There has to be a benefit of global warming and English wine is it. Go back 30 years and even the south coast of England was too far north to grow grapes, but Sussex and Kent now have the climate that Champagne had three decades ago, and can now produce great fizz. The lack of full ripeness when picking of the Champagne varietals in England is a benefit as the higher levels of acid make a great sparkling wine. This is, however, a problem for still wines.
You can't use the more well known grapes to make table wine in England as they won't get ripe. As a result, early harvesting wines, usually of German origin, are planted, but they too have a problem. They aren't that great. Occasionally a good wine pokes its head above the rest and is tasty, but mainly they are mediocre at best. That isn't to say that they won't improve - as the world heats up they will get better, but just now, as a general rule, stick to the fizz!
Brew Dog's Gluten free lager - all the insanity, non of the indigestion. While this may indeed be a member of the gluten free fad don't hate it till you...
A family run brewery that has one purpose - to make tasty certified gluten free beer. This is a classic Czech pilsner with a light body, bitter notes on the...
A citrusy IPA, clean with malty notes and a long fresh bitter finish.
Made by the same man that make's Tyrell's crips this is an awesome vodka. It takes 16 tonnes of potatoes to make only 1000 litres of alcohol meaning that in...
All the deliciousness of the big bottle in a handy pocket size bottle! Perfect for a gift for that Gin lover that is so hard to buy for.
Think a mohito, with vodka rather than rum. Ogilvy take their superb potato vodka, mix it with fresh lemon, lime and mint and then mix this with lemonade. Just a...
Potato vodka, fresh apples and elderflower blended to produce this lovely cocktail base. One part of this, with 2 parts of Tonic Water and you have a lovely dry, apple...
A blend of Ogilvy's delightful potato vodka infused with fresh raspberries and lime. Mix with 2 parts Ginger Beer and 1 part Milton Mule for a delicious, fruity, spicy cocktail....
English springtime in the country is the smell of elderflowers, and this encapsulates it in a bottle. With the base spirit made from the company's potato vodka, this is a...
Does what it says on the tin - a gin that has a pink grapefruit flavour!
Gin with oranges macerated into it - a fabulous summer drink which gives you the citrus flavour in the drink rather than as a garnish.
Imagine Sherbet lemons crushed up and put in a bottle of gin. Thats pretty much it. Oh and that it is a fabulous alternative to Lemoncello. Contains Sulphites
So we love Pimms, but Chase and Sipsmiths are producing much much better versions. Don't just try this in the normal way, lobbing a load of fruit in a pitcher...
Ooooh, so so good. Lovely amaretto and vanilla aromas with a touch of sweetness. Deeeelicious.
Starbucks meets Smirnoff (but with more quality) - a Caramel Latte with a vodka kick!
Some really lovely ginger nut biscuits on the nose followed by firey ginger beer. Hardly a surprise that this tastes of ginger really, but what is the surprise is that...
Aromas of strawberry milkshake with some delicious perfumey notes coming out. You then get a lovely whisky liqueur flavour mingling with the strawberries. Why not put this with ginger ale...
Who wants boring old Sloe Gin? Well I do, but this gin with a bit of Mulberry in it is stunning and a great great drink. Stick it in your...
A lovely yeasty, citrus and complex wine with loads of bread flavours. Elegant, fresh lemon and lemon curd comes through before tropical fruit and then perfect acidity on the finish....
Roses & Gin gives a lovely light, floral style of gin with a slightly pink tinge. I really like the sweeter notes of the gin mixing with the turkish delight...
Made from 'the best vodka in the world 2012' this apple gin is fabulous - a proper gin with ten botanicals (juniper being dominant).
A great beginners Malt, subtle sherry, some peppery spice and a lot of cashew nuts. The palate is a bit like a toffee apple but with butterscotch instead of the...
With delicious floral aromas, the serving suggestion is to decant the bottle into a trigger spray bottle and use it as perfume. If you must drink it, it makes a...
A warming, autumnal spicy gin - silky smooth and rich. Make it into a Negroni or a Martini with glass rinse of Creme de Cacao Blanc.