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  • Brighton Gin Captures The Essence Of A Diverse City

    Brighton Gin tries to capture the essence of a young and vibrant city that is part historical regency splendour and part flamboyant party town. From its royal roots at the turn of the last century to the seedier aspects and gang fights between Mods and Rockers during the 50s and 60s, Brighton is certainly a lively and cosmopolitan place to be. Brighton Spirits Company was founded in 2013 based on a shared desire to create a gin worthy of the city’s creative and vibrant nature. Brighton Gin is...

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  • Jameson Relaunches Crested Whiskey To An International Audience

    The original Jameson Crested Ten was a blended whiskey in the Jameson range that enjoyed a cult status due to its superb quality coupled with its scarcity outside of Ireland. The first Crested release was way back in 1963 and was the first whiskey to be bottled by Jameson as opposed to them selling it to bonders. Jameson have now decided to drop the confusing word Ten from the title (it wasn’t ten years old) and have re-branded it to just Jamesons Crested with the relaunch to be distributed...

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  • Tres Hombres Lands The Rum That Heralds A New Dawn In Sustainable Trading

    We have a new rum in stock that has made quite a remarkable journey across the world's oceans in the form of the New Dawn 18 Year Old Caribbean Rum. This is a very limited edition tot as there are only 870 in existence. This fantastic product from The New Dawn Traders has come across on a sail powered only vessel named Tres Hombres. Tres Hombres made landfall in Falmouth harbour for the second time in as many years bearing a delivery of rum and cocoa beans from the Caribbean in her hold. This...

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  • The Cat That Always Had An Empty Glass

    Cats and alcohol are generally not a good mix as the Osborn family of 'd'Arenberg wine fame found out with their wine loving cat called Booze. Now you might think they were asking for trouble by naming their cat that but he was originally called Non Alcoholic Booze until they realised he had a penchant for their excellent wine! The Osborn family have been tending to the vineyards in the McLaren Vale in Australia since 1912.  Four generations on they are still going strong  with Chester making...

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  • Ungava Canadian Gin

    Gin and Canada aren't usually two things that I would put together so it was with some surprise when a new gin called Ungava landed on my desk and I realised that it was from that very chilly country.  Ungava Canadian Premium Gin, to give it its full title, comes from the northern frontier of the Canadian wilderness where vast tracts of Arctic tundra meet with seas so icy they'd kill a man in minutes if he were to fall in. This is a pretty inhospitable place so it was a surprise to learn that...

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  • Wolfburn Single Malt Captures The Spirit Of The Sea Wolf

    It's always exciting when a lost distillery is bought back from the dead and I know a fair few people have been waiting to try the first offering from the new Wolfburn distillery situated near Thurso in Caithness.  The original distillery was founded by William Smith in 1821 and soon grew to be one of the largest distilleries in Scotland. It takes its name from the stream that provides the water for distillation, the Wolf Burn (Burn meaning stream in the Scottish tongue). The same water is also...

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  • Fun Black Magic Rum Is Pure Voodoo In A Bottle

    Sazerac may be best known for their whiskey but Black Magic Rum is the latest offering from their stable. This dark rum has one of the most elaborate and far fetched backstories that I have ever heard and, despite the ridiculousness of it, sums up the rums fun character to a tea. The label depicts an old pirate ship called the Sea Czar in what appears to be sailing through monster infested waters but when you look closely there are a couple of old sea dogs being served rum by scantily glad women...

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  • Bath Gin Will Make You Sing Like A Canary

    If you live in Bath you are probably aware of the Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street, a popular bar with trendy socialites in the city. Mark, one of our Directors, recently took a trip to Bath and had a couple of drinks in the bar and was very impressed; he reported that the atmosphere was very good and the staff were extremely knowledgeable about the drinks they were serving. This is high praise indeed from our resident gin connoisseur! It stood to reason that the first thing to be sampled would be...

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  • Brugal Dry Spiced Rum Is Refreshingly Unsweetened

    We all know the drill when it comes to spiced rum; there's often vanilla, lime and varying amounts of spice of course, plus an over prevalent sweetness in the majority of cases. Now if you enjoy that sweetness then that's great (I certainly do on occasion!) but what if you don't have a sweet tooth? Your choices in the spiced rum category are pretty thin on the ground; Kraken and Bristol Black Spiced are about your only options. But what if you don't like dark rum either? Please enter stage left...

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  • Togouchi Japanese Whisky - From The People That Don't Make Whisky

    Togouchi is a rather unusual Japanese whisky from Chugoku Jozo distillery located near Hiroshima. Established in 1918, Chugoku Jozo primarily creates sake and souchu and doesn't actually distill whisky themselves. Instead they import Scottish malt whisky and Canadian grain whiskey which is then blended by a master distiller and aged before being bottled under the Togouchi brand. You may well be wondering how exactly a blend of Scotch and Canadian grain whiskey can actually be classified as a...

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