Halewood’s Festive Drinks Collection

Whatever your favourite tipple, Halewood Wines & Spirits’ Christmas collection offers something for everyone

Whiskey

The Pogues Whiskey, you can’t get much more Christmassy than the audaciously Irish spirit from the famed Celtic punk band who sang Fairytale of New York. Containing the legendary spirit and poetic rebelliousness of the band, The Pogues Whiskey is carefully crafted in small batches in handmade copper stills. Triple-distilled and aged in bourbon oak casks for three years and a day, The Pogues Irish Whiskey has a warming aroma of malts and cracked nuts.

West Cork Original Blend has a malty, slightly citrusy taste with a lingering sweetness and is made from 25% single malt Irish whiskey, which is matured in sherry casks, blended with 75% grain Irish whiskey, which is aged for four years in Bourbon casks. West Cork Original Blend is ideal for sipping, as well as a versatile cocktail base.

West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt is matured in bourbon casks and finished ageing in sherry casks for a total of ten years. The liquid has an intense malty, citrusy, peppery taste with slight sweetness. Both West Cork whiskeys are produced in small handmade copper stills. This is a special whiskey to be savoured.

The whiskeys are available at select bars across the UK and in 70cl bottles from online retailers including Amazon, Drinksupermarket and Master of Malt, The Pogues Whiskey and West Cork Single Malt priced around £30 and West Cork Blend priced around £20.

Peter Morrell, Editor of AboutMyGeneration commented: “ I have recently tried the two West Cork whiskeys and can thoroughly recommend them. The Original Blend is aged in bourbon barrels which has given it good oaky vanilla flavours with its own elements of citrus. The 10 Year Old Single Malt shows spicy vanilla on the nose with malty / toffee notes on the palate and it delivers a long and persistent finish.”

Gin

Whitley Neill Gin – The scent of oranges is synonymous with Christmas and the Whitley Neill G&T takes full advantage of this. This popular classic cocktail is made with orange wedges, rather than lemon, complementing the African botanicals. Whitley Neill Gin is based on African botanicals, cape gooseberry and super-fruit baobab, which makes it slightly softer than more traditional gins and the taste is refreshingly citrusy and sweet.
Whitley Neill Gin is available in Sainsbury’s and Tesco priced £24.00.

J.J. Whitley London Dry Gin is part of the J.J. Whitley range of spirits which are inspired by the British countryside. J.J. Whitley London Dry Gin is carefully blended with eight botanicals, including juniper, liquorice, coriander and sweet citrus peel and has notes of juniper, citrus, spice and Parma violets. The subtle taste makes this a versatile Christmas cocktail base.
Available in select bars, as well as online retailers including Master of Malt and Amazon for around £20 – 24.

Rum

Rum Sixty Six is produced in the family-owned Foursquare Rum Distillery, one of the oldest remaining rum-making sites in the Caribbean. Distilled, tropically-matured and bottled in Barbados, the rum has a character and complexity achieved by long and careful ageing in oak and compares favourably with any single malt whisky or fine cognac.
Rum Sixty Six is available from online retailers, including Master of Malt, for around £35.

Vodka

Whitley Rhubarb Vodka contains natural rhubarb extract and is versatile as a base to create a variety of fruity Christmas cocktails.
Available from masterofmalt.com £24.54

J.J. Whitley Potato Vodka is made with 100% potato to create a clean, crisp liquid with a hint of black pepper, can be used to create the perfect vodka martini.
Available from masterofmalt.com £24.45

Brandy

Lheraud is a super-premium cognac from the Lheraud family located in the heart of the Cognac region – the Petite Champagne area of France. Known for its exceptional quality, including handwritten labels and custom-made bottles, Lheraud is a treat for the most discerning cognac lover. Distilled in a traditional copper still, Lheraud VSOP cognac is a wonderfully decadent gift.
Available for £50 from online and speciality retailers.

Jules Clairon is a versatile VSOP, ideal to keep in the kitchen cupboard throughout the festivities, not only is it a great cake preservative and pudding ingredient, it’s also an ideal cocktail base, a wonderful winter warmer in coffee and will give the wow factor on Christmas Day with an impressive flambé on the Christmas pudding.
Available for around £13 from convenience stores across the country.

Liqueur – Tequila Rose®

Tequila Rose is the world’s number one selling strawberry cream liqueur, a luxurious blend of premium Mexican tequila and real strawberry flavoured cream liqueur. The colour changing bottle tells you when it’s at the optimum chilled serving temperature. Tequila Rose is an ideal alternative to traditional cream liqueurs at Christmastime and makes a fabulous gift for female foodies and cocktail lovers.
Tequila Rose is priced £14.99 for 70cl from drinksupermarket.

For more about About Halewood Wines & Spirits go to www.halewood-int.com

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