Sussex-based startup business Marvolio’s Nostrums has launched with a trio of small batch liqueurs.
The three liqueurs are Whiskoffy, a honeyed blend of malt Scotch whisky and 100% Arabica coffee, Tequilomile, tequila blended with herbs, chilli and orange, and Whinger, combining whisky and ginger flavours with a “fiery kick”.
Marvolio’s was conjured up by whisky-aficionado Joel Gallagher. Having begun his career in Biotechnology, Joel took to his lengthy process of experimentation with a scientific approach.
He said: “As a whisky lover, but with friends who found spirits too challenging, I was keen to create a drink that captured the sip and savour experience of premium spirits but in a more approachable way, to be savoured by both spirit and non-spirit drinkers alike. Soon, the resulting concoctions were getting such rapturous feedback, I realised I had to get serious about making more!”
Where many liqueur makers tend to focus on the flavouring to which alcohol is added, the Marvolio’s view is that the alcohol is a critically important ingredient that should be of an exceptionally high quality in itself, giving fundamental backbone to the overall flavour.
The additional ingredients follow a long and careful process of sourcing and experimentation “to complement and enhance the starting spirit but in a gentle and more approachable way”.
Each drink has been designed to be enjoyed neat, at a slow pace. However, the Nostrums give body and interest to classic cocktails such as the Tequilomile Margarita, with Tequilomile, fresh lime juice, triple sec.
They have been created with food pairings in mind. Tequilomile, for instance, is said to complement cheeseboards, sushi, ceviche and Mexican dishes.
All three Nostrums liqueurs were medal winners at this year’s IWSC Awards.
Marvolio’s Nostrums are available at Majestic Wine as well as online via Amazon, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.