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Mix and mingle

29 May 2022

Style’s band of merry beverage reviewers have sipped up a storm for May, here are just a few of our favourite drops.

Follow from left to right (starting from Taylors Estate Tempranillo 2020).

Red, red wine

Newly introduced to the New Zealand market and sitting somewhere between a shiraz and a pinot noir, Taylors Estate Tempranillo 2020 is a deliciously approachable, medium-bodied drop from the McLaren Vale and Clare Valley regions. Displaying rich dark cherry fruit characteristics with hints of spicy incense and underlying dusty oak aromas, it has a pleasingly soft and silky texture and a long finish. Impress guests at your next dinner party or enjoy on the couch with a good book.

Great Scot

The Mortlach distillery offers one of the most defining examples of the traditional Speyside single malt whisky style. This famous distillery label bottling from Gordon & MacPhail shows the rich sherry cask flavours Mortlach is known for. Think sticky toffee and orange marmalade notes mingled with distinctly malty tones, delicate sherry and a scent of woodland hedgerows. To taste, you’ll get flavours of black forest cake, maraschino cherry and creamy vanilla, lifted by orange, gentle oak and a malty edge to finish.
An ideal whisky to share among good company after a delicious spread and a few good laughs.

Cocktails quick

One of two new additions to Kiwi company Batched’s premium ‘cocktail-in-abottle’ range (the other being a salted grapefruit margarita), this classic whiskey sour is perfect when you need a decent cocktail quick. Whiskey, lemon juice and sugar are the key components and Batched’s mixologists have them well-balanced and smooth using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, plus their innovative technology ensures every glass has that signature cocktail foam top – just give the bottle a shake before you pour. Add a slice of citrus and a maraschino cherry for extra authenticity.

One for the cabinet

Hailing from the Speyside whisky hub, Elgin, this delicious dram has had 15 years of maturation
by independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail. The aroma of this Linkwood is fresh and fragrant with
delicate sherry influences. The palate is rich and sweet with a smooth and creamy texture developing, followed by a delicate spicy edge and a slight nutty character. Adding a wee bit of water with a pipette will help release some warming peppery notes. Overall, this is a well-balanced sweeter whisky from one of
Speyside’s iconic distilleries. A wonderful one to have at the front of the cabinet or a really special dram to gift the whisky lover in your life.

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