It’s the Lockett Bros Awards! Let’s drink to that!

IN: EVENTSGINNEWSPRODUCERSVODKAWHISKYWINE

It’s nearly the end of the year and what a year it has been! To celebrate in style, here at Lockett Brothers we decided to host our own awards ceremony for all the delicious whisky, wine and spirits you have enjoyed. When we say “host our own awards ceremony,” we mean write a blog. Ahem. So, let’s have a look at which wines and spirits we went a little bit nuts about this year. Wine of the Year So many exceptional wines enjoyed this year but our winner comes from our friends over in France. The Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay is our choice, albeit a difficult one. Its fresh mineral character distinguishes it from the competitors. It is deeper than some of its classic contemporary whites and offers a polished acidity that is insanely good. Whisky of the Year Although this whisky was matured in 2003 and not bottled until 2013, it has still become our choice for whisky of 2015....
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Think you know Spanish wine? Think again!

IN: PRODUCERSTRAVELSWINE

There are some people out there who completely ignore Spanish wine and that bothers us at Lockett Bros. Spanish wine is fantastic and if the country’s wine marketers’ current efforts are rewarded, more and more Brits will be drinking it. There’s a big PR push to position Spanish wine as the natural pairing to particular foods. The “Eat Spain Drink Spain” campaign certainly has merit so let’s go on a little Spanish wine adventure. Spanish wine means variety Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world. It has more than 2.9 million acres of vineyards, making it the most widely planted wine-producing nation. There are more than 400 varieties of grape planted in Spain although 80 per cent of the country’s wine production uses just 20 of these. Rioja, Valdepenas and the northwest region of Galicia are the major wine regions in Spain, so if you are thinking of your next holiday’s destination these might be the go-to...
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A peaty problem: Islay peat to run out by 2021?

IN: NEWSPRODUCERSTRAVELSWHISKY

A shocking problem has been revealed in the world of whisky. The beautiful Scottish island of Islay, famous for its whisky distilleries, has been struck unlucky by an accidental discovery, which suggests its peat could run out by 2021. A moment of silence for the terrible news please. This all started with a feasibility study, conducted by a company looking into opening a new distillery on the island. From the study, a significant drop in peat beds was discovered. The last survey was conducted in 1980 but there is a possibility that several mistakes were made as various assumptions were concluded from only a few core samples. This made the recent study even more shocking for many in the industry. Why should Islay whisky lovers be worried? What does peat have to do with whisky in the first place? If you’re not a whisky connoisseur, these are valid questions. Well, peat is influential in the taste of many whiskies. But...
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Focus on Italian wines

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It’s been said before, but Italians really know how to live and much of that is about good food and good wine. Yes, we can learn a lot from the Italians! Italy is blessed with some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and if you’re looking for a wine holiday, you would be hard pushed to find a better destination. That inviting climate, the stunning settings, the people and the wine… oh, the wine! And the food! Can you tell that we love Italy? Italy is still the world’s largest wine producer in terms of volume and, of course, it would be a sweeping generalisation to say it was all great, but trust us when we say that a great proportion of it is spectacular. Italy has 20 defined wine regions and they all offer something slightly different. Variety is the spice of life, according to the Italians and wine lovers could spend a month in the country...
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Why is Sauvignon Blanc so popular?

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Sauvignon Blanc. It’s the wine people turn to again and again because they enjoy it and it’s a safe bet, but why is it so popular? Go into any wine merchant or supermarket in practically any developed country in the world and you’ll find dozens of Sauvignon Blanc options but it wasn’t always like this. Before the 1980s, Sauvignon Blanc was a variety that featured rarely in the world’s top wines but today it’s a staple. Can you imagine a world without Sauvignon Blanc? So what happened? Well, we have New Zealand to thank for its popularity today. Surprising perhaps that a relatively young wine-producing nation could have almost single-handedly changed our wine tastes, but it’s absolutely true. Pre-1980s, none of the big French wine producers paid any attention to Sauvignon Blanc. They didn’t need to. It was of course a component of white Bordeaux but that was about as far as its use went. Then those crafty Kiwis, without...
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Australian wine: Time to get down with it

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Apparently, the global perception of Australian wine doesn’t match the high-quality reality, according to Wine Australia. This puzzles us. We’ve long been massive fans of all that the great Land Down Under has to offer and especially its wine so we wrongly assumed the whole world felt the same. But nope. Apparently there are still swathes of people who’d rather stick with the tried and tested favourites than try an Aussie offering. We have to change this! Those who don’t take a gamble (and it’s not even a gamble) with Australian wines are missing out. Australia produces some of the finest wines in the world! Australian wines are some of the most diverse you could ever hope to come across, from its finesse-filled Cabernets to its world-class Chardonnays, Australia really does have something for every wine lover. So, just to be clear, we love Australian wine. You should too. Here’s a little nugget of trivia for you. Despite being a...
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From impressing girls to impressing the world, the story of Daffy’s Gin

IN: GINPRODUCERS

Scotland is blessed with many fantastic gin producers, and Daffy’s is definitely one of them. Lockett Bros caught up with managing director Chris Molyneaux to learn more about this distinctively Scottish gin. The man behind Daffy’s Gin – one of Scotland’s most exciting gins – started distilling as a young man… to impress a girl. Chris Molyneaux was working as an apprentice winemaker in France when he decided his distilling efforts could be a good way to catch the attention of the local girl. Cut to today and Daffy’s Gin aren’t impressing local girls, they’re impressing gin connoisseurs with their smooth drink.  But what was it that led Chris to start on the long road to producing a world-class gin? Chris – who worked as a distiller for a major firm, travelling the world – said: “I thought, the world needs a gin that is amazing to drink straight and so we started looking at how we could make that...
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Bourbon – Why you have to try it

IN: HOW TOPRODUCERSWHISKY

The way we bang on about the great Scottish whiskies that are available, you would be forgiven for thinking they’re the only ones we love to tipple but you’d be very, very wrong. Yes, we’re going to talk to you about the whiskey delights that come from our American friends… and there are so many to choose from. For some Scotch whisky purists, the idea of taking a drink from across the Atlantic might be a difficult one to consider, but trust us when we say that you’re missing out if you don’t sample at least a couple. So for the rest of this blog, we’ll stop saying “whisky” and start saying “bourbon whiskey”. Deep breaths, Scotch whisky lovers. When most of us think about bourbon, there are normally two names that spring to mind – Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. They’re the big brands that everybody knows. Here’s a little nugget for you. If you thought Jack Daniels was...
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Five whisky options just for you on World Whisky Day

IN: PRODUCERSWHISKY

Today is World Whisky Day and we’re incredibly excited about it! We love whisky, as you know, but we realise that not everybody is as passionate about it as we are so we thought we’d offer you five absolutely lip-smacking options to try today… not all in one go though, obviously. Carn Mor Strictly Limited Tamdhu 2008 7 Year Old When we say “strictly limited” we mean exactly that. This heady offering is winning a lot of plaudits, many of them from the Lockett Bros team, because it’s just so damn good. Although the aroma on the nose does not give much away, the palate is a burst of exotic fruits and would be a fantastic dram for enthusiasts and beginners alike. You heard it here first. BUY IT HERE Old Perth Blended Malt Whisky Nobody really talks about blends, we know. Single malt whisky rules all but just sometimes there’s a blend worth talking about and this beauty is...
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Five facts you probably didn’t know about whisky

IN: PRODUCERS

Tomorrow is World Whisky Day (Saturday, May 16th) and we at Lockett Bros are getting all misty-eyed about the drink. We love whisky and we feel pretty blessed to be based in the country that just so happens to make the best whisky in the world. Come on, Scotland is the country that gave whisky to the world… even if some people want to dispute that fact. So to celebrate the great Scotch Whisky, here are five things you probably didn’t know about whisky. Have a think about these when you’re enjoying a dram or two over the weekend! Angels love whisky We’re sorry if that sounds a wee bit blasphemous but it’s true. Think we’ve perhaps had one too many drams? Nope. Ever heard of the term, “the Angel’s share”? What this actually refers to is the four per cent of whisky that evaporates every year before it’s bottled. The good news is that once it is bottled, there’s...
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