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This week’s edition is aimed at spicing up your Valentine’s by helping you to get a little loose with a cheeky measure of our favourite tipples, just the one mind, we do encourage responsible drinking round here. Any of these selections are sure to do the trick!

1. Shortcross Gin

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Gin

 

The distillers of the international award-winning Shortcross Gin at Rademon Estate Distillery in Co. Down have launched a limited edition Cask Aged Shortcross Gin. To create this limited edition, Shortcross Gin was carefully rested in French oak casks from the Chateau de La Ligne in Bordeaux that had previously contained the Chateau Cuvee Prestige wine.  The casks were hand-picked by Head Distiller David Boyd-Armstrong with the help of the chateau owner, Terry Cross of Wine Geese fame.

The 44% proof Cask Aged Shortcross Gin exhibits the key Shortcross characteristics of being juniper led with citrus and floral notes, but now adds an abundance of bright summer berries with notes of rose petals and vanilla, combined with lightly toasted oak and velvety tannins. An extremely exclusive and limited release, only 160 bottles are available to purchase through London’s acclaimed Fortnum and Mason, where it will feature as the Spirit of the Month throughout February. As a subtle reference to this partnership the trademark copper foil on the Shortcross Gin label has been replaced with Fortnum and Mason’s iconic duck egg blue. This is sure to get you and your Valentine gin to the spirit.

2. Jameson Whiskey

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Black Barrell

 

With 50 percent of a whiskey’s taste coming from the wooden barrels it’s aged in, the preservation and selection process of these barrels is critical to ensuring consistency of taste in every bottle of Jameson. It is this craft, carried out by Jameson’s Master Cooper that safeguards the quality, reputation and popularity of Jameson right across the world.

Two of the best products in the Jameson portfolio, with the strongest cask influence are Jameson Black Barrel and the recently launched, Jameson Caskmates. Twice charred for a good measure, Jameson Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry casks and bourbon barrels. However, unlike the rest of the Jameson range, the bourbon barrels undergo an additional charring. It’s a painstaking process, but worth the extra effort. Black Barrel delivers the signature smoothness of Jameson Original, with enhanced spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit. Emerging from a conversation between Jameson’s head distiller and the head brewer of Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery, Jameson Caskmates has been finished in stout-seasoned whiskey casks. While Jameson’s triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirm the stout influence. Caskmates is a head-turning, modern Irish whiskey.

Sharing the great story of Jameson with your guest is sure to impress!

3. RubyBlue Vodka

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Ruby Blue

 

RubyBlue is Ireland’s First Potato Distilled Vodka. Yes, we said potatoes – traditionally, your old reliable vodka is made by the distillation of fermented cereal grains or potatoes, though some modern brands use other substances, such as fruits or sugar.

RubyBlue is ultra-smooth with subtle notes of vanilla and crisp apple. It is perfect for those who enjoy their Vodka neat but works equally well as a base for cocktails, so whichever you choose, it is bound to tick all the right boxes this Valentine’s.

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