A Brief History of Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Irish whiskey casks

Irish whiskey production used to be bigger and better than its Scottish rivals. Made using both malted and unmalted barley and distilled in a pot still, it became the most popular spirit worldwide. The quality of Irish whiskey was consistently better than the Scotch whisky at the time, which led the Irish to add the […]

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Highland Park Distillery

Highland Park distillery has been in (legitimate) operation since 1798 and has always remained in the original spot where Magnus Eunson, a direct descendant of the Vikings, ran his illicit distilling production. At one point, the distillery was called High Park due to its location, overlooking Kirkwall. High enough to see the taxman’s arrival! The […]

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Brighton Gin – Supporting Greener Brighton

After my recent visit to Brighton Gin Distillery, it became clear that the brand’s philosophy is based on sustainability. They are doing their best to be environmentally conscious where possible. It doesn’t really come as a surprise considering Brighton has consistently voted Green. As Kathy once said: “We want to try and be part of […]

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Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Pinkster Gin

Pinkster Gin cocktail for Valentines Day

It is time for our annual Pinkster Gin Valentine’s Day competition. This year we are feeling rather generous and instead of a gin bottle, we are giving away a hamper full of gin goodies! And there’s more… But first, let me introduce you to Pinkster Gin. Let the love beGin Pinkster is an all-natural gin […]

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Maker’s Mark Distillery – Taking Sustainability Seriously

Maker's Mark whisky barrels

As we stand at the outset of a new decade, I believe that nearly every market is going to witness a seismic change in consumer behaviour. More and more consumers will make their buying decisions based on how environmentally friendly a product is. We have already seen this in significant areas of the food market. […]

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An Introduction to Brandy de Jerez

Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva

What is Brandy de Jerez? Brandy de Jerez is a brandy made exclusively in the Sherry Triangle in Spain and it is protected by denomination of origin. Brandy is a spirit distilled from wine, although it can also be made using other fermented fruit juices, such as apples, cherries or peach. The spirit is then […]

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Delicious Festive Drink Recipes

Festive drinks

Festive season calls for festive drinks! During winter we tend to opt for hot toddies, Christmas spices and ginger beer. At one point I was complaining how there aren’t any nice fruits in season this time of the year, but I was wrong and simply had forgotten how much fun you can have creating festive […]

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Planning a Theme for New Year’s Eve Party

Pink and sparkle for NYE

Planning a New Year’s Eve party, or any party for that matter, can be extremely stressful when you are juggling to complete all the tasks in time whilst still trying to enjoy the night yourself. But one of the best parts of organising a party is the actual planning part – choosing the theme, deciding […]

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Sharing Whisky with Friends

Inka Larissa sipping scotch whisky

Winter months really call for whisky, don’t you think? Not only will a wee dram warm you from inside out, but it will also bring friends together. During this dark and cold season, we should make more time for friends and family, as everyone needs a bit of cheering up in winter. What better way […]

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