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  • Ardbeg Dark Cove Harks Back To Clandestine Smuggling On Islay

    Ardbeg’s island home has a dark past. Centuries ago in the dead of night, the early distillers would smuggle their whisky from the rocky shores of Ardbeg cove to black-painted ships moored off the coast where it would be spirited away to the Scottish mainland. The illicit whisky trade was so prolific between Islay and the mainland that Customs requested that a dedicated cutter be stationed off the island  to intercept the smugglers' vessels. Even after John McDougall took out a license to...

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  • Come And See A Blind Tiger If You Want A Good Gin

    The Prohibition Era must have been a terrible time to be alive; just imagine not being able to order a good G&T without the risk of being thrown in jail! Thankfully those days are long gone but some distilleries take inspiration from that time when creating new tipples. We all know about American Prohibition but did you know that Belgium also had such an era but it lasted a lot longer, 66 years in fact! A law was passed in 1919 stating  that only beer and wine could be purchased and...

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  • World Of Zing Barrel Aged Cocktails Raise The Bar

    When you imagine buying a pre-mixed cocktail it conjures up the image of a cheaply made can of vodka and coke or a really rubbish tasting pina colada - hardly the stuff of top cocktail bars! Fortunately this rather depressing situation has been rectified by World of Zing, the UK's first contemporary food and drink emporium, who have teamed up with some of the country's top chefs and mixologists to create a range of products that go above and beyond the usual fare including several premium barrel...

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  • Spanish Imagic Gin Changes Colour When Mixed With Tonic

    Spain is at the very forefront of the gin movement and gin drinking is a very serious business there with gin bars offering a whole multitude of serves unseen anywhere else. It should be no surprise then that a gin that changes colour from a golden hue to vibrant pink when mixed with tonic or other citrus drinks comes from this gin mad country. Imagic Gin is a truly unique gin that stands out in a very crowded market. Bottled at 40% ABV this gin is a golden colour, similar to a cask aged gin,...

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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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