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By The Dutch

NEW PRODUCER

We are thrilled to have found By The Dutch and their fabulously rare, artisanal and delicious products 'Old Genever' and 'Batavia Arrack' Indonesian rum. The company was only founded in 2015 with the aim of producing traditional Dutch spirits and reintroducing these spirits to an international market. The range of products are mainly distilled and handcrafted in the so-called 'Genever Town' of Schiedam in Holland. The reputation od Dutch spirits has blossomed in the last few years, with producers working hard on refing their products and the quality increasingly recognised and appreciated by a growing number of consumers and professionals both at home and abroad, and it makes a fabulous addition to our range of quirky, high quality and alternative spirits made by artisan methods.

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Essentiae

NEW PRODUCER

Essentiae Liquoreria Ligure produces exceptional liqueurs by following methods and ancient Ligurian recipes in their artisan 'opificio' (workshop). Founded by Diego Bosoni, a winemaker with his own family-run winery and Fiorella Stoppa, an expert in artisanal, traditional liqueurs, the Essentiae workshop began producing their exquisite liqueurs in 2000. Every liqueur is produced in small quantities with only organic seasonal ingredients used; these ingredients are grown locally and only the highest quality are selected for use in the liqueurs. Every stage of the process is carried out by hand; from preparation to labelling and no dyes, chemical essences or preservatives are used during production. Regarded as the best method for extracting pure and unadulterated flavour intensity, cold infusion is used in the production of every liqueur and stays in line with Fiorella's uninvasive approach to the whole procedure.

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Benanti

NEW PRODUCER

With the aim of preserving the unique terroir of Etna’s volcanic slopes whilst cherishing and developing the indigenous Etnean varieties, the Benanti winery was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe whose family had produced wine for several generations, mostly for private consumption. His sons Antonio and Salvino, who now run the winery, maintain a very traditional approach and philosophy; describing their wines as ‘slow wines’, the brothers ensure nothing is rushed in Benanti winemaking. The vineyards are located on different slopes of Mount Etna, so as to highlight the uniqueness of the many different terroirs within the Etna DOC region and its unique microclimate.

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Scali

NEW PRODUCER

South Africans Willie and Tania De Waal are the fifth generation of the De Waal Family to own the farm, Schoone Oord, which Willie’s great-great grandfather bought in 1877 with a 45 carat diamond he discovered at Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Having dabbled in winemaking and produced their first barrique in 1997 (most of it drunk between friends!), the De Waals realised the scope for opportunity as the quality of this first vintage was exceptional. From that meagre start they have gradually increased their production whilst gaining international recognition and fantastic critiques of the wine, which makes us extremely excited to be their representative in the UK market. The ‘Scali’ name derives from the Africaans word for shale, ‘Skalie’ and is intended not just to express the intimacy and interaction between the family, farm, and soil and their place as an organic producer, but to give importance to shale as the defining component which gives Scali wines their unique aromas and flavours. 

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Antica Distilleria Quaglia

NEW PRODUCER

Having founded the distillery in the later 1800’s, four generations of the Quaglia family have guided the business through more than a century of artisan production, modernising it where needed whilst simultaneously cherishing the older, traditional art and methods of distilling. The distillery was established just after the Unification of Italy in 1871 between Monferrato and the hills towards Turin; an area renowned for its exceptional winemaking.

For the Italians in the Astrum team, tasting the Liquore di Chinotto in particular, was like going back to our Italian childhood. The aroma and flavour of these liqueurs are so intense and so beautifully crafted, they really are a pleasure to taste. However Distilleria Quaglia are as talented at producing grappas as they are liqueurs, and as the name suggests, the Grappa Storica is one of Quaglia’s most antique recipes. At over a century old, this beautiful example from their grappa selection achieves a delicacy and elegance on the palate, that is both challenging to achieve and rarely seen in a such a powerfully alcoholic spirit. 

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Astrum Wine Cellars

Place your orders by 4pm for next day deliveries in London by our drivers

Place your orders by calling 0203 328 4620 or email sales@astrumwinecellars.com

Our offices are open 8am to 4pm, where someone will always be able to assist you with your questions and orders. After this, please e-mail orders to sales@astrumwinecellars.com or leave a message on the answer machine.

 

 

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***New additions from Liguria, Piemonte and The Netherlands to our Spirits & Liqueurs range!***

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