8 Best Spirits and Alcohol-Free Drinks for Autumn Season

Autumn is the best time to explore the world of aged spirits, like whiskey, aged rum, brandy, and tequila. These liquors perfectly fit the autumn season as they are bursting with woody, warming notes, as well as flavours of vanilla, chocolate, cherry, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. These flavours wonderfully complement the spices and herbs we often associate with autumn. 

Here are the 8 best alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to sip during the fall season. You’ll fall in love with these delicious drinks. 

Avallen Calvados

Planet-positive and deliciously appleicious Avallen calvados is made using nothing but apples, water, and time. The spirit is aged in French oak barrels and tastes like fresh apples complemented with distinctive floral notes, a touch of vanilla and subtle spiciness on the finish.

Appealing to everyone from gin drinkers when served long with tonic, to those who enjoy their spirits brown, and even fruit cocktail fans, Avallen is perfect for mixing, as a refreshing spritz, or simply for sipping. 

Bee-ing Positive has never tasted this delicious!

Tasting notes

  • Nose: red and green apples with a hint of floral honeysuckle.
  • Palate: sweet vanilla tone, toffee apple taste, and subtle oaky note.
  • Finish: warming finish with a hint of vanilla custard.

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1616 Barrel Aged Gin - The Cotswold Distilling Company

Cotswolds Barrel-Aged Gin was created to pay homage to Cotswolds local bard William Shakespeare. 1616 gin is Cotswolds interpretation of the traditional Dutch genever recipe.

Barrel-Aged gin is made by re-distilling Cotswolds malt whisky in a copper still and combining it with juniper, coriander, nutmeg, orange peel and other botanicals. Then the spirit is left to mature in STR red wine casks for 3 to 6 months. 

Tasting notes

  • Nose: spiced dark fruits and a hint of candied peel, dark chocolate chips, and vanilla
  • Palate:  incredible citrus notes followed by a touch of chocolate and a hint of marble rye bread. This is followed by dark, wine fruit notes and a gentle lift of cedar and oak.
  • Finish: long dry finish with juniper and peppery notes.

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Don Q Seleccion Especial Classic Puerto Rican Blend

Don Q Seleccion Especial Classic Puerto Rican Blend is a wonderful aged rum from Serralles Don Q range. It is a blend of medium and heavy-bodied rums aged in American white oak casks for 6 to 15 years developing an intense and complex flavour profile. Every rum lover will be happy to try this tipple. 

Tasting notes

This is a rich and smooth spirit with lingering aromas of banana bread, cocoa and spices paired with a moreish coffee bitterness and drying woody vibes.

Don Q Seleccion Especial Classic Puerto Rican Blend is made for sipping!

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Vivir Tequila Anejo

VIVIR Tequila Añejo is made of 100% Blue Weber Agave, harvested at around 12 years old. The liquid is rested in ex-bourbon American oak casks for 18 months. This is definitely one of the smoothest and complex tequilas you've ever tried!

Recently voted not just the best Tequila in the world by the UK experts, but also the best overall spirit!

Tasting notes

Vivir Anejo is complex and smooth, with gentle smoky notes on the nose, followed by subtle vanilla and caramel hints. This tequila maintains its agave routes whilst bringing an amazing palate of smoky oak, burned bananas, and chocolate.

Fantastic for sipping neat or over ice as well as in classic cocktails, like the Espresso Martini, Negroni or Manhattan.

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Ragtime Rye Straight Whiskey - New York Distilling Co

Ragtime Rye Straight Whiskey is another rye expression lovingly distilled by the New York Distilling Company.

This whiskey is distilled from rye proudly grown in New York State and aged exclusively in full-size barrels to ensure robust flavor and nuanced finish.  Try this resolute American spirit in your favourite whiskey cocktails. What about Old fashioned? Or Manhattan?

Tasting notes

Ragtime Rye Straight Whiskey is bold, slightly spicy and full of warm flavour. Expect lots of rye spice layered over hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and red berries.

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Everleaf Forest Non-Alcoholic Aperitif

Everleaf Forest is a delicious non-alcoholic aperitif inspired by the natural world and made from a complex infusion of botanicals. The ingredients include vanilla and saffron, gentian and iris, vetiver and orange blossom. This zero proof drink was crafted for spritz drinkers. 

Everleaf’s founder Paul Mathew's was inspired to create a complex infusion of botanicals after years of bartending experience and conservation work around the world.

Tasting notes

  • Nose: Heady vetiver and orange blossom with notes of earthy orris root and warm vanilla.
  • Palate: Layers of citrus, bark, spices, bittersweet roots and savoury saffron.
  • Finish: Long and complex, with the myriad of flavours lengthened with moreish bitter gentian root.

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Crossip - Dandy Smoke

Dandy Smoke is an award-winning, rich and smoky non-alcoholic spirit. This unique libation was inspired by smoky, dark spirits and is especially good for sour cocktails or with cola and a squeeze of lime.

Tasting notes

Dandy Smoke fills the nostrils with burning pinewood and peat. On the first sip, the smoke integrates into lots of sweet spice, bitter orange and bonfire flavours. The finish is long and spicy, with hints of chilli, ginger, and nutmeg.

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CALEÑO - Dark & Spicy

Caleño Dark and Spicy is a tropical non-alcoholic aperitif inspired by Colombian culture and created to make non-drinking fun. 

To make this unique tropical drink, the ingredients are blended in stainless-steel drums to unleash their flavours. Then the fruits and botanicals are distilled for 48 hours and left to mature for 2 weeks. The resulting liquid is smooth, delicious, flavorful, and alcohol-free.

Tasting notes

Dark & Spicy is a delicious alcohol-free rum alternative bursting with tropical notes, warming ginger, and kola nut spices.

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