These wines began their life as Manzanillas and then the flor was allowed to die away so they continued their maturation with exposure to the air in the barrel. Therefore the wine has a deep topaz colour with roasted almond character yet retains the characteristic tangy flavour of Manzanilla. This wine has been slightly sweetened with Pedro Ximenez to give it a raisined edge.
Barbadillo’s Finos are more Manzanilla-like in style, but are aged in Bodegas with less exposure to the cooling sea breezes. The flor in the barrels grows vigorously in these cellars so the wine is a little more nutty and toasty than the more appley and yeasty Manzanillas of Sanlucar.
PX, as it is better known in its abbreviated form, is the very richest and stickiest style of Sherry to be found. The Pedro Ximénez grape is picked and sun-dried to produce very concentrated sugars in the raisined grape. The result is an ultra sweet wine with a treacly texture and flavour. It is often enjoyed poured over vanilla ice cream.
The Verdelho grapes are fermented off the skins for about four days and therefore the wine is sweeter than the Sercial. With a average age of about 10 years in cask the wine becomes very concentrated and develops spicy and dried fruit characters with warm marmalade flavours.
A unique blend only made by Blandy’s, combining Bual’s (50%) nutty spicyiness and Malmsey’s (50%) luscious dried fruit flavours. Aged 5 years in cask.
Lovely golden-chestnut colour with a fine golden rim. Characteristic and classic Madeira bouquet of dried fruits, toffee and hints of oak and spices. Sweet, very rich, smooth and full-bodied, balanced by a very fine acidity. A long aftertaste with notes of honey and spicy oak.
Blandy’s 10 year old Malmsey is fined and does not require decanting. It is a superb accompaniment to dessert dishes, especially fruit, cakes, rich chocolate puddings and cheeses. It has been bottled ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
“The non-vintage 10-Year-Old Malmsey has an introspective, marmalade, fig and burnt sugar-scented bouquet that gently unfurls in the glass. The palate is very well-balanced, with a viscous entry that lacquers the mouth. The acidity is very well-judged, lending the finish a sense of poise and tension that neatly counterbalances the richness and precocity. This is very well-made.” 90 points (Robert Parker Wine Advocate)
The perfect stocking filler - a pack that contains a 5cl miniature of each of the main styles of Madeira.
Contains 1 miniature each of:
Discarded Spirits are like the Wombles of the spirit world - ‘making good use of the things that we find, things that the everyday folk leave behind’!
Here's what they say about their Cascara Vermouth -
When coffee producers extract a bean from the coffee berry they discard what’s left, the fruit. The fruit is called Cascara, it’s deep red in colour, rich and fruity in flavour. In other words, the perfect heart of our unique sweet vermouth. What others have wasted, we have welcomed and made our distinguishing feature.
On the nose, Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth is deep, rich and aromatic with an easy natural warmth. The taste is full and sweet, the indulgent fruity notes merge with the characteristic bitter notes of Vermouth which dominate the clean, lingering finish.
Best served straight over ice, long with tonic for instant refreshment. For an interesting new dimension in a classic mix in a Negroni, Boulevardier or a Manhattan cocktail.
Cultivated, harvested, vinified, elaborated, aged and bottled at the Chateau.
Grape varieties : 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Patiently aged at least five years in 225 L French oak casks.
Tasting notes of the Winemaker :
Beautiful amber color with golden tints, it offers a powerful aromatic nose, with subtle hints of ripe yellow fruits like apricot, honey and raisins, spice and flowers, oranges !
It is pleasantly sweet and refreshing with a great harmony between grape flavours and Cognac aromas.
Intense, elegant and distinguished, this Pineau is the inimitable meeting of roundness and elegance that makes it one of the most famous ambassadors of its appellation.
Always served chilled, the Pineau d’Orignac is not only delicious as an aperitif ; it is also excellent with meals and desserts and very good with cheese too.
- Yvan Meyer (Vinificateur and Oenologist)
The original recipe of Giulio Cocchi calls for the use of herbs such as Cinchona and rhubarb which lightly colour of brown the beautiful clear wine. In order to emphasize its amber tone, the addition of sugar browned on fire emphasizes its amber tone, giving together with colour also a special note to the taste. crunchy and cotton candy able to round all the bitter tastes without using vanilla.
A thrilling vermouth, rich in sensations. among the herbs and the aromatizing spices, Artemisia and citrus are the protagonists with their balanced bitter and citrusy notes which characterize Cocchi style.
A rich taste with vibrant notes of cocoa and bitter orange. From the infusion of some noble and balsamic woods, we have in the end light aromas of camphor and rosemary notes. Among the minor ingredients, herbs and woods with unique perfumes such as sandal, musk, myrrh and nutmeg.
Colours, aromas, flavours and … properties! The Fernet-Branca recipe is a special journey through the 27 herbs, roots and spices of its special secret and one of a kind formula.
Every single herb represents a distinct universe, experience and discovery.
A dark amber coloured wood with greenish nuances. Full and soft body, with a medium sweet taste to raisins, honey and some wood. A fresh and rich wine that offers a long and pleasant finish.
The original MARTINI, and our first love. When Luigi Rossi blended local botanicals to craft this scarlet-hued vermouth, he created an indisputable icon. While the exact recipe remains a closely guarded secret, this sweet vermouth’s intensely herbal character is the result of blending carefully chosen wines with a complex selection of Italian herbs, including sage, savory and dittany, and bitter-sweet exotic woods.
The rich amber hue of PIMM'S No. 1 comes from infusing lots of lovely gin with herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and delicate spices. We could go on about the layers of flavours and that, but it’s probably better if you start drinking it while internetting.Pimm's
The story goes that on 19 April 1870 , a stockbroker, caught up in a discussion with colleagues whilst in the Carpano wine shop about the increase in share prices on that day – one and a half points – ordered his usual Carpano vermouth but asked for the barman to add half a measure of bitter, using the regional expression “Punt e Mes”. The drink immediately became popular as an aperitif before lunch, as recalled by the barman of the time Maurizio Boeris
Punt e Mes has a golden orange color with topaz tones, herby aromas and dark red, black dahlia with vermilion shades. The initial taste is one of sweetness, characterised by an intriguing accent of orange. This is followed by the characteristically bitter taste of the quina and ends on a sweet note.
Deep caramel in colour. Bursting with treacle, toffee, raisins and prunes. The palate is opulently sweet, a velvety texture with flavours of figs and caramel. The ultimate sticky wine.