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Oxford Rye Whisky nutty and spicy

If your looking for a new kind of whisky which is smooth, nutty and spicy then I highly recommend Oxford Rye. What makes Oxford Rye’s special compared to other whisky’s is that their whisky is distilled using an ancient heritage rye, a crop which used to be commonly cultivated across the English countryside in pre-industrial times. Did you know to qualify as a pure rye spirit and not a rye whisky, a liquid must be under three years old, which Oxford Rye is.

I was gifted a bottle courtesy from The Oxford Artisan Distillery on a press related basis to sample their Oxford Rye whisky and I discovered not only is it great as a drink but works well within bakes.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

In 1994 John Letts discovered over 200 almost perfectly preserved examples of traditional wheat and rye landraces in the bottom layers of thatched buildings dating from the late Medieval period (1375-1550 AD). His work showed that, in spite of poor soils, these ancient crops grew to over 1.5 metres tall and that if these fields had been manured crops it would have grown much taller and fallen over in the wind and rain, ruining the harvest.

Today, his fields are monocultures of uniform dwarf wheat varieties that are only a third of the height of older heritage lines, which can be seen in artwork from earlier centuries. The tall stems of older cereals are matched by their much larger root systems, which allows them to absorb moisture and nutrients from deep below the soil surface. This means they are better at surviving drought, but will also grow very tall and fall over if grown with fertilisers or in rich soil.

They produce whisky, gin and vodka.

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NOVELTEA a cheeky tipple, leave a cuppa out for Santa this Christmas Eve

I love tea, but I also love a drink so when I discovered NOVELTEA my eyes lit up as it is tea and alcohol blended together. There’s a variety of reasons why I and others choose to drink tea or alcohol and that is a way to relax after a hard day’s work, socialise with friends or to relieve anxiety issues. Thanks to NOVELTEA I can now enjoy my favourite drinks perfectly blended together.

Courtesy of NOVELTEA I was gifted a bottle of their festive ‘Celebration’ tea with spiced Whiskey.

NOVELTEA

Founded in 2016 Lukas and Vincent brought to the world NOVELTEA blended with alcohol. Their success was so immediate, and the feedback very positive, that they knew they needed to get their alcoholic teas in front of as many tea lovers as possible as quickly as possible. So they pitched it to BBC’s Dragons Den and launched in China.

Since winning Dragons Den they have been bringing out new flavours, growing worldwide, and getting recognition winning many awards.

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Who you gonna call? – Dan Aykroyd at The Whisky Exchange

Who you gonna call you ask well in my case this day I went along to call upon the legendary Dan Aykroyd and wow what a legend he is.

Dan Aykroyd visits London

Crystal Head

We waited eagerly in the line outside The Whisky Exchange in London so we could meet Dan. The rule was though to buy one of Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander crafted Crystal Head’s. Crystal Head is one of the world’s purest vodkas you can buy. The skull represents symbol of life, reflecting power and enlightenment. This is an award-winning white spirit of super natural purity. I bough the Aurora Crystal Head. It appealed to me as it was different with it’s diesel colours. So spectacular and very ghostly it just drew me in.  It also comes presented in a very stunning black box.  Continue reading

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