Smashing Pumpkins, Bingo and Loose Leaf Tea

On stage, Billy Corgan (front man of 90’s rock icon – Smashing Pumpkins) is a towering god of rock, all sound and fury. But in between tours, he takes on a different persona: that of the tea and bingo-loving owner of Madame Zuzu’s Tea Shop. Nestled just off the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago’s […]

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Owl Petting Bar Opens in London

Exclusive for one week only, in the heart of London’s Soho, guests will be able to pet an owl with one hand while charging a glass with the other. Named after the owl at the center of the event, ‘Annie Comes to London’ is a creative pop-up inspired by the popular Owl Cafe’s in Tokyo, […]

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Studio Ghibli Creates Shochu Advert

If you haven’t heard of either Studio Ghibli or shochu, you seriously need to pay more attention to our Asian brethren. Multi-award winning film animators Studio Ghibli have produced eight of Japans fifteen highest grossing anime films of all time including receiving an Academy Award in 2002 for their production of Spirited Away. Famous for […]

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Japanese Whisky Best in the World – Jim Murray

The definitive Whisky Bible 2015 was released last month to a virtual cue of hardcore whisky’philes and early bird Christmas shoppers. Much anticipated with each annual publication is author Jim Murray’s selection of the world’s best whiskies covering American, Scotch, Irish, European, Asian and the Southern Hemisphere. And in a shock first from a selection […]

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Cointreau goes Cognac

Orange liqueur brand Cointreau have released a new luxury expression inspired by an old recipe discovered in the family archives. Branded ‘Cointreau Noir’, the name plays reference to the spirits dark illusive nature, and there is definitely more to this liquid than first impressions. Compared to their original product which uses a base of either […]

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Bombay Sapphire Opens Revolutionary New Distillery

Last week, powerhouse gin brand Bombay Sapphire opened a brand new state of the art distillery in the old Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire. The choice of Laverstoke Mill is more than convenience, the site holds credit to one of the oldest remaining mills in the world dating back to at least 903 AD and used […]

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The Oak Conundrum – Scotch whisky goes barrel crazy

A Master Distiller once compared barrels to me as naughty children. None of them behave as you’d like them to and although you love them all, there will always be a few which are your favorite. Marketeers play on this with labels boasting ‘Distillers Selection’, ‘Select Oak’, ‘Masters Collection’, ‘Paradis’ or ‘Single Barrel’ etc. All […]

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The Macallan to open £100 million Scotch Distillery

Scotch whisky hero The Macallan are set to be given a brand new 100 million pound distillery makeover by brand owner Edrington. Located in Craigellachie on Speyside, the development will see a new immersive visitors exhibition, gallery, cafe and an expansion of production and warehouse storage enabling an output of 15 million litres a year […]

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