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Wang Mao Bing Qian Lao Jiao ⑩

The history of this baijiu dates to 1879 when the Wang Mao Distillery was established in Maotai, Guizhou Province. The story of Wang Mao baijiu goes back exactly 140 years. In 1879, WANG Rong founded Rong Tai He Distillery (aka Wang Mao Distillery) with two other business partners in the town of Maotai, Guizhou …

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The Kurayoshi Pure Malt Whisky Aged 18 Years

Light bright gold. Fruity – including dried orange peel and heather – vanilla, and, elegantly sweet. Balanced and fine. Medium-plus bodied. Delicious. This pure malt from Matsui Shuzou Distillery is a blend of malt whiskies from Scotland and Japanese malt whiskies. And therefore not a Single Malt even though it …

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Tiansai Skyline of Gobi Brandy

Mid-gold. Nutty, dried cooked orange peel, cinnamon and spice. Gently sweet. Smooth, rich, and round. Very Cognac-like. Produced from the marc of chardonnay and riesling of the 2013 vintage. 41% in alcohol.  JIANG Yanjun started as winemaker at Tiansai in 2013. Apart from wine, he also makes a brandy which …

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Lu Shan Tang Qing Xiang

Lu Shan Tang in Xiamen, Fujian province, is the ancestral family temple of a famous Su clan. Family members have lived here since the time of the Five Dynasties, the period between the fall of the Tang dynasty in 907 and the founding of the Song dynasty in 960. Lu Shan Tang …

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Bruichladdich 8 Year Old Laddie

This is an unsual Single Malt. Although located on Islay, instead of relying on the special microclimate and terroir of the island to produce a peated malt, Bruichladdich has decided to ditch the rule book. And offer us an unpeated malt. Straw in colour. The nose is fruity and spirity at …

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AQUA Collection Ambre Brandy

Light, bright gold. The nose is a burst of citrus peel, quince, star anise, soft vanilla, and the lingering notes of small yellow flowers. Incredibly, this is only 3 years old. The smoothness and gentle sweetness will have you think that it is more mature. Not that it matters – …

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Tanqueray No. TEN

My favourite gin is Tanqueray. First distilled in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in Bloomsbury, London, four botanicals are added during the second distillation: juniper, coriander, angelica root, and liquorice. Tanqueray is fruity, vibrant, and just rightly oily/glycerol. The London gin combines freshness and body in the same glass. Make sure …

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Withington Voorkamer Brandy

The colour is a mid-Pu erh tea. Quite fruity on the nose and palate, including Christmas cake, figs, raisins, cloves, and orange peel cooked in a compote. There is, to round up that complex richness, a burst of warm, smooth fire on the finish. A brandy to keep close during …

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