With Valentine’s Day just two days away, we have put together some last minute gift ideas of some drinks we hope will suit pretty much every taste and personality.
First up is Darnley’s Gin Pouches, which is very timely, as Darnley’s Gin has just launched their new range of sustainable gin pouches in time for Valentine’s Day. These pouches are available in 70cl across their Darnley’s Gin Original, Spiced Gin and Navy Strength ranges.
The sustainable pouches are best used as refills for Darnely’s Gin bottles and are available to buy via their website: www.darnleysgin.com. Once you have used the pouch, you simply return it to Darnley’s using their freepost label for recycling.
Our second gift idea is a SMWS Membership. Why not give your loved one a membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society this Valentine’s Day?
Membership is not for your average whisky lover though, as it gives you access to exclusive whiskies and events every month, along with membership lounges and collaborations unavailable anywhere else. Spanning 12 flavour profiles there will be plenty for your other half to learn and explore through their membership with the Society, which costs £65 a year and can be purchased directly from the SMWS website: https://smws.com
Or how about Smokehead’s RTD? Our third gift idea comes from Smokehead, the intensely peated whisky range by Ian Macleod distillers, who now offer their Single Malt Islay Whisk in a can, yes you read that correctly, in a can!
Smokehead has created a range of whisky cocktails that are not for the faint hearted, with two flavours, lime and ginger and cola. You can purchase Smokehead’s bold smoky whisky cans via their website: www.smokehead.com
Fourth on our list is something a little bit different from Noveltea and which we wrote about at Christmas. Cold brewed, alcoholic tea brand Noveltea’s Tale of Earl Grey offers a slightly spicy tea with floral notes and a hint of citrus. It is delicate and refreshing like traditional earl grey but comes with an added shot of London Dry Gin to help spice things up for Valentine’s Day! They also do a non-alcoholic version Noveltea 0% London Dry.
Noveltea’s range of alcoholic teas are available to purchase via their website: https://uk.novelteadrinks.com
Last and by no means least is Don Q Rum Cristal, which is a Puerto Rican Rum distilled by Destileria Serralles in Ponce. The clean finish, white rum is aged for up to 5 years in American Oak barrels, creating a very smooth rum that makes for the perfect mixer in your favourite cocktails, and is available from The Whisky Exchange: www.thewhiskyexchange.com.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Noveltea, Darnley’s, Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Smokehead