Tiny’s Blog

A wild mix of news, expert advice, and inane ramblings.

Scroll down for recent blog posts from the staff at Tiny’s.

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Coronavirus Update 18th March

We are taking the current situation seriously – there is plenty of hand washing and sanitizing going on, but we are open for the foreseeable. Follow our Twitter and Instagram feeds for up-to-the-minute info about our shop.

Community is what will get us through these hard times, and our new shop window takes its inspiration from our community. We are so proud to be part of Chorlton.

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We would like to thank everyone coming through our door. We are a small, independent business and the next few weeks are going to be tough, so we really appreciate your custom.

We all have to look after each other – check on your neighbours, donate to food banks, support your local area, wash your hands, and keep safe!

Lots of love,

Ed, Rach, Michael, and Murphy x

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Spring Marching On

By Rachel, 1st of March 2020

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Spring is nearly here. I know, I know – it is still well too cold to even think about leaving the house, but trust me: Spring is nearly here, and with it new and exciting things like plants growing and sunshine (heard of it?)

In the spirit of Spring, we are abundant with newness here in the shop. We have a load of new wines and even a brand new wine section: English Wine (thankfully they’re a lot nicer than the English Weather!) And don’t forget to check the beer room – there’s a load of new exciting things in there too!

We’re saying a fond farewell to Callum, who’s been the Assistant Manager at Tiny’s for a couple of years, and we wish him all the best for the future. But, continuing on the theme of newy newness, we have a new Assistant Manager: Rachel. Rach has been working in the beer industry for a few years (some of you might recognise her from pulling pints in various city centre bars), and she’s excited to see what this wine thing is all about. Rachel likes big and fruity French reds, oaked whites, wild and wonderful beer, and speaking about herself in the third person. Come and say hi!

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We’re here to help you through this trying time of change. Don’t let the weather get you down – grab a bottle, settle indoors, and remember that Spring is nearly here. 

March Picks

Bolney Pinot Noir £26

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One from our brand new English Wine range – this one comes from West Sussex. The pinot noir grapes are hand picked, crushed and fermented on skins. The resulting wine is fresh, dry, and full of tart dark fruit (think blackberries and cherry). This light and refreshing red would go nicely with roasted vegetables and rich game. 

Clos La Cariziere Muscadet £18

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This is a beautifully soft and easy-drinking white. Made from 100% hand harvested Melon de Bourgogne grapes, this wine is fermented with natural yeasts before being aged on fine lees for 8-10 months. It’s full of grape and dried fruit flavours, with a refreshing minerality in the finish: perfect with seafood and salads.

Forest Whisky 10 Year Old Caol Ila £90

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Our newest whisky, and it tastes just as good as the bottle looks. This bottle is one of only 396 taken from a single cask – the spirit was distilled in March 2009 before being rested in an ex-bourbon cask for ten years. This one is really peaty, with notes of honey, tobacco, and oak. Firey, but with a smooth and long lasting finish.

Loverbeer Cardosa £10

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This Italian brewery make exclusively wild belgian style beer, often adding surprising ingredients. For Cardosa, Loverbeer added cardoon to the boil (it’s a little like an artichoke), which adds a pleasant bitterness. It’s a spontaneous beer (fermented using only wild yeasts) and is then matured in oak vats for 6 months before being refermented in bottle. It’s lightly sour, with a herbal bitterness and a moreish saison-like yeastiness.

 

Enjoy your ‘spring’.

Lots of love,

Tiny’s crew x

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Love Is In The Air

By Callum, 1st of February 2020

It has been a long January. Those who partook in Dry January, we forgive you and still love you. Those who partook in Tryanuary, we love you. It’s been approximately 4563 days since pay day, and no one is pretending it was easy. However, fear not, the end is here and you’re safe to check you bank balance again.

February is our favourite month of the year. It’s a time to celebrate the end of January, the days getting longer, the sun threatening to shine and looking deep into the future and not seeing a glimpse of Christmas – what a time to be alive!!

It’s also Valentines Day.

Valentines Day is one of those times of year that no one really wants to say they celebrate but everyone does in fear of their spouse thinking they don’t love them. There. I said it. Those of us without a spouse pour scorn on the concept whilst secretly wishing someone was buying us a bottle of Champagne.

One thing is for sure, whatever side of it you’re on, beautiful food and drink is an absolute necessity this month – and we’re here to help.

February Picks

Manchester Raspberry Gin £41

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Yes it is pink and that is a massive cliche but it also tastes lovely – so get off my back. Manchester Gin have been producing top end gin for a few years now, and their Raspberry Infused Gin is soft and elegant, with just the right amount of fresh raspberry to give it a hue and that sweet and sour raspberry edge. The perfect pink gin.

Caol Ila 12yo £55

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Imagine sat by a cosy fire with your loved one (or alone) with a blanket over you and some soft slow-fi beats on. This is what that tastes like. Caol Ila is a peaty whisky but with a delicate touch. That bonfire smokiness is pronounced on the nose, but it isn’t overwhelming. It’s gentle and warm and gives way on the palate to soft stone fruits, almonds and a hint of heather. Stripped back Islay single malt at its very best.

 

Magpie Estate Sparkling Shiraz £22

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This sparkling wine starts life as a big Aussie Shiraz, aged for 12 months in oak before undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle to give it its fizz. It’s a real showstopper with dark, delicious black cherry notes, hints of chocolate and pepper, all given a light freshness by those bubbles. A beautiful drop.

 

Domaine Bouchie- Chattellier Pouilly Fume ‘Premier Millisime’ £25

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For anyone who loves Sancerre this is the wine for you. The top cuvee from Bouchie-Chatellier sourced from an outcrop of silex soil – the soil which produces the best of the best in Sancerre. Ripe, herbaceous aromas are nettle and dill, balanced by crisp citrus fruit. The palate has a lovely chalky texture giving the weight to balance its complexity. Incredible stuff.

 

La Colombaia Amarone £29

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This rich warm red is made using partially dried grapes, which produce concentrated sugars and big, decadent, wines. Bucket loads of dark fruit,w it a big dollop of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. This red has an air of fruitcake with cream about it. It is decadent to the max.

 

Boon Geuze Marriage Parfait 2015 £11.50

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This vintage offering from critically acclaimed Belgian brewery Boon is an exceptional example of craftsmanship when it comes to blending Lambic beers. The finest three year old Lambics are selected to create a stunning beer which combines the fruitiness of lime zest and tangerine with soft notes of notes of vanilla, all with a slightly tart finish. Perfect Lambic at a brilliant price for a 750ml bottle.

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Lot’s of love,

Ed, Callum, Michael and Murphy x

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