WildBrumby Butterscotch Schnapps.
This stuff is liquid gold. Perfectly smooth with just the right amount of alcoholic fire in each sip, this caramelly goodness is best drunk slowly. A cheeky shotglass in one hand, a piece of dark chocolate in the other. The perfect dessert.
Sorry to go all boutique on you, but this baby is far superior to your average bottle of schnapps. The difference, apparently, lies in the technique; while a lot of off-the-shelf schnapps tend to be made using a heap of sugar, Wild Brumby have perfected a smooth sweetness by caramelising their apples.
I was introduced to this label by a friend; it’s not commonly available in liquor stores. (Perhaps it’s only downfall).
It’s made in a quaint little distillery in country NSW, between Jindabyne and Thredbo. All grapes and fruit are Australian – sourced from local producers in the surrounding area.
WildBrumby produce a variety of schnapps including Pink Lady Apple, Sour Apple, Pear William, Peppermint, Raspberry, Peach Nectar, and more. They’ve also got one titled ‘Devil’s Tongue’ – an insane mix of chilli, herbs and apple. I’d love to try a swig of this one ;)
To top it all off , when you order bottles online you can personalise the label!
If any of this pique’s your interest, take a peep at their website. You can also order bottles online through the Sydney Wine Merchants.
Just fooling around on my notepad with a felt-tip pen! ; )
Dear St Hallett, I have a confession to make.
I was once in love with your Faith Shiraz. Faith was actually the first wine a truly feel in love with. Our romance was both beautiful and mysterious; as a 2006 Barrel I found you were a lot more rich and mature than many of your younger competitors. And even though our love eventually faded, it left many memories behind…
But the reason for all of this, my darling Faith Shiraz, is that I want to thank you. Because it was under your influence that my interest in wine became a real passion.
Though I love all wine in general, a gusty Shiraz is my Achilles Heal. In one small sip, you hit all of my sweet spots. A deep purple shade in colour, that first mouthful a bang of flavour. You had a very smooth finish, the taste petering out slowly.
What can I say. You were intoxicating.
Though we stayed together for a while, my restless desire to indulge in something new soon drove us apart. I’m happy to say however that we still keep in touch- you’re the rock I fall back on when nothing else tickles my fancy, or when you’re on sale for under $15 a bottle. You’re a great companion in the kitchen too, as you get along so well with expensive red meat and slow-cooked winter stews. You’re the bottle I measure all other Shiraz against.
Thank you for the love, the memories, and the good times we have ahead of us.
This Little Barfly.
~ St Hallet Faith Shiraz is available in most bottle-o’s for about $20 a bottle. If want to spend a little less than this, you can usually get its little brother, the Shiraz Grenache (Gamekeepers Reserve) for a little bit cheaper. On the other hand, if you’re keen to kick things up a notch, the Blackwell Shiraz is of an even higher quality – you can get it for about $35 a bottle.
If you’re keen to read more check out the St Hallett website and their blog. Even more dangerous is St Hallett online Cellar Door. Enjoy!