The Grampians region in Western Victoria has long been treasured for its golden rolling hills and tall gum trees, possessing a climate that is well desired for some of the country’s most popular varieties like Shiraz and Riesling. It’s for this reason that the Montara Winery is held in high regard and trusted when it comes to producing inexpensive, high quality wines to justify it’s recent award of five-stars in the authoritative James Halliday’s 2016 Wine Companion directory. The five-star status has certainly perked our interest, so for our latest On the Shelf we take a look at two of Montara’s releases – first, the 2015 Montara Grampians Gold Rush Riesling, and second, the 2013 Montara Grampians Gold Rush Shiraz.... Read More | Share it now!
Teeling Whiskey seems to be setting it’s sights on making Irish Whiskey the most popular spirit in the world once again, leading the huge resurgence the spirit category has seen in recent years. The young, multi-award winning, unconventionally independent producer has expanded to 46 countries in recent years, Australia being one of the most recent, where we saw their entire range launch in 2015 along with a forthcoming limited edition (The Revival 15 Y.O Single Malt) which Teeling are being made available at a special St Patrick’s Day party in Melbourne this month. With Teeling winning four accolades at the first stage of the 2016 World Whiskies Awards, potentially being crowned the global title of World’s Best Single Malt Whiskey (an award announced on 16th March), and being shortlisted for a 2016 business award from the Financial Times, we thought now is a good a time as any to take a look at Teeling’s ubiquitous Small Batch Irish Whiskey in our latest “On the Shelf”. ... Read More | Share it now!
Australian owned and operated small business The Art of Whole Food have been around for two years now, founded by Nutritionist Samantha Beard who, after years of studying nutrition and herbal medicine, drew on her passion for cooking to start speaking to those who were wanting healthier alternatives to palatable foods. Beard went on to introduce products like bone broths using only grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and organic produce. A year after the fundamental success of The Art of Whole Food, Beard has released what she calls Wellness Jellies, containing 100% Australian grass-fed beef gelatin – which contains the nutrients, protein, and amino acids needed for a healthy digestive system – and all-natural ingredients selected for their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants while still providing a mixture that actually tastes good.... Read More | Share it now!
One of Australia’s most celebrated brewing companies, Little Creatures have hopped into spring with the release of Dog Days, a brew that continues their seasonal series, which began with winter’s Return of the Dread. While ‘dread’ was a strong beer with a lot of punch to warm you up, Dog Days is somewhat of an opposite, with an ABV of just 4.4% and a stronger focus on flavour.... Read More | Share it now!
Arnott’s iconic Tim Tam goes through changes every now and then, necessary because demand for these timeless biscuits won’t die down. There’s something about those velvety logs of chocolate encasing various flavours that still fills tourists with envy and Australians with pride, and it was only a matter of time before the brand’s next step looks towards some classic cocktails. Really, it’s surprising that these flavours are only hitting the market now.... Read More | Share it now!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!