Rum Whisky

Bonfire in a Bottle

Remember, remember the fifth of November…

If you aren’t able to celebrate Bonfire Night but wish to experience the smoke and fire flavours at home, these bottlings are for you! I have selected a range of spirits and liqueurs that will bring the memories of Bonfire Night to you in no time. For extra effect, sip these by the fireplace.

8 smoky-fuelled bottles to bring the bonfire to you

1 Sweetdram Smoked Spiced Rum, 70cl, £27.95 (41%)


Made with demerara rum from Guyana together with botanicals such as pine-smoked lapsang souchong and grains of paradise. Recommended in a Daiquiri. I also love the bottle and label.

2 Compass Box the Peat Monster, 70cl, £45.95 (46%)


This blended malt Scotch whisky gets great reviews. Smoky and earthy with a touch of tropical sweetness, lemon cheesecake and sea salt. Or as Dr Whisky described it: ‘Cigarette smoking though a meal of scrambled eggs, scallops and strawberry cheesecake. Pears, a bag of marijuana, cinnamon.’ Love it!

3 Cheongsam Smokey Mist Tea Liqueur, 75cl, £23.75 (18%)


If you are looking for something a bit different to create cocktails with… Cheongsam Smokey Mist is made with black tea extracts and it is smoky and sweet. Serve in a cocktail or chilled on its own.

4 Chase English Oak Smoked Vodka, 70cl, £39.45 (40%)


This limited-edition vodka has been smoked with English oak. Expect bonfire and streaky bacon notes on the palate followed by creamy smoothness.

5 Ardberg An Oa, 70cl, £48.95 (46.6%)


A combination of spirit aged in Pedro Ximénez casks and bourbon barrels, which is then blended in a French oak marrying vat. Sweet smoke, black pepper and aniseed followed by the creaminess of milk chocolate and caffè latte. Very rich and smoky.

6 Burning Barn Smoked Rum, 70cl, £35.95 (40%)


This is a fireplace in a bottle. Cold smoked with local Warwickshire apple wood, with hints of burnt caramel and apples. Intense smoke with a fiery finish.

7 Octomore 9.1, 70cl, £125 (59.1%)


This intensely peaty single malt is designed to show how ingredients and distillation can create superior whisky in line with those prized simply for their age. Octomore 9.1 is aged in ex-American oak for five years. Surprisingly soft on the palate, yet full bodied with notes of coconut, fudge, nougat and rose petals.

8 Bowmore The Devil’s Cask III, 70cl, £190 (56.7%)


The combination of Pedro Ximénez and oloroso sherry casks creates a full-bodied and rich single malt whisky with notes of salted treacle, fudge, dates, fruit cake and coffee.

Are you celebrating Bonfire Night? What will you be drinking?

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