Eaux de Vie
In an era of increasing globalisation, homogenisation and corporate branding, it is important to celebrate small, artisan producers crafting characterful products that evoke a strong sense of their place of origin. We are proud of our range of distillates all of which are as individual as the people who make them.
Down in Bandol, in the hills above the Côte d'Azur, the Bunan family use an antique, wood-fired, copper pot still to produce their inimitable marcs. Their traditional 'Vieux Marc Égrappé' is matured in oak barrels and has a deep caramel colour, wild herb aromas and an earthy, sun-kissed palate. 'La Blanche' is a more modern affair that sees no wood and is gin clear with a palate-cleansing freshness. It is best served like a vodka or grappa, over ice or straight from the freezer.
La Maison Colombier's delicious Eau de Vie de Poire has a fragrant bouquet of fresh Williams pears and a pure and persistent palate. The only question is whether to indulge in an eye-catching bottle that actually contains a whole pear.
The Dèche family's Bas Armaganc is our digestif de choix when entertaining at Yapp Towers. Younger bottlings are warm and fruity and would be ideal for a lively dinner party. Older versions are more layered and complex and might go down better with the cryptic crossword and a hand-rolled half corona.
We're delighted to report that, despite the inundations of 2012 on the Somerset levels that saw much of his operation submerged, we have maintained supply lines of Julian Temperley's celebrated cider brandy. The 5 year-old is a chest-thumping winter warmer, while the majestic 15 year-old 'Alchemy' is a complex creation that should be sipped reverently by the good and the grateful.