Benromach 10 Year OldThe excellent 10 Year Old expression from the Benromach Distillery is a marvellous single malt, which is matured in a classic combo of first-fill bourbon and sherry casks. Packing plenty of dried fruit, fresh vanilla and smoky notes, it's approachable but flavoursome indeed.
Charles Heidsieck is one of the great names of Champagne and produces some of the finest of all champagnes. Founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the original 'Champagne Charlie', the foundation of its modern fame rests on the unrivalled quality of its wines, which receive countless awards and accolades year after year.
The grapes for the Brut Réserve are sourced from 60 different ‘crus’ across the region; fermentation and ageing of the base wines takes place primarily in stainless steel to preserve freshness; it is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier, including at least 40% reserve wines, the average age of which is 10 years; and finally, the Brut Réserve is aged in bottle on its lees for at least three years prior to release.This really is one of the best NV wines coming out of Champagne! Beautiful.
Verdant (Cornwall) are making some of the best beers around right now and this is a great example; made in a super-fresh, light style that makes it so refreshing. Think Neck Oil but with a bit more zing!
Four incredible unpasteurised cheese's coining all that healthy bacteriaMrs Kirkhams 200g – Made by Graham Kirkham in Goosnargh, LancashireWinner of a 3 Star Great Taste Award 2019, Mrs Kirkham’s is top of its game for a traditional British Territorial cheese. It’s the last remaining raw milk Lancashire made in Britain, so it really is a slice of history. It is made with a recipe passed down through generations that produces an amazing depth of flavour. It has all the classic milky, lactic yogurt notes, accompanied with the trademark Lancashire crumble. However, the artisan nature of the production brings in a lovely deep buttery angle that you don’t usually get with Lancashire.St Helena 200g – Made by Blake Bowden in Bungay, SuffolkSt. Helena is washed with brine to encourage the native flora from the raw milk and the beautiful pink rind. Supple and fudgey, with a delicate texture. You will notice a buttery paste with subtle soured milk flavours and earthy/farmyard flavours on the edible rind.Stichelton 200gMade by Joe Schneider in The Welbeck Estate, NottinghamshireJuicy acidity and toasty, biscuity notes towards the rind are the hallmarks of Stichelton. This soft, creamy raw milk blue cheese provides a range of flavours from crisp green apple through to beef stock umami. The name comes from a form of the name of Stilton village in the 1086 Domesday book (Stichiltone/Sticiltone), as the name Stilton cannot legally be used for the cheese.Hafod 200g – Made by the Holden Family in WalesThe recipe for the cheese originated locally, from the late Dougal Campbell, a close friend of Patrick’s. Dougal learned to make cheese in the Swiss Alps before moving to West Wales in the early 1980s. Here he started making a cheese called T’yn Grug using milk from both his own herd and ours. Whilst doing so, Dougal trained a number of cheesemakers, including Simon Jones of Lincolnshire Poacher.