Parlour Made cheese tasting at mmm… and glug…

Parlour Made cheese at mmm and glug

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free tasting of ‘Parlour Made’ cheeses on Saturday, 12 May (from 1pm to 4pm) so customers can taste their award-winning Durham cheeses.

Parlour Made Hattie and mmm and glugBased in the beautiful village of Mordon in County Durham, Parlour Made Artisan Cheese is made on the farm using traditional methods.

Owners, Neil and Carol only use fresh milk, produced on the farm by their own cows, including Hattie (pictured right) to lovingly create each handmade cheese using traditional recipes.

Over time, they have carefully developed a range of artisan cheeses of exceptional quality and taste, including four we will be tasting tomorrow:

  • Mordon Blue – mild and creamy blue cheese
  • Durham Camembert – soft surface-ripened cheese
  • Mordon Isle – semi-soft continental-style cheese
  • Farmhouse white – mild with a slightly crumbly texture.

Want to know more about Parlour Made cheeses?

More tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • ALSO TOMORROW (Saturday, 12 May) – Durham Gin: Taste locally-made Durham gin, vodka and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 19 May – Consett Ale Works: Taste Consett’s classic ales, as well as their newly launched beers
  • Friday, 25 May – Lisbon Wines: Taste our small producer Portuguese wines with Victor
  • Saturday, 26 May – Hogarth Honey: Taste Spring 2018 honey and meet 20,000 bees who helped to make it
  • Saturday, 26 May – Brinkburn Street Brewery: Taste beers from one of the closest breweries to our shop
  • Saturday, 9 June – Twice Brewed: Taste Bardon Mill-brewed beers, including their ‘Ale Caesar’ amber
  • Saturday, 16 June – Firebrick Brewery: Taste Blaydon-brewed beers, including ‘Elder Statesman’ bitter for the perfect Father’s Day gift
  • Saturday, 16 June – Fat Lass Jams: Taste Bridget’s locally made jams and preserves, including her ‘Newkie Brown’ chutney.

Masons Gin Yorkshire craft gin at mmm…

Masons Gin Yorkshire tea, original and lavender gins at mmm...

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free Masons Gin tasting on Friday, 11 May (from 4pm to 7pm) so customers can taste their award-winning Yorkshire-distilled gins.

Masons wanted to create a taste that wasn’t just your run of the mill, off the shelf, generic gin.

Masons Gin dry Yorkshire gin logoRecipe after recipe was rejected in the search for a gin they felt deserved to be called Masons Yorkshire Gin.

Distilled in Masons’ copper alembic stills “Steve’ & “Leftie” in 200 litre batches, each 70cl bottle bears its own handwritten batch and bottle number.

With its traditional slow distillation method, pure Yorkshire water and just the right balance of juniper, citrus elements and secret botanical ratio they created a distinctly unique gin  – the first gin distilled in Yorkshire.

What we will be tasting at mmm… and glug… this Friday

  • Mason’s Yorkshire Tea Gin – 20cl and 70cl bottles
  • Lavender Gin – 20cl and 70cl bottles
  • The original Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin – 20cl and 70cl bottles
  • Limited edition peppered pear gin – 70cl bottle.

Want to know more about Masons Gin?

More tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 12 May – Parlour Made: Taste award-winning local cheeses, including Durham Camembert
  • Saturday, 12 May – Durham Gin: Taste locally-made Durham gin, vodka and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 19 May – Consett Ale Works: Taste Consett’s classic ales, as well as their newly launched beers
  • Friday, 25 May – Lisbon Wines: Taste our small producer Portuguese wines with Victor
  • Saturday, 26 May – Hogarth Honey: Taste Spring 2018 honey and meet 20,000 bees who helped to make it
  • Saturday, 26 May – Brinkburn Street Brewery: Taste beers from one of the closest breweries to our shop
  • Saturday, 9 June – Twice Brewed: Taste Bardon Mill-brewed beers, including their ‘Ale Caesar’ amber
  • Saturday, 16 June – Firebrick Brewery: Taste Blaydon-brewed beers, including ‘Elder Statesman’ bitter for the perfect Father’s Day gift
  • Saturday, 16 June – Fat Lass Jams: Taste Bridget’s locally made jams and preserves, including her ‘Newkie Brown’ chutney.

Hepple Gin tasting event at mmm… and glug…

Hepple Gin at mmm... and glug...

mmm… and glug… are hosting a free Hepple Gin tasting this Saturday (10 March) from 1pm for customers to try their award-winning Northumberland gin.

Hepple are rooted in the Northumbrian Moors, one of the most botanically vibrant environments in England, where they pick their green juniper and other wild aromatic plants that money cannot buy.

Hepple uses three techniques to capture the full range of flavour from their botanicals bringing them as alive in the bottle as they were in the hills!

They are a copper pot still. a Co2 extraction system and a rotary evaporator.

But enough of that, what does it taste like …

Hepple Gin tasting notes

Hepple Gin tasting at mmm and glugOn the nose…
There is an immediate fresh scent of green apple, bright grapefruit and spicy juniper.

This then opens up to reveal underlying notes of Douglas Fir, and fragrant blackcurrant.

On sipping …
The initial fresh citrus flavours evolve into unexpected ripe cantaloupe melon, the spicy fragrant juniper continues to coat the palate.

There is a luscious sweet mouthfeel, which is both juicy and quenching.

The finish …
Extremely long and this is where the juniper reveals itself further with flavours alternating between sandalwood and cedar with a notable savoury presence that complements the sweet blackcurrant and liquorice.

The sweet juiciness is maintained throughout the finish.

Cocktail ideas from Hepple Gin.

Want to know more?

Lilliard Gin craft gin now available at mmm…

We are delighted that mmm… and glug… is the first stockist of Lilliard Gin small batch gin in England.

To celebrate this, we are hosting a free meet the distiller event with Kate, Head Distiller at LIlliard on Saturday, 27 May from 1pm onwards.

About Lilliard Gin

Lilliard small batch gin is handcrafted in their tiny copper still, using ingredients found and foraged in the Scottish Borders.

Lilliard gin botanicals at mmmLight and with a complex floral palette, it reflects Lilliard’s landscape and the abundant natural resources of the Southern Scottish Valleys.

Lilliard Gin is a light, elegant gin with a complex floral palette. Its botanicals reflect the four seasons of the beautiful Borders landscape.

The distillery sits in the Teviot valley and uses local spring water in its distilling process.

Borders history, and a Borders legend

Lilliard legend of the BordersLilliard made Borders history, and they were inspired by a Borders legend. Local heroine, Lilliard, who gave her name to their gin.

Lilliard was the heroine of the Battle of Ancrum Moor, fought between the Scots and English in 1545, just North of where Lilliard Gin was conceived.

She fought to the death to avenge the murder of her lover at the hands of the English, and the landscape that inspired the gin bears her name, so it was only fitting that the gin should too.

Want to know more about Lilliard Gin?

Other events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 3 June: Flashhouse Brewing meet the brewer – come and taste Jack O’Keefe’s latest North Shields-brewed ales, including his new chocolate coffee stout
  • Saturday, 16 June: Firebrick Brewery meet the brewer – looking for a Father’s Day gift? Our Blaydon-based brewery will help you find the perfect bottles for him to enjoy.
  • Patagonian wine tasting (date tbc)
  • Summer fruit beer tasting (date tbc)
  • Ooft! meet the maker – come and taste hot Scotch Bonnet pepper and smoky chipotle sauces (date tbc)
  • Meet the Hogarth honey bees – come and meet 10,000 of our honey making bees and taste this year’s summer honey (date tbc)
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Brinkburn St Brewery ‘Groovy Juice’ at mmm…

Brinkburn St Brewery Groovy Juice at glug...

Say hello to (and of course taste) Brinkburn St Brewery’s Groovy Juice at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (8 April) from 1pm.

This ‘New England’-style IPA comes in at 6.0% ABV and is made with seven different hop varieties – Azacca, Cascade, Simcoe (US), Olicana (UK) & Sticklebract, Wai-iti, Waimea (New Zealand).

Rolled flaked oats included in the mash give an enhanced mouth feel, together with an “orangey” appearance and a very juicy character!

It begs the question ‘CAN YOU DIG IT??’ 

About Brinkburn St Brewery

Brinkburn St Brewery was formed in January 2015 by founder Lee Renforth and started brewing in September 2015, after a nine month period of set-up and trial brewing.

Since then, Brinkburn has brewed over 20 different beers that they have tested in over one hundred pubs and clubs in Tyneside and further afield in an attempt to try to identify what real/craft ale drinkers like.

Their core range (all stocked at mmm… and glug… when available) are:

  • Session beers (ABV 3.6 – 4.2%) – Canny Sculler (ABV 3.6%), Byker Blonde (ABV 4.0%) and Byker Hill Bitter (ABV 4.2%)
  • Mid-strength ales (ABV 4.3 – 4.8%) – Byker Brown Ale (ABV 4.8%), Tino (ABV 4.8%) and Geordie Pagoda (ABV 4.8%)
  • Hop-head ales (ABV 5.0%+) – Fools Gold – Remastered (ABV 5.0%), The Pursuit of Hoppiness 2016 (ABV 5.2%) and Hop Gremlin (ABV 5.6%).

Want to know more?

Taste Northumberland-distilled Hepple Gin at mmm…

Hepple Gin at mmm... and glug...

Chris Garden – Head Distiller at Hepple Gin will be at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (1 April) from 1pm for a free tasting of his award-winning Northumberland gin.

Hepple are rooted in the Northumbrian Moors, one of the most botanically vibrant environments in England, where they pick their green juniper and other wild aromatic plants that money cannot buy.

Hepple uses three techniques to capture the full range of flavour from their botanicals bringing them as alive in the bottle as they were in the hills!

They are a copper pot still. a Co2 extraction system and a rotary evaporator.

But enough of that, what does it taste like …

Hepple Gin – tasting notes

Hepple Gin at mmm and glugOn the nose…
There is an immediate fresh scent of green apple, bright grapefruit and spicy juniper.

This then opens up to reveal underlying notes of Douglas Fir, and fragrant blackcurrant.

On sipping …
The initial fresh citrus flavours evolve into unexpected ripe cantaloupe melon, the spicy fragrant juniper continues to coat the palate.

There is a luscious sweet mouthfeel, which is both juicy and quenching.

The finish …
Extremely long and this is where the juniper reveals itself further with flavours alternating between sandalwood and cedar with a notable savoury presence that complements the sweet blackcurrant and liquorice.

The sweet juiciness is maintained throughout the finish.

Cocktail ideas from Hepple Gin.

Chris Garden - Hepple GinMeet the distiller at mmm… and glug…

Chris Garden – Master Distiller at Hepple.

Chris originally worked as head distiller at London-based Sipsmith for over five years before moving to the wilds of Northumberland with his young family.

Chris is a graduate from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh.

Want to know more?

Poetic License at glug…

Here’s to the wild spirits

We are delighted to welcome Poetic License to glug… with a tasting of their independent small batch distilled gin and vodka from 1pm today (Saturday, 2 April 2016).

Poetic License logoPoetic License use a traditional production method that, although labour intensive, means they are crafting high quality spirits they are happy to give their name to.

For gins, they hand-crush botanicals, macerate and then boil them to gently and gradually release their delightful flavours.

As the liquid evaporates and makes its way around the still it takes with it molecules of oil extracted from the botanicals, meanwhile filling the air with a glorious gin aroma.

When it cools back down to a liquid it begins to come out the other end of the still as gin.

Each of the botanical flavours come through in stages and they know exactly the order so they can track the distillation by taste.

Poetic only take the centre cut known as the hearts, which are the purest and most flavoursome parts of the batch.

For their vodka, using British wheat as the spirit base gives it it’s smoothness and distilling it seven times, making it purer each time, gives it it’s graceful name.

You can enjoy a bottle of Poetic License spirit from glug… knowing it was crafted with care and commitment by hand.

What we sell at glug… 

Northern Dry Gin – Juniper, Cardamom, Pepper, Citrus (43.2% Vol.)

Expect a big punch of juniper that is finely balanced with green cardamom for a warm and spicy flavour.

Poetic License Northern Dry GinWith undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume.

With undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume.

As for the other botanicals … well, that’s Poetic’s secret for now.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “The gin drinker’s choice, specifically crafted to stand-out in many gin-based cocktails.

“The sweet and bitter flavours of a Negroni and the sharp citrusy flavours of a classic Gin Sour balance well with this powerful, floral gin.”

Serving suggestion: relished over large chunks of ice, with your favourite premium tonic garnished with pink grapefruit.

Old Tom Gin – Juniper, Sweetness, Rose, Oak (41.6% Vol.)

This classic originating from the mid-1800s delivers a sweeter and more peppery taste in comparison with the Dry Gin.

Poetic License Old Tom GinFrom the botanicals alone Poetic nurture its sweet taste, while their oak casks continue t add flavour and colour.

The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a slight rose gold tinge.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “The sweet notes of our Old Tom Gin thrive in more subtle cocktail recipes.

“Ingredients like lavender and rose give it good balance whereas bolder ingredients such as anise, juniper and clove could mask its delicate flavours and are best used sparingly.”

Serving suggestion: pour two measures over ice, serve with premium Ginger Ale, garnish with red apple and cinnamon.

Graceful Vodka – Smooth, pure, subtle sweetness. (40.4% Vol.)

When Poetic say Graceful, they mean it’s a gloriously smooth spirit, to be sipped and savoured.

Poetic License Graceful VodkaCreated entirely from British wheat giving a velvety smooth texture, they distil the vodka seven times for purity while preserving its subtle taste.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “Cocktails with a lighter citrusy flavour work best with our Graceful Vodka; avoid mixers with too much acidic content so it doesn’t lose its cosy warmth.

“A Dry Vodka Martini would be ideal as the smoothness of the vodka complements the light tartness of the Vermouth and balances the drink perfectly.”

Serving suggestion: best enjoyed chilled, neat or savoured with your favourite premium mixer over ice.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Poetic License for the information on their gins and vodkas. Photographs (c) Ian Clarkin of mmm food and drink ltd.