If you're after a Christmas gift for the foodie in your life, we have the ideal selection for you to try...
1. King of the Cheeseboard
A festive cheeseboard is easy to prepare and serve – it’s also a guaranteed crowd pleaser. There is one variety should always be guaranteed a place – Colston Bassett Stilton!
To introduce a host of festive flavours, try serving Stilton with Raisin Wholemeal Bread accompanied by Kumquat Marmalade. They’ll take your cheeseboard to another level by delivering a complex array of seasonal flavours – creamy, tangy blue cheese, the nutty slightly sweet loaf and the warming Christmassy spices from the marmalade.
2. A Bit on the Side
The Bay Tree’s stunning Christmas collection includes these striking black and silver, limited edition jars of festive favourites. Available in mini sized, 100g jars - the range make super stocking fillers for lovers of sweet or savoury preserves. Alternatively, serve straight to the table to accompany the festive feasting. Enjoy Christmas Pickle, Boxing Day Chutney or a Rosemary & Gin Jelly to sit alongside your Christmas Stilton.
3. Light, Crisp & Refershing
Cutting out alcohol no-longer means compromising on taste or quality this Christmas. And now, there’s particularly good news if you’re partial to traditional craft cider; as the 200-year old, cider-making family, Sheppy’s introduces a Low Alcohol Classic Cider. One of the first reduced ABV ciders available in the UK, Sheppy’s embodies the same flavour profile and provenance as their classic draught cider – only with an ABV of just 0.5%.
If you’re in need of some gift inspiration for the hophead in your life, look no further. Fourpure has created the perfect wintery tipple, Snowblind, a deliciously moreish stout that reclaims the traditional meaning being strong and robust rather than necessarily dark. With tasting notes of flaked oats, milk, roasted coffee, cocoa nibs and fresh vanilla pods, you get the full stout experience, with a pale twist. It’s the Tonka beans that make the real difference here, adding hints of vanilla, licorice, caramel and almond. If you’d like to try this festive tipple in situ, why not head down to Fourpure’s taproom on the legendary Bermondsey Beer Mile? Or, if you’d prefer to experience a can of Snowblind in the comfort of your own home this winter, it can be ordered online at www.fourpure.com.
5. For the sweet-toothed fan
Indulge this Christmas with Thomas Fudge’s decadent salted caramel Florentines. Each Florentine is an irresistible fusion of crunchy fruit and nuts, sticky caramel, and a layer of velvety milk chocolate. Dip into a mug of steaming hot tea as you curl up by the fireside, or share with guests as a mouth-watering after dinner treat. Spoil a loved one this year with some Thomas Fudge’s as a Christmas day treat, or as a tasty stocking filler. Delicious boxes are available in store at Waitrose, Asda, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Booths from £2.55 (6 pack) or £3.50 (8 pack).
For the first time this Christmas, us Brits have the chance to get our hands on iconic Irish brand, Lir Chocolates’ Discovery Collection, which has recently launched in the UK. Wrapped in rose gold, delicate pink hues and showcasing eight painstakingly developed flavours, you’re guaranteed to impress as this exquisite box is unwrapped. The selection box features 16-pieces, each encased in a deliciously smooth Belgian chocolate exterior, from classic flavours like Dark Chocolate Torte, and Salted Caramel, to more exotic ingredients like Persian lime. Available in selected Morrisons, Tesco and Co-op stores for £10.
6. For the Whiskey lovers
Jameson Irish Whiskey has two new mates for the guy in your life to celebrate with this festive season and, these aren’t any ordinary mates, these are Jameson Stout and IPA Edition Caskmates. Whiskey and beer are no strangers behind the bar, but they have now been brought together to create a gift worth giving, the Jameson Caskmates range: triple distilled Irish whiskey finished in craft beer-seasoned barrels. So it’s time to upgrade ‘beers with the boys’ this Christmas, as this whiskey is perfectly paired with a craft beer (and a premier league football game).
Finished in craft IPA-seasoned barrels, Caskmates IPA Edition is a smooth whiskey, but rubbing shoulders with IPA has introduced light hints of hops, zesty citrus and fresh floral notes. Enjoy neat, on the rocks, or paired with an IPA or Hoppy pale ale - first take a sip of your whiskey and then a sip of your IPA beer. Jameson Caskmates is all about the best of both worlds.
Bottled at 40% ABV, Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available from Morrisons, Tesco, ASDA and Amazon. RRP is £27. For more information about Jameson Caskmates, please visit www.jamesonwhiskey.com.
7. For the wine lover
The festive season is fast approaching, but with Trivento Malbec you’ll have Christmas all wrapped up. With juicy fruit and silky tannins, the versatile Trivento portfolio makes the perfect gift for the wine lover and pairs well with a variety of festive dishes for seasonal dinners and parties. Trivento, meaning “three winds”, is the UK’s best-selling Argentinean wine brand. One of their three ranges, Trivento Reserve Malbec (13% ABV), recently receiving 91 points from Decanter and a ‘Highly Recommended’ award, Trivento Reserve Malbec embodies elegant notes of plum, raspberry and vanilla from the six months ageing in French oak barrels. Well balanced with soft tannins and a velvety finish, Trivento Reserve Malbec is the perfect pairing for your centrepiece turkey or game meats, making it a gift worth giving this Christmas. RRP £8.