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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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  • 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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