Saturday 19 January 2019

5 of the best Gloucestershire spirits to buy this Christmas

From crafting delicious cocktails to thoughtful gifts, discover five of the best Gloucestershire spirits to buy this festive season.

Whether you’re looking to stock up your drinks cabinet, pick a delicious tipple to leave out for Father Christmas, or choose a great last-minute gift, Gloucestershire is home to a selection of spirit brands that are just the ticket for the festive season.

From easy drinking rum and winter-spiced gin, to warming whisky and fruity liqueurs, we’ve rounded up five of the best Gloucestershire spirts to buy this Christmas, sponsored by Neptune Rum – headline sponsor of the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2019.

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1. Neptune Rum

Taking the accolade of the world’s most awarded rum of 2018, Cheltenham-based brand Neptune Rum is created at a family-run distillery in Barbados and bottled in the UK.

With bar carts firmly back in vogue, a bottle of Neptune Rum makes a welcome addition to your selection of spirits and is delicious served over ice with cola or spiced orange ginger ale.

A blend of eight, five and three-year aged single distillery golden rum, Neptune, which is named after the god of the sea and, of course, Cheltenham’s iconic landmark Neptune Fountain, is the ideal gift for rum-loving locals this Christmas.

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2. Sibling Distillery Winter Edition Gin

Cheltenham’s Sibling Distillery has given its award-winning gin a festive spin, with its Winter Edition bottle infused with cranberries and clementine peel. The limited-edition spirit is delicious paired with tonic, ginger ale or even prosecco for the ultimate festive cocktail.

Sibling, run by two brothers and two sisters, also offers gift vouchers, redeemable against bottles and tours of its distillery at Dowdeswell Park, which make the perfect present for gin lovers.

3. Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whiskey

Whether you’re looking for a gift or something to sip by the fireside, Cotswolds Distillery's Single Malt Whisky makes a fine choice this Christmas. The first whisky to be distilled in the Cotswolds uses 100 per cent locally grown floor-malted barley and comes in a presentation box that will certainly look good in your drink cabinet.

Cotswolds Distillery’s Mini Whisky Gift Set, which includes a miniature bottle of Single Malt along with a branded Glencairn whisky glass, makes a lovely stocking filler, while it also has a range of accessories including leather hip flasks and whisky stones.

4. Brennen & Brown Cardamom & Plum Vodka

Give your martini a seasonal makeover with Brennen & Brown's Cardamom & Plum Vodka. The spirit, which is also delicious served simply over ice with lemonade, makes the perfect partner for Christmas cocktail parties.

The Cheltenham-based spirits business also produces an award-winning gin with a hint of ginger and a limited-edition Sloe & Plum Gin, while membership for its Black Cat Gin Club which includes monthly gins to sample, is an ideal present for gin fans.

5. Bramley & Gage Dry Vermouth

Brought to you from the distillery behind 6 O’Clock Gin, Bramley & Gage’s aromatic Dry Vermouth is crying out to be made into a Christmas Day-worthy martini. Or, opt for its Sweet Vermouth and kick off your festive celebrations by mixing up a negroni.

The distillery, based in Thornbury, also produces a range of fruit liqueurs that would make a welcome addition to cocktail lover’s drinks trolleys this Christmas.

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