This is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness - and well rounded Cognc-aged rums, pineapple-tinged whiskies and Frank Gehry-designed XO. As the days shorten and the barometer drops, it is time to dust off the leather armchair and bring in the wood for the fire - or just pour yourself a stiff one. We bring you the finest new spirits, sparkler and suppers to get you through the coming season.
With most exotic travel currently off the menu, this autumn you can bring the warm evenings to you with the stunning new Equiano rum. The first of its kind using both African and Caribbean rums, it is a marriage between liquids from Barbados' Foursquare - aged in white American oak - and Gray's Distillery of Mauritius - aged in French limousin oak and Cognac casks. With notes of marmalade and stem ginger, it makes for a seasonal smash hit. £49.95, equianorum.com
From invoking balmy tropical evenings to recalling fondly the pineapple upside down cake of his childhood, Glemorangie’s Cake is master blender Dr Bill Lumsden’s homage to the sweet treats of yore. Infused with passion fruit, honeycomb and peach, it is a the perfect accompaniment to a slab of gateaux or, with this new collaboration, master patisserie Dominique Ansel’s twist on a pineapple upside-down cake. £75, glenmorangie.com