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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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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Introducing: ‘Batshit Mental Ideas’, the spirits collection

If you haven’t discovered the website formally known as Master of Malt yet, your life is about to become just that little bit more interesting. The same company responsible for giving us the gin advent calendar, the Professor Cornelius Ampleforth range of experimental spirits (Bathtub Gin, Cold Distilled Absinthe, Rumbullion etc.) and the ability to […]

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A.R.C British Spiced Malt Race No.2: The Salcombe Run

The team behind the British spiced malt, Albion Racing Club, have announced details of their second bi-annual racing event – The Salcombe Run: The Only Way is Trafalgar. Taking place between the 26th and 28th of September this year, the race champions the heroic British spirit of adventure where it’s not about who comes first, […]

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Albion Racing Club Spice Malt

Introducing a refreshingly new product to the premium spirit catagoury. Officially labeled a Spiced Malt, the spirit consists of a five-times distilled single malt infused with Indian vanilla pods, organic raisins and Columbian coffee beans before bottled at a full 42% ABV (84 Proof) with blue wax. Produced in small batch copper pot stills at […]

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Arrack: The lost spirit of adventure

Before sugar cane was planted in the Caribbean, before gin laid waste to London, even before the word “alcohol” was first used, people drank arrack. Yet in a modern world dominated by power-selling portfolios of vodka, gin, rum, brandy and whisky – one might ask; where is all the arrack? The ancient Indo-Aryan text of […]

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Absinthe, life and death of a green fairy

Few drinks are more falsely persecuted or misunderstood than that of absinthe.  Despite Hippocrates learning the benefits of wormwood having infused it into wine around 300BC, its popularity as a distilled elixir would not arise until over 2000 years later. The word ‘absinthe’ (spelt without an ‘e’ in Czech Republic)is derived from the Latin description […]

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A monks love of Chartreuse

François Annibal d’Estrées, a 33 year old artillery marshal, was an emerging figure in the French army and devotee to King Henry IV. For reasons unknown, François is said to have presented the Carthusian order of monks in Vauvert (near Paris) with a manuscript in which contained the recipe for an, elixir of long life. […]

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