Jade Liqueurs, Combier Distillery and Distil 22nd – 24th May

The London International Wine Fair and Distil
22nd – 24th May 2012, London Excel.

 


We are very pleased to be exhibiting Jade Liqueurs at ‘
Distil‘ the Spirits Section at The London International Wine Fair 2012.

Jade Liqueurs
 are made by Absinthe Historian and Master Distiller T.A. Breaux at Combier Distillery in Saumur France.
Combier Distilley in 1902
Combier Distillery dates back to 1834 and is world renowned for it’s Triple Sec and Royal Combier products as well as it’s vast range of hand crafted Liqueurs, Syrups and Eau de Vie.

 

Combier Distillery in 2012

Please come and visit us at Distil on Stand G30/4F where we will have a full selection from the Combier Distillery available for tasting.

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Jade Liqueurs, Combier Distillery and Distil – 22nd-24th May

The London International Wine Fair and Distil
22nd – 24th May 2012, London Excel.

We are very pleased to be exhibiting Jade Liqueurs at ‘Distil‘ the Spirits Section at The London International Wine Fair 2012.
Jade Liqueurs are made by Absinthe Historian and Master Distiller T.A. Breaux at Combier Distillery in Saumur France.
Combier Distilley in 1902
Combier Distillery dates back to 1834 and is world renowned for it’s Triple Sec and Royal Combier products as well as it’s vast range of hand crafted Liqueurs, Syrups and Eau de Vie.

Combier Distillery in 2012
Please come and visit us at Distil on Stand G30/4F where we will have a full selection from the Combier Distillery available for tasting.
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Cocktails at Wax Jambu – La Maison Fontaine “Bloody Fairy” and Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur “Coffee and Cigarette”

The Bloody Fairy
This is pure genius! The glass is wrapped in a banana leaf. The Bloody mix is a combination of Wax Jambu’s homemade Sangrita and Tomato Juice. Horseradish and Worcestershire Sauce to personal taste.
The syringe is filled with 50/50 Vodka and La Maison Fontaine Absinthe. The idea is the Bloody Mary has oft been cited as a great hangover cure and Absinthe was traditionally a medicine. Put those two ideas together and we get a Bloody Fairy where one self-medicates one’s own ‘dose’ with the syringe on the side.
I’m a big fan of the Bloody Fairy (and Mary) but this is the best I’ve tried yet. Perhaps it’s the syringe action or the complex flavour profile added by the depth of La Maison Fontaine and Wax Jambu’s homemade Sangrita – either way, I suggest you hot tail it down there and give it a whirl! Whether you have a hangover or not!
Coffee and Cigarette by Pietro Rizzo
50ml Eldorado 5 year old
20ml Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur
15ml Santa Teresa Araku Coffee Liqueur
Bar spoon Laphroaig
Smoke the glass by lighting a cinnamon stick under it. Add all the ingredients apart from the Perique and stir over ice slowly for dilution. Add the Perique right at the end. Smoke the glass again just before loading and serve on the rocks. The garnish is some cinnamon sticks, broken cigar and three coffee beans.

The drink is rich and lucious with great coffee and smokey notes. It does exactly what it says on the tin – oh, apart from the caffeine and nicotine I guess… 🙂
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Another chance to attend a Masterclass with T.A. Breaux – Additional London Dates

After our very successful series of Sip Or Mix Masterclasses in March with Master Distiller Ted Breaux we are pleased to announce a few additional dates in April and May. Ted will take us through the History and Mystery of Absinthe while we taste all four Jade Absinthes and La Maison Fontaine. We will then taste the very unique Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur also made by Ted Breaux. This will all be finished off with a tasting of the brand new pimento bitters made by Ted Breaux for Dale DeGroff. If you would like to attend any of the events below please email jenny@sipormix.com or contact the venue directly.

24th April – 3.30pm-5.30pm Bartender Masterclass, Paramount

25th April – 3.30p,-5.30pm Bartender Masterclass, Karpo

26th April – Afternoon – in-store tasting, The Whisky Exchange

30th April – 3-5pm – Bartender Masterclass, Nightjar
                     – 7pm onwards – Members Monday, this event is for discerning drinkers who are members of the public and are interested in learning more about their libations. If you would like to sign up for this event please email info@barnightjar.com  

1st May – 3pm, Bartender Masterlcass, Wax Jambu

2nd May – Afternoon – Bartender Masterclass, Brighton
                  – Evening – Consumer Masterclass, Brighton
Both of these events are hosted by Mixology Group If you would like to attend please email myles@mixologygroup.co.uk
 
3rd May – Afternoon – in-store tasting – Gerry’s

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Another chance to attend a Masterclass with T.A. Breaux – Additional London Dates

After our very successful series of Sip Or Mix Masterclasses in March with Master Distiller Ted Breaux we are pleased to announce a few additional dates in April and May. Ted will take us through the History and Mystery of Absinthe while we taste all four Jade Absinthes and La Maison Fontaine. We will then taste the very unique Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur also made by Ted Breaux. This will all be finished off with a tasting of the brand new pimento bitters made by Ted Breaux for Dale DeGroff. If you would like to attend any of the events below please email jenny@sipormix.com or contact the venue directly.

24th April – 3.30pm -5.30pm Bartender Masterclass, Paramount

25th April – 3.30pm – 5.30pm Bartender Masterclass, Karpo

26th April – Afternoon – in-store tasting, The Whisky Exchange

30th April – 3-5pm – Bartender Masterclass, Nightjar
                 – 7pm onwards – Members Monday, this event is for discerning drinkers who are members of the public and are interested in learning more about their libations. If you would like to sign up for this event please email info@barnightjar.com  

1st May – 3pm, Bartender Masterlcass, Wax Jambu

2nd May – Afternoon – Bartender Masterclass, Brighton
               – Evening – Consumer Masterclass, Brighton
Both of these events are hosted by Mixology Group If you would like to attend please email myles@mixologygroup.co.uk
                    
3rd May – Afternoon – in-store tasting – Gerry’s

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Events at The Zetter Townhouse

Sunday is F.B.I. (Food and Beverage Industry) Night at The Zetter Townhouse and on the 18th March we were lucky enough to have Ted Breaux along. We had some Absinthe and Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur available for tasting and met lots of really great people. We then went back on the 19th for a Bartender Masterclass in the afternoon. We would like to thank The Zetter Townhouse enormously for such enjoyable events! Special thanks goes out to Kamil, Cami, Chris, Nico and Ben.

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Absinthe Masterclasses with T.A. Breaux

We kicked off our series of Absinthe Masterclasses with Ted Breaux for http://www.oxford-alcademics.co.uk/ at http://www.raoulsbar.co.uk/home.php appropriately on National Absinthe Day (U.S.) 5th March 2012. Ted took a packed house through the History and Mystery of Absinthe while tasting the Jade range of Absinthes, followed by a tasting of La Maison Fontaine Absinthe and then finally Jade Perique Tobacco Liqueur.

We are very fortunate to still have a few Absinthe Masterclasses with Ted lined up in March. For the full list of dates please check here:

http://sipormix.blogspot.com/2012/02/absinthe-masterclass-roadshow-with-ted.html

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Absinthe Masterclass Roadshow with Ted Breaux – U.K. March 2012

We at Sip Or Mix are delighted to have Ted Breaux coming to the U.K. in March 2012. Sip Or Mix  has been managing and distributing Jade Liqueurs since Sip Or Mix formed in the summer of 2011. We have been working very hard with both Jade and La Maison Fontaine to educate and re-educate the industry and the general public at large as to the true nature of Absinthe.
During the last year we have noticed a real upsurge of interest in the category and consequently cannot think of a better time to bring you several comprehensive Absinthe Masterclasses.
Ted Breaux lives in the United States so this is a rare opportunity indeed to be presented with the Jade Liqueurs portfolio by the world renowned Master Distiller and Absinthe Historian himself.

Imbibe U.S. 2011

We will take this opportunity to also present to you the other Absinthe in the Sip Or Mix Portfolio – The multi-award-winning, Blanche from Pontarlier, La Maison Fontaine®; two time winner of the much coveted “Golden Spoon” Award of the Absinthiades, IWSC Gold and Best In Class and recent Double Gold Medal winner of The Absinthe Masters.

Ted Breaux is also the man behind Jade Perique
Tobacco Liqueur and we will have some available at each of the events organised with Ted on hand to answer any questions.

If you are interested in attending any of the Masterclasses below please email the contacts/venue directly.
Absinthe Masterclass Roadshow with Ted Breaux – U.K. March 2012

5th – Oxford Alcademic’s – Raoul’s, Oxford – Open Evening Masterclass, info at:
 oxford-alcademics and please register with Tim: tim@raoulsbar.com
9th – The Whisky Exchange, Vinopolis – Afternoon Bottle Signing. Just pop by.
12th – The UKBG – Afternoon Masterclass at Paramount, please email Vincenzo at calenzovincenzo@gmail.com

14th – Amathus Soho – Wardour Street.
Trade Only Masterclass – 3pm – 4.30pm
Consumer Masterclass  – 6.15pm – 7.30pm
Please register with tastings@amathusdrinks.com

16th – Gerry’s Wines and Spirits – Afternoon Bottle Signing.
Just pop by.
18th – Zetter Townhouse – FBI (Food and Beverage Industry) From 6pm, contact venue to book a table or just turn up.
19th – Zetter Townhouse – Afternoon Bartender Masterclass. Please Register with Kamil at kfoltan@yahoo.co.uk or contact the venue on 020 7324 4567

20th – London Cocktail Society – Evening Masterclass. Please register with info@londoncocktailsociety.co.uk

21st – Reunion Bar @ The Grosvenor Hotel – Open Masterclass – 7pm – 9pm please register with info@reunionlondon.com
24th – Gerry’s Wines and Spirits – Afternoon Bottle Signing.
Just pop by.
26th The Whisky Exchange – Consumer Evening. Please register with: tastings@thewhiskyexchange.com
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The Year of the Dragon by Theodora Lau

At Sip Or Mix Towers we have all sorts of literature at our disposal. So, in honour of Chinese New Year 2012 – The Year of the Water Dragon, we found an old relevant book. The book in question was first printed in 1979 and was reprinted many times till this 1987 edition. This book is therefore from 25 years ago and it was first published 33 years ago. We raise these dates and numbers for a very good reason, this book is pre-internet…
It’s quite spooky to read the following exact extracts from:
THE HANDBOOK OF
CHINESE HOROSCOPES
by

THEODORA LAU
The opening page starts with this:
THE DRAGON
I am an unquenchable fire,
The center of all energy,
The stout heroic heart.
I am truth and light,
I hold power and glory in my sway.
My presence
Disperses dark clouds.
I have been chosen
To tame the Fates.
I AM THE DRAGON
Well, fighting talk and we like it but none of us at Sip Or Mix Towers are Dragons. It’s all about the Year of The Dragon and this is verbatim of what Theodora has to say:
 
THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON
A magnificent come back after the recuperative year of the Rabbit. We will throw caution to the four winds and roll up our sleeves for all sorts of grandiose, exhilarating, colossal, overambitious and daring projects. The indomitable spirit of the Dragon will inflate everything to larger than life size. Somehow we will find ourselves bubbling with excess energy. It will be wise not to overestimate ourselves or our potentials in this combustible year.
On the brighter side, business will be good and money can be generated or obtained easily. It is the time to ask your bank for a loan. Big spending and lavish plans are the rule of the day. The mighty Dragon sneers at the prudent and penny-pinching. He gambles for all or nothing. He will stimulate us to think and act big, even overstepping the bounds of caution.
Orientals (sic Chinese) consider this to be an auspicious year to get married, have children or start a new business, as the benevolent Dragon brings good fortune and happiness.
But caution is required, take nothing for granted, for both success and failures can bel be measured and magnified equally. (nb 1)
In the Dragon’s year, fortunes as well as disaster will come in massive waves. This is a year marked by a lot of surprises and violent acts of nature. Tempers will flare the world over and everyone will be staging some real or imaginary revolt against restrictions.. The electric atmosphere created by the mighty Dragon will affect us, one and all.
Intersting stuff eh?…..
 
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Welcome to 2012

We would like to thank everyone for their support during 2011 and take this opportunity to share a few of the things we are looking forward to in 2012.

SW4 London Dry Gin
In December we had the first ever batch of SW4 London Dry Gin 47% available. Martin Price the Brand Owner came to The Whisky Exchange in London to talk to customers and sign bottles for the lucky few who laid their hands on a bottle. We are pleased to announce Martin will be putting the 47% into production, probably late Spring, in 2012. We are also looking forward to more regional availability of the 40% and some very exciting new listings for this “Uncommonly Clapham” Gin! For further info please visit: http://www.sw4gin.com/

La Maison Fontaine Absinthe
During 2011 the Absinthe category went from strength to strength and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. If anything, we predict 2012 to be even more important for the category with Absinthe becoming far more mainstream and less misunderstood.  The people behind La Maison Fontaine are an incredibly creative lot, for example just take a look at the ” Art of Imagination” on the website: http://www.fontaineabsinthe.com
They have some very exciting plans and although we can’t reveal too much we are confident La Maison Fontaine will be a positive force for change and a leading light in the Absinthe world in 2012.

St Nicholas Abbey Rum
It was lovely to have the Warrens over from Barbados in October for RumFest and of course we will all be back again for RumFest 2012. However, we have something else to look forward to before October and that is the launch of the estate produced, unaged, white Rum! We have some available for tasting and so far everyone who has tried it has loved it and we can tell you it makes an absolutely awesome Daiquiri! We will keep you posted on the New Rum developments, meanwhile you can always have a browse of the St Nicholas Abbey website: http://www.stnicholasabbey.com/

Jade Liqueurs
We are very excited by the prospect of a couple of new products due to come from the Jade stables in 2012. Naturally we cannot tell you too much… other than there will be a new Liqueur and a new, reverse engineered, Absinthe…. exciting indeed! The other good news to come from the Jade stable is we have Ted Breaux himself coming to visit us in the UK this Spring. We will be organising some meet and greet seminars for both the trade and consumers alike and appreciate that having such a formidable Absintheur in our midst can only be good for the category. http://www.bestabsinthe.com/

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