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  1. Theakston Old Peculier
    Theakston Old Peculier

    Theakston's has been around since 1827, and Old Peculier has been brewed since at least 1890--and probably long before that. So it is in fact, not just style, a fairly old ale. You have a sense of traveling back in time when you pour out a bottle. It is thick and viscous, and froths into a nice head in the manner you imagine medieval ales might have. I held it up to the sunlight, which refracted dimly and murkily only through the narrowest part of the glass. It's mostly an opaque brown, but under summer sunlight, it has a cloudy, dark amber-brown color, similar to iced tea. The aroma is bready and hearty, much as the beer looks. Fruity notes waft up with raisin and plum. There is one additional quality that I could only identify after I tasted it--we'll come to that in a moment.
    I bet many people don't notice the odd spelling of the beer, or forget it once they take their first sip. It's a strange beer. First of all, it's rather thick in a way most commercial beers aren't. It is sweetish and estery, and again, I picked up a plum note. I suspected--and later confirmed--that sugar was employed, for it had that characteristic estery quality that seems to come mainly from fermented sugar. However, here again the main identifying quality about Old Peculier is a bit of funkiness. It's not like the funkiness you'd find in a Belgian or even an Irish stout, and it took me a long time before I could figure out how to describe it.
    Rye is by itself not a sour grain, but when bakers make rye bread, they generally use the sourdough method of adding a little old dough that's gotten a bit of lactic-acid funkiness to it. Thus are most ryes varying degrees of sour.
    Eventually, I came to discover that this is what Old Peculier reminds me of--liquid rye bread. It's dark and hearty and slightly sweet, but it's predominant characteristic is that "peculiar" note--a little bit of sourness like old dough.
    So, perhaps we need to revise our definition of old ales, or at least tip our hat to the depth of meaning in this curious style, of which Old Peculier remains the world standard.
    BEERVANA.BLOGSPOT.COM

     Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition. In the early years of the modern brewing era, about two hundred years ago, many brewers produced a dark, strong ‘stock’ beer in the winter months, to provide a base amount of fermented beer to add to beers brewed in the rather more volatile months of the summer. Old Peculier probably owes its origins to this. The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer! For many years it was affectionately referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’.

    Old Peculier is a beautiful, yet very simple beer, brewed using a very generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley with two bitter hops combined with the majestic and noble ‘Fuggle’ hop to produce a beer of awesome full-bodied flavour with subtle cherry and rich fruit overtones. It tastes superb when accompanied by rich stews, strong cheeses and sweet puddings.
    THEAKSTONS.CO.UK

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  2. Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin Mini's 50ml 41.2% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin Mini's 50ml 41.2% alc

    Distilled using locally grown barley and Kentish water, this is as fresh and bright as a sunny spring day in the countryside. Elegant and refined gin, with a lovely, half floral, half herbal lift. I tasted it before learning what botanicals had been used in its production, and suspect its fragrant quality comes from the local elderflowers. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: Italian Juniper berries, locally sourced elderflower, Bulgarian Coriander seeds, Spanish orange peel, Italian lemon peel, Guatemala green cardamom, grains of paradise from Africa, European Angelica root and Orris root, our own neutral grain spirit and Kentish chalk filtered water.

    Gin
    England
    425
  3. Dodds London Dry Gin Mini's 200ml
    Dodds London Dry Gin Mini's 200ml
    49.9% ABV. Inspired by and named after the visionary engineer Ralph Dodd, this small-batch, full-bodied Gin, was one of the trailblazers that initially fired London's contemporary craft Gin scene. First created in 2013, Dodd's is a unique marriage of two separate distillations; the bulk of the botanicals are distilled in a relatively small, 140-litre copper alembic still called 'Christina'. Then, the distillation of the more delicate botanicals (such as raspberry leaf) takes place in a small, bespoke 'Cold Vacuum' still, christened 'Little Albion'. The two spirits are blended for several weeks before bottling. The team's attention to detail extends to exquisite individually numbered, letterpress labels, which are printed on an old Heidelberg press and attached to each bottle by hand.

    Intensely juniper-driven with bright, fresh lime peel in place of the more traditional coriander seed, this makes for a Gin that is at once elegant, refreshing and yet mellow and textured. It's full-bodied yet somehow remains light on its feet--despite the higher ABV. Verdant lime and bay laurel greet the nose, while the pillowy mouthfeel and a subtle sweetness come from the addition of London honey collected from local beehives, imparting a creaminess that mellows the refreshing, earthy, menthol notes delivered by lingering hints of juniper, bay and angelica. The finish is wonderfully perfumed suggesting an array of elements like lime blossom and jasmine, cardamom and a tickle of nettle and red fruit from the fresh red raspberry leaf. Put simply, this is a complex, audacious Gin (which happens to be 96% organic) that holds its own against the very best. Whether served neat, in a Dodd's Martini, Gin & Tonic, or in classic cocktails such as the Martinez or Negroni, this is Gin (and presentation) in its boldest, most sustainable guise.
    Gin
    England
    425
  4. Martin Miller Gin 700ml
    Martin Miller Gin 700ml
    On the market since 1999 this spirit is hailed as a pioneer in the current wave of high-end gins. It was the first to use cucumber as a botanical, and the distiller's obsessive attention to detail is given as the reason for shipping the spirit to Iceland for bottling with local spring water before importing the finished gin in to the UK. Many people who say they don't really like gin do like this one, the major difference with a more traditional London dry being beefed-up angelica and orris root notes with hints of violets, and a spicy finish carried home by nutmeg and cassia bark. Floral on the nose, with juniper following. An interesting and modern gin, particularly good in cocktails.
    GUARDIAN.CO.UK
    Gin
    England
    $80.00
  5. Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin 500ml 41.2% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Gin 500ml 41.2% alc

    Distilled using locally grown barley and Kentish water, this is as fresh and bright as a sunny spring day in the countryside. Elegant and refined gin, with a lovely, half floral, half herbal lift. I tasted it before learning what botanicals had been used in its production, and suspect its fragrant quality comes from the local elderflowers. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: Italian Juniper berries, locally sourced elderflower, Bulgarian Coriander seeds, Spanish orange peel, Italian lemon peel, Guatemala green cardamom, grains of paradise from Africa, European Angelica root and Orris root, our own neutral grain spirit and Kentish chalk filtered water.
     

    Gin
    England
    425
  6. Dodds Gin (500ml)
    Dodds Gin (500ml)

    Distilled in Battersea, south London, this is named after Ralph Dodd, an early nineteenth-century entrepreneur whose many schemes included the creation of the London Distillery Company. The venture failed - indeed Dodd was taken to court for his innovative notion to issue transferable shares - but his sprit lingered on. So when the brand new London Distillery Company started producing gin in 2013, it was called Dodd's. The bulk of the botanicals, including the honey, are distilled in a copper pot still, while the more delicate ones are cold distilled in a vacuum still. The two streams are then blended and married before bottling.

    The nose is creamy, then a leafy shiso-like aroma emerges with fat fruits behind. In time there is subtle juniper, a menthol hit, some celery, and sweetness. The mouth feel is very silky, which distracts you initially from the high, fresh and brightly warm perfume. You're inside the pine forest eating ras el hanout baklava. DAVID BROOM, Gin: The Manual

    Gin
    England
    425
  7. Tanqueray No.10 750ml
    Tanqueray No.10 750ml
    Presented in a handsome green fluted bottle, this version of Tanqueray is clean and crisp with a nose poised between coriander and juniper. Tasting a nip reveals a boozy heat, turns up the intensity of these two main botanicals and reveals a pleasant peppery finish. It's surprisingly subtle in a G&T due to its well-muddled flavours, and if you like a slow-burning lingering spicy finish, you'll like this gin. Where it really shines, though is in a martini where the smoothness, bottling strength and complex character can really come into their own.
    GUARDIAN.CO.UK
    Gin
    England
    $95.00
  8. Copper Rivet Dockyard Damson Gin 500ml 28% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Damson Gin 500ml 28% alc

    The least expensive of the three Copper Rivet spirits, but my favourite. Damson –an ancient variety of plum – has been grown in this part of Kent since Roman times.The damsons are steeped in gin – itself distilled using the kernels and skins of the fruit – resulting in a spirit with a mellow maroon colour, spicy, oaky warm aromas and a deliciously tangy, rich and not-too-sweet autumnal warmth on the tongue. The kind of gin you can sip at the end of an evening – preferably at the bar. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: Damson berries, juniper berries, elderflower, coriander seeds, orange peel, lemon peel, green cardamom, grains of paradise, angelica root and orris root, our own neutral grain spirit, Kentish chalk filtered water and new American oak barrels. 

    Gin
    England
    425
  9. Copper Rivet Dockyard Son of a Gun 500ml 47.4% alc
    Copper Rivet Dockyard Son of a Gun 500ml 47.4% alc

    Described as a "cask-finished English grain spirit" because it hasn't spent enough time in barrel to be designated as whisky (there is a whisky in the works, due for release this year), this has just the faintest hint of pale golden colour and is bursting with ethereal aromas of sweet, freshly milled malted barley, a touch of honey, some lightly toasted linseed and sesame. It's sweet and fine on the tongue, with a deliciously seductive, gently oily texture. An intriguing and unique spirit. MAX ALLEN

    Ingredients: With a specially selected blend of our holy trinity of grains mixed with our Kentish water before being distilled carefully through our traditional pot still.
     

    Gin
    England
    425
  10. PWS Martini's at Home
    PWS Martini's at Home
    There is a slight twist on this world-famous cocktail with the addition of some Reagan's bitters to jazz up this classic. If you have never tried this then trust us, you will never look back.

    Of course, it has to be Martin Millers Westbourne because, well, you know, it's just better and it's hard to go past Dollin Dry Vermouth from Chamberay for it's bright, fresh aromas and bitter/sweet cut.
    A twist of lemon and you are set. Voila!

    All packs come with a recipe card. Garnish not included.
    $149.00 Regular Price $166.00
  11. PWS Corpse Reviver #2's at Home
    PWS Corpse Reviver #2's at Home
    Oh man! Whenever we see the list of ingredients for this classic we can help but be struck with a little trepidation and excitement! While there are a number of variants and no doubt many have been lost to time this is our favourite.

    This is the No. 2 and to note includes the simply brilliant Maidenii Quinquina. The original recipe called for Lillet Quinquina which has been out of production for a better part of the last two centuries. Gilles Lapalu has tried to come as clos to the style as he could with his rendition.

    All-together the combo of Absinthe, Cointreau, Maidenii and Sipsmith gin is so hard to beat that you will be reviving the dead before you know it!

    All packs come with a recipe card. Garnish not included.
    $315.00 Regular Price $349.00
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