In these trying, troubled times, surely the only thing better for us Britons than a stiff upper lip would be a round of stiff drinks? We’ve been banned from bars, barred from pubs and ordered to stay home with nothing but the half-bottle of red under the stairs and the last of last Christmas’ Baileys. These are dark times indeed.
Thankfully, Gentleman’s Journal is nothing if not resourceful — and we’re on hand with a competition that promises to quench your thirst, answer your prayers and wash away any self-isolation-induced woes. We’ve teamed up with Timothy Oulton; quintessentially British purveyor of daring and striking handcrafted homewares, to offer you a brilliant bar cabinet, and enough bottles to fill it.
That’s right, we’re bringing the party to you. So, starting with Timothy Oulton’s handcrafted centrepiece of our bar bundle competition, let’s have a look at what else you could be winning. And, when you’re feeling thirsty enough to enter, scroll down to the bottom of this article and enter your details to be in with a chance of winning…
Worth £3,875, a Timothy Oulton Hudson Bar Cabinet
As the British brand says, ‘from fighter planes to first class travel, the Hudson collection is clad in a patchwork skin of black Fury leather, a reinvention of our iconic Spitfire finish’. And iconic is certainly the right word. Just look at this bar cabinet — the ideal vessel for your new portable bar. At just under a metre in height, it is the perfect size for any home intoxication station, and has been built to Gentleman’s Journal order just for you.
It’s inspired by the clandestine speakeasies of 1920s America, and a drawer and doors hide ample space for bottles, glasses and a leather-clad tray — so you can serve drinks to your friends in style. The most gentlemanly of home furnishings, we’d wager you’re picturing where it’ll sit already. But that’s not all you’ll win…
Worth £25, a set of two Riedel Sunshine Tumblers
If you’ve never heard of Riedel, then you’ve never heard of good glassware. The brand’s Sunshine Tumblers are ideal for cocktails, soft drinks and spirits. With a sophisticated, ribbed design, they are cut from high-quality crystal. Get ready to raise one…
Worth £30, a set of four Spiegelau Summer Drinks glasses
Also from the Riedel group, these wine glasses from Spiegelau are calling out for summer. Elegant and undecorated, they are cut from crystal, feature delicate stems, and will look the part filled with everything from Aperol to rosé.
Worth £30, a Nachtmann Aspen Whiskey Set
As whiskey fans — bottles from Japan, Ireland, America, Scotland, we’re not fussy — this four-piece Nachtmann Aspen Whiskey Set excites us very much. Rounding out your new glassware collection, these crystal tumblers are calling out for chunky ice and a good measure from your best bottle.
Worth £32, a bottle of Chase Vodka
Of course, with all those glasses, you’ll need something to fill them. Created from field to bottle on the brand’s Herefordshire family farm, what better vodka to kick things off with than Chase, with over 250 glorious British potatoes in each bottle?
Worth £65, a bottle of Casamigos Anejo Tequila
Tequila doesn’t get much better than this; just ask George Clooney. A bottle of Casamigos Anejo will be winging its way to our lucky winner, aged for 14 months in American oak barrels and with rich, balanced notes of cream, vanilla and black pepper.
Worth £65, a bottle of Casamigos Mezcal
What do you mean, you didn’t know Casamigos made mezcal? Well, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. In this dusky black, excruciatingly handsome bottle, this Mexican spirit is earthy, fruity and full of rich, thick smoky flavours.
Worth £195, a bottle of Macallan Estate
Now here’s a big-hitter. From Macallan, the Estate is made using barley grown on Macallan’s Speyside estate, and distilled once a year in a single week. Expect warm cinnamon, dried fruit and sweet lemons on the nose, with a sumptuous finish of orange and toffee.
Worth £29, a bottle of Sipsmith X Paul Smith Gin
Even once you’re drained this bottle — and you’ll want to, it’s full of Sipsmith’s wonderfully spicy, zesty, London-distilled spirit — we’d recommend holding onto the Paul Smith stripe-adorned bottle. An exclusive limited edition, this would be a great prize in and of itself.
Worth £114, a bottle of Martell Cordon Bleu
Because everyone needs a good bottle of cognac in their bar. Thankfully, Martell’s Cordon Bleu bottling is a little bit better than good. With stewed prunes and Earl Grey on the nose, it backs up that rich colour with a soft, silky mouthfeel of coffee and dark chocolate. Elegance in a glass.
Worth £54, a bottle of Havana Club Selección de Maestros
Could there be a more handsome, restrained bottle on this list than the relaunch of Havana Club’s Cuban Barrel Proof edition, Selección de Maestros? With aromas of nutmeg, peach and toffee swirling around it, this is a sipping rum; and a terrific mainstay for your new bar.
Worth £60, a bottle of Chivas Regal 18-Year-Old Gold Signature
One of the best blends we’ve ever tasted, Chivas Regal’s 18-Year-Old Gold Signature is a belter of a bottle. It’s a woody whisky, with vanilla, oak and dried fruit taking over the palate. But, if you savour your sips — and you should — you’ll be rewarded with a long, warming spicy finish.
Worth £35, a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage
But we couldn’t leave you with just spirits. Oh, no. We’re also throwing in a British bottle of the finest sparkling wine you can find on our shores, a Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage. With aromas of honey, baked apple and pastry, it’s the perfect glass with which to toast your new bar.
Worth £280, Patrick Mavros Monkey & Palm Swizzle Stick
And, just when you thought that was all, we’ve snuck in a cheeky bar accessory — from one of Gentleman’s Journal’s most trusted brands, Patrick Mavros. And this Monkey & Palm Swizzle Stick, a signature of the silver craftsmen, will prove a conversation starter long after your drinks have dried up.
So what are you waiting for? Fill out the form below, and be in with a chance of winning this £5,000 bar bundle. Good luck!
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