1. FROM UP HIGH
Water from the Market Loch tucked high in the Paps of Jura (those are mountains, by the way) trickle down to the Isle of Jura Distillery — found in a wee village with only one road, one shop, one hotel, and this one distillery. There they make Jura Seven Wood — an intricately layered Scotch whisky, crafted using American white-oak casks and six different regional French-oak casks. Each sip invites you to “say hello to Jura”.
2. FINLAND’S BRIGHTEST
Planted during Finland’s notoriously harsh winters and nurtured by its midnight summer sun, the barley used in Finlandia’s refined spirit is then blended with untainted glacial water. The result: an ode to Mother Nature in a crisp, innately pure vodka. For a fresh twist, try it with ice and lemonade.
3. MORGENSTER LOURENS RIVER VALLEY 2011
This classic Bordeaux blend of cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit franc has a 4.5-star John Platter rating and is a rewarding and full-bodied red that’s as rich in aroma as it is in flavour.
4. VIKINGS ROAM THE WORLD AGAIN
Twice named Best Spirit in the World by the Spirit Journal, Highland Park’s 18 YO exudes intense, mature balance. Called Viking Pride, every aspect of its creation has been given ample consideration… from slow-burning, aromatic Orkney peat to the sherry-seasoned, European-oak casks used.
5. MEET CHRISTOPHER WREN
A part of the popular City of London Distillery range, this premium gin combines the subtle flavours of juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice, and sweet orange peel to yield a complex, flavourful gin. Other variants in the range include Old Tom and Square Mile gins.
6. IN THE ROUGE
Way back in 1880, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle had the eccentric idea to create something avant-garde — a grand liqueur that would captivate the world. Over six generations later, Grand Marnier’s Cordon Rouge still hits the right notes. A secret blend of cognac and bitter orange liqueur, expect notes of hazelnut, vanilla, and orange marmalade — with a long, smooth finish. Enjoy on the rocks or neat.
• With over two decades of experience in the luxury-drinks market, Wade Bales’ passion is sourcing really great drinks and sharing them with really great people.
• From the June issue of Wanted 2020.