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Land Of The Rising Malt – Yamazaki Cask Collection 2013

November 27th, 2013

Japanese whiskys are incredibly popular the world over and the Suntory whisky empire is at the forefront of that movement. The Yamazaki distillery is the biggest to come under their banner and is one of the most advanced distilleries in the world. Suntory has the capabilities to make a hundred different types of whisky and [...]

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The Starter Is Done, What A Success But The Wine For The Main Is Still In A Mess!

November 26th, 2013

Welcome back to the second installment of my Christmas Wine guide. This week I am dealing with the wines that will compliment your main course beautifully and make you the envy of family and friends. Last week I provided you with an extensive selection of wine recommendations for the most popular Christmas dinner starters. I [...]

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The Turkey Is Burning And The Kids Are Running Riot! Well, At Least The Wines Sorted!

November 21st, 2013

Christmas is a time of fun and festivities where family and friends can spend quality time together over beautifully cooked food and generous pourings of alcohol. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings a great deal of stress over the usual issues that arise; what do the kids want?, how much does that cost!?,  how [...]

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The Rise of the Liquid Empire

November 13th, 2013

Over the past few months I have been writing about the latest and greatest trends in the world of alcohol; cocktails, trendy rum, Cornish gin and vodkas ability to change with the times. Whilst it’s good to look to the future,  I found myself in a retrospective mood this week and thought you would like [...]

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Super Xmas Wine Show 2013

November 13th, 2013

On Thursday 7th November we held our annual Christmas Wine Show at the Merchant’s Manor Hotel in Falmouth. This heralded a return to tradition after last years show had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. There were over a hundred and fifty different wines and spirits from all over the world on offer spread [...]

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Rum Good Enough To Cause A Mutiny!

October 21st, 2013

As you may or may not know, rum is getting big here in the UK – very big in fact. Rum was once only associated with salty sailors and plundering pirates, a tired cliche of a bygone era when the British Empire controlled vast swathes of the known world. Those days are long gone but [...]

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Ron Miel’s Big Brother

October 18th, 2013

To all the lovers of Ronmiel Cayo Grande Club Liqueur out there (there are a lot of you!) then you are in for an extra special treat! Would sir or madam care for a full strength version of their favourite tipple? Maybe something with the same great taste but with more bite and less sweetness? [...]

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The King Is Dead, Long Live The King

October 15th, 2013

The cocktail resurgence is blooming at an exponential rate in the UK with an estimated 6% of all spirits purchased being drank in a cocktail. Although a great many classic cocktails are vodka based (Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary), you would be forgiven for trampling this spirit underfoot as you clamber forward to marvel at one of [...]

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How Many Medals?

October 14th, 2013

In Answer To My Initial Question – 5 Seems To Be The Maximum! It is not a question that I often ask myself but today I found myself wondering just how many medals you can pin on a bottle of wine? The nucleus for this thought process was the discovery of  Tain’s ‘Esprit de Granit’ [...]

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Battle Of The Botanicals

October 8th, 2013

Gin is not a drink that you would associate with Cornwall; cider, mead and ale are the alcoholic beverages that this fair county is historically known for but that is rapidly changing. The past few months have seen the birth of not one but two Cornish Gin micro distilleries and they are a stones throw [...]

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