Our Top 6 for Tryanuary

Jog on Dry January! Here at The Pip Stop we love trying new and exciting products. We’ve put together our top 6 for TRYanuary; incorporating up and coming products, new ranges and some trends to watch for 2018.

Racine Picpoul De Pinet

Up and Coming

Picpoul de Pinet

For those who like: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio

One of the rare varietal wines from Southern France, this single grape wine from the Languedoc is a simple wine with a refreshing lemon acidity. The UK enjoys around 37% of all of the Picpoul produced in the Languedoc, with it being hailed as the new Muscadet.

As it is an IGP wine, the lowest rank in french wine-making below AC and AOC, Picpoul also benefits from a lower price point than some other popular french whites.

Our pick is the Racine Picpoul de Pinet. Made by a co-operative winery in Southwestern France this is a great crowd-pleaser. It boasts a lively acidity, light body and delicate citrus and floral notes.

Unicorn Tears

For those who like: Sweeter gins

One of the best-selling products that Firebox have ever created. This shimmering liqueur is a joy to behold.

Despite it saying liqueur on the bottle this is a full strength gin at 40% ABV. It’s absolutely packed with citrus flavours with a subtle background of liquorice and coriander.

The edible glitter swirl not only makes this mystical product look the part but we find it adds a lot of extra body to the spirit, bringing a viscosity that is very welcome on the palate. We recommend mixing it with elderflower tonic and a slice of orange.

Gunpowder Gin

For those who like: Spicier Gins

And here we have the Yang to Unicorn Tears’ Yin. A truly global gin with botanicals from all over the world, from Macedonian juniper to Cambodian Kafir Lime and the all important Gunpowder Tea from China.

Gunpowder tea is a delicately dried green tea that, when dried, forms small shiny black pellets that look like gunpowder.  These flavours all combine to make a warming, spicy gin.

Ideally mixed with premium tonic and garnished with a wedge of grapefruit. This gin is the ideal mix of floral aroma, fruity punch and citric zesty acidity before a warming spice finish.

New In

Northern Monk

For those who like: IPAs

We love our craft beer at The Pip Stop and this January we’re encouraging you to get your hands on something from the heart of Yorkshire. Northern Monk from Leeds combine the tradition and experience of centuries of monastery brewing with modern ingredients and flare to create some truly astonishing beers.

We definitely recommend trying the Faith and New World IPA which can be bought online. Alternatively, if you’re local, pop in store and see what we have from their limited edition range.

California Love: Our new Californian Range

For those who like: new world wines

More wine, this time at a slightly higher price point. In a time where more and more people are thinking about drinking less while drinking better what better way to start.

The range from Napa Cellars features a spectacular group. A Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel with only the best fruit selected for each particular wine. All suitable for vegans and ready to rock and roll they’re an excellent choice for sprucing up your TRYanuary.

Another option comes from slightly further north. Charles and Charles Winery is an offset of K Vintners and Three Thieves in Washington State, set up originally to make a world-class rose. The resulting range of wines is phenomenal, featuring a Chardonnay, a Riesling and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend.

One to watch for 2018?

A Sicilian Adventure

For those who like: Fruity old world or subtle new world wines

Last year Sicily had a 30% larger harvest than the rest of Italy. With the wine harvest world wide taking a knock this year, Sicilian wine could be next year’s biggest hit.

The indigenous varieties from Sicily are packed with flavour and manage to perfectly combine the crispness of Italian wines while combining them with an almost new world element to their fruit.

Our little taste of Sicily comes from Miopasso, an IGT range of wines including a Pinot Grigio, Fiano, Nero D’Avola and Primitivo. Struggling to choose? Why not take a shot at our Miopasso mixed case.

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