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: Cadbury Dairy Milk Gift Box

Just in time for Christmas, Cadbury have upped their gift offerings, introducing the Cadbury Dairy Milk Gift Box. The brand has been pretty fond of experimenting this year, and this has been met with mixed results (we all remember the Vegemite Chocolate, right?). This new gift box takes a more straight-forward approach, arguably a box Cadbury are at their best in, focusing on providing a “light-hearted gifting option” of seven uniquely shaped chocolate pieces that bring in some of the brand’s most famous flavours like Caramello, Strawberry, Pineapple, Peppermint, and Roast Almond.... 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!

On the Shelf: Grand Ferrero Rocher

The nutty chocolate taste is perceptible almost immediately as soon as someone mentions the great Ferrero Rocher. One of the most distinctive and loved balls of chocolate has long been a big player on special occasions around the world. There’s something about those roasted hazelnuts embedded in a wafer-thin chocolate shell, filled with gooey hazelnut chocolate, that sends chocolate lovers into frenzy. It’s not hard to understand why Ferrero Rocher is so popular, though it is hard to understand why it’s taken so long for them to take the beloved chocolate to the next level.... Read More | Share it now!