Vodka – one of the purest Scandinavian vodkas available and gold winner of The Vodka Masters 2012, hosted by The Spirits Business magazine. Distilled not less than five times to create smoothness with rich crisp flavours on the palate, Heavy Water Vodka (as featured in the latest Avengers movie) has a distinct in-built aeration rod which infuses oxygen into every pour.
For gifting ideas, award winning Johnnie Walker Blue Label Porsche Design Chiller is made from brushed steel and PU leather trim, showcased within a sophisticated limited edition Porsche design ice chiller. Containing a blend of rare malts and most superior grains matured to their peak, this limited edition oozes the impressiveness that only Porsche does so well!
Laphroaig 25 Year Old is also another favourite with its rich, sweet scent and round and full body. Adding a touch of water releases a multitude of different flavours with an opening burst of smooth fruit ripeness that complements the tang of salt in the background.
For those looking to cool off their night, the refreshing taste of Ice Cognac by ABK6 served in a tumbler over several cubes of ice to maximise flavour explosion is not to be missed. Marrying the suave and subtle notes of fruits, which evolves towards fresh aromas such as zesty lemon sorbet and the coolness of mint, can be appreciated by both connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
However, the ultimate cognac connoisseur may opt for Le Voyage de Delamain Cognac (retailing at £5,000) which boasts a host of subtle sensations: all the perfumes of Russian leather, the musky aroma of the tropics, the heady scent of tobacco from the Americas, of coffee from Africa heralding the spicy hints of the Far East and finally the bouquet of grapes from the hillsides of the Grande Champagne. Perfection in a bottle.
The ultimate wine connoisseur may opt for Penfolds Bin 620 2008 (retailing at £1,000). Ultra-rare and extremely limited edition from Penfolds in Coonawarra, this wine has been released only once before, some 42 years ago when the conditions were deemed as perfect to make this stunning wine. Bin 620 is one of the rarest wines in the world and one for the true collector.
Brothers Jean-Paul and Jean-Luc Jamet are widely regarded as being one of the very, very best producers of Cote Rotie. The house style is very traditional with only a small amount of new oak being used to preserve the character of the fruit and the terroir. Cote Rotie, Domaine Jamet, 2008 (£50) is rich, succulent and peppery with riper tannins than the classic cuvee. Less forward on the nose but dense with lovely savour on the palate. Full, spicy and long.
The first and ultimate Cuvée de Prestige, Louis Roederer Cristal, 2004 (£175, gift boxed) is only produced in the very finest vintages and with meticulous care. Cristal entices with brilliant clarity of delicate pale gold nuances, combined with an ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence. The immediate aroma is highly expressive of the elegance and precision of Chardonnay; white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes the aromas develop to more confit, lightly grilled notes, almost becoming generous yet remaining precise and impeccably refined.
The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavours, senses and silky textures…absolute sensuality.
Only a handful of the finest grands crus vineyards have the soil and exposure that enable them to attain their fullest expression, which is why Dom Përignon Rosë 2000 (£260, gift boxed) is always produced in very limited numbers.
“Dom Pérignon Rosé is an extrovert wine that gives the Pinot Noir grape its due, almost to the point of contradiction, since the heart of the Dom Pérignon spirit is to achieve a perfect balance between white and black grapes.
Dom Pérignon Rosé is considered the jewel of Dom Pérignon: luminous, complex and bold, it is the most daring and intriguing expression of the Dom Pérignon style.
AND finally for a bit of bling how about Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold NV – a blend of the grape varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, making use of only Premier Cru and Grand Cru rated grapes.
Supplying individual bottles, cases or mixed cases direct to your home, drinks21 will also happily advise on the latest ‘signature sip’ to serve.
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