Spirits

Stocking a Bar – Spirits

Bar managers, owners, restauranteurs and event managers this guide is for you. There are three things to consider when stocking a bar; price bracket, point of difference and how to sell. Most venues make the mistake of only focusing on one or two of ...

Fear and Loathing in Lagavulin Pt 2 – Bruichladdich B*tches

If you missed Part One - Check out Feat and Loathing in Lagavulin Pt 1 What happened? I blacked out. I think I was meant to post this last week, or last month, or something. Anyway, Islay, part two. I've just awoken in a top bunk at the Port ...

My Top 5 Favourite Australian Whiskies

  If you’re like me and love to drink a whisky or seven, then you’re probably aware that Australia is coming up with some world class stuff at the moment. Several of our homegrown distilleries have won a number of internationally coveted ...

Mixology Monday 108 – Swizzle!

Now Mixology Monday is an awesome bit of internet mixology. People from around the world follow a monthly theme and make up a drink on a designated Monday and it's all shared through the blog-o-sphere.   It's a great excuse to try ...

Pisco – Introducing Peru’s Favourite Spirit

In the last year or so we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of the pisco category, not only within professional circles but also amongst the general public. This is largely due to the growing trend of people ordering more savoury, sour ...

Fear and Loathing in Lagavulin (Part One)

We're standing amongst the ruins of Finlaggan Castle, once the much exulted Council of The Isles, on the Island of Islay off Scotland's West Coast. This was the seat of power for the rulers of this area for centuries. Despite having had overlords ...

Growing Up Gin

As a self confessed food and drink geek with a love of history, I find anything tasty with an interesting story behind it all the more intriguing. Everything about the history of gin, as we know it today, from its origins in seventeenth century ...

Rums You Have to Try

Australia's growing premium rum market is finally starting to deliver some of the best rums in the world. I don't just mean Australian rums alone either, importers like the boys at Quittin' Time (podcast episode) are making the best rums from around ...

The Gin Shortage

Are we heading for an apocalyptic gin shortage? According to Plantlife UK's 2015 juniper report the renewed interest in Scottish juniper by the craft gin movement has revealed that around 79% of all juniper plants are diseased or dying. Most ...

Barons Choice

Dark and Stormy, Moscow Mule and Ginger Beer Cocktails

The Moscow Mule cocktail and the Dark and Stormy cocktail have two things in common; ginger beer and being regularly amongst the worst-made and overrated drinks in the world. This is a real shame as the combination of ginger, lime and quality ...