DISTINCT NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS IDEAL FOR DRY JANUARY 2022

CELEBRATE SCOTTISH HERITAGE WITH TALONMORE NATURAL NON-ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

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Let your tastebuds explore Scotland’s heritage where Talonmore’s birthplace of Cramond has a longstanding history with evidence of Mesolithic, Bronze age, and Roman settlements.

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BREWED INSTEAD OF DISTILLED
Unlike other non alcoholic spirits, Talonmore is brewed instead of distilled – ensuring Talonmore is a great tasting drink and 0% ABV.

“Is your spirit without limitations like Talonmore? Expect the fiery taste, like the pleasant burn of alcohol – but free of sacrifice”

Talonmore has been designed to replicate the experience of drinking a dark spirit such as whisky, rum or cognac but without the headaches. Creating non-alcoholic beverages from rooted and plant based ingredients to replicate spirit strength drinks with signature fiery flavour. No alcohol, no compromises.

Without the need of ethanol to carry the flavour or distillation to produce, Talonmore is complex, well balanced non-alcoholic spirit and full of flavour. It doesn’t bite but it’s still got a unique kick about it ready to start your weekend leaving you feeling liberated to tackle any adventure.

“0% ABV, 100% Unique. The dark spirit experience, with none of the morning after compromise”

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Talonmore’s non-alcoholic spirit is all about getting reacquainted with the elements, created for adventurous drinkers and crafted from natural ingredients. Adopting the philosophy of natural elements ensures that flavour is always at the forefront of every sip, with superfoods such as ginger that have recognised health benefits and healing properties. This is complemented with hawthorn berry, cactus juice and assam tea for a unique and well balanced blend.

Whatever your view, the sun sets better with a non alcoholic drink and unrivalled taste. Be inspired by the versatility of Edinburgh’s historic charm, natural surroundings and unique festival spirit. They say a drink without equal is always worth a shot don’t you think. What’s fascinating about this beverage is that its a full bodied, unique blend of complex fiery flavours where plant based infusion and Scottish passion goes into every bottle of Talonmore.

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Experience hearty hints of ginger with an impressive citrus punch, Talonmore Drinks makes for an ideal partner to ice and a slice of lime – a strong spirit but without the alcohol”

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MADE IN SCOTLAND
It’s the first Scottish non-alcoholic spirit that’s brewed instead of being distilled and maximise flavour and mouthfeel. Experience taste that delivers in every drop. 

Fancy it as part of a Cocktail or Stand alone Drink

I discovered that Talonmore was created to perform equally well as part of a cocktail mixer or as a standalone drink. I quite like mine with a splash of cranberry juice for an energising and refreshing beverage. Personally, I think it’s best serve cold, over ice, with a twist of lime just perfect every time. A non-alcoholic drink isn’t half a drink – and there’s nothing missing from Talonmore’s naturally non-alcoholic spirit.

Best Served

I recommend serving Talonmore drinks over crushed ice with a sharp twist of lime that lives up to its name that alcohol free doesn’t have to mean soft at all. Although Talonmore is alcohol-free, but certainly not flavour free. Fiery, full-bodied, sometimes less really is more. Notably, you will discover on the rocks or not, the secret recipe is without equal sourced through a formula of rooted and plant based ingredients to ensure flavour is at the forefront. Keep your taste buds captive with a brewed, alcohol free jolt of Talonmore by making it into a long drink with your favourite mixer or just as it comes neat or with ice. Great news that some lockdown restrictions are easing and we can begin to socialise again. Take this opportunity to enjoy Talonmore outside with friends in the sunshine and make the most of it.

It’s good to know I have options to relax and recharge with Talonmore now that I’ve tried it’s all you could want in a non-alcoholic ginger infused spirit with all the thrill and flavour you’d expect to wind down and disconnect for the weekend. You will be astonished to find out it’s main ingredients is Ginger, but it’s what gives Talonmore its distinctive taste. Think of it as combining the strength of a spirit, but with none of the harsh after effects without sapping your reserves of strength.

Speaking of London Cocktail Week, we have almost officially reached cocktail season and I can’t get enough of Talonmore’s alcohol free take on a Espresso Martini. Success in versatility, Talonmore has been created to replicate the experience of drinking a dark spirit. However, this does not mean we cant explore other ways to enjoy Talonmore. You’ll love the Espresso Moretini, a twist on the traditional espresso martini combines a complex combination of fiery ginger and espresso coffee. This brings out the flavours of chai and chocolate orange, ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up. You will find this also works well with cold bru coffee for a slightly smaller caffeine kick and easier to get more foam this way.

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The homeplace of Cramond coupled with the prominence and strength of the eagle inspired the brands unique name and brand identity created by it’s founder and Managing Director 23 year old Lewis Kennedy a recent Graduate from Dundee University with a First Class Honours Degree in Product Design. There are many symbols of power in the branding to visualise the intense fiery nature of Talonmore Non-Alcoholic Spirit. The Eagle became the main flagship icon inspired by a local landmark called Eagle Rock is where it took it’s name from. It is known, thousands of years ago, a Roman soldier engraved an eagle into the side of a large boulder. The symbolism of the eagle and the messages it conveys resonated with its founder and after many iterations, Talonmore was born.

With Talonmore you can ensure to have a great time and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning ready to explore another productive day. Cheers to the end of summer with social gatherings hopefully not too far away, Talonmore neat is the perfect serve for those who are driving or looking to monitor calorie intake. Of course, Talonmore has around half the amount of calories than an average gin or whisky.

Start the week in peak condition! Get a real taste of the outdoors, and why not enjoy a drop of Talonmore to celebrate the journey. I would love to hear from you! What kind of setting are you excited to try Talonmore in? Do you think it would be best to enjoy at home, in a favourite trendy bar / restaurant or out and about? I hope you’re excited to try Talonmore, wherever you choose to drink it.

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MEN’S GIFT GUIDE | CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS 2021

WE BET YOU'VE BEEN WONDERING HOW TO GET YOUR FESTIVE CHEER ON AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER?

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Tis the Season to be Jolly, It’s never too late to prepare for Christmas. We’ve done the hard part so now we hope you like our Festive Round-Up for Gifts Just for Him on Christmas Day. Shop our Edit of handpicked Christmas Gifts – because we know he’ll absolutely love them!

 

1. Cooking with Heroes, The Royal British Legion Centenary Cookbook, OUT NOW! £19.95 | 2. Get Your Pusle Smartphone Charger, The Limited Edition Christmas Pulse Emergency Key ring Power bank, | 3. Louis Pommery England, English Brut NV Sparkling Wine £31.99 per 75cl Stockist Ocado | 4. Shanky’s Whip Irish Whisky Stockist, The Original black liqueur and Whisky Blend made in Ireland | 5. Old Mother Hunt Golden Pure Single Rum, From £16.95 |6. Fawler Fenes Fedel Skeleton Watch, £179 Available Stockist at Trendhim.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LOUIS POMMERY ENGLAND PRIVATE LUNCHEON TO CELEBRATE THE HARVEST AT PINGLESTONE ESTATE

Tasting The Award Winning Louis Pommery England Brut 1st English Sparkling Wine from a Champagne House

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Pinglestone Estate is a 40-hectare site where chalk is the main element, it’s made of 30 hectares of vineyard to date, planted between 2017 and 2019.  Planted in 2017 and 2018 what you will discover here this Vineyard produces internationally renowned grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier the same found in Champagne.

 

Whilst these vines have been establishing themselves over the past few years, Vranken-Pommery released its first English sparkling wine of it’s kind. Louis Pommery England has sourced the grapes mainly from Hampshire. The award-winning Louis Pommery England is the first English sparkling wine from a champagne house to date. 

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A tour of Pinglestone Estate Vineyard with Clément Pierlot, Vranken Pommery’s Cellar Master

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF LOUIS POMMERY
Sparkling Wine made in Hampshire, England. Created with Maison Pommery and Launched in 2018

Clément Pierlot, Vranken Pommery’s Cellar Master has this to say on the decision to plant in Hampshire: 

“We think there is something very special here in Hampshire. The quality of the wines, the quality of the chalk – something that reminds us of Champagne. But there is something very particular in the wines that we can find only here – the acidity and the tension of course very linked to the region”.

Just recently, I spent the day with Louis Pommery England Vranken Team, Clement Pierlot Cellar Master and James Boweman Vineyard Manager for an exclusive tour of the Vineyards at Pingleston Estate in Celebration of their 2021 Harvest on site. The main highlight of my press visit was I really very much enjoyed tasting the Louis Pommery England Brut during the Private Luncheon which was so exceptional that I took some great pictures of the sumptuous cuisine served as we dinned in a 15th Century old barn on the Pingleston Estate.

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Even more so, the beautiful weather made it feel like I was in Reims even though it was Hampshire just stones throw away on my doorstep. While I was there at the vineyard, I was rather enjoying picking the internationally renowned grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Meunier. It was a unique fantastic experience earning my lunch at the Louis Pommery England Harvest and out of all the vineyards I’ve visited, this in fact was my first time picking some grapes for real.

“A Grape Day for the 2021 Harvest at Pinglestone Estate. From the fruit of the vine, this sparkling wine is the result of Pommery’s quest for elegance and freshness”

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The Private Intimate Harvest Luncheon with Louis Pommery England

Here’s a bit of background into the The Louis Pommery England Sparkling Wine project which started in 2015 as I got a brief introduction from Clement the in house Cellar Manager who discussed that the idea was to create a wine estate so it’s a long term project.

It is known that Pommery spent months and years scouting to find a great place that was ideal vision for the brand we associate with today as Champagne with its longstanding heritage. In 2016 Pommery brought the land here in Hampshire, so it was great pleasure to see it with my own eyes with a view of Its 40 acres up on the hill. They wanted to create very good wines so they purchased grapes in the beginning in 2014, 2015 to start to produce wines from Hampshire as sparkling wine from England.

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”These aromatic notes follow through and are heightened on the plate, offering a beautiful balance and a rich harmony

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MADE IN ENGLAND WITH PASSION, TASTE AND ART – THE ART OF SPARKLING
On the nose, you will find aromas of white fruits, mostly pear and then vine peach. A tasting pleasure for your tastebuds. The bubbles and effervescence are expressed wonderfully.

Louis Pommery England – An Art which mixes precision and Tradition

I think there is something very special here in Hampshire the taste of the wine. You may remember Pommery from Champagne, because it’s the same soil with the same finesse in the wine. But I learnt it’s something very particular in the wines that you can find only here as a fruit. I’m referring to the quality of the fruit is very particular, the acidity and the tension is linked to the region. In 1874 the incredible quest began when the very first bottles Brut Nature were resting in the cellars of Domain Pommery. Today, Louis Pommery England is developed according to a completely classic and traditional method based on the internationally renowned grape varieties that are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Meunier.

Award Winning Wines – Make Everything a Celebration!

A few years back Pommery England started to make the sparkling wine in 2015 and step by step so the blend they wanted to do was not easy because for non vintage sparkling wine they had to create a collection wiser wine. So in the beginning you will taste 2017 base. 2016 was the first real blend, but Pommery have managed everything from the wiser wines, the wine making process etc. In 2017, the blend with wiser wines we have 10percent. Year 2016 and 2017 the ways in which Pommery as a Luxury Brand are proud is where they have won gold medals in 2016 and 2017 also so they are very happy with these award winning wines produced.

The idea was to make wines with the same blend, but what will be on the Estate Vineyard is based on the Chardonnay and the planting of Pingleton Estate is a based on Chardonnay its mainly from this. You will be astonished to know Its more than 50 percent of chardonnay in the blend so you will see this in Pingleston Estate. The idea to purchase grapes that are very close from the Estate with the same blend but what Pommery have in the estate. Other grapes found on the Estate apart from Chardonnay are Pinot Noir and Meunier the same as champagne. They also have pinot gris so Pommery’s harvest day falls on 15th October is very special because I actually got to pick these grapes as a guest at the vineyard during my visit. Pomerys Cellar Master Clemont was curious what can produce pinot gris here in Hampshire and its going pretty well so far.

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James Bowreman Vineyard Manager, Louis Pommery England Pinglestone Vineyard

I had a really pleasant and enjoyable time on a jolly jaunt to the vineyard which is very close to the offices. You will see during the point that I am on a special site because Pommery have chosen it for different reasons due to the altitude of the site is very low for the ripeness, the shelter of the site too. For that reason, its because the idea of the UK have oceanic influence such as strong winds to making this a main priority from beginning to find a very well sheltered site.

When I look beneath my feet I can see the chalk that this vineyard is based on. According to the Vineyard Manager James this has been dug out and put on top, but what you will see across the site is about 20 to 30 cm of top soil. Straight into New Haven and Seaford Chalk which is about 80 million years old the chalk seam that runs through Hampshire and this gives the land superb draining for the soil. In this case, its so typical what we always experience in England which is the rain we can find that this site dries extraordinary quickly. So within 24 hours, maybe 48 hours I can work back onto the site and so there is no moisture retained in the soil which is good news for the vines being a Mediterranean kind of plant which really wants a dry soil and dry roots with lots of sunshine.

I discovered across the site during my visit to the vineyard you start on the west facing side and to the east. What we have is a hill with the wood on top and around the wood there is a 360 degree aspect for vineyards, so there are vines planted on a south west side, vines planted south facing, and vines planted east facing. James, mentioned in the UK over the last 15 years sometimes the east facing slopes tend to do better, sometimes the west is really dependant on the climate and as you know its really changeable in the UK. One of the biggest challenges Pommery faces is rising into the changes of the climate, so they are very pleased in some years the western side will produce riper fruit in a different expression. Although in other years will see the same result on the eastern side.

This will be the first Pingleston Estate grown wine. Its really interesting actually, I’ve learnt a lot about wine in terms of the soil and the environment to help it grow so you get a decent wine produced at the end of it. From what I’ve gathered from my visit to the Pingleston Estate Vineyard is the importance that you don’t get any splash while harvesting the wine and secondly the issue concerning the bacteria, moisture control of the environment and met with some really interesting people today to give me a better insights of the wine producing business.

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Having spent the day with Pommery England I’m so keen to want improve my knowledge about wine so it’s good to know there is something like this on my doorstep within easy reach of the home counties and London. I had the most fabulous Harvest Lunch on the Pinglestone Estate post grape picking and vineyard tour courtesy of Clement, James and the Pommery Vranken team and a chance to try the delicious Louis Pommery England Brut of course. I felt the wine also really complimented the cuisine served which was a sumptuous Autumnal Salad as Starter, followed by the Main Slow cooked pork cheek with apricots, pine nuts and bean puree to the most divine desert ever a Burnt Basque cheesecake which was so delightful to taste for my first time. Enjoy Louis Pommery England with Cheese, Grilled Meats or Vegetarian Dishes when paired together would also be great to host a dinner party, so sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of Louis Pommery England. Always something to Celebrate, expect nonetheless from this very forthright and bold wine that is traditionally perfect and the most delightful crowd pleaser with England’s finest sparkling wine. If you are interested and would like to find out more about Louis Pommery or it’s Stockist please visit Ocado and the Brands Homepage

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COCCHI 1891 TRADITIONAL WINE-BASED APERITIFS TO TRY THIS LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK – DID SOMEONE SAY NEGRONI?

If it’s a classic vermouth you’re searching for, look no further than Cocchi 1891! It’s the answer to all your classic cocktail conundrums.

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Italian Culture is steeped in food, arts, architecture, family and…Aperitivo! Try Americano Cocchi or Rosa and Enjoy!

Cocchi produces since 1891 “Superb Vermouths Torino for Manhattan and Martini cocktails”

Known all over the world for the tradition and historicity of production, Vermouth di Torino is an aromatized wine born in the 18th century at the foot of the Alps and appreciated by the Royal Court of the Savoy.

Giulio Cocchi had the great idea of establishing authorized retailers where people could taste his products: sparkling winese, Barolo Chinato, Aperitivo Americano and a few distinct Vermouths. In 1913 there were seven Cocchi tasting Bars in Piermonte that soon became twelve.

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The latest release by Cocchi 1891 Miniatures Range

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Vermouth Amaro Cocchi has been created according to the original recipe by Giulio Cocchi where Artemisia was enriched with rhubarb, qassia wood, chiretta and a double fusion of cinchona. The addition of Barolo Chinato to the base wine gives delicately red nuances and a further soft and complex note – totally Cocchi style.

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Cocchi since 1891: “ Labor omnia vincit”, work conquers all

Over the years Cocchi have witnessed the evolution of the Vermouth di Torino processing techniques where the new ones have joined the old ones. At present their coexistence continues today to preserve and enhance the traditional production.

Produced according to Guilio Cocchi original recipe, Cochi Americano is recognised in Asti as the aperitif par excellence – a real piece of history of the town. On it’s label the original futurist rooster designed in the 30’s and representing his aperitif function “it awakes the appetite” as well as on of the symbols of the town of Asti.

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Vermouth di Torino is known throughout the world for the tradition and history of its production. Its name is inextricably linked to Piedmont and Turin, where in the 1880s a real aristocracy of vermuttieri developed thanks to which, to different degrees and ways, the popularity of Turin Vermouth became international, reaching a great worldwide resonance. It’s a rare “evening vermouth” called Dopo Teatro on the wake of Piedmonts tradition to drink a small cup of cool vermouth with lemon zest in the evening, perhaps after watching a performance in one of the historic theatres of the Savoy capital.

Vermouth di Torino is a collective heritage of Piedmontese people. The Savoy dynasty, kings of Piedmont, was it’s first great promoter and since the end of XVIII century played a relevant role in the success of vermouth, generating flourishing industry which soon made Piedmont the veritable Kingdom of Vermouth.

Asti, where it all began. Today in Asti – the place where Giulio Cocchi 1891 was founded – it is a celebration: San Secondo, patron saint of the city, is celebrated

Cocchi Americano is an aromatized wine created in 1891 by Giulio Cocchi and since then produced without interruption according to the original recipe. The name Americano is both due to the alcohol made bitter amaricato by the addition of herbs and spices and to the American habbit of drinking vermouth with ice and soda. I just found out that Vermouth is best served with cheese which is divine when paired together during Aperitivo.

A toast to the summer, Un brindisi all’estate

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Born in Piedmont in the last century, Barolo Chinato soon spread thanks to its refined taste, well balanced between bitter and sweet, and especially for the leading effect on the market of its name “ Barolo”, that immediately positioned it among the noblest products compared to various other types of alcoholic drinks based on cinchona. Spices, together with other aromatized wine, are at the heart of the Cocchi products. It is known a botanical library is used to collect the many herbs and spices to craft the original signature formulas by Giulio Cocchi

During its history, Cocchi has produced some variants to its Aperitivo Americano. The most recent is Cocchi Rosa produced with a based of red wines of Piedmont to which herbs and spices extracts are added in particular gentian, cinchona, citrus zest and rose petals. Cocchi vermouths aromatized and sparkling wines are known all over the world: in Asti, the Cocchi Bar in Piazza Alfieri is a reference point for the city for over a century. Cocchi’s products and brand were spreading worldwide yet at the beginning of the XX century were exported to London, New York, Sydney, Colonial Africa and Venezuela.

Since 1978, Giulio Cocchi is owned and operated by the Bava Family, themselves highly renowned wine producers in Moferrato and Langhe. Today the winery still maintains its artisan character and follows the original recipes, formulated by Giulio Cocchi in 1891, to craft the distinctive wines that have made the Cocchi a cult name. Among the results of the last 30 years, defense of Barolo Chinato from forgetfulness and the re-launch of Vermouth di Torino since 2011 has been the driving force for the rebirth of the top of the range Vermouth di Torino on the international scene.

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FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE IDEAS 2021

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday (20th June), it’s the perfect chance to let your old man sit back and relax, and what better way than with a cold, refreshing beer… or maybe even something a little stronger.

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We can all agree Father’s are special to us. That is why when you are searching for ideal gifts for Dad you should give him something unique. They’ve taught us to ride a bike, drive a car and have encouraged us to be the best we can be in life, but also been that late night taxi service.

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