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DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters – King of Cocktail ingredients

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Dale DeGroff

Cocktail bitters have seen a resurgence over the past decade, with craft producers such as Bittermens and Fee Brothers entering the fray. One man has been at the forefront since he cut his teeth at…

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Champagne of the Moment – R de Ruinart

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Ruinart

We launched Malt of the Month last year to highlight our favourite whiskies, with Spirit of the Month following in April. Such was the success, and to celebrate the start of summer, we’re adding sparkling wine to our regular…

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Punt e Mes – bittersweet symphony

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Punt E Mes

In the office, I’m known as the vermouth fan. It started off innocently, trying different sweet vermouths to see which would make a good Negroni, but soon I was taste-testing them on their own and…

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Father’s Day – last chance to order

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Father's Day Last Chance

In case you hadn’t noticed – from the barrage of emails, TV adverts, junk mail, inappropriate Facebook suggestions and blog posts – this Sunday is Father’s Day. This short public service announcement is to let…

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Star of Bombay Gin – Sapphire and Steel

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Star of Bombay Gin

Gin is far from a simple beast. As a whisky geek, I looked down on white spirits for many years until I started looking into how they are actually made. Making a distilled gin –…

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Father’s Day deals at The Whisky Exchange

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Father's Day

Father’s Day is just over a week away on Sunday 21 June, and it’s one of our busiest times of the year – you all seem to like buying drinks as presents for your dads. As…

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World Gin Day 2015

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World Gin Day 2015

It’s that time of year: World Gin Day is rapidly approaching – Saturday 13 June. Yet again I’m using it as an excuse to tell you about some of the weird and wonderful new gins…

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Jack Daniel’s Honey

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Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

Now, stick with me – this is going to sound a bit weird: I like Jack Daniel’s Honey. That’s not the sort of admission you’d expect a whisky geek to make, but after extensive sampling…

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HKB Hong-Kong Baijiu – where east meets west

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Baijiu

Every country has its national spirit. Some are better known: the Caribbean has rum, England has gin, and Poland and Russia have vodka; others are lesser known: Unicum in Hungary and soju in Korea. China’s is baijiu. The world’s…

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Casamigos Tequila – a smooth performance from Clooney

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Casamigos Tequila

George Clooney is now very much the country gent, following his marriage to a British barrister and recent house-hunting expedition in the English countryside. But when it comes to drinking, he hasn’t quite acquired a…

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Spirit of the Month – Ogilvy Potato Vodka

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Ogilvy Vodka

Scotland now has its first potato vodka – the Jarron family at Hatton of Ogilvy Farm began distilling there for the first time in September last year. The farm has been in the same family…

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Jinro Soju – the world leader

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Jinro Soju

Ask a room full of people what the world’s best-selling spirit brand is and you’ll no doubt end up with a variety of answers: Smirnoff, Bacardi, Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniel’s. In fact, it’s none of…

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In their own words – Cleo Rocos, Owner, AquaRiva

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Cleo Rocos Aqua Riva Tequila

Cleo Rocos is recognisable to many for her TV career in the 1980s and 1990s, most notably as co-star of The Kenny Everett Television Show. These days she is known for being the queen of…

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Campari – an Italian classic

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Campari

Campari is one of the most iconic of Italian drinks. Its popularity has waned in the UK over the past couple of decades, but with the current cocktail renaissance slowly spreading out across the country,…

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In their own words – Phil Brandon, founder and distiller, Rock Town Distillery

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Phil Brandon Rock Town

Telecoms-project-manager-turned-distiller Phil Brandon founded Rock Town in 2010, the first legal distillery in Arkansas. While he’s based in downtown Little Rock, he spends a lot of time on the road, travelling around the USA and…

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