In the world of alcohol, it’s common to find something that you love and just stick with it. With so many different choices and the wide range of options, it’s just easy to find your perfect wine, beer or favourite vodka brand and then stop looking. At Drinkly, we think this is a real shame and we should forever hang onto that drive to explore and try new things. So, we’re making it easy for you. Here it is: the unsung heroes, the drinks that are too good for everyone not to give a go.
Fernando De Castilla Classic Pedro Ximenez Sherry
There are so many different types of sherry with varying flavours and conventions, some intended as an apéritif, some as a digestif. With all these options, the world of sherry can definitely be overwhelming but that certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sample some! So, as our top sherry pick we’ve gone for the syrupy goodness of the Fernando De Castilla Classic Pedro Ximenez Sherry. This one is definitely more of a digestif as Pedro Ximenez is very sweet, almost like cough syrup but nicer, obviously. Fernando De Castilla Classic Pedro Ximenez Sherry might not cure your cough but it does have an incredibly enticing fruity aroma of raisins, dates and prunes. On the palate, this PX is deep with the intense spiced fruit flavour of a good Christmas cake, with the spiced emphasis on nutmeg and wintery cloves. It’s recommended that this sherry be poured over a good ice cream, such as the S. Luca’s Vanilla Ice Cream, which just sounds divine, but it also works perfectly on its own to round off your night nicely. This one really is a must-try.
A & E Figeat Pouilly Fumé Les Chaumiennes
If you’re in the market for a nice white wine, you need look no further than Pouilly Fumé. From the Loire Valley, a wine-producing region in France, this dry white wine exudes elegance and class. While the zesty citrus flavours of this wine are pleasant on their own, it is the delicate smokiness that gives this Pouilly Fumé its name and character. It’s fresh, deep and lacks that overly lemony or tropical passionfruit flavour that has become the norm for other 100% Sauvignon Blanc wines. The A & E Figeat Pouilly Fumé Les Chaumiennes is the one to try if you’re into your dry white wines, you will not be disappointed. This wine pairs perfectly with a good seafood dish.
Pernod is definitely a little bit different if you’re looking to stray from the norms. If Sambuca is usually your shot of choice, this might be something to consider. Founded in 1805, Pernod calls itself the ‘original absinthe’ after the founder Henri-Louis Pernod helped establish the first commercial absinthe distillery in 1798. With the dominant and almost numbing flavour of aniseed, combined with aromatic herbs and spices, Pernod certainly is unique. Traditionally enjoyed with cold water or a single cube of ice, Pernod can also be utilised in a variety of exciting cocktails. If aniseed balls were something you always got from the sweetshop as a child or if you have a particular fondness for liquorice, this could be the spirit you’ve been waiting for.
Dark Matter Chocolate Orange Liqueur
Coming from the increasingly popular rum brand Dark Matter, this Chocolate Orange Liqueur takes an age-old flavour combination and applies it to a perfectly sweet rum liqueur. With the deliciously tart Seville marmalade oranges combined with bitter dark chocolate, this liqueur, which at first glance may be presumed sickly sweet, retains the class and elegance of the established brand. This one is sweet, there’s no escaping that, but it offers the moreish and sophisticated sweetness of burnt sugar and treacle tart. The Dark Matter Chocolate Orange Rum Liqueur is best served neat over ice to really experience that depth of flavour. This is a Scottish brand that you can trust to bring their A game, so every concoction they come out with is usually a pretty safe bet. Chocolate oranges are for life, not just for Christmas.
This earthy and savoury red wine is an excellent accompaniment to any red meat dish. From the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region in France, this wine is composed of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault grapes. With the rich and multi-layered scent of cherry and black fruits, this deep red wine is perfectly fruity with overtones of blackcurrants, cherries and cassis, whilst being balanced by subtle spices which last on the finish. This one is earthy, fruity and has a welcome touch of smokiness that pairs beautifully with the spices. If you’re having a dinner party and looking for a nice red to go with it, we would highly recommend the Calvet Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It’s complex, it’s deep, it’s multi-layered, it’s smooth – what more could you ask for?
Let’s hear it for the unsung heroes! If you’re looking to switch up what you’re drinking or searching that special something that’s a little bit different, we hope you’ll find it on this list. By just inputting your postcode in the box above and with our one-hour delivery promise, you could be trying something new sooner than you’d thought! Start your expedition today!