So, we’ve finally kissed goodbye to dry January and entered the month of romance. Yes, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and if the love of your life happens to like their gifts bold and boozy, you’re in luck.
From a fragrant rose gin and fiery tequila picante, to a fruity plum and apple infused vodka, we round up some of the coolest new spirits to gift that person who deserves more than half-arsed flowers and chocolates from your local Tesco.
Padstow Rose Gin
Lovingly crafted using the fragrant wild roses that grow along the iconic Cornish coastline, Padstow Rose Gin is the perfect tipple to enjoy cosied up with your beau. Subtle and silky smooth, Padstow has blended the hand-picked Rosa Rugosa petals with the delicate spice of pink peppercorns to create a truly show stopping gin.
No wonder this picked up a gold medal for Padstow at the San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2022. Pick up a bottle directly from Padstow for £48 and get ready to feel the love.
Jaisalmer Gold Indian Craft Gin
Infused with no less than 18 handpicked botanicals (14 of which are sourced from India), Jaisalmer Gold Indian Craft Gin is a real gift from the gods. This complex and aromatic liquid is enhanced by gold filtration to enrich the gin with gold ions, resulting in a surprisingly clean and smooth tasting experience.
Neurita Tequila Picante
With Britain finally waking up to the many joys of tequila, we’re seeing more and more premium brands hitting the market. Neurita Tequila Picante is quite literally one of the hottest variants you’ll find, blending natural Scotch Bonnet chilli, green chilli and tangerine extracts to create a fiery liquid that makes a mean margarita.
Neurita is also something of a game changer – a British brand owned by an entrepreneurial mum in a very male dominated landscape. Grab a bottle for just £32.99 here.
Lobos 1707 Tequila Reposado
Expertly produced by Master Distillers from Spain and Mexico, Lobos 1707 Tequila Reposado is the real deal for those that love their tequila on the rocks. This fine tequila is made using Blue Weber agave and is finished in Pedro Ximénez wine barrels, resulting in a luxuriously smooth and sippable tipple with aromas of coffee and oak, and hints of red wine and chocolate on the palate.
What’s not to love? Available for £69.99 from Selfridges.
Kavka Orchard Vodka
Poland is well known for producing knock-out vodka brands and Kavka are no exception. Drawing upon 200 years of distilling tradition, Kavka Orchard Vodka blends fine rye and wheat spirits with pot-stilled fruit spirits to create this fruity little number.
Boasting bold plum and apple, Kavka goes down well on ice or with your favourite premium tonic to create a refreshing serve that stands out from the crowd. Seek it out for £29.99 from Amazon and Master of Malt.
Powered by the irresistibly nutty flavour of crushed almonds, Adriatico makes for an inspired take on Amaretto and comes in two moreish flavours. Adriatico Roasted is made using Puglian almonds, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt, creating a deliciously rich tipple with half the sugar of a standard amaretto.
Adriatico Bianco is a creamier affair, offering up the taste of sugar-covered almonds and vanilla, resulting in a dessert-lovers dream. Pick it up for just £28.99 from Amazon, The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt, and The Drinks Shop.
Elijah Craig Bourbon
Named the ‘Father of Bourbon’, Elijah Craig was the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels, making him something of a local legend in Georgetown, Kentucky. His signature small batch Bourbon Whiskey is a real feast for all senses, with honeycomb, marmalade and spicy cardamon seed on the nose, baked apples, cinnamon, honey and cookie dough on the palate and a lingering nutmeg and charred oak finish. We’re sold.
Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky
Rampur Distillery is one of India’s most prolific whisky producers with over 25 years of innovation behind them. Their Rampur Asava Single Malt Whisky is crafted on the foothills of the Himalayas, where the unique climate allows the liquid to mature at a faster rate than Scotch or Irish whiskies.
The end result? A complex whisky with tropical fruit and velvety smooth manuka honey notes, highlighted with spicy oak and vanilla, and balanced with the dryness of an Indian red wine. Available now from The Whisky Exchange RRP from £67.25.
Written by Fletch.