Gins & Tonics
I was so surprised when I accidentally found this drinks heaven almost 5 years ago, it’s very cool, mostly because they stock absolutely everything that comes under the label ‘Drink’, boasting almost 3000 Labels on display. It’s an off sales, set in a stylish warehouse environment with many labels at lower prices than most bottle shops, but here it’s more about the selection, like 80 different Gins including one of my faves, the various flavours of Whitley Neill Gin, of course, Gordons, but also Pink Gins, Hendricks, Gin Mare, Beefeater, Bombay, Liverpool Gin, Elephant, Bobby’s, Plymouth and Bulldog and the amazing McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin to mention but a few, oh and the tasters, all of them!
Quality Cyprus Gins
With Gin being the in-fashion spirit these days at Blind Taste you’ll also find Mediterranean Gins; Even Cyprus is making its own Gins, one of my favourites is ‘Angelica Gin’ from the Aristides Distillery in Tseri, its Blue, 43% by Volume, with a distinct freshness of citrus. Lime and lemon but with a strong undertone of juniper, with a herbal spiciness lingering.
For something a little more special you must try the handcrafted ‘Aoratos Gin’, again from the Aristides Distillery. It’s Cyprus’ first dry gin, completely sourced, produced, distilled and bottled on the island. It’s complex and aromatic, it’s distilled with an endemic species, of wild juniper berries, locally known as ‘Aoratos’. If you’re lucky they might have a taster bottle open when you go, if not do try the Mataroa Mediterranean from Greece, and you decide 😉 … Oh, I almost forgot The Edinburgh Dry Gin, Rhubarb and Ginger is one of my favourites, hmm!
Over 30 Tonics
Another reason this place is so special is that they have over 30 speciality flavoured Tonics by; Franklin, 3 Cents, Fentimans and Lamb & Watts! and new, the UK’s favourite ‘Fever Tree’ Tonics and also new, and just delightful, the Ros Solis Tonics and Sodas!
Outback, more than 250 Beers from around the world including Belgium, Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Cyprus and of course the UK! … just for starters there’s Brewdogg Punk PA, Becks, Old Speckled Hen, Hob Goblin Ruby, Inns & Gunn, Chimnay, Duvel, Salonikia, Waterloo Tripple Blonde, San Miguel, Sol, and my fav Stella Artois and of course Keo, Carlesberg and Leon … some of them limited editions and to mention but a few!
Over 40 Different Vodkas including Absolute, Smirnoff, Finlandia, Beluga, Stolichnaya, Ciroc, Liverpool Vodka, Nikka, Crystal Head, Royal Dragon, Belvedere, Roberto Cavalli, Russian Standard and of course a fine selection of Grey Goose, maybe a nice gift, in 3-litre bottles, or you must try Grey Goose VX a Vodka with a cognac after taste. This year I discovered the new Vive La Nuit and Chase speciality vodka, if you’re into vodka, you’ll love them!
That’s the Spirit
There are over 35 Rums, dark, light and speciality, you really must ask for a taster of the Bumbu from Barbados especially the XO, omg! … plus a fantastic selection of Cognacs, Bourbons, Liqueurs and Tequilas that will blow your socks off … and several labels and speciality drinks and gifts, you’ll not find anywhere else at these prices.
A Drink with a Kick
Whisky has always been my tipple and there’s over 100 Blended Whisky and Bourbon Labels to choose from including, Famous Grouse, Johnny Walker, Red Label, Black, Green, Gold and of course Blue .. plus Chivas, Jack Daniels, Tomintoul and over 150 Single Malts including Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich, Dalmore, Lagavulin, Glenlivet my favourite Laphroaig and the delicious Macallan from USA.
Wines & Champagnes
Presenting an extensive and enviable selection of Cyprus’ finest, Italy’s best and France’s favourites, plus Scandinavia, Australia, California and Greece to mention but a few … Names include the ever popular Prosecco … Chose white, red, rose, sparkling and speciality wines and of course picking just a few the Moscato Sparkling Wine or Luc Belaire Champagne one of the USA’s top-selling champagnes and the top Rose in the USA and Canella Sparkling Wines made with Prosecco Grapes in Italy, oh and of course Mumm and Moet & Chandon !!!
Retail & Wholesale
Supplying well over 700 commercial clients, from Paralimni to Larnaca, they welcome locals, residents and visitors to the area, with home delivery for party orders all part of the excellent service. So everyone is welcome and they are very happy to invite you in for a tasting and regularly hold tasting events for their clients. There’s every drink you can possibly imagine, alcoholic or not, oh, except milk, 😉
I highly recommend a visit, something a touch above the bottle shops and off sales, a new experience in buying drinks, something with a little class, here you’ll also find a little personal attention and at wholesale prices, you really can’t go wrong! and btw they’re exclusive stockists of several of their labels so just pop in and have a look around and if you fancy a taste, tell Andonis I said it’s cool to have a shot! and while you’re there why not pick up a gift voucher to introduce a friend to Blind Taste … Check out my Live video walking around the shop …
Naturally, you’ll find a few after-dinner specials, one of my favourite finds is the Yachting Royal Cream, it’s smooth with a little kick, 17% by Volume or if you prefer a little Amaretto the Villa Cardea is pure nectar!
Open all year
Daily: 9 am ’til 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am ’til 3 pm
You’ll find them at 21, Filotheis Street, Paralimni, it’s just off of the highway between Paralimni and Ayia Napa, off the little roundabout by Charalambides Dairy and just up past Papageorgeou Catering Equipment and almost opposite Palourtis MOT Station … See Google map below …
GPS: 35.011365, 33.989083
Almost 3,000 labels under one roof, and tasting 😉