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Spirits

  • Gin Mare

    Gin Mare

    £34.75
  • Bloom Strawberry Cup
  • Rock Rose Gin Summer Edition 2017
  • FEW Bourbon Whiskey
  • The Lakes Gin Explorer Edition
  • Outerspace Vodka
  • Ciroc Summer Colada

    Ciroc Summer Colada

    £33.95

    £27.95

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  • Crystal Head Vodka 70cl
  • Chase Vodka

    Chase Vodka

    £31.45
  • Don Julio Reposado Tequila
  • BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN
  • Edgerton Pink Gin
  • Rock Rose Spring Edition 2017
  • Ghost Vodka Gold
  • Rock Rose Gin

    Rock Rose Gin

    £33.95
  • The Macallan 1824 Series Amber Whisky
  • Elephant Gin

    Elephant Gin

    £29.25
  • Bathtub Gin

    Bathtub Gin

    £29.75

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WHAT ARE ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS?

Spirits are distilled from fermented drinks, where the pure alcohol spirit and its aromas are collected, leaving behind water and other elements such as sugar, yeast and colour compounds.

For example, wine is distilled to make Grappa, Brandies (such as Cognac) and Pisco. Whisky is made from fermented malted grain, which is essentially essentially distilled beer and Vodka can be made from grapes, grain, potatoes and pretty much anything that will ferment (see our British Milk Vodka for example), as long as the resulting product is 'neutral' tasting.

Gin is Vodka that has been infused with botanicals, most notably juniper. Rum is made with fermented molasses or sugar cane; and finally Tequila from fermented agave. The agave in Mezcal is cooked over charcoal before fermentation, giving it that smokey flavour. Similarly, the grain in Whiskies from the Isle of Islay is malted over smokey peat fires.

All alcoholic spirits begin life as clear liquids. Brown spirits like Whisky, Dark Rum and Brandy get their colour from being aged in oak barrels. Cheaper brown spirits have caramel added to give the appearance of oak ageing when there hasn't been any.

 

Choosing the right spirit depends mainly on whether you want to sip it neat, use it in cocktails or with a mixer, and which flavours you enjoy the most. However you drink yours, there's a spirit for all palates and preferences.

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