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Chocolate by Post with Montezuma

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Chocolate by Post with Montezuma

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Chris Ford

While Mary Portas moans about us leaving the high street in droves I doubt even she could find fault with Chocolate by post!  which is exactly the service Montezuma offers with their  Real Chocolate Club.

The innovative British firm has created a fantastic ‘chocolate by post’ concept – one that requires no signature (or inconvenient trips to the post office) as it comes in a nifty box that simply slips through the letterbox!


For just £19.99 pcm (inc. postage), a whopping 600g of delicious chocolate bars and truffles will land on the doormat.


People can sign up – or be signed up – for just one month, but a year’s subscription works out at only £4.99/week.   There’s no obligation or ‘catch’ and there are 3 options of membership – Rolling, Fixed Length Personal or Fixed Length Gift.

In each box, there’s 3 different flavoured bars, plus 3 individual sets of truffles – exciting new creations that recipients will be the first to taste, before they go into the shops…if at all!

Each month sees the Montezuma’s team dream up new flavours – often inspired by a particular ‘foodie’ theme.  November’s box had a strong ‘pudding’ angle to it, featuring an Eton Mess truffle; an apple crumble and milk chocolate truffle; as well as a dark chocolate lemon meringue truffle.  These were complemented by a beautifully rounded milk chocolate bar with salted peanuts and butterscotch; a treacle tart milk chocolate bar and a dark chocolate one with orange and whole hazelnuts.

An ideal Christmas present or for any occasion really, I certainly will be putting  a order in for my usually impossible to shop for mother.



For more information on Montezuma’s  Chocolate club head over to

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No.3 London Dry Gin

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No.3 London Dry Gin

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Chris Ford

Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop in Mayfair , London for over 300 years. For a great many years in fact I have recommended Berry Bros  for their fantastic quality and selection which is why I was excited when I heard they were releasing through Waitrose their No.3 Gin.


The Gin is is named after Berry Brothers’ home, No.3 St. James’s Street and the merchant’s 3 centuries of heritage, through to its   use of just 3 fruits and 3 spices (the ‘botanicals’ which flavour every gin), the significance of the number to this premium gin is inescapable.

Led by the holder of the world’s only PhD in gin flavour, Dr. David Clutton, the Berry Bros team deliberately set out to make No.3 taste ‘as gin should’ – without the use of an excessive amount of ingredients and distilled in traditional copper pot stills without any over-elaboration.

So, with classic simplicity the goal, the experts placed a robust helping of juniper – the key ingredient in any gin – at the ‘heart’ of No.3. This striking juniper quality was then cleverly complemented by just 5 other fruits and spices; namely, sweet Spanish orange peel, grapefruit peel, Angelica root, Moroccan coriander and, finally, cardamom seeds

Limiting the ingredients bucked the current multi-botanical trend (anywhere between 8 and 12 is common) and instead harked back to a traditional taste of gin – fittingly, given its maker’s impressive history.

The mix of these fresh and crisp flavours, led by juniper and combined with a strength of 46%, has resulted in an end product that Berry Brothers call the ‘last word’ in gin for the classic Dry Martini – as well as that ‘everyday’ gin cocktail favourite, the G&T.

No.3 comes in a handsome high-shouldered green bottle with a metal key set into its glass. The inspiration for the key comes from that used to open the door of ‘The Parlour’ – one of the oldest rooms in the Berry Brothers’ shop, which has stood in St. James’ since 1698.

I am massively impressed with No.3 , its a no nonsenses man’s Gin I will now proudly order over my previous go to Bombay Sapphire which compared to No.3 tastes sadly dated and middle of the road.



No.3 is now available at Waitrose stores nationwide; RRP of £33.65 for a 70cl bottle.

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Ginger Joe – The New Alcoholic Ginger Beer

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Ginger Joe – The New Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Posted on 05 December 2011 by Chris Ford

As a child on occasion my dad would give me a ginger beer as a treat, I felt all grown up thinking I was having a beer , now I’m all grown up but I still love ginger beer which is why I’m excited about Stones new Ginger Joe alcoholic Ginger beer.


Light and refreshing, with subtle yet spicy ginger notes,  Ginger Joe offers a thirst-quenching alternative to the usual offerings in the bar. The alcoholic ginger beer really tingles the taste-buds; providing the perfect tipple on a cold winters night.


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