We thought this was a whisky (it used to call itself whisky anyway) but further inspection reveals it to be a 'Thai spirit', which is distilled from around 95% molasses and 5% rice, then flavoured and coloured (thanks to diffordsguide.com for the info). So really, it's closest to a flavoured rum. Best when mixed long with plenty of ice.
An excellent traditional cachaca from Velho Barreiro. Produced by double distilling sugar cane juice and then ageing in a large oak vat to enhance the complex vegetal flavours. Makes a delicious caipirinha by adding 5cl to 3 coffee spoons of refined sugar cane, a lime cut into either 4 or 8 pieces and crushed ice.
Cachaca 51 is an unaged white cachaça. Made from top quality cane varieties in Brazil's plantation heartland. It is the biggest selling brand of its type in the world (as of 2013), and indeed second best selling of all world spirits. This makes an excellent Caipirinha.
A delicious apple and pear brandy from Stroh of Austria. A classic combination that's popular amongst eau de vie producers, especially in German-speaking countries, as the flavours balance and complement each other perfectly. Best served chilled.
Excellent aged white Pineau des Charentes from pre-eminent producer Chateau de Beaulon, also producers of outstanding quality cognacs. For best results, try this delicious pineau well-chilled from the fridge.
Cabana is a Brazilian cachaça distilled twice in copper potstills (rather than the normal single column-distillation) for extra purity and authentic sugarcane flavour. A massive hit at Rumfest 2009. Cabana Cachaca is suitable for vegans.
Asbach is a famous German brandy with an ardent cult following, particularly amongst British ex-servicemen, many of whom have developed a fondness for it while stationed in the country. This 3 year old is the sibling to Asbach Uralt.