It’s never too early for Gin o’clock
It’s never too early for Gin o’clock
Eurostandartl Imports introduced its Quintessential Gin Collection on a recent afternoon in Tel Aviv. If you love discovering new gin flavors, take note. There are many different brands and styles of gin. There’s the classic London dry, but there are others and thanks to the current gin revival, it is the base spirit for many modern cocktails as well.
Made with 11 botanicals including juniper, orange peel, English coriander, angelica, cubeb pepper and licorice as well as “a hint of red cole” aka horseradish! It’s named after Thomas Dakin, who began producing gin in Warrington, England, in the second half of the 18th century, founding what would later become Greenall’s. He was a pioneer who made gin of a surprising quality for the day, and who is rightly celebrated. 42% alcohol, kosher. NIS 209.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
Spiced and rich, this London Dry gin is made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin, launched by Quintessential Brands in 2013. Nose: Coriander and citrus, gentle juniper and peppery notes. Palate: More discernible spiciness and juniper with plenty of coriander. Finish: Refreshing with citrus and spice. 42.5% alcohol, kosher. NIS 160.
Bloom Gin is a superb London Dry gin produced by Greenall’s. The name refers to the floral nature of its botanicals: honeysuckle, pomelo and chamomile. Made with low-mineral spring water, the drink is fresh and smooth. 40% alcohol, kosher. NIS 165.
Bloom Jasmine & Rose
Created by master distiller Joanne Moore using naturally extracted flower botanicals, the gin has no artificial flavorings, and comes presented in the same bottle as the original Bloom gin, only the color palette reflects the floral flavors of the gin. A refined floral fragrance of elderflower and jasmine adds an extra dimension to this pink gin. 40% alcohol, kosher. NIS 179.
Made for gin connoisseurs, Berkeley Square Dry Gin stands in a category of its own. Made by hand with the utmost attention to every detail, this gin features a combination of four classic gin botanicals (juniper, coriander, cubeb and angelica) along with four distinctive additions – lime leaves, sage, basil and lavender. To produce the gin, the distillers firstly distill the four traditional botanicals alongside the lime leaves, then pile the sage, basil and lavender into a muslin cloth bag and allow it to infuse into the liquid during a second distillation. Fragrant juniper and sage, with floral wafts of angelica and lavender developing underneath. Particularly earthy and rich. 46% alcohol, kosher. NIS 499.
Greenall’s Gin is a smooth, crisp, easy-going sort of a gin that works well as a mixer in a gin and tonic. In the nose you will detect almonds, angelica, cinnamon, coriander, juniper, lemon zest and licorice – to name but a few. 40% alcohol, kosher. NIS 79.
Greenall’s Wild Berry
Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin is made by infusing raspberries and blackberries in Greenall’s Gin, resulting in a fruity twist on the classic recipe. This modern twist will go well in fruity cocktails. 37.5% alcohol, kosher. NIS 89.
Calvin Klein Women Intense EDP is all about women, empowerment and daring. Talking about the modern woman, CK is both complex and sophisticated. The DNA is CK but there are added notes of cardamom and bergamot; a heart of orange blossom, jasmine and black violet; and the lasting notes of patchouli and algom. The color is peach and the flask very fashionable. NIS 269 for 50 ml. and NIS 369 for 100 ml.
For men Calvin Klein launches a new Eternity EDP that is preserving the iconic scent and adds new woody notes to modernize it. The masculine fragrance opens with grapefruit zest, sage and apple; with middle notes of geranium, nutmeg and cypress tree; and a base of iris, vetiver, gray amber and leather. Classic. NIS 259 for 100 ml.
Chloe L’eau is the new rose fragrance by the company that is even more feminine and floral than before. The new scent is enriched with magnolia, hints of jasmine and other exotic flowers that are enveloped with green scents to add freshness and elegance. The beautiful iconic flask with the silky bow tie make it the perfect gift for every woman. NIS 449 for 100 ml.
New York romance
Another lovely floral scent is launched by the New York brand Coach – the Coach Floral Blush, a whimsy fresh and romantic scent that opens with Goji berry and grapefruit; heart notes of Peony and peach; and a base of white wood and musk. A very fresh and young scent with blush pink hue and the iconic stopper. NIS 249.
Last-minute gifts for the holidays may cause some headaches – especially if one is not sure whether a perfume is too personal while a box of chocolates is not enough. A gift card may be just the right solution, especially one that comes from the Roni Raphael beauty centers. The “renewal” gift card will be accepted in any one of the centers around the country and can be used for a treatment or toward purchasing cosmetics. A great idea. For more information, call 1-800-85-84-84.
Osem has launched a new flavor of their timeless Argaliot filled cookies, this time with apple marmalade. The new flavor is added to the never-ending line that includes the popular strawberry, chocolate and raspberries. The kids love them.
A symbol of royalty
Marina De Bourbon launches a new and grand scent – Symbol – with opening notes of honeysuckle; middle notes of jasmine and tuberose flower; and a base of musk, iris and light wood. The elegant crystal flask was inspired by 18th century needlework from Versailles, with a stopper designed as a crown. NIS 99 for 50 ml. and NIS 149 for 100 ml.
Hugo Boss launches two new and more tempting scents for the holidays for him and her. The Scent Absolute offers darker and more alluring versions of the brand’s previous scents. The Absolute for women opens with honey and peach notes, with a warm heart of coffee beans and vanilla (NIS 279 for 50 ml.). The Absolute for men opens with spicy ginger, and develop s to maninka fruit and mondia roots. Excellent. NIS 329 for 100 ml.
Lacost launches two new fragrances for men and for women, both elegant and timeless. The L’Homme Lacoste Timeless is very fresh and masculine with opening notes of tea; top notes of bergamot and cardamom; a middle of ginger, black pepper and jasmine; and a base of akigala wood, amber and musk (NIS 279 for 100ml.). The Pour Femme Timeless is floral, with a top note of roses; middle notes of orange blossom and jasmine; and base of gardenia, algom and patchouli. NIS 199 for 50 ml. and NIS 299 for 100 ml.
A gift from the Big Apple
One of my favorite cosmetic companies – the New York brand Kiehl’s – offers lovely gift boxes for Rosh Hashanah including Glow box, with hydrating cream, hydrating mask, hydrating lipstick and two special-size products for only NIS 295, an aromatic box for NIS 340, or a box for men for NIS 298, among others. The brand also has products based on honey which are very appropriate for the holiday, including an eye stick that cools the sensitive area around the eyes and reduces puffiness (NIS 99), Centella Recovery Skin-Valve for calming irritated skin (NIS 235), and Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish with jojoba butter and loofah fruit (NIS 155). Kiehl’s stores are located in shopping malls around the country.
Vichy also offers special deals between September 17 and 20 for the holidays – buy two and get one free, or buy one product and get 20% off the second one. So pamper yourself – you know you deserve it just before the holiday rush. Vichy has an extensive line of dermo-cosmetic products for the face, body and hair as well as excellent deodorants and makeup. All of the company’s products include thermal water from Vichy mineral-rich springs. Available in private pharmacies and some pharmacy chains. Find one near you by calling 09-773-0800.
Tea for two
Te, a new tea brand that sells quality, natural and organic tea mixtures from around the world, offers perfect gift ideas for tea lovers. Choose from small packs of 30 grams of oolong or green tea with a tea infuser for only NIS 60, a luxurious Jasmine pack with 100 grams of top-quality jasmine tea and a glass tea pot for NIS 149, or a white tea package with glass tea pot for NIS 189 among many more options. Available atpure-te.co.il or call 052-420-0203.