Pink gins have become ever so popular, and they aren’t just for the summer any more, but for all-year-round enjoyment. They are made with a variety of ingredients, from sweeter berries to juicy citrus to delicate florals. Some brands have based their recipe on the traditional pink gin, which was created with angostura bitters. I […]
10 Interesting Facts About Vodka
Vodka is not always getting the spotlight it deserves, even if there are many quality vodkas on the market. Below I have listed some things about vodka that you may not already know, topics you might use to impress your fellow drinkers.
Irish Gins – Unique Botanicals and Coastal Flavours
Irish gins might have been overshadowed by Scottish and English gins, but the Irish do have their fair share of juniper spirits available. Ireland had only four gin distilleries four years ago, but today the number has increased to 18, with a further 16 already planned. Overall, there are more than 30 gin brands available […]
Aqua Vitae – The Mother of All Spirits
Ancient abbey starts to distil the mythical spirit after a 500-year absence…
Time Out for Gin?
Recently, a friend asked me what is going on with gins, as the last few ‘gins’ she tried were very disappointing. To be honest, I realised I’ve not been too keen on some of the recent gins either and find the endless new versions a bit, well… meh. Since the opening of the Sipsmith Distillery […]
Kalevala – A Distillery True to Its Roots
It is easy for me to relate to this distillery. They are based in Finnish-Karelia, where I went to university, but they also have links to Russian parts of Karelia, where my grandad grew up. The name of the distillery is based on the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, a significant work of Finnish literature. […]
Destille Berlin – Celebrating Craft Spirits
Destille Berlin is a craft spirit festival where for two days distilleries showcase their unique artisanal spirits. Everything must be sustainably made with natural ingredients and independently produced. This year you could sample anything from gin, rum, whisky, mezcal, vodka, aquavit, and cognac to fruit brandies and much more. Destille is open to buyers, distillers, […]
St. Giles – A Modern English Gin
The idea for St. Giles Gin came when professional diver Simon and his wife Alison were enjoying a range of gins at home. As a diver, Simon has travelled around the globe, and it soon became a habit for him to bring a bottle of gin from all his travels to sample at home. On […]
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 […]