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  • Mr. Black Is A Serious Coffee Liqueur Made By People Who Like A Good Drink!

    Australian's have always been known for their love of a good drink and, as of late, have also become renowned for having one of the most innovative coffee scenes in the world. Mr Black Cold Pressed Coffee Liqueur has been created to combine these two aspects into one very polished product that stands head and shoulders above other coffee liqueurs. The idea came about when, in 2012, two men from Sydney saw the success craft gin was having and decided to start a coffee liqueur company in order to...

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  • Charge Into Battle With Rebel Yell Whiskey

    New in to us this month is a selection of Rebel Yell American whiskies, a brand that has a long and storied history as well as a slightly controversial name. Rebel Yell is named after a Confederate war cry used during the American Civil War and not the Billy Idol song; it's rumoured though that the song was written about the whiskey after Billy was introduced to it by Keith Richards, a well known lover of the brand. Rebel Yell was originally only sold in the American south, no doubt due to its...

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  • GINRAW - Gin Born Of A Love Of Barcelona

    What happens when two men who are born and bred in Barcelona decide to express their love of their beloved city? Being as Spain is at the forefront of the gin revolution, it was always going to be a fancy newgin; as it happens this gin, called GINRAW, is very good. The venture was started by Roger Burgués and Luis Jáuregui. two marketeers who are unbelievably passionate about Barcelona. They both worked in the drinks and luxury industry so had access to some of the best talent in the city....

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  • You Can't Get Fairer Than That - Fair Trade Liqueurs

    FAIR. The name name of the company says it all really. FAIR are a spirits company that are all about ethically sourcing their ingredients in a sustainable way and ensuring that all the people involved are treated equally. They scour every corner of the Earth in the pursuit of the best natural ingredients which are all of course certified as Fair Trade.  This includes organic quinoa from the 3000 m high Altiplano plateau, organic sugar cane grown in the Belizean sun, organic arabica from...

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  • Don't Let The Duppy Steal Your Rum

    When whisky evaporates from the cask it's being aged in we call that lost spirit the Angels Share. In the Caribbean this is attributed to a much more sinister and frightening being; The Duppy. Legend states that Duppies are dark, shade like spirits that live in the bases of cotton trees and have a particular taste for rum. A great deal of Caribbean folklore revolves around these malevolent spirits and they are considered to either be the souls of the deceased or supernatural beings with...

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  • Pop The Top Off A Feisty Redhead - Red Bonny Rum Will Have You Swinging From The Mainsails

    Sailing, fighting, plundering and drinking lots of rum; that was the perilous but liberating life of a pirate during the glorious age of sail. Whilst the vast majority of these infamous scoundrels were men, there were a few women who had the steely mettle required to live this dangerous and often violent lifestyle. Anne Bonny was one of these fearless females, a red headed Irish beauty whose temperament was as fiery as her hair. It seems only fitting that the Diamond Distillery in Guyana has...

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  • The Wrecking Coast Cornish Clotted Cream Gin

    I am pleased to introduce you to the sixth (I can't believe there are now that many!) gin to come from Cornwall. This one is made from probably one of the county's best known icons; clotted cream!  The gin, called Wrecking Coast Gin, takes it name from the coastline in Tintagel where the distillery is located called, unsurprisingly, The Wrecking Coast. Creating a gin from clotted cream is hardly a standard practice so the Wrecking Coast Distillery had to engineer a unique approach to combat the...

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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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