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Vermouth tasting – a bittersweet symphony

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Manhattan cocktail

Vermouth has long been the secret weapon of a good bartender. They know that a dash can transform a cocktail, adding complexity and depth, as well as a refreshing, bittersweet character. Vermouth’s other strong suit…

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Win 15 litres of Moet & Chandon Champagne!

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Moet Prize Draw

Our latest prize draw is big in more ways than one! We’re offering one customer the chance to win a huge 15-litre bottle of Champagne. Simply buy a 75cl bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut…

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The rise of British spirits

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Best of British

Spirit production in Britain has come a long way in the past decade. Previously just a bastion of whisky and gin, today you’ll find aperitifs, cider brandy and even marc made on the island. Founded in…

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All whiskies to carry age statements by 2017 – exclusive

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Compulsary age statements

The Whisky Exchange has learned of a startling development that could turn the whisky industry on its head – within 12 months, every spirit produced in the EU will need to declare its age on the label….

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Linie Aquavit – around the world in 180 days

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Linie Aquavit

I’ve had a fascination with aquavit for a long time. Admittedly, I’m a fan of caraway-flavoured spirits in general, as explored in my kummel post. Last month I took a trip to Norway to visit…

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Poteen – the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day

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Making Poitin

Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, and while I will inevitably drink a pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson, I try to spend the day looking at another side of Irish drinks. Last year…

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Plantation Rum – showcasing the blenders’ art

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Plantation Tasting

After a whisky-heavy beginning to our tastings calendar, we jumped away from Scotland for something more exotic – Plantation Rum. We were joined for the evening by founder and master blender Alexandre Gabriel, who brought…

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Corsair – southern style

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Corsair logo

‘If it has been done before, we are not interested in doing it.’ An apt motto when you learn that it comes from Corsair, the US-based distiller that has turned more than a few heads…

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Growers’ Champagne Tasting with Dawn Davies MW – small is beautiful

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Growers' Champagne

The big Champagne houses are some of the best-known brands on the planet – the likes of Krug, Bollinger and Moët et Chandon. But there is another side – the world of growers’ Champagne. People…

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Laurent-Perrier Rose – Champagne of the Month

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Laurent-Perrier

For March’s Champagne of the Month, we’ve chosen an iconic pink Champagne: Laurent-Perrier Rosé. One of the first non-vintage rosé Champagnes when it was launched in 1968, it has become instantly recognisable around the world….

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Rumchata Cream Liqueur – Spirit of the Month

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RumChata

Easter is just a few weeks away, so for the sweet-toothed among you, we have an ideal Spirit of the Month for you: Rumchata Cream Liqueur. It’s been a huge hit in the US since its 2010 launch,…

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Foursquare Spiced Rum – a class act

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Foursquare Rum Distillery

A lot of people have a soft spot for spiced rum, particularly at this time of year. The combination of rich rum and sweet spice works a treat, particularly served with a mixer or made…

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London Beer Week 2016 – it’s on!

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London Beer Week 2016

It’s the end of February, which means it’s London Beer Week. After 2015’s successful inaugural year, the Drinkup.London team are back with another week of beer-related shenanigans. There are reduced priced drinks for those with…

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Ciroc Derek Zoolander Blue Steel – Double Magnum Prize Draw!

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Ciroc Derek Zoolander Blue Steel Vodka

I am often shocked by a lack of culture from my TWE Blog colleagues. While I was happy to lend them a copy of Dude Where’s My Car – the finest film ever made – to ensure…

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Spirit of the Month – Saliza Amaretto Veneziano

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Spirit of the Month – Salizá

Something different for February’s Spirit of the Month – a liqueur. We’ve chosen a classic Italian almond-flavoured example: Salizá Amaretto Veneziano from Bepi Tosolini. Amaretto is an almond-flavoured liqueur which is predominantly made in Italy….

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