Eaux de Vie

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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.

  • Vieux Marc Égrappé - Domaines Bunan

    Vieux Marc Égrappé - Domaines Bunan

    This traditional Marc is distilled in a wood-fired, copper, pot-still. It has an attractive tawny colour and a distinctive bouquet of autumnal fruit preceding a life-affirming palate of warming fruit and spices. (70cl bottle).

    • Bottle £42.00
    • Bottle Case £504.00
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  • Eau de Vie Blanche de Marc - Domaines Bunan

    Eau de Vie Blanche de Marc - Domaines Bunan

    This clear, colourless Marc sees no oak and is affectionately known in situ as 'La Blanche'. With its clean fruity aromas and palate-cleansing finish it makes for a restorative and effective digestif.

    • Bottle £41.00
    • Bottle Case £492.00
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  • Eau de Vie de Poire William

    This superb Eau de Vie has intense aromas and tastes of Williams pears (from which it is distilled) and a terrific palate-cleansing finish. It makes for a highly effectual post-prandial restorative. The only question is whether one should buy it with the visually arresting pear in the bottle or (more economically) without. (50cl bottle).

    • Bottle £29.50
    • Bottle Case £354.00
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  • Eau de Vie de Poire William Carafe with pear inside

    This superb Eau de Vie has intense aromas and tastes of Williams pears (from which it is distilled) and a terrific palate-cleansing finish. It makes for a highly effectual post-prandial restorative. The only question is whether one should buy it with the visually arresting pear in the bottle or (more economically) without. (70cl bottle).

    • Bottle £44.00
    • Bottle Case £528.00
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  • Somerset Cider Brandy: 5 year old

    Somerset Cider Brandy: 5 year old

    Traditional, West-Country varieties of apple such as Kingston Black, Dabinett and Stoke Red are used to make this Cider Brandy which is distilled in copper stills and matured in oak barrels. This beautifully balanced 5 year-old is smooth and complex with intriguing spicy aftertastes. (70cl bottle).

    • Bottle £32.00
    • Bottle Case £384.00
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  • Somerset Cider Brandy: Alchemy 15 year old

    Somerset Cider Brandy: Alchemy 15 year old

    Traditional, West-Country varieties of apple such as Kingston Black, Dabinett and Stoke Red are used to make this Cider Brandy which is distilled in copper stills and matured in oak barrels. This wonderfully mature 15 year-old is rich and mellow with complex autumnal fruit flavours and a long, smooth finish. (70cl bottle).

    • Bottle £45.00
    • Bottle Case £540.00
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  • Kingston Black Apple Aperitif

    Kingston Black Apple Aperitif

    Like a French pommeau this is a judicious blend of apple juice and Cider Brandy. Made from traditional, West Country ‘Kingston Black’ apples this refreshing aperitif should be served chilled. Wonderful ripe apple aromas precede a sweet, invigorating palate of fresh orchard fruit. (50cl bottle).

    • Bottle £9.50
    • Bottle Case £114.00
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  • Bas Armagnac - Chateau de Millet 1995

    Bas Armagnac - Chateau de Millet 1995

    This traditional Bas Armagnac is distilled in a wood-fired still and has an attractive tawny colour and diverse aromas of sandalwood, spices and stewed orchard fruit. The palate is complex and warming with undertones of cinnamon, caramel and vanilla. It makes for ideal fire-side drinking. (70cl bottle).

    • Bottle £39.95
    • Bottle Case £479.40
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  • Bas Armagnac - Chateau de Millet 1989

    Bas Armagnac - Chateau de Millet 1989

    This traditional Bas Armagnac is distilled in a wood-fired still and has an attractive tawny colour and diverse aromas of sandalwood, spices and stewed orchard fruit. The palate is complex and warming with undertones of cinnamon, caramel and vanilla. It makes for ideal fire-side drinking. (70cl bottle).

    • Bottle £49.95
    • Bottle Case £599.40
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