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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Vodka Martini Recipes with a Twist

Chase Original Potato Vodka Savoury Martini

As we are celebrating National Vodka Day this weekend, I have teamed up with Chase Distillery to create a range of vodka-based Martinis, or Vodkatinis. As well as the classic recipe, I have also included some with a (savoury) twist. Chase Original Potato Vodka Chase Distillery is known for its field-to-bottle process when it comes […]

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Talking Scottish Gin with The Gin Cooperative

International Scottish Gin Day is fast approaching, so I thought it would be a nice to get to know the power couple behind the event and learn more about The Gin Cooperative. Obviously, as with many things right now, COVID has caused some changes to their plans, but the show must go on… Both Natalie […]

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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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