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Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha means ‘bee’ in Portuguese and the striking label offers a swarm of them on this bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça. It speaks to one of summer days, nature, wholesome pleasures, and all of those happen to be found in Brazil from where this characterful spirit hails. Cachaça is a popular spirit which some describe…

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Foxhole Gin review

Foxhole Gin review

Well, what a surprise. A bottle of Foxhole Gin arrived. The event was no surprise, but the shelf appeal was. There are so many new gins around, but this one grabbed my attention before the nose or palate could evaluate quality. Each Foxhole Gin bottle is screenprinted by hand with a precious-metal ink, which is…

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Shorn goes on Tour to California

Shorn goes on Tour to California

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to California. Well no, really we are making plans for Christmas, but that celebrated wine-producing state might actually be part of our celebrations.  Wine brand Shorn launches Californian wines in a pouch. Shorn, that wine-loving sheep, is usually found looking out from bottles of New Zealand…

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Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila

Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila

Tequila has long been popular in the US, north of the border from Mexico, the land of its origin. It is now rather trendy in Europe, where its unique taste is prized in cocktails. But there are some tequilas that are so well-crafted that they deserve to be enjoyed alone or simply in the company…

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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

There are several popular varieties of cocktail cherry. Most of them are bright enough to read a book by and sticky enough to become the candy of choice of any 5-year-old with a sweet tooth. No, not all cherries are created equal, so it’s worth doing some homework and buying the best. That would be…

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Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Maison 54 Pét Nat was a totally new wine for me and it was a revelation. If this is the quality of naturally sparkling wine, then sign me up for a case or two! But firstly, what’s in a name? The name ‘Maison 54’ gives a nod to the address in Paris where surrealist artists…

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St Pancras Brasserie 150th-year of Travel Anniversary Dinner

St Pancras Brasserie 150th-year of Travel Anniversary Dinner

  Timeless travel across 150 years of St Pancras: St Pancras Brasserie hosts the station’s Golden Age of Travel Anniversary Dinner Relive the very best of English railway and trading port history. In celebration of 150 years of St Pancras Station, one of London’s most iconic landmarks, St Pancras Brasserie by Searcys is hosting a…

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Steenbergs for Summer Drinks

Steenbergs for Summer Drinks

Steenbergs is a delightful company and probably better known for their selection of high-end teas and organic goods. But they offer more drinks than the expected cuppa. It’s summer: ask most people about their favourite memories of this warm season and it’s likely going to revolve around simple things like family days out, picnics in…

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Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

Divine Chocolate Introduces New Organic High Cocoa Rich & Dark Range Featuring Fabulous Feelgood Flavours And Cocoa From São Tomé, West Africa Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade company co-owned by farmers, introduces its first ever organic dark chocolate range. The new range is made with acclaimed high quality cocoa sourced from smallholder farmers in São…

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Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade

Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade

Jack Daniel’s Black Label Tennessee Whiskey remains the flagship product of Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the foremost international drinks companies. Jack Daniel’s has a range of high-end whiskeys in their portfolio. Old No. 7, also known as Black Label, is the original Jack Daniel’s and is now available as part of a cocktail, in convenient…

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Copperpot Fudge – creamy and rich

Copperpot Fudge – creamy and rich

Fudge has long been a favourite sweet indulgence, and at any time of year. It’s creamy and rich and somehow takes one back to an English childhood when summers were long (just like this one) and one dreamt of a few days on the beach or rambling through green fields. Yes, Copperpot fudge does it…

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Pink Grapefruit Gin by Pickering

Pink Grapefruit Gin by Pickering

This is a summer winner. Pickering’s Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass Gin Liqueur is complex and surprisingly refreshing for a drink that describes itself as a liqueur. Gin is trending at the moment. That can be a good thing as it exposes lovers of that spirit to a greater range of styles … but there are…

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Maraschino Luxardo

Maraschino Luxardo

  We all, I am sure, remember our Nan’s cherry brandy on the sideboard at Christmas; and then there is the cherry alcohol one uses for fondue. They are very much part of the ‘spirit’ family of drinks. Then there is Maraschino Luxardo, which is a sweet liqueur, and an indispensable bottle behind any bar…

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Tokyo Direct Ginza Curry and Noodles

Tokyo Direct Ginza Curry and Noodles

Tokyo Direct is an online company and new to me. They specialise in Japanese food, drink, kitchen goods, stationery and bathroom items. Japanese food is more popular than ever so I was delighted to try some of their stock. Your curry or noodles and I guess other foods will arrive in its original Japanese packaging….

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Lily O’Brien’s Collections for End-of-Term Thank You’s

Lily O’Brien’s Collections for End-of-Term Thank You’s

It will soon be the end of the school summer term for kids across the UK. What better gift than some superb chocolates for that hard-working teacher? My favourites are Lily O’Brien’s Collections. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolate. There are bars and buttons for kids and superb chocolatey works of…

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Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

I have now tried a couple of Co-op wines – a red and now this white Chardonnay. They are blessed with the common denominator of great quality for the price. I could have my wine-tasting head turned away from my traditional wine merchant and towards this supermarket! Made by widely respected wine makers Larry Cherubino…

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Gosh! – Veggies with Imagination – product review

Gosh! – Veggies with Imagination – product review

No, dear reader, I am not a vegetarian, I am just a lover of delicious meals and that doesn’t always have to include meat – but it must have plenty of flavour. Gosh! products do. The ingredients and seasonings are well-chosen and present imaginative combinations. Gosh! is a company that specialises in vegetarian foods. They…

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Smart Sizzors Multi-purpose Scissors

Smart Sizzors Multi-purpose Scissors

These are sturdy scissors and perfect for all those projects around the house that might need good blades and a bit of strength. But they are particularly useful in the kitchen where they offer a safe alternative to a sharp and heavy-duty knife.  Smart Sizzors can also be used by youngsters who are showing a…

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Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Malbec is a characterful red wine and is becoming more popular with restaurant goers and home sippers alike. This comes from the Bío Bío Valley in the southern part of Chile. The climate is cool and similar to that found in the Mediterranean. The soil is poor and clay-based and low in fertility, so ideal…

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Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

Here is another light wine from Kingsland. Willow and Stone White Wine is bound to have popular appeal with those who are not normally wine drinkers. It offers value for money (under £4.00) and versatility for summer quaffing. Willow and Stone British wines are crafted with a young audience in mind. This is a fruity…

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