Ardbeg 10

Ardbeg Ten Years OldA staple in my home bar. Don’t be fooled by the light yellow colour: they’re not cheating on the aging, it’s the others that are using colouring substances (E150) to give their whiskies that nice, reassuring caramel brown shade!

Zedda Piras Filu ‘e ferru

Zedda Piras Filu 'e ferruOk, this is some unbelievable stuff. Coming from the sunny island of Sardinia, Italy, filu ‘e ferru (Sardinian word for wirework) is a strong marc liquor with a fantastic wild fennel aftertaste. The bottle is covered in cork, and the lady and the gentleman on the cover are wearing some typical suits from Orgosolo (a small town Sardinia).

Why filu ‘e ferru? Back in the day when this stuff wasn’t legal (especially during the first years in the history of the Kingdom of Italy) the people who were making it used to hide barrels in the ground and leave a small piece of wire exposed to mark their position, for easy retrieval.

Fortnum & Mason Smoky Earl Grey Tea

Fortnum & Mason Smoky Earl Grey Tea

If I had to name one tea I’d bring with me anywhere and everywhere, it’s probably this one. Smoky, zesty and fragrant. Imagine a cross-over between your classic Earl Grey and the Lapsang Souchong. This tea is perfect for all those people out there who are fans of peaty single malt whiskies from Islay, but at the same time don’t want to have whisky every day!