On the Shelf: Long Leaf Tea Vodka

Head-turning product LongLeaf Tea Vodka has already had quite the impressive run at competitions around the globe, particularly at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition last year where it was named best tea vodka in the world. Distilled in the Hunter Valley region, this Sydney-based brand which launched in 2013, has gone on to become one of the most commended new spirits on the market with a fresh, smooth blend of premium Vodka and Ceylon tea.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Rocks Brewing Co. present Blueberry Wheat Beer

Sydney brewery Rocks Brewing Co. really nailed flavour-rich beers last year when they started experimenting with tastes like passionfruit, lychee, cherry, and pomegranate, with their Passion Fruit Wheat Beer going on to become one of their most popular limited edition brews. The team are obviously keen to keep this ball rolling on 2016, just recently releasing a Blueberry Wheat Beer, using the same base wheat beer as the Passion Fruit hit, but this time adding some seasonal blueberries for a very vibrant, summer-appropriate, and dangerously drinkable release.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Magners Blonde Low-Carb Cider

The trend of low-carb options where canned beer is concerned has seen quite a few successful brews, focusing on session-worthy drinks while appealing to increasingly health conscious public who can’t exactly stand the thought of cutting out their favourite beers and/or ciders completely. Irish Brand Magners have added to the market here, pushing a new cider with the lowest carb and calorie content to date, with 0.01% sugar. Simply titled Magners Blonde, the new entry to the Australian cider market taps into the well-established love of cider across the country, given that – despite the unexpected doses of #SydneyStorm – the country is still one of the best places in the world for summer, the season cider-love is at it’s strongest.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Hayman’s Family Reserve Gin

London’s famous Hayman’s Distillery has long been a go-to for lovers of handcrafted Gin, a consistent presence in ‘top Gin’ lists around the world, particularly with their Hayman’s 1850 Reserve, an acclaimed, subtle, and smooth expression, notable for being rested in Scotch Whisky barrels for 3-4 weeks in line with the old world style of Gin. The expression has also seen an updated version, the recently released, limited edition Hayman’s Family Reserve, distributed n Australia by SouthTrade.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Fused by SKYY

RTD’s are often hard to get right, and they are mostly always aimed at the masses, so when Campari’s SKYY Vodka introduced their Fused by SKYY range towards the end of last year it was hard to know what to expect. Campari are a reliable brand, they always have been and they likely always will be, and SKYY Vodka is often a good choice for it’s price range, lending itself well to summer cocktails most of all. It’s then a clever move to launch design these pre-mixed bottles towards the more sessionable Vodka mixed, with three flavours: first, Cucumber & Mint, second Soda & Squeezed Lime, and third Homestyle Lemonade & a Splash of Bitters.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Rum

Late last year, Jamaica’s Appleton Estate pushed through three very popular pop-up bars in Sydney, jumping from venue to venue to deliver the essence of their acclaimed rum expressions in an temporary environment that captured the spirit, food, and drink of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country. Demand outlasted the pop-up though, and thankfully Appleton Estate Rum is easily accessible through most spirit providers across the country. In our latest On the Shelf, we take a look at Appleton Estate’s Reserve Blend.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Bird In Hand D&B ‘Pour Les Amour’ Sparkling 2015

Award-winning Adelaide winery Bird in Hand have re-teamed with fashion personalities Dan Single and Bambi Northwood-Blyth following some massive success from their limited edition collaboration wines earlier this year and last year. Such bottles as the Bird in Hand D&B ‘Pour les Amour’ Rosé 2015 have been well-received as part of the winery’s limited release signature range, so they have decided to go ahead with another collaborative bottle, the Bird In Hand D&B ‘Pour Les Amour’ Sparkling 2015.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Hardys The Chronicles ‘The Sage’ Grenache Rosé 2015

The Hardys brand continue their ‘The Chronicles’ series with this newly released Grenache Rosé, designing it towards the vision and determination instilled in the brand by founder Thomas Hardy. As part of the fabric of Australian wine making, Thomas Hardy is enjoys a long-lasting legacy from this current series, which aims to capture the apparent vibrancy with which he lives his life. The latest from that series is the Hardys The Chronicles ‘The Sage’ Grenache Rosé and, in it’s price category ($18), it’s one of the best we’ve had this year. ... Read More | Share it now!