Whisky Recommendations for Beginners

iittala whisky glass

When you are new to whisky, it can be a minefield to choose ones suitable for a beginner’s palate. There’s always the fear of not liking something and ruining the whole experience at the first few yards. You want something easy sipping, nothing overly complex, but with still enough oomph to make you want to […]

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Green Chartreuse – Elixir of Long Life

Green Chartreuse

Green Chartreuse, the king of liqueurs, has a bright green colour and complex flavour. It is an ancient herbal liqueur produced by Chartreuse monks in France. The taste is unique, with sweet but herbal notes. A very enjoyable liqueur served on its own and in many cocktails. A brief history Back in 1605, the Chartreuse […]

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Ardbeg 2005 by The Whisky Cellar

Ardbeg 2005

I have teamed up with The Whisky Cellar to give away a bottle of their latest (very) limited edition single malt. The Whisky Cellar is a new Edinburgh-based independent bottler and their Private Cellars Selection is fully based on quality scoring rather than price point, age, colour or distillery name. They source unique casks from […]

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The Martini Manual

Martini cocktail with olives

These days you can find all sorts of Martini cocktails, ranging from the classic recipe to fruity versions, many of which are named merely on the basis of the cocktail glass used. In this article we will separate the Martini from the Martinis… What is in the Martini? The original Martini was, and still is, […]

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Barrel-Aged Gin Explained

Barrel-aged gin has been around for years. In fact, Genever was often aged in casks, but many are still a bit unsure about how to put it to proper use. More and more brands are bringing out new gins aged in various barrels, which all contribute to the final flavour of the spirit. The type […]

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6 Winter Gin Serves Using the Kirkjuvagr Gin Range

Fig gin and tonic

The Kirkjuvagr Gin range includes five core gins: Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin, Arkh-Angell Storm Strength, Aurora Winter Edition, Harpa Summer Edition and Beyla Raspberry & Honey Old Tom. What I really enjoy about this collection is the clear presence of juniper in each style, the higher alcohol volume (they are all 40% or over) and the […]

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How to Taste Whisky

I truly enjoy a good whisky tasting. Whether it is at a distillery after a tour or at a bar, the experience is always both fun and educational. I tend to discover new flavours and brands to broaden my whisky knowledge. Unfortunately, this year we are all struggling to even get to a bar, never […]

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Sherry Styles Explained

There are three main groups of sherry: dry, naturally sweet and sweet. Within these categories you will find more specific sherry styles, which I will explain in more detail below. Dry Sherry Dry sherry wines have gone through a full fermentation, meaning there will be a minimal amount of sugar left from the grape juice. […]

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12 Important Facts About Tequila

Bottle of vivir tequila blanco

1 The agave plant is not a cactus. Even if both agave and cactus are classified as succulents, the agave plant is not a cactus. In fact, it is closer to a lily than a cactus. Agave only flowers once during its lifetime while most cacti do so regularly. Also, agave has leaves and cactus […]

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