Gold x 2 for Wilderer Fynbos Gin

Wilderer Fynbos Gin – twice awarded with a Gold medal at ISW International Spirits Competition & Premium Selection – Germany 2016

The Wilderer team refuses to compromise when it comes to the integrity of their product …This is why every step in the process of creating their award-winning products is carefully monitored and completed with meticulous attention to detail.

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This lively one-of-a-kind gin boasts a very well balanced assortment of herbs, spices and zest on the nose. On the palate, it reveals juniper berries, naartjie and Cape Fynbos herbs in stunning complexity. The Fynbos Gin is elegant enough to enjoy neat or in quality tonic water garnished with naartjie peel or cucumber and mint.

Today Wilderer Distillery produces award-winning grappa, schnapps, liqueur and gin from two premises in the vicinity of Paarl – one in Simondium, another on the celebrated Spice Route Destination Farm.

Using only the best custom built equipment available, Wilderer Distillery has accrued over 60 international medals and awards, Wilderer has truly become synonymous with quality, artistry and integrity. Isn’t it about time you sampled the brand of choice for connoisseurs around the world?

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Discover more by visiting their website – www.wilderer.co.za

Sipsmith TOP at World’s Best Bar Awards

Sipsmith TOP at the World’s Best Bar Awards

In 2009, on a mission to bring gin of uncompromising quality and character back to the city where it all began, they threw open their blue doors of hope on Nasymth Street and launched a traditional copper distillery which, and they were a little overexcited about this, no one had done in London for nearly 200 years. It was to mark the beginning of a gin distilling renaissance in London. And who doesn’t love a renaissance.

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They handcraft their gin in small batches with skill, care and an almost fetishistical love. Only ever taking the heart of the spirit, and never made from concentrate, this is gin made the way it used to be, the way it should be. The result is stunningly smooth, full of character and exploding with flavour.

 

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The quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex and aromatic – smooth enough for a Martini, but rich and balanced, perfect for a G&T.

On the palate , dry juniper leads, then reveals lemon tart & orange marmalade, before all the flavours harmonise. The finish has a dryness, with spicy juniper & a hint of lemon tart emerging.

Ten carefully selected botanicals from around the globe to make our London Dry Gin…Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Sevillian orange peel and Spanish lemon peel.

To discover more, go to www.sipsmith.com

WIN with Val du Charron

Val du Charron Wines now available from Liquidity

A blend is much like a symphony orchestra where you have all the various sections … the crisp woodwinds, the solid brass instruments, the rhythmic percussion and the elegant strings … on their own they are instruments, but together under the hand of the conductor, a symphony.”

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Val du Charron is one of the most beautiful farms against the hills in the Bovlei valley. Not only does the sheer beauty blow you away, but also the huge potential of our natural resources … all the vineyards are on southern facing slopes, rich red soils and a whole bouquet of varietals, 16 to be exact, from Merlot to Touriga Nacional, from thirty-year-old Chenin blanc to Pinot Gris. Why so many different cultivars?

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We strongly believe in blending! We have a continental climate, just like the very well known great wine-producing areas of the world – Rhône valley, Dao, Rioja and many others. These different varietals have different, yet very unique qualities and if put together, produces a composition which is more complex, richer, finer, more finessed and more unique than any cultivar on its own.

You could stand a chance to WIN a 2 night stay in their 4 star cottages on the estate including a private tour & tasting at the Theatre of Wine and enjoy a lunch at The Local Grill also situated on the estate!

 

To enter, simply list & order any of the Val du Charron wines in October & November, send us any creative images whether it be the wines listed on your menu or guests enjoying them in your restaurant, and email to marketing@liq.co.za GOOD LUCK!

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To discover more about these beautiful wines from the estate, activities and accommodation click here…

Caipirinha – The Official Drink of Summer

germana-plus-caip-copyCachaça is the national spirit of Brazil, made from distilled sugar cane juice and corn flour. While rum is distilled from molasses left over after extracting the sugar, Cachaça is distilled directly from the juice of the unrefined sugar cane.

Germana Cachaca is South Africa’s only available artisanal Cachaca and every bottle is lovingly hand crafted at the small family owned Germana Distillery in Minas Gerais, Brazil. With its rich aromatic flavour, but pure, clean finish this spirit can be enjoyed neat or as a base in a variety of cocktails. It’s distilled in copper pot stills, and mellowed in large oak vats for up to six months to smooth out the flavour. Many of these cachacas are subsequently aged in wood casks for up to 12 years.

You may have seen its popular incarnation, the Caipirinha (pronounced kai-pi-reen-ja ) on a cocktail menu’s but many do not know the history & unique characteristics of this refreshing concoction…

“Slave’s Drink” – the word Caipirinha literally translates from Slave or Peasant’s Drink as it was the hard working sugar cane field workers that originally developed it, using the local ingredients that they had to hand. By fermenting the available sugar cane juice with a simple ground corn starter, distilling and mixing with lime (also a plentiful fruit in Brazil), thus was born the basic Caipirinha. With time, the methods of distillation, maturation and mixing were refined and perfected, thus creating the perfect balance of sweet, sour and refreshing that is now enjoyed by people all over the world.

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All you need is 50ml of Germana Cachaca, 1 lime, 1 heaped teaspoon of castor sugar and crushed ice – simply muddle all the ingredients together in a tumbler, topped with crushed ice, stir and enjoy!

 

Spirit of Dublin

Teeling_Lockup_140813We are so excited to share that we will be the sole distributor of the award winning Teeling Whiskey from Dublin, Ireland!

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years and will bring the craft of distilling back into the very heart of Dublin city centre.

 

Their philosophy is that while we are respectful to the rich provenance and heritage of Irish whiskey, as a new generation of Irish whiskey makers we are confident to forge a new future for Dublin and Irish whiskey.

2016 has been a great year for the distillery having won numerous awards, including World’s Best Single Grain, World’s Best Irish Single Malt and the Small Batch having won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as well as a 2015 Gold Medal at the Irish Whiskey Masters.

 

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This small batch bottling consists of hand selected casks which are finished in ex-rum barrels imparting extra character and smooth flavour unique to Irish whiskey. By bottling at 46% with no chill filtration, completes an Irish whiskey of true character. While being very approachable, the influence of the rum cask and higher percentage alcohol creates a unique smooth, sweet, slightly woody marriage that sparkles on the tongue.

Single Grain Low ResTeeling Single Grain

Recently Awarded World’s Best Grain at the World Whisky Awards, 2014. This award-winning addition is one of only a handful of Single Grain bottlings in the world. It is fully matured in Californian red wine barrels resulting in an intensely fruity and beautifully amber liquid, with lush berry notes. Certainly one for any whisky lovers collection.

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Made from 100% Malted Barley from a range of different ages including Malt whiskey distilled in 1991. We aimed to produce the most flavoursome non-agestatement Irish Single Malt based on our innovative maturation/finishing techniques while retaining the distinctive Irish smoothness. Consisting of a vatting of 5 different wine cask (Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon) finished Irish Malt whiskeys. It offers notes of melon, figs, toffee and lemon, with a balanced mix of dry fruits, citrus, vanilla, spice and cloves on the palate.

For more information on Teeling Whiskey, please visit their website

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New Wine Releases

New Wine Releases & New Vintage Releases

With a tough harvest finally behind them, our winemakers have managed to not only create the 2016 vintage for future release, but also put the finishing touches on their latest new releases. 

Age of GraceLismore Age of Grace Viognier – NEW

Samantha O’Keefe, owner and winemaker at Lismore Vineyards in Greyton continues to dominate the local and international wine scene with her apologetically bold and different wines. Along with her new fresh label design, she has released a new “Age of Grace” Viognier, a tribute to her own winemaking journey.

This viognier is a reflection of Samantha’s obsession with how special soils, climate and a mysterious sense of place come together to produce an extraordinary wine that tells you its story.

This expressive viognier, grown on rose-quartz soil, seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple.  A sensual and exotic experience.  Barrel fermented and aged.  Enjoy it now or allow it to gain complexity with further cellaring.

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Almenkerk Chardonnay 2014 LRAlmenkerk Chardonnay 2014

A tribute to minimalist winemaking; natural settling after pressing, wild yeast fermentation in French barriques, maturing for 10 months on the lees. This enhances the mouthfeel and gives multiple layers of complexity. This classic cool-climate Chardonnay is packed with citrus fruit and balanced by gentle wooding. Will reward cellaring for up to 5 years.

Please note that this is one of our allocation products so stock is limited 

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Almenkerk Merlot 2013 HRAlmenkerk Merlot – NEW

More than 10 years in the making, this estate wine is another milestone in our quest for wines with poise, character and finesse. This elegant Merlot aims to showcase the best our cool climate Elgin Valley can offer; blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit purity supported by a fine, graphite tannin structure showing great depth and length. Will reward cellaring for up to 8 years.

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De Toren Fusion V & De Toren Z – 2014 Vintage Release

2014 truly presented us with amazing wines, full of character, freshness and always important balance. These wines will benefit from aging and we cannot wait for you to taste.

De Toren Z – For those lovers of Merlot dominated Bordeaux styled blends. The single vineyard made up of the varietals of Merlot, Cabernet franc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, based on our cooler southern facing slopes, completes this complex wine.

De Toren Fusion V – For those lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux styled blends. The single vineyard made up of the varietals of varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, based on our warmer western facing slopes, results in a full bodied, powerful and expressive wine.

 

Limited Edition Whiskies

Limited Edition Whiskies – Reserve your stock NOW!

We are delighted to confirm that we have some whiskies available from Springbank Distillery and their sister distillery, Longrow.

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Springbank Distillery is the oldest independent,  family – owned distillery in Scotland and with its unique Campbeltown location, proudly stands as a beacon of handmade, true artisan Scotch Whisky making against its more readily known peers. A true cult classic brand, Springbank Signature whiskies take pride of place in some of the top establishments and stores nationwide, but as always, this family continues to innovate and evolve with their once off limited edition releases, which we have managed to have sourced a few cases of…

The Longrow 

peatedFrom their sister distillery, also born from the quaint Campbeltown village, we bring you the special Longrow Peated dram. A showcase for heavily peated whiskies, but unlike anything from the traditional Islay Malts, this non age statement whisky is dried over peat for the full 48 hours, yet still retains its core of light, elegant creaminess. A great surprise for smokeheads who want something more sophisticated for their collection.

 

 

The Longrow 18

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For the even more serious smokeheads, there is the dark and slightly mysterious, our 18-year-old Longrow. This dram has a complex nose that unearths a peaty aroma reminiscent of dunnage warehouses. Rich and very, very tasty with dark chocolate, creamy coffee and gingerbread to the fore of the palate, followed by rhubarb and vanilla custard.

 

 

 

The Springbank 12yo Burgundy

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This new 12yo edition has been matured in Fresh Burgundy Casks and bottled at cask strength 53.5% vol.

A soft velvet like texture with buttered brown toast and chocolate shortbread complimenting light herb & oak notes.
This dram has a medium dry finish which gives up liquorice and mint accompanied woody tannins.

 

 

 

All these whiskies are available on a first come, first serve basis and with such limited volumes, please do let us know soonest if you would like to reserve any for delivery as soon as it becomes available? Please do remember that all of our whiskies can be ordered in individual units,  rather than full cases, as needed.

New Wine Releases

Age of GraceWith a tough harvest finally behind them, our winemakers have managed to not only create the 2016 vintage for future release, but also put the finishing touches on their latest new releases. 

Here is a quick sneak peak of new things releasing to the trade soon..

LISMORE “AGE OF GRACE” VIOGNIER 2015
Samantha O’Keefe, owner and winemaker at Lismore Vineyards in Greyton continues to dominate the local and international wine scene with her apologetically bold and different wines. Along with her new fresh label design, she is releasing a new “Age of Grace” Viognier, a tribute to her own winemaking journey.

 

Almenkerk Chardonnay 2014 LRALMENKERK CHARDONNAY 2014

The much sort after Chardonnay from Almenkerk is now finally back in stock, and has already been rated 91pts by Tim Aktin from the UK. Stocks are limited and demand is high, so contact us today to secure your allocation accordingly.

Also watch this space for new vintages from Lothian Vineyards and Vina Cobos Wines.

WIN a bottle of Compass Box Delilah!

PS Delilahs Label HighDelilah was the result of John Glaser, the mastermind behind the Compass Box Whisky Company, and Mike Miller, owner of a legendary Punk Rock whisky bar in Chicago, putting their heads together to create a bespoke whisky to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this iconic venue.

This amazing once off whisky has never been available in South Africa and is certainly one for any whisky lovers collection. We managed to get our hands on one lonely bottle and have decided to offer this as a very special prize to you, our trade customers.

To enter, simply like our Facebook Page and tag us in a picture taken of any Compass Box Whisky in your store or restaurant. Entries close 30 July 2016 and t&c’s apply.

GOOD LUCK!

A new look and chapter for Lismore Wines!

Samantha O’Keefe will be launching her new Viognier, called Age of Grace and along with this new addition her new look and label will also soon be available!

 

Keep a close eye on our website and social media pages for updates on this highly acclaimed winemaker and all her latest awards.