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  • The Oldest Whiskey Company In The US - Michters US*1

    When we had the opportunity to obtain some whiskey from what is believed to be the oldest distillery in the US we jumped at the chance. Michters Distillery can trace its roots right the way back to the opening of America's first whiskey company back in 1753! The company was originally known as Shenk's after the founder John Shenk, a Swiss farmer from Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania. He originally produced rye whiskey from the popular rye crops that grew in the Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Valley. The...

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  • Scotland's First Ever Rum - Dark Matter

    Saying no to family is always hard, even if they are trying to convince you it's a god idea to set up a dedicated rum distillery in Scotland! That's the obstacle former petroleum economist (I'm not sure what that entails exactly!) Jim Ewen had to overcome this very issue when he touted the idea of creating a Scottish rum to his brother John Ewen. Jim noticed the recent surge in craft gin distilleries opening and saw a gap in the market for craft distilled Scottish rum. Suffice to say that Jim...

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  • Officially The Best Gin In The World - Old English Gin

    Old English Gin harks back to a time when drinks were a lot simpler; there wasn't thousands of gins with weird and wonderful botanicals competing with each other like Roman gladiators for a start! Back in the 1700's you had two choices when it came to gin, English or Dutch. English gins were nicknamed Old Tom or after the various distilleries that produced them, such as Booth's for example. Back in those days we really loved Champagne and Britain was the biggest importer of the stuff in the...

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  • Wearing The Swedish Tartan - Mackmyra Distillery

    The thought of wearing a kilt in cold Sweden is enough to make all but the hardiest Scot cross his legs in dread but the Mackmyra distillery have managed to take Scottish traditions and do them the Swedish way with great success. OK, so they are not all running around in kilts (as far as I know!) but they are producing some very fine single malt whisky. The distillery is named after the village in which production started way back when in 1998 and means 'small mosquito' when translated to...

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  • English Wine Gusbourne Cleans House At IWSC 2015 - Outstanding Gold Medal

    Let's face it, English wine is hardly considered to be on par with the rest of the worlds' vino at the best of times. Of course, there are exceptions like Camel Valley and Knightor and it's time to create another space in that list for Gusbourne Estate as they have just made history at the International Wine And Spirits Competiton 2015. All six of their wines were awarded either Gold or Silver medals for the first time which shows how much they've developed since their inception a few short...

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  • Everything In Moderation, Including Moderation!

    It was Compass Box's 15th birthday a few weeks ago and the oddball whisky producers released a new expression for their Hedonism range of malts. This was especially fitting as their very first whisky release back in 2000 was the original Hedonism bottling, a boutique blended grain that separated them from other independant bottlers due to the fact grain whisky wasn't a 'thing' people were drinking back then. They have never backed away from making controversial decisions either; they had to...

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  • Prepare To Be Star Struck - Casamigos Tequila Has Arrived

    What do you do when you can't find the perfect drink for partying the night away in a foreign country? The majority of us would just try a different brand or make do with what we had. Apparently that's not what you do if you are super rich, famous and good looking; best pals George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman had the problem of not being able to find a tequila that was perfect for their regular social gatherings so they decided to make their own (as you do)! The issue came to light...

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  • The Best Brandy In The World 2015

    Have you ever wondered what the best brandy in the world tastes like? If you have (or even if you haven't!), you can now find out by drinking Jamie I by Bodegas Torres as it has recently been declared 'Best Brandy In The World' at the World Drinks Awards 2015 held in London in March. The awards have been going since 2007 and the judges are all esteemed individuals involved in the drink and food industry. The brandy category is split into two awards; one for the best designed packaging and one...

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  • Chilled Summer Drinking That Won't Burn Your Pocket

    Summer is fast approaching and we've been having some warm weather to prep us for the long balmy days to come (we hope!). The BBQ's are being dusted off and those of us who suffer from hay fever are starting to stockpile anti-histamines in readiness for the inevitable itchy eyes and manic sneezing fits. Now that the garden is looking nice (you have remembered to start cutting the grass again?) and there is still plenty of daylight left after you've got home from work you'll be wanting something...

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  • The Global Rise Of Japanese Whisky

    Japanese whisky has exploded onto the global stage like a crane kicking Daniel LaRusso and it seems to have delivered a knock out blow to the Scotch whisky it once tried so hard to emulate. Names of Japanese whisky brands like Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu and Yoichi have been flowing off whisky enthusiasts tongues' ever since Jim Murray awarded the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask the title of World's Best Whisky 2015. You'd be forgiven for wondering exactly where all that Japanese whisky has come...

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