Winter Warmers Drinks Guide to what’s hot when its cool…

We might be putting on our winter woolies but drinks makers are not slowing down as they start releasing new creations for the winter months. These are some of the newest releases which we have taste tested for your pleasure. Our picks for those which are perfect for curling up on the sofa and sharing with friends.

Hendrick’s NEPTUNIA Gin

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NEPTUNIA is the third limited edition release from Master Distiller Ms. Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Encapsulating the magic of the sea in a gin, Hendrick’s NEPTUNIA adds another wave of flavour with an enticing chorus of deeply refreshing coastal botanicals.  Hendrick’s only releases one treasured Cabinet of Curiosities bottling at a time – so catch it now before it disappears from the horizon. 
Hendrick’s NEPTUNIA Gin  available for a limited time in 2022 for RRP: $95 and can be purchased nationwide in Dan Murphy’s by the end of June 2022. 

Citadel Jardin D’Ete Gin

A newcomer to the gin market, Citadelle Jardin d’Été has already won a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021 and a gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge 2021. It’s inspired by the garden cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, wife of Citadelle Founder Alexandre Gabriel at the Château de Bonbonnet in France where flowers, fruits and herbs fill the air with perfume. Arguably a place we would all prefer to be this winter! It’s a fragrant gin tasting of melon, lemons and Japanese yuzu and orange zest. With over 19 botanicals, go on just take a ramble in the gardens
Available for purchase now for $78 RRP at First Choice Liquor.

Aviation Gin 

Saw Top Gun Maverick and now all about leather bomber jackets and aviators? Okay, that might just be us, but Aviation American Gin hits the theme spot on. We’re all about Miles Teller in the new movie, but hey, Aviation Gin has Ryan Reynolds and hello, we’re all about that too! Seriously though, Aviation Gin has a slew of awards to back up the celebrity endorsement and on a cold winter’s night, an Aviation Negroni will really heat you right up.
Available for $79.99 from Dan Murphy’s, BoozeBud, First Choice Liquor, Vintage Cellars, and all good independents. https://www.aviationgin.com/

Writers Tears Irish Whisky

Writers Tears on the rocks


Reviewer Ian Buxton recently added Writers Tears to his publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die”. Rightly so, it’s sensational, partly due to the fact it’s distilled three times instead of the traditional two, creating a velvety texture. You will taste apple, vanilla and honey with base notes of ginger spices, oak and toffee. In the 19th and early 20th Century Ireland had a boom of producing whisky at a time of great Irish novelists, poets and playwrights. It became known as the ‘champagne of Irish whiskey’. Writers Tears was a master blend of pot still and malt whiskeys, both distilled in copper pots. It was said that these writers enjoyed Writers Tears so much, that they cried tears of whiskey. Today it is a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London and one of the highest-rated Irish Whiskeys in Jim Murrays Iconic “Whiskey Bible”. This is a gem to love and cuddle on a cold winters night.
Purchase Writers Tears at your local Dan Murphys from $79.99

About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).

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