The Story of American Whiskey – Part 1

Whether you’re a neater, an on-the-rocker, a chaser, collector, shiner, slammer or mixologista, a common respect for American whiskey binds us all. A spirit no longer defined as merely ‘that bottle’ you buy grandad at Christmas time, but a tipple collected, coveted and competed for by aficionados and bartenders of all races and sexes. And […]

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Space Matured Whisky – Now a Reality

In 2011, Scotch distillery Ardbeg collaborated with Texas-based space research company NanoRacks to examine the effects of maturation in a micro-gravity. To do so they blasted a vial of new spirit with oak chips up to the International Space Station to spend 1,045 days orbiting the Earth in zero gravity (aka micro-gravity). Naturally it’s at […]

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Introducing: Fujikai Single Malt 10yo

Over the last two years, the global whisky industry has been turned on it’s head with traditional Scotch lovers shown that the future may not be defined by Celtic states but rogue locations like Taiwan, India, Sweden, Japan and Tasmania. Largely responsible for this movement are a new demographic of drinkers who define quality not […]

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Whisky by X – it’s a porn thing

In the magical world of dumb ideas where gullible bank managers reign and drunken epiphanies come to life, one team of entrepreneurs found their true calling. Derived from the same genetic mutation which conceived spray on hair, Facon (bacon for veges) and Aussie Rules Football, let me introduce you to a new whisky blended over […]

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Bitters or Bust – Part 2: Bartender’s Guide to Selling Your Own Bitters

One drunken night out four months ago, I decided I’d have a crack at producing and commercialising my own range of aromatic cocktail bitters. I should have awoken with that clarity of mind only experienced the morning after. A mind which reminds you with sober brutality that it was yet another foolish idea born of […]

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Understanding Maturation – Part 3: Location, Location, Location

Oak, it’s the mark of premium. We pay more for every year a bottle is matured in it and as a result, often swallow more terms like ‘fully matured’, ‘fine oak’ and ‘double wood’ than spirit itself. It’s a marketing thing. And who can blame them when the total export of Scotch in 2013 was […]

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Understanding Maturation – Part 2: Devil’s in the Detail

Pus. Yep, pus. Ok, not the most obvious way to open an article on ‘maturation’ but according to the earliest use of the word (Etymology Online), it’s in 14th century medieval Latin where we find the birth term maturatio(n-) or maturare to describe a doctors act of “encouraging suppuration” or discharging pus from a boil […]

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Introducing: Jagertee Liqueur (Christmas in a Bottle)

…So it’s like Jagermeister right? Wrong. Jagertee is a traditional winter spirit of central Europe (Austria, Germany, Czech Rep. etc) consisting of macerating overproof rum with seeds, spices, nuts, black tea, orange, red wine and often plum brandy (Slivovitz). Thanks to the creative monkeys at the Worship Street Whistling Shop in London, Jagertee Liqueur has […]

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