CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

While many spirits have seen some modern updates, vodka and rum come in many flavors, whiskies and bourbons come in new finishes, and wines are made with fruits other than grapes; one spirit that hasn’t much changed is Cognac. Until now! Until CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac! Cognac is a brandy variety specifically made from wine that comes from Cognac, France. It is required to meet certain production methods and legal requirements and CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac does meet all those requirements but it offers something a bit more. Something other cognacs do not offer, a double maturation in Oceanic and Tropical climates.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

Camus Caribbean Expedition is a one-of-a-kind small batch Cognac. It is stunningly amber-colored with golden highlights. You will immediately pick up on its fruit and spicy aromas of banana, pear, cocoa bean, and nutmeg. Side note: We’re looking forward to a later edition of this cognac will be after extensive aging in the barrels. Upon the first sip, this cognac opens up with a noticeable kick but then rounds out to an elegant mouthfeel. Expect lots of aromas, soft tannins, and more exotic fruit with this divine spirit.

The journey to this unique cognac is an adventurous one. In its 4th year of aging, 10 sealed casks were loaded on the De Gallant ship, which then sailed the Transatlantic route to Barbados. For 45 days, the cognac in these barrels was exposed to multiple environmental factors, like motion and variation in temperature, humidity, and air pressure, enhancing its intensely aromatic notes. A nod to the 18th and 19th centuries when the Cognac trade around the world was made by ship? During those times, oak barrels left their cellars in France and reached their final destinations after months of sailing. Here’s a breakdown of the ways motion, Oceanic climate, and air pressure affected the liquid.

  • The continuous movement of the ship while sailing, amplifies the contact between each molecule of the liquid and the wood staves, accelerating the extraction of aromatic components from the barrel.
  • As the ship crossed different climatic areas, entering into very warm zones, some of the crucial processes of maturation, such as oxidation with the formation of aldehydes, had the chance to happen sooner.
  • Lastly, the continuous change in the atmospheric pressure increased the mechanic effect of contraction and expansion of the oak wood staves, accelerating the process of oxygen consumption. While most of the 10 casks were loaded in the hold of the ship, two of these (no.5 and no.8) were deliberately tied down on the bow, in the open air, to maximize the exposure to external atmospheric agents.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

At the end of those 45 days, the Cognac was entrusted to the tropical conditions of Foursquare Master Distiller Richard Seale for 1 year of further maturation. The very unique climate of Barbados accelerated changes in color and flavor profile; this created a Cognac with a distinctive, highly aromatic taste that is an absolute first in the history of the category. The casks were kept in traditional Bajan cellars, stacked one on top of the other vertically. In the Bajan climate, the tannins from the barrels gave greater structure and complexity to the cognac compared to a cognac of equal maturation in a continental climate. The result is a cognac with higher aromatic components, more fruit and spice on the palate, and an array of flavors no European cognac possesses.

CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac: A Distinct Cognac Like No Other

This unprecedented and special finish in the highly distinctive environmental conditions is the fruit of an experimental vision by CAMUS; the brand is looking at exploring the boundaries of Cognac-making to enhance the intensity of aromas. This limited edition cognac is a must to experience, especially if you’re a cognac connoisseur. Forewarning, only 4500 bottles of CAMUS Caribbean Expedition Cognac are currently available and it’s been obtainable since September 1st. To add the groundbreaking cognac to your home bar, visit the CAMUS e-shop, www.camus.fr.

 

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

There’s a quote about never delaying to open a bottle of whiskey and it accurately describes our experience with Milam & Greene Whiskey. Although relatively new, this craft whiskey brand is becoming one of the fastest-growing whiskey brands in the U.S. Three of their offerings, the award-winning Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon, Milam & Greene Port-Finished Rye, and Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon are hitting shelves in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin now. Hitting stores just in time for the holiday gifting season.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

What better way than the gift of a great craft whiskey to help someone de-stress while living through the holidays during a pandemic. By now you’re studying these whiskey bottles closely; which means you may notice these are not Kentucky whiskeys and you’re correct. While Kentucky has a long, rich whiskey history, they’re not the only source of great American whiskeys. Milam & Greene Whiskey is proof that a Texas craft whiskey can make you detour away from Kentucky and Tennessee; especially when it has a Kentucky connection.

Never Delay Opening a Bottle of Milam & Greene Whiskey

Under the direction of master distiller, Marlene Holmes, Milam & Greene Whiskey distills using a 300-gallon copper pot still in Blanco, Texas as well as in continuous stills in Holmes’ home state of Kentucky. The team travels to Kentucky to distill using its own mash bill, yeast recipe, and distillation processes. The whiskey is matured in both Kentucky and Texas. In addition to distilling on-site and off-site, the team blends, batches, sources, finishes, and hand-bottles bourbon and rye whiskey to age to maturity in the unique Texas climate. The only craft distillery in the USA that openly embraces all these elements to make stunning whiskies. The distillery produces the three above mentioned Milam & Greene whiskies, which until now were only available in Texas. Join us as we explore these grain to glass whiskies created using the distinct processes of the great distillers of the past. Today we give them a proper nationwide welcome:

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $44.99

 Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This rich made from Texas corn, Pacific Northwest malted rye from Oregon and Washington, Wyoming barley, and their proprietary yeast recipe from Kentucky and Texas. Each bottle of Milam & Greene Triple Cask is a batch of three hand-selected straight bourbon whiskies: a 2-year-old premium Texas bourbon for a pop of spice; married with a 3 to 4-year-old Tennessee whiskey for vanillas and fruits; and a 10 to 11-year-old Tennessee whiskey for structure and tannins. It is then proofed to be tasted and bottled on site. This bourbon has a deep golden color, along with refined and elegant aromas with pops of vanilla, floral, and spice. The palate is creamy and soft, surprisingly smooth for a 94-proof spirit. It has a medium warm finish with structure and tannins.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? Try the above M&G MANHATTAN, created by award-winning USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bourbon
½ oz. Luxardo
½ oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 dash peach bitters
Stir with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist

Milam & Greene Distillery Edition Single Barrel Straight Bourbon, $121.99

Milam & Greene Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

The hand-selected and evaluated Single Barrel Straight Bourbon has the discerning whiskey drinker in mind before bottling by Milam & Green’s crack whiskey team. No two casks are exactly the same for this one-of-a-kind, small-batch Texas whiskey. Holmes, Greene, and head brewer, Jordan Osborne, look for whiskies that demonstrate elegance and personality. Each year the team selects single barrels that include gems found around the U.S. in addition to their own grain-to-glass casks. This year’s lot, a deeply flavored bourbon previously sold only in Texas, comes from Tennessee and has already won numerous double gold medals in international competitions.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? We loved it neat with a fat ice cube and with a splash of water to proof it down.

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey, $49.99

Milam & Greene Port Finished Straight Rye Whiskey

Port wine fans, we’ve found your perfect whiskey. This Double Gold winner at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition is a gorgeous ruby-colored whiskey with luscious aromas of cinnamon, chocolate, and dark fruits such as black currants and blackberries. Its robust flavors are carried in a rich, velvety whiskey with a long warm finish. The casks used are brought from Indiana to Texas where this liquid gold is first batched in the Blanco rickhouse and then finished in old Port wine casks from Portugal. Because some casks take longer than others, these are meticulously curated and vatted for consistency, and monitored for flavor. The casks are then batched together and proofed before bottling. The Texan sun and varying humidity levels also influence the rate and strength of flavor imparted into this 94-proof whiskey, making this a tricky whiskey to produce.

What’s the best way to enjoy this whiskey? The boldly flavored HILL COUNTRY HIGHBALL is perfect. It too was created by USBG Mixologist, Kelsey Caudebec.

2 oz. Milam & Greene Port Finished Rye
1 oz. Averna or other rich Amaro
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
1½ oz. ginger beer
Shake with ice and serve on ice in a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Whether you’re a fan of classic or specialty whiskey, these Blanco, Texan-bred whiskies are sure to delight all during and after the holiday season. Keep an eye out for Milam & Greene at your local alcohol retailers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. Happy sipping.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

As we continue our new normal, we have to thank the spirits industry for continuing to keep us sane. With the stress of the pandemic, unrest, and the election, a delicious cocktail can calm the nerves. We gleefully raise a glass whenever there is a new wine or spirits launch. It means the industry is surviving and people are still gainfully employed. It also means after a stressful day, week, month (this year as a while), there’s something delicious to look forward to. Which is why we’re super excited about the distribution agreement between Vision Wine & Spirits, and Slocum & Sons in Connecticut, and Winebow in New York and New Jersey. This agreement brings the rich and complex offerings of Del Professore Chinato, Aperitivo, and Bitters Vermouth to in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

Named after Jeremy Thomas, the original mixologist, and cocktail pioneer, aka “The Professor”, Del Professore Vermouth is one of few vermouths available made solely from wine and ingredients produced in-house. This ensures the intensity and authenticity of the aromas. The makers oversee the entire process from grape and herbs to the finished product. The one thing that stays with us about Del Professore’s range of liqueurs is the nose.  The aroma of each varietal captivates your senses; you can taste them on your palate just by inhaling their delicious layers of flavors and spices. Not a big surprise for an aromatized wine; these ready-to-drink Aperitivos are perfect for those who love a mix of earthy bitterness, sweetness, and robust flavors.

“I love preserving and enhancing the aromas, colors, and flavors of the raw materials I work with, just as I love waiting patiently for them to mature naturally,” says Carlo Quaglia, Distiller, and liquor maker.

The full lineup of Del Professore products includes Classico, Rosso, Bitter, Aperitivo, and Chinato Vermouth. These high-quality, award-winning vermouths are delicious in cocktails but are especially delicious served chilled and neat. Although they offer five varieties, we’re highlighting the Chinato, Aperitivo, and Bitters Vermouth. Let’s get to know these enticing liqueurs.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

The Del Professore Chinato Vermouth combines the delicate bitterness and fortifying virtues of Cinchona Calisaya with the classic sweetness and aromas of vermouth, and Barbera wine to create a beverage that is perfect as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. Fans of sweet vermouth will love this varietal because boasts just a touch of bitterness.

Speaking of bitter, the Del Professore Bitter is crafted from an exclusive recipe that includes a fresh bitter orange peel infusion. If you’re a gin fanatic, this is the Del Professore for you. This unique blend creates a unique spirit with a natural ruby red color and juniper, cinnamon, and other spice aromas. You’ll enjoy the hint of pepper, especially complimentary if enjoying a thick, juicy steak. It also boasts the typical flavors of citrus, cascarilla, rhubarb, and gentian on the palate.

Vision Wine & Spirits Launches Del Professore Vermouth & Spirits

If you’re a fan of aperitivo like we are, you will adore the classic Del Professore Aperitivo liqueur. A fine craft infusion of mandarin, lemon, gentian, and other spices; this naturally colored liqueur releases intense aromas of fresh citrus, sage, and flowers with a hint of gentian and other delicately bitter herbs. Created form an original Italian recipe, it boasts potent, long-lasting flavors, well-balanced alcohol, and a delicately bitter aftertaste. A perfect sipping drink to enjoy if you’re pairing with salty snacks.

 

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

We have enjoyed sipping and indulging in the scent of Earl Grey and have been fans of bergamot-scented candles for as long as we can remember. There is just something about the sultry fragrance of this citrus fruit. The combination of its citrus, spicy, sweet, and floral scents are hauntingly therapeutic to the senses. Whenever we need to relax and unwind, we enjoy some Earl Grey tea and a bergamot candle for some aromatherapy.  We’ve now added a third option of this potent healing fragrance, in the form of a premium Italian Bergamot liqueur – OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur is another premium Italian liqueur that’s crafted in small batches; much like Jovis Limoncello, we highlighted previously. It is another must-have available to us thanks to importer, Originals Imports. This enticing, premium liqueur is made purely with Bergamot oranges from Calabria. For those not familiar, Calabria, Italy is the birthplace of the most exquisite Bergamot oranges. In fact, more than 80 percent of all the world’s bergamot oranges are found there.

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

The benefits of enjoying a Bergamot liqueur, like OTTO, are incredibly rewarding. It helps in mood elevation, energizing the body, soothes an upset digestive system, and helps to relieve anxiety and depression. We also love the fact that OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur boasts an intense, yet clear fragrance and unique bitter-sweet, citrus tasting notes.

The farm-to-bottle liqueur is handcrafted and bottled by Calabro Beverage in Cariati, Italy. This family production is focused on liqueurs made only with their own grown herbs and fruits. You can see where OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur is produced by putting the coordinates printed on each bottle in google maps.

Premium Bergamotto Liqueur

OTTO’s ingredients include premium alcohol, water, and sugar. It contains no stabilizers, artificial components, or colorants. It features 30% Alcohol by Volume (60 proof) and can be enjoyed sipped neat or on the rocks; OTTO also makes a perfect base for delicious cocktails like these two below:

For Gin Lovers #2

OTTO Bergamotto Liqueur: A Delicious Delight for the Senses

1.5 oz gin
0.75 oz OTTO
0.5 oz lemon juice
Garnish with lemon peel. Stir with ice, strain, and serve.

OTTO Spritzer #1

OTTO Spritzer #1

2 oz OTTO
4 oz seltzer
1.5 oz lime juice
Build in a tall glass with lots of ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Available in a 750mL bottle, OTTO is available for $34.99 – $39.99 at Gotham Wines and Liquors, K&D Wines & Spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box, Yolo Wine & Spirits, Ambassador Wines & Spirits, Sussex Wines & Spirits, ShopRite Wines and Spirits, and more. You can also enjoy OTTO at the following restaurants/bars in NYC: Sweetwater Social, Numero 28 Pizzeria, Taverna Kyclades, Taboon, and Lucciola Italian Restaurant. For locations near you, head over to www.originalsimports.com/shop.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

Coffee lovers, it’s your time to celebrate. Today is National Coffee Day!! If your love of coffee is like the coffee addiction my family has, you’re celebrating today with several cups. If you’re looking for a wonderful coffee brand to toast the day and keep warm on those upcoming cold nights, look no further than Fire Department Coffee. As you can guess by the name, Fire Department Coffee is run by active and retired firefighters. The veteran-owned business is dedicated to providing great-tasting coffee. Coffee plays a vital role in helping firefighters stay alert and energized during long shifts, so of course, it makes sense for firefighters to create their own brand; and the best part, they have a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supporting groups that help firefighters and first responders who are injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

We had the pleasure of getting to know this collection of small-batch whole bean and ground coffees, particularly their classic Medium Roast and invigorating Bourbon-infused coffee from their range of Spirit-Infused Coffees.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

The Fire Department Coffee Medium Roast is the blend that started it all. A great blend to fight the afternoon slump, the smooth and rich medium roast is never bitter. Made with a blend of Central and South American coffees, it delivers a bold flavor that gives you the energy you need to continue your day. The medium roast comes in three sizes – 14oz for $12.99, 28oz for $23.99, and 6 pounds for $71.99.

Enjoy a Cup of Fire Department Coffee on National Coffee Day

As the weather gets cooler, curling up with a cup of “spirited” coffee is great after a long day. The Spirit Infused Coffee range includes three different infused coffees: bourbon, tequila, and rum-infused, each with their own unique flavors and aroma. The Fire Department Coffee Bourbon-Infused Coffee is the perfect way to heat up on a cool night. It takes the sweet taste of barrel-aged bourbon and Fire Department’s medium roast blend and combines it for a full-flavored delight. With each bath numbered, this coffee is bold and smooth, and without the alcohol. A 14oz bag or ground or whole beans retails for $19.99.

The new line is made using a proprietary infusion process that’s quite different from traditional cask barrel aging, which often infuses an overly harsh flavor from the charred wood interior of the barrel. The Rum Infusion takes you straight to tropical shores with the kick of caffeine that you need to get the job done. The unique Tequila Infusion conveys the delicious complexity of the drink you know and love, with hints of lime and a crisp, sweet finish.

Limited edition releases featuring other favored spirits are in the works and we can’t wait to see what’s next. With these great coffee blends from Fire Department Coffee, National Coffee Day is sure to be a tasty one.

 

Jovis Limoncello: The Italian Perfect After-Dinner Drink

Jovis Limoncello: The Perfect Italian After-Dinner Drink

Today we highlight a drink that we’ve enjoyed for many summers. Yes, it is the end of summer and while most would regard Limoncello as strictly a summer drink, we’ve known it more as an after-dinner drink. This digestif/digestivo is a classic Italian liqueur, made from the zest of lemon peels from the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and Capri. It is very high in alcohol content, so it is best served in a shot glass. Note, this should be sipped, not gulped, as it aids in digestion, especially after a heavy meal. It also makes a very refreshing cocktail, two of which we highlight below. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been indulging in the delightful Jovis Limoncello, a high-quality Limoncello from Sorrento, Italy.

Jovis Limoncello: The Italian Perfect After-Dinner Drink

Infused only with Sorrento PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) lemons, this hand-produced, and bottled Limoncello boasts an intense taste, some sweetness, a slight tartness, and most importantly, is a good source of vitamin C. A favorite among Italian locals, Villa Jovis has been producing Limoncello in Sorrento for the last 20 years. Thanks to importer, Originals Imports, the US populace is now able to enjoy what the birthplace of Limoncello has loved for years. Jovis Limoncello is a premium liqueur crafted in small batches. It contains 32% alcohol by volume, has no stabilizers or colorants, and is housed in a timeless, elegant 750ml bottle.  The average alcohol content for Limoncello is between 25% and 30%. While greatly enjoy neat and perfectly chilled (straight from the freezer is best), Jovis Limoncello is also perfect for cocktails. See below for two favorites and check out their Originals’ cocktail suggestions for more.

Lemon Spritzer

Jovis Limoncello Lemon Spritzer Cocktail

2 oz (4 tbsp) Jovis Premium Limoncello
4 oz (8 tbsp) seltzer water
1.5 oz scant of lemon juice
1 dash aromatic bitters (optional)
Garnish with either thyme, basil, mint, or lemon peel
Build-in glass with plenty of ice. Add garnish and ice first. Then limoncello and lemon juice. Give it one stir
Add seltzer and give it one more stir.

The Immigrant

Jovis Limoncello The Immigrant Cocktail

2 oz (4 tbsp) bourbon
1 oz (2 tbsp) Jovis Premium Limoncello
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters (optional)
Stir with ice for at least 20 seconds. Serve neat or with ice

We hope this will encourage you to add Jovis Limoncello to your home bar. To get your hands on a bottle or two in the tri-state area, head over to these alcohol retailers – Gotham Wines & Liquors, www.liquorstore.com, Wine Bazaar, Ambassador Wines & Spirits, ShopRite Wines and Spirits, Manhattan Valley Wines & Spirits, Sussex Wines & Spirits, HB Liquors, and more. Visit www.originalsimports.com/buy for locations nearest you.

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

Afternoon “Tea” Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

“Teatime” is 365 days a year for us; we understand that for many, tea is preferred during the cooler seasons. Well, it’s days away from the Fall season and it’s the perfect time to share some delicious tea gift sets. Why tea giftsets? Firstly, they allow you to stock up on a variety of tea flavors without fear of running out too quickly; secondly, it’s a great way to try or discover new tea flavors without fully committing. That’s why we’re excited about Jaf Tea’s flavorful fall gift sets.

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

You may remember we first introduced you to Jaf Tea in March when we encouraged you to “Drink to Your Health.” Cuppa after cuppa of delicious flavors from this range of premium, hand-picked, and single-origin Ceylon teas kept our bodies healthy and our minds calm. For Fall, we’re very excited about Jaf Tea’s four fall gift sets. They include the Pure Fruits Collection, Pure Black & Flavored Tea Collection, Pure Teas & Infusions Collection, and the Pure Green Collection. Each of the Jaf Tea gift sets contains an assortment of 80 teas in foil envelopes. They come in a variety of classic black, green, and infusion teas.

Pure Fruits Collection

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

This collection contains an assortment of 10 tea bags of the following 8 exciting fruit-flavored black teas:

  1. Forest Fruit – Bursting with lusciously ripe wild berry flavors and enhanced with real forest fruit pieces; it is then expertly blended with their premium Ceylon black tea.
  2. Blueberry Delight – All the juicy tang of ripe blueberries and delicate sweetness of real cherry pieces gently fuses with Jaf their specially selected Ceylon tea.
  3. Pink Grapefruit – Packed with the zingy, zesty flavors of ripe and juicy citrus, perfectly combined with our fine Ceylon tea.
  4. Sunny Lemon – An invigorating blend of sun-ripened sweetness with the zesty tang of real lemon peel, infused into their superb Ceylon tea.
  5. Peach Orchard – Savor the delicately perfumed, sweet flavor of freshly picked peaches, infused into our outstanding Ceylon tea.
  6. Passion Fruit – A luscious balance of vibrantly sweet and tangy fruit flavors, expertly fused with our superior Ceylon tea.
  7. Creamy Soursop – Creamy and comforting with the rich, tropical taste of exotic soursop, sweetly fused with our prized Ceylon tea blend.
  8. Mango Banana – All the tropical sweetness of ripe mango with the smooth, mellow taste of banana, married together with our exquisite Ceylon tea blend.

Pure Black & Flavored Tea Collection

Afternoon "Tea" Delight: Jaf Tea Fall Gift Sets for Tea Lovers

This bold collection contains an assortment of 10 tea bags of 4 classic black teas and 4 fruit-flavored black teas:

  1. English Breakfast – This popular morning blend hails from the fine Dimbulla region of Ceylon and is noted for its strong, full-bodied, and brisk taste.
  2. Ceylon Earl Grey – Named after the 19th Century British Prime minister our blend combines the distinguished taste of Bergamot with the finest Ceylon tea.
  3. Organic Darjeeling – Their organic Darjeeling blend is made up of teas harvested during the months of May to June. They are replete with the signature aroma of muscatel grapes and summer fruits.
  4. Ceylon Supreme – Few black teas on earth can equal this superlative blend for its perfect harmony of distinct Dimbulla character and strong full-bodied taste.
  5. Forest Fruit Black Tea – Bursting with lusciously ripe wild berry flavors and enhanced with real forest fruit pieces, expertly blended with their premium Ceylon black tea.
  6. Creamy Soursop – Creamy and comforting with the rich, tropical taste of exotic soursop, sweetly fused with their prized Ceylon tea blend.
  7. Pink Grapefruit – Packed with the zingy, zesty flavors of ripe and juicy citrus, perfectly combined with our fine Ceylon tea.
  8. Sunny Lemon – An invigorating blend of sun-ripened sweetness with the zesty tang of real lemon peel, infused into their superb Ceylon tea.

Pure Teas & Infusions Collection

Jaf Tea Pure Teas & Infusions - Tea Sampler / Gift Set

An exceptional collection that contains 10 tea bags of the following assortment of 8 teas and infusions:

  1. English Breakfast Black Tea – This popular morning blend hails from the fine Dimbulla region of Ceylon. It is noted for its strong, full-bodied, and brisk taste.
  2. Ceylon Earl Grey Black Tea – Named after the 19th Century British Prime minister, this blend combines the distinguished taste of Bergamot with the finest Ceylon tea.
  3. Forest Fruit Black Tea – Bursting with lusciously ripe wild berry flavors and enhanced with real forest fruit pieces, expertly blended with their premium Ceylon black tea.
  4. Natural Green Tea – Hailing from the southern regions of China, this delightful natural variety is distinguished by its perfect balance of light body, fresh aroma, and mellow taste.
  5. Strawberry & Kiwi Green Tea – All the sweet, fresh taste of strawberries enhanced with tropical kiwi and infused with our beautiful Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the fruity aroma and refreshing sweetness.
  6. Soursop & Banana Green Tea – Creamy and comforting, with the sweet taste of soursop fruit and mellow banana, infused with our classic Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly and enjoy hot or cold.
  7. Camomile Dream Natural Infusion – Create a sensory sanctuary with this calming infusion. It is the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long day.
  8. Cool Peppermint Natural Infusion – Only the finest peppermint leaves, replete with essential oils, are used to create this cool and refreshing infusion.

Pure Green Collection

Jaf Tea Pure Green Tea Collection

Last, but certainly not least, the Jaf Tea Pure Green Collection. It contains 10 tea bags of the following assortment of 4 Classic Green and 4 Fruit-flavored green teas:

  1. Natural Green Tea – Hailing from the southern regions of China, this delightful natural variety is distinguished by its perfect balance of light body, fresh aroma, and mellow taste.
  2. Jasmine Green Tea – This carefully crafted blend of Chinese tea is naturally scented with jasmine blossoms in the traditional way to achieve the perfect balance of flavor and fragrance.
  3. Mint Green Tea – Natural mint leaves are expertly blended with the finest green teas from the lush mountains of Ceylon to create this cool and refreshing tea.
  4. Strawberry & Kiwi Green Tea – All the sweet, fresh taste of strawberries enhanced with tropical kiwi and infused with our beautiful Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the fruity aroma and refreshing sweetness.
  5. Lemon Mint Green tea – Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the invigorating taste and aroma.
  6. Mango Green Tea – All the sun-ripened succulence and sweetness of mango, infused with their light and refreshing Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly to enjoy the aromatic burst of tropical taste and flavor.
  7. Soursop Banana Green Tea – Creamy and comforting, with the sweet taste of soursop fruit and mellow banana; it is then infused with their classic Ceylon green tea blend. Brew lightly and enjoy hot or cold.
  8. Oolong Tea – This prized Oolong tea from the Fujian province of China is produced using sophisticated and artisanal techniques to create a delightfully floral light-bodied tea.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these perfect-for-fall, Jaf Tea gift sets. Will you be adding more tea to your pantry during the cooler seasons? If you are, now is the perfect time to get your hands on these tea gift sets. They are regularly priced at $29.99 but are currently on sale for only $19.99. We suggest you head over to www.jaftea.com and stock up before they’re gone.

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

The pandemic has affected so many industries. While some American states allowed many spirit retailers and bars to remain open to sell alcohol, not every country was allowed to do so. We highlighted this in our “How Can South Africa’s Wine Industry Recover from COVID-19?” article. One of the South African winemakers who was affected by this lockdown was Graham Beck and their delicious Cap Classique Wines. We got to know more about their wines through a tasting and conversation with Graham Beck Cellarmaster, Pieter Ferreira, and Winemaker, Pierre de Klerk. The alcohol ban has since been lifted and everyone can continue to celebrate what matters with these delicious MCC (Méthode Cap Classique) sparkling wines.

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

The Graham Beck Cap Classique portfolio comprises of three sparkling wine tiers – the Non-Vintage (NV) Collection (Brut NV, Bliss Demi-Sec NV, and Brut Rosé NV); the Vintage Collection (Blanc de Blancs, Brut Zero, and Brut Rosé); and The Prestige Collection (Cuvée Clive).

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

During our tasting we had the pleasure of enjoying the Vintage Collection pictured directly above; these are the wines we’ll be highlighting today.

Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

Say hello to South Africa’s most awarded sparkling wine. The Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine is a 100% Chardonnay varietal. Its grapes are hand-selected from the limestone-rich vineyards on Graham Beck’s Robertson estate using the highest quality juice for fermentation. Boasting a bright lime green color, this well-rounded and creamy sparkling wine features rich aromas of fresh lime and ripe apricot; It features an exciting fine mousse with an explosion of tangerines on the palate; and a great brioche and yeast complexity that broaden the palate, leading to a long and elegant finish.

Graham Beck Brut Zero

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

Why zero? This ultra-dry, crisp, and refreshing sparkling wine was created without the use of additional sugar in the dosage; the liqueur which is added just after removing the sediment from sparkling wines. With only 1.46 grams per liter of sugar, it is great for health-conscious wine lovers looking to reduce their sugar intake. This 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay blend boasts a low pH and high natural acidity. Its golden peach hue promises a vibrant bouquet of cherries, blueberries, almonds, and earthy spice. It features a delicate yet complex palate abound with red berry, yellow stone fruit, and hints of brioche. One sip rewards you with great balance and a long and slightly salty finish.

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

Cheers to South African Wines: Graham Beck Cap Classique Wines

Last, but by no means least, the delicate and delightfully demure Brut Rosé.  A unique first for South Africa, this complex Pinot Noir Rosé is the result of whole bunches of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay jointly pressed as a blend. This gives this bubbly its beautiful salmon pink hue. The 92% Pinot Noir lends a berry-laden ripeness and subtle spiciness, while the 8% Chardonnay contributes its creamy complexity. Its mouthfeel leaves an explosion of raspberry fruit and slight honeysuckle flavors on the palate, with a persistent yet delicate mousse.

We promise you’ll bid farewell to all other sparklings after one sip of these Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines. Aside from being absolutely delicious, the award-winning range of Graham Beck wines is characterized by unmistakable sophistication, elegance, quality, and consistency. For more information and availability in the US, visit www.grahambeckusa.com.