Spice up your life with a bottle of Arbikie Chilli Vodka!

Arbikie Distillery is the first distillery in Scotland to distil vodka from potatoes. Arbikie Highland Estate is a working farm where they grow their own potatoes, wheat, strawberries and much more. They use the ingredients grown on the farm and nearby areas to make their lovely craft spirits. So basically, they make their spirits from […]

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Arbikie Highland Estate – The Pursuit of Excellence

With so much controversy over how many distilleries hide behind misleading labels indicating where their product is actually made, the Arbikie Distillery is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. Based in a beautiful part of Scotland, Arbikie is one of the few distilleries genuinely making their spirits from scratch. In their pursuit […]

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Gin o’clock! – Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin 60%

Blackwoods gins and vodka come from Shetland, off the north coast of Scotland. Due to the intense weather changes of this northern part of Scotland, only specific plant species survive and flourish there. The area has long, stormy winters and only very short summers. Each year the weather will determine which botanicals are available and […]

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Amaro and other Italian Bitters – Part 2

Before we look into Italian bitters, let’s recap a little. In part 1 we explored Italian Amari. Amaro is a bittersweet herbal liqueur which is especially popular in Italy. It is mainly served neat as an after-dinner drink, allegedly because of its medicinal benefits. Amaro means bitter, but Italians do not use the word amaro […]

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Women in Spirits Business: Lesley & Kathy

There was a time when women drinking whisky were considered to have low standards, but for men drinking whisky was a sign of a true man. Today, women drinking spirits is no biggie; it is considered sexy when you know what you like, whether it is asking for a specific whisky or how you like […]

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A Tequila you Must try: Herencia de Plata

I am very excited to write about Herencia de Plata tequilas as, for me, these are some of the best tequilas for sipping and enjoying (no lime for me, please)! I first came across Herencia de Plata few years ago at the Tequila & Mezcal Festival in London, a great event to visit for a better understanding […]

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Amaro and other Italian Bitters – Part 1

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in Italy, so what better reason to write about Amaro and other bitter liqueurs Italians love to drink? You may be familiar with Italian aperitivo culture, where most drinks (including cocktails) are made with bitters such as Campari or Aperol. Digestifs, on the other hand, are mainly served neat or on the rocks and are more intense in flavour.

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All-natural Amaretto you Must try!!

Distillery Bepi Tosolini, considered one of Italy’s best grappa distillers, has created a selection of tasty, all-natural liqueurs, anything from coffee to liquorice to strawberry and this beautiful Amaretto. Ingredients are sourced mainly locally in Friuli or nearby. Distillery Bepi Tosolini started as a grappa distillery in 1943, but over the years they have extended […]

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Whisky Women of Instagram

Women have always been involved in whisky, from distilling at home to running large-scale operations. There was the legendary Bessie from Laphroaig, and Elizabeth Cumming, who used to run Cardhu distillery for years, just to name a few.   But now women in the whisky business are more important than ever! There are several whisky bloggers, whisky writers, master […]

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