Not All Mead Is Sweet! Try Kinsale Mead Co (+ WIN Two Bottles)

Mead is slowly growing in popularity and people’s perception of the honey wine is starting to change. It is not all sickly sweet and the flavours range beyond traditional meads. Kinsale Mead Co is a great example of how mead can be dry, flavoursome, and enjoyed similarly to grape wines. In case you missed it, […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Mead (+ Cocktail Recipes)

Mead is one of the oldest drinks in the world, and in Greek mythology it was often referred to as the drink of the Gods, but today many are unfamiliar with the honey wine. In the past few years, mead has grown in popularity, especially in the US, where they currently have around 500 meaderies and over […]

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Sipping Whisky in Glasgow – Visit to the SMWS’s Latest Member’s Lounge

Cleopatra’s bath time, Cerealism, Delicate masculinity, Drink me you swine!, Thatcher’s tea break, Umami heaven, Sassy lassie in a leather skirt… Like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s many bottles, we are all unique and different, but united by our interest in whisky. I paid a visit to the SMWS’s latest members-only venue in Glasgow to […]

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Exploring the World of Whisky with The Dram Team

The Dram Team Tasting set

When I decided to broaden my whisky horizon, one of the issues with my new hobby was trying to understand where to begin. There is an endless number of bottles and brands worldwide, blends, single malts, various casks, grains, and age statements. And prices! This new interest of mine was about to get expensive. How […]

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The Scottish Rum Boom

rum glass

When you think of Scotland’s spirits scene, whisky and gin are the first that come to mind. Rum, however, is probably the last thing you would expect from the northern European country. But Scotland, especially Glasgow, has a long history of rum. When sailors introduced rum to the UK in the 17th century, the spirit […]

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How to Make a Mojito + Recipes

National Mojito Day is celebrated on the 11th July each year. Mojito was invented in Havana, but the exact time is unclear. It is considered to date as far back as the 16th century. The first version was called ‘El Draque’ after Francis Drake, an explorer. Unlike most cocktail bars around the world, in Cuba, […]

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How to Make Flavoured Vodka at Home

Flavoured vodka in a jar

Making your own flavoured vodka is very easy, but there are a few things you should remember to achieve the best results. Flavoured vodka will transform your cocktails, and it makes a great alternative gift when you put extra thought into the bottle, labelling or decorations. Take one as a gift when you next visit […]

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How Vermouth Can Change Your Negroni

Recently, I have been focusing on (and sampling) the variety of sweet vermouths, some newer brands and some good old classics. I thought it would be fun to do a little Negroni test. By using the same base recipe but changing the vermouth each time, you can create a very different tasting experience. Negroni is […]

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What Is Sweet Vermouth and How to Drink It

valentian sweet vermouth

Sweet vermouth is a fortified wine that has been aromatised with a range of botanicals. It is also known as red vermouth (vermouth rosso) due to its colour or as Italian vermouth due to its origin. Today, sweet vermouths aren’t just limited to Italy. In the 16th century in Piedmont, a shopkeeper known as Alessio […]

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