Neptune – God of the Sea Cocktails
1st October 2021
Neptune is the ancient Roman god of freshwater and the sea in Roman religion, a God that carried a mighty trident and rode on a glorious chariot pulled by either sea creatures or horses, he is the counterpart of the Greek god Poseidon.
In Latin: Neptūnus [nɛpˈtuːnʊs]
This God, like many others, was celebrated and worshipped in festivals, Neptune had the festival ‘Neptunalia’ which was typically held on the 23rd of July, during the height of summer where drought and heat were prominent, praying for water for crops and for safe passage across the endless seas.
Neptune is now celebrated once again on the bottles of Neptune Rum, with Neptune Rum even committing to protect the world’s oceans, with sales of every bottle generating vital funds for projects that help prevent and clean up pollution and restore the Earth’s oceans to their former glory, something I’m sure Neptune would approve of.
Neptune Rum Barbados Gold (RRP: £34.99 70cl)
Neptune Rum Barbados Gold is one of the world’s most awarded rums with more than 70 global awards. It is an exceptionally smooth pot and column stilled rum balanced with nuances of apricot, banana and coconut overlaid with soft hints of honey and vanilla.
It is made using sustainably sourced natural ingredients and comprises the finest 8, 5 and 3-year-old-rums.
Aroma – “A smooth, light touch of vanilla, layered on top of roasted banana surrounded by pieces of coconut .”
Flavour – “Lovely, smooth and silky coconut milk drunk from an oak mug with a burst of perfectly ripe tropical fruits ending with a delicious apricot in the close.”
Neptune Rum Caribbean Spiced (RRP: £29.99 70cl)
Neptune Rum Caribbean Spiced is an exceptional spiced rum from the Caribbean. Masterfully infused with tropical fruits and balanced with vanilla and cinnamon, giving an exceptional full-bodied flavour, with no added sugar.
Aroma – “A strong expression of cinnamon with hints of vanilla in the background, smooth and relaxing on the aroma.”
Flavour – “An exciting burst of flavours which form a sweet spice and a nice kick at the close.”
The Sparkling Wine
Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire
The history of the Lemaire family begins in Hautvillers towards the end of the 19th century, the land in which grows the vines which in turn makes their Champagne was bought by Mr. Désiré Lemaire, a gardener and a poet. It was his grandson, Roger-Constant who understood the importance of assembling the grapes according to their origin in order to create a quality champagne
Then, Brigitte Lemaire, the daughter of Roger-Constant, married Gilles Tournant who proved to be a very talented young winegrower, and together, they continue to carry on the family tradition with their children Sebastien (head of international marketing and sales) and Guillaume (winemaker).
The estate now stands with up to 12 hectares, exporting their Champagnes throughout the world under the name of Roger-Constant Lemaire.
Their grapes are all selected and harvested by hand, they use only the first press, and they choose not to use malolactic fermentation, they also interestingly fertilize their vines with organic seaweed.
Aroma – “Yellow fruits, touch nutty, baked apples in aromas.”
Flavour – “Nutty, green apples, citrus in the palate.”
The vineyards of Casa Gheller are located in the Trevisan hills in the classic Valdobbiadene DOC area, which is well known for the production of Prosecco.
Casa Gheller – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Extra Dry Tasting Notes
Aromas – “Delicate golden apples, honeysuckle, light green pears on the nose.”
Flavours – “Light green apples, pears and a touch of saline at the close.”
This Prosecco from Casa Gheller Won a Bronze Medal in the Gastronomic Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.
The Golden Beach Cocktail
- Barbados Gold Rum
- Sparkling Wine
- Golden Sugar Rim
How To Make The Golden Beach Cocktail
- Dip the rim of your glass into honey, then dip the rim into your golden sugar rim.
- Pour in 15mls of your Barbados Gold Rum.
- Then top up with your Sparkling Wine and enjoy!
Aroma – “Soft bread and brioche aromas.”
Flavour – “A burst of sweetness explodes after crushing the yellow sugar between your teeth, a calming expression of freshly baked bread and brioche with hints of vanilla and tropical notes at the close.”
A Taste Of The Caribbean
- Caribbean Spiced Rum
- Sparkling Wine
- Cinnamon Stick
- Pear Slice
How To Make A Taste Of The Caribbean
- Pour in 15mls of your Caribbean Spiced Rum.
- Top up with 100mls of your Sparkling Wine.
- Drop-in a Cinnamon Stick and a Pear Slice for your delicious garnish.
Aroma – “Cinnamon and freshly cut pear aromas.”
Flavour – “A slow anticipating start, then the sparkling wine rushes through with soft citrus and yellow stone fruits, it’s met with the Rum which delivers tropical notes, cinnamon and hints of vanilla. It’s a really nice balance.”
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