Spirits

Absinthe
After a ban of over 70 years across many parts of Europe, Absinthe is one of mans most headiest drinking experiences, linked to the Bohemians at the turn of the century and artists such as Van Gogh, Monticelli and Gauguin, Absinthe is renowned for its psychotropic properties.
Armagnac
Armagnac is obtained by the distillation of white wines mainly from the Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche, Baco Blanc grapes, these wines must be produced in one of the three regions of Bas Armagnac, Tenareze and Haut Armagnac.
Bitters
The first bitters were formulated by Antoine Amedee Peychaud, born in France and creator of Peychaud Bitters, thus creating the 'Sazerac', also reported to be the first cocktail. Since those early days, many different bitters of different flavours have been concocted, the most famous of which is Angostura.
Cachaca
Cachaca is a traditional Brazilian liquor made from distilled sugar cane juice. While rum is distilled from molasses, cachaca is distilled directly from the sugar-juice of the unrefined sugar cane.



Cognac and Brandy
Brandy is normally associated with France, particularly those from the towns of Armagnac and Cognac where brandy has been commercially produced since the 1600's but is produced in nearly all countries bordering the Mediterranean.
Eaux de Vie
Meaning water of life, eaux de vie is derived from ripe fruit, crushed, fermented and distilled in alembic style copper stills for best results. Approximately 28kg of fruit is required to produce one litre at 40% abv.



Gin & Genever
Genever was first produced by Lucas Bols, now the world's oldest distilled spirits brand, originally established in 1575 in Amsterdam. Perfecting the double distillation of gin, initially as a grain spirit, and then again with juniper berries and other botanicals, producing a London style that gives gin its elusive and exotic aftertaste.
Liqueurs
A liqueur is an alcoholic drink usually made from an infusion of some sort of spirit with a flavouring agent, such as fruits or nuts. Liqueurs are usually high in alcohol, ranging from 25% to 55% proof. Many were originally produced for their supposed medicinal qualities before their commercial production.
Pisco
From quechua: pisqu, little bird, is a liquor distilled from grapes (a brandy) made in wine-producing regions of South America. It is the most widely consumed spirit in Chile, Bolivia and Peru. The iconic cocktail in these countries is the pisco sour.



Poteen
The term is a diminutive of the word 'a pot', because Poitin was traditionally distilled in a small pot. For centuries, Poitin has been produced in pot-stills under the bright moon, and because of this, came to be known as 'The Shine' or 'Moonshine'. A distinctive, dry, grainy flavour with a delicate aftertaste that becomes sweeter as it develops.
Rum
Rum is steeped in history, dating back to the times and travels of Christopher Colombus introducing sugar cane to Hispaniola in the late 15th century. It's tradition with seafarers dates back to to the beginning of the 18th century with the Caribbean Island's pirate community and was the daily drink issued to the British Navy for 300 years.
Schnapps
Schnapps is of German origin and is the generic term for an all-clear fermented fruit or herbal spirit. Schnapps are both fermented and distilled and differ from liqueurs, which are simply fruits steeped in an alcohol, which has already been fermented and distilled.



Tequila & Mescal
There are two basic types of tequila, 100% blue agave (cien por ciento de agave) tequila and mixto. The 100% blue agave tequilas are distilled entirely from the fermented juice of the agave. All 100% agave tequilas have to be distilled and bottled in Mexico.

Vermouth
A fortified wine, red or white, which has been flavoured by the addition of various herbs and barks (originally wormwood). Vermouth is used primarily as an aperitif and appears in literally hundreds of cocktails. The original dry vermouth, Punt e Mes was red in colour, though many bartenders now like to use a white, dry vermouth in most cocktails.
Vodka
Vodka originated in Persia during the eighteenth century and derives its name from the russian word for water - Voda. Conventionally distilled from Rye of which was in abundance in Russia, though Vodka is now mainly derived using molasses. The first Russian vodka magnate was Ivan the Terrible, established in St Petersburg, noted for it's pure running water.

Whisky
Whilst originating in Ireland, it is Scotland who is most famed for it's whisky production and varietal tastes with malt and grain whiskies made in distinctly different ways. Our comprehensive range of whisky comprises of choice Scottish malts and blends, Irish and American whiskies, featuring a few of those hard to find favourites.