The 2013 edition of Aalborg's special yearly Jule akvavit, the 32nd such limited edition celebrating the yule-tide season. Produced from a recipe that hasn't changed for over a century, this is best served chilled.
A 50cl bottle of quince eau de vie from traditional Dutch producer Lubberhuizen & Raaff. The fruit is grown in orchards around the distillery in the Betuwe region. The building itself was previously a fire station.
Boulard's XO Calvados is made up of brandies ranging from 8 to 15 years of age. The brand was founded by Pierre-Auguste Boulard in 1825 and are based in the town of Coquainvilliers. This is a delicious postprandial drink.
A bottle of White Dog from Mikkeller. Made using a combination of malted barley and corn, this is incredibly approachable served neat for what is effectively and unaged whisky and is equally at home when added to cocktails.
An old bottling of Carlos I Solera Gran Reserva Brandy - a long-aged traditional Spanish grape brandy from the Jerez region, more famous for its fortified wine. This has been aged in a solera system, just like the sherry itself and, we estimate, dates from the 1980s.
At a staggering 90% ABV, this remarkable quadruple-distilled spirit should NEVER be consumed neat and only one 25ml measure should be consumed in any 24-hr period. Useful as a float for cocktails. SILVER MEDAL (Best in Class) winner, 2006 International Wine and Spirit Competition.
A 6 year old Pays d'Auge calvados from Adrien Camut, apple growers since the 1800s and purveyors of excellent eau-de-vie. The brand can be found in many of the top restaurants all over France and this is a great example of a younger calvados.