Thank goodness it’s the end of the week — because this week’s Editor’s Pick is raiding the drinks cabinet, popping corks and pouring itself all over the best in barware. Of course, other things have caught our eyes in the past seven days — from a selection of rather striking outerwear to a new beefed-up motorbike — but we’ve never been so convinced that our home bars need an overhaul.
A statement cocktail shaker, gin & tonic knife and connoisseur’s wine set will give your kit an upgrade, and you’ll also spot some of the best new bottles from the biggest names in spirits. There’s lots to drink, and lots to love — so let’s raise a glass and get started…
Drink up: Johnnie Walker Grand Voyage
Here’s a fun bit of history. When Johnnie Walker first began bottling, savvy management at the distillery decided to educate world-sailing ship captains to be their ambassadors. The bottles — square to fit more in crates — were then loaded onto their vessels and sold around the four corners of the world.
This new experience, at Oblix at The Shard, is a flavour-filled journey through a selection of premium whiskies and luxury cocktails infused with global flavours, from Madagascar to Scotland. Prices start at £35, but we’d suggest you sample the Blue Package: 4 Johnnie Walker cocktails & 4 bar bites.
Johnnie Walker Grand Voyage
In wine there’s truth: L’Atelier Du Vin Oeno Connoisseur Wine Set
There are wine fanatics and then there are wine fanatics. This is very much a set for the latter. Housed in a wooden box with a carefully carved map of the world’s grape regions on the lid, this French-made kit comes with a whole host of the maison’s iconic tools, including a ‘Garçon’ bottle opener, patented ‘Bilame Anniversaire’ twin-blade corkscrew and ‘Oeno Motion Lever’ tool.
L’Atelier Du Vin Oeno Connoisseur Wine Set
Gear up: Triumph Scrambler 1200
For the first time ever, Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200 line-up introduces the ultimate combination of 1200cc Bonneville twin power, class-leading ‘state-of-the-art’ rider-focused technology, beautiful modern custom styling, and peerless original design. It’s incredibly well-equipped — and, as such, will be taking part in the iconic Baja 1000 off-road race, exciting news for the British brand.
Triumph Scrambler 1200
When life gives you lemons: Savernake G&T Slicer
How much do you value a perfectly-crafted gin and tonic? For the artisans over at Savernake Knives, the answer is a lot. A lot, a lot. While ordering G&Ts in their local bar, they were horrified to see the barman using a ‘horrible little serrated number’ to cut the lemon. Thankfully, as knife-makers, they were ideally placed to help. And this leadwood-handled offering can now help you too.
Savernake G&T Slicer
Dress up: Casely-Hayford Chiltern Street Store
On Chiltern Street, in Marylebone, father and son duo Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford have opened their first flagship store. The independent fashion house’s store will house both ready-to-wear collections and an atelier, offering the brand’s made-to-measure and their bespoke service. Pop in this weekend.
Casely-Hayford Chiltern Street Store
Snap away: Huawei Mate 20 Pro with Leica Cameras
If you missed the recent #GJTraveller competition, in partnership with Leica, and didn’t enter your best travel photograph with the chance of winning of the brand’s cameras — results in the next issue, so subscribe here! — then why not console yourself with Huawei’s latest smartphone? A tour-de-force of innovation, the in-screen fingerprint scanner, 3D face unlock and wireless Qi-charging may be good, but its three (count them) cameras from Leica are the crowning glory.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro with Leica Cameras
It ain’t over: A Day’s March Overshirts
The weather’s turned, and that means putting away your shorts and linen and shrugging on something a little more substantial. And, as we navigate this transitional weather, there’s one garment perfect for the temperamental temperatures: the overshirt. These new offerings from A Day’s March are ideal — in checks, wool and corduroy they are textured, interesting and ready for anything.
A Day’s March Overshirts
Seeing red: Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon
Launched this week in Harvey Nichols, this latest bottling from the storied US brand is a real exclusive — with only 252 bottles available. And the tasting notes are extensive to say the least. Expect Sauternes-soaked raisins, crunchy-topped crème brûlée, maple syrup drizzled on pancakes, pink peppercorns, dusty spices, apricot jam on toast, pecan and apple pie and, last but not least, Nutella.
Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon
Paint the town: Bombay Sapphire Paint Collection
Ever wanted to try some edible blue paint? With Bombay Sapphire, and a range of UK bars from Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals to Panda and Sons, now you can. 5 distinct paints have been devised for 5 bars, and are painted on the inside of your glass to infuse flavours from geranium to calamansi into your drink.
Bombay Sapphire Paint Collection
Lift off: Asprey Sterling Silver Rocket Cocktail Shaker
If you’re looking for some barware that is really out of this world, then Asprey have you covered. Playfully spun in the form of a rocket ship and impeccably crafted from sterling silver, this cocktail shaker is polished to a high shine and detailed with red enamel. A sure-fire conversation starter.
Asprey Sterling Silver Rocket Cocktail Shaker
Want more gear? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks…