Browsing Posts in: Other Spirits

Sake – going against the grain

10 Comments on Sake – going against the grain

Akashi Sake Brewery

Part of the reason I love my job is learning something new every day. There’s one drink that has fascinated me more than any other in recent years (and it’s one of the most complicated)…

Continue reading »

HKB Hong-Kong Baijiu – where east meets west

9 Comments on HKB Hong-Kong Baijiu – where east meets west

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…

Continue reading »

Jinro Soju – the world leader

2 Comments on Jinro Soju – the world leader

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…

Continue reading »

Campari – an Italian classic

6 Comments on Campari – an Italian classic

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,…

Continue reading »

Dry January – time for an epiphany

7 Comments on Dry January – time for an epiphany

Food pyramid

Christmas is now officially over, the New Year is here, and for me, it’s time to give my body time to regroup. Every January, various charities promote an alcohol-free month; among them this year are Alcohol…

Continue reading »

Spirit and Whisky of the Year 2014-15

8 Comments on Spirit and Whisky of the Year 2014-15

Spirit and Whisky of the Year 2014-15

It’s strange how quickly something becomes a yearly tradition. It’s only the second time we’ve given our Whisky and Spirit of the Year awards, but it already feels like a festive fixture. The core idea…

Continue reading »

Getting to grips with grappa

3 Comments on Getting to grips with grappa

Nardini logo

For something a bit different, we explored grappa for the first time at our latest Vinopolis tasting, ably guided by expert Nick Hopewell-Smith. It’s fair to say grappa has a bad reputation. At the tasting, we unanimously agreed this…

Continue reading »

Vulson White Rhino Rye – Alpine spirit

13 Comments on Vulson White Rhino Rye – Alpine spirit

Vulson Logo

Every now and then, a new product arrives at TWE that really excites us – unique, with a great back story, or simply an interesting concept. So, when we heard about the release of a…

Continue reading »

Cabana Cachaca – Brazilian flair in a glass

7 Comments on Cabana Cachaca – Brazilian flair in a glass

Caipirinha

The Brazilian football team may have struggled to convince so far in the World Cup, but there’s no denying the spectacle their fans have brought to the tournament – a blast of colour, noise and…

Continue reading »

Dutch whisky and gin? Tasting the Zuidam range

6 Comments on Dutch whisky and gin? Tasting the Zuidam range

Zuidam

I’m a big fan of gin.  Some may regard pasta and milk as essential household items, but my house feels empty without a bottle or two of gin in it.  Recently I’ve been playing around…

Continue reading »

Discover Mezcal at TWE

7 Comments on Discover Mezcal at TWE

agave-mezcal

In the latest of our TWE super-features (following on from our great Vodka exploration and follow-up on continuous distillation a couple of months ago), I’ve spent some time discovering the rich history of mezcal, Mexico’s…

Continue reading »

London Cocktail Week – Time To Get Excited

No Comments on London Cocktail Week – Time To Get Excited

london cocktail week

So, it’s finally Whisky Show Eve.  This is a day that at TWE generally involves lots of  running around doing last-minute checks, affixing labels to bottles, amending enormous spreadsheets and general fretting about whether there’s…

Continue reading »

Vodka and Grain Whisky: Continuous Distillation

4 Comments on Vodka and Grain Whisky: Continuous Distillation

A week or two ago I was writing the text for our shiny (and, of course, fascinating) new TWE Guide to Vodka, and while trying to explain the process of continuous distillation I went into too much…

Continue reading »

Ilegal Mezcal

No Comments on Ilegal Mezcal

IlegalIcon

Some products take a little longer to reach our shelves than others, and one that we’ve been waiting on for quite a while is Ilegal Mezcal, freshly launched in the UK this November. We’re big…

Continue reading »

Cinco de Mayo at TWE Vinopolis

1 Comment on Cinco de Mayo at TWE Vinopolis

icon

Most of my blog posts recently seem to have started off with a “there are other spirits in the world that aren’t whisky” type of sentiment, which is getting a bit long in the tooth….

Continue reading »
Showing page
1 of 2
Scroll To Top