Friday September 19th: Whisky Tasting: Campbeltown Malts

Friday 19th September: 7:45pm – 10pm
@ Le Mouton Rouge
£15 adv tickets
We are happy to announce the return of our whisky tasting sessions, starting with an in depth look at the history of Campbeltown malts.
 
imgresCampbeltown sits on the Mull of Kintyre peninsula protruding from the western coast, during the mid-1800s it was the epicentre of Scotland’s distilling industry, with 28 distilleries at one stage in the 1830s. Today, however, this number has dwindled to just three: Springbank, which also produces the peated Longrow and the unpeated Hazelburn; Glen Scotia; and recent addition Glengyle, home of Kilkerran malt.
Campbeltown whiskies are a curious mix. Characteristics include a defined dryness with a pungency, smoke and a solid salinity,  ‘mist rolling in from the sea’. It is the proximity to the coast that gives the whisky its salty tang.. Imagine a cross between the Lowlands and the Western Highlands with a pinch of salt thrown in for good measure. 
 
With some fascinating whiskies to try and lots to discuss this should be a belter of a tasting.
 
Please email or phone us to reserve your spot, otherwise do pop in to the store to purchase a ticket.

Meet the Brewer & Green Hop Beers: Friday 17th October

Beer Tasting: Friday 17th October
Meet the Brewer & Green Hop Beers
@ Le Mouton Rouge – £10 adv tickets – 7:45 – 10pm

We are delighted to announce that the first of our Beer Tastings will focus on local ales and green hop beer! To be held in store next Friday we are lucky enough to have representatives from four of the best local breweries in the business: Wantsum, Gadds, Canterbrew and the Canterbury Brewers.2014-10-07 19.48.29

Kentish Brewers are fortunate to have access to some wonderfully locally grown hops and thus can produce fresh “green hopped” beers at Harvest time, a real treat for Beer enthusiasts.

We will be taking an in depth look at how Green Hop beers are now taking Autumn by storm, how bottle conditioned beer can differ from cask ale and we will be introducing each of our featured breweries and trying a selection of their favourite bottled beers.
canterbury_alesThe World of Craft Beers has exploded over the last decade and here is an ideal opportunity to find out a little more about what’s involved in making great beer and how this has all come about.

Places are limited in our small little wine shop so to avoid disappointment please get in touch via email or phone asap

Champagne Tasting: AYALA

Champagne Tasting: AYALA
Thursday 6th November: 7:45pm – 10pm

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We have a few last minute tickets available for the first of our November Tastings tomorrow night.

We are delighted to have a wonderful Champagne house visiting us tomorrow called Ayala. From the town of Ay, Ayala is one of the original twenty six Grandes Marques Champagne Houses and dates from 1860. Pioneers of a delicate, drier style of wine during the second half of the 19th century, the wines are renowned for precision and finesse.

An exciting prospect for sure!

We have two other fantastic wine evenings ahead in November, including Beaujolais Nouveau and Taitinger, plus our monthly whisky tasting. For more details please get in touch or pop in to the store.

Friday September 12th: our first English Wine Tasting

Friday September 12th: 7:45pm – 10pm

@ Le Mouton Rouge Wine Merchants
Tickets: £15 per person

We are delighted to announce that our first English Wine Tasting will feature one of the most influential and outstanding English Wine producers as special guests: NYETIMBER.

This is a rare event and an amazing opportunity to learn about the world of English wine…

Nyetimber is situated in the heart of West Sussex, on what is regarded as a perfect site for the production of sparkling wine. The estate was founded in 1988 and now has eight carefully selected vineyards across Sussex and Hampshire, producing some breathtaking fizz! 


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We will be tasting the full Nyetimber range. An ideal way to learn the intricate and subtle differences between their Brut, Demi-Sec, Blancs de Blancs, Single Vineyard and Rose, all sparkling! We will be discussing cool climate wine production and the benefits of Southern England’s climate and soil type.
As an added bonus to this tasting we will also have one of London’s most innovative and dedicated brewers, showcasing a lovely beer inspired by the urban bee-keepers of London: Hiver – honey beer!
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Please reply via email, call (01227 451422) or pop into the store to reserve your place!
 
All our best wishes
Marion & Jamie

 

Meet the brewers

Over the past year we have had great fun expanding our range of traditional and local English ales and last Thursday, Martin, the Brewer of the Canterbury Ales and Jon Mills from the Foundry Pub, two great beer makers from the area were in the store with samples and plenty of chit chat for the budding beer enthusiast.
Missed it? We’ll be having another session in January – just watch this space for details…
We now hold an On License for the premises so any evening please feel free to pop in for a pint of great local beer!

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2000 Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Just arrived is this classic red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, very fine and elegant. It has a beautiful colour, an earthy nose, but one of freshness, lively and promising. At the same time, it is suave and rich on the finish. The tannins are supple and ripe with no dryness. With its structure and complexity,  this red wine will go well with game, lamb or risotto with wild mushrooms cooked in a red wine sauce.

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The Cuban Cigar experience

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Cigars need to be grown in humid and warm regions, such as the Caribbean. Traditionally Cuba is the premier centre of cigar manufacture and the Cuban cigar is the benchmark against which to judge all others.  All Cuban cigars are called ‘Puros’ meaning pure as they are made purely of tobaccos from the country where the cigars were rolled.

Le Mouton Rouge stocks  a wide range of Cuban cigar brands: Partagas, Monte Cristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagas  among others – each cigar is a small luxury.

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