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  • Trevethan Gin - New Cornish Gin But Only Just!

    Cornish gin has become a ‘thing’ with the likes of Tarquins, Curio and Elemental becoming very popular in a short space of time. You may well have tried all of these but Trevethan Cornish Distillery has thrown a spanner in the works by releasing Trevethan Gin. Now it will be even harder to decide which one is your favourite! Trevethan Gin is a quality handmade gin distilled using an old traditional family recipe perfected in the 1920s by Norman Trevethan. The gin is produced in small batches...

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  • The Cotswold's First & Only Distillery Creates Outstanding Natural Gin

    Cotswolds Dry Gin is made in a rather unique distillery situated in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty among the famous farmland of the Cotswolds. This five acre facility runs seven days a week to produce a number of artisan spirits including whisky and gin. The distillery isn't some kind of industrial behemoth though, it was designed to compliment the natural beauty of the area and great strides have been taken to re-plant indigenous trees and shrubs as well as grow some of the...

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  • London Meets Tokyo With Cambridge Japanese Gin

    Let's get something straight from the start; this gin is not from Japan. You may feel more than a little misled by this, I know I certainly did until I realised that it was made from a very interesting mix of traditional and Japanese botanicals by none other than William Lowe, head distiller at Cambridge Distillery and creator of the world's most expensive gin, Watenshi, which retails at a staggering £2000! Cambridge Distillery is well known for being the only Gin Taylor in the world, you can...

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  • Ambar Tequila - Taste The Pride Of Mexican Heritage​

    Tequila is often given a bad press by those not in the know as a cheap tasting spirit that has to be consumed as a shot along with the ubiquitous salt and lemon. This is certainly one side of tequila that can be fun but ultimately leads to a massive headache the next day! Unfortunately, this detracts from the skill and time it takes to create a high quality sipping tequila, the pedigree and traditions of which are as fine as any scotch malt. These high quality premium tequilas are thankfully...

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  • Swedish Excellence - Herno Is The Most Awarded Gin In The Wolrd

    Innovation is the name of the game these days when it comes to spirits; with so much competition brands have to have unique selling points and above standard quality just to stand a chance of being picked out from the burgeoning crowd. This is especially true of gins where it seems every Old Tom and their mothers are producing the stuff by the still full. The good news for you and head distiller/owner Jon Hillgren is that Herno organic gin delivers the goods on so many different levels it's mind...

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  • New To The Hibiki Stable - Japanese Harmony Whisky

    As most of us are probably aware, Japanese malts have made quite an impact on the whisky world as of late and have certainly ruffled a few feathers on its rise to the top of the collectible whisky lists. The only trouble with this is that it's becoming harder and harder to find some for sale at all, let alone at a reasonable price point. Here to rectify this is the Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony, an entry level blended whisky from the people who also produce the popular Yamazaki and Hakushu...

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  • Rum 101: Yo Hoho And A Bottle Of Rum!

    So here we are again with another 101 article, previously having covered liqueurs, American whiskey, vodka and gin I thought it was time that we had a look at rum. Like gin, rum has made a huge resurgence in recent years and its popularity shows no sign of fading.   A Brief History Of Rum Many years ago, when British sailors in the Caribbean first encountered Kill-Devil (the extremely rough local spirit made from sugar cane) they drank it in copious quantities; this resulted in behaviour...

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  • Lock And Load With Revolver Cornish Rum

    South America is renowned for the quality of its rum and Cornwall also has strong associations with the spirit harking back to the days when pirates and smugglers would ply their trade along Cornwall's rugged coastline. It's no wonder that when two rum lovers (and real life lovers!) from these vastly different places put their heads together, the end result would would involve, you guessed it, rum! Rathlee Distillery is based in Lostwithiel, Cornwall and is run by husband and wife team Stuart...

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  • Organic Cornish Chocolate For Christmas Whisky And Port

    The Chocolarder is one of the only small batch bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the country. They produce fine quality, stone ground chocolate using organic beans imported from a single estate, family run plantations in Venezuela, Java, Madagascar, Peru and the Dominican Republic. The select beans used at Chocolarder are roasted, winnowed and ground over 4 days before being left to mature for 30 days. The chocolate is then hand tempered and made into bars which are further matured for 40 days to...

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  • Licor 43 - The Most Versatile Liqueur (Not) Created In 209 B.C.

    Having written an interesting guide to liqueurs earlier this month (Liqueur 101) it seemed like a good idea to explore Licor 43, one of the most highly awarded and versatile liqueurs ever made. My main motivation for this, as we are rapidly approaching Christmas, is some of the fabulous drinks you can make with Licor 43 that really capture the taste of a classic British Christmas. More on this in a bit. Licor 43 is the number one premium Spanish liqueur and is only made in Cartagena, Spain. It...

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