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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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Pisco – a tale of two countries

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Pisco

South American cuisine and drinks are enjoying something of a heyday at the moment. We’ve fallen for the delights of ceviche, empanadas and Caipirinhas as quickly as we once did for enchiladas, tacos and Margaritas….

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Tequila – where is the love?

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Cinco De Mayo

To mark the Mexican festival of Cinco de Mayo, our resident barfly Christian speaks up in favour of Tequila. You would be hard pressed to walk into any pub, bar or restaurant and not have…

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The King’s Ginger Liqueur – created by royal demand

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The King's Ginger

There are many drinks that attribute their creation to a historic moment, but one trumps them all (especially as it’s actually true) – The King’s Ginger. In 1903, newly crowned King Edward VII had taken…

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Ayala – a resurgent Champagne house

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Ayala logo

Although we’re known for whisky and fine spirits, we also have a carefully chosen selection of that most celebratory of drinks, Champagne. We’re always looking for new and exciting additions to our range, too, and have…

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Spirit of the Month – Plymouth Navy Strength Gin

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Plymouth Navy Gin

For the past year, we’ve been naming a Malt of the Month. We’ve had some excellent drams, with great  special offers, from old favourites like Laphroaig 10 and Highland Park 12, to lesser-known gems like…

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Cinzano 1757 – Cin Cin!

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Cinzano

Cinzano is so ingrained in drinking culture, it’s almost taken for granted. I was first made aware of it by one of those famous mirrors that adorned so many households in the 1970s, as well…

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Futurist Cocktails

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Fortunato Depero – Campari

Italy at the turn of the 20th century was a strange place. Having become a unified country in the middle of the 1800s, the new state had changed a lot, but was still steeped in tradition,…

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