Spirits

What Does Don Draper Drink?

Mad Men, it's a television gold mine for AMC and has made the character Donald Draper synonymous with style, class and the fading era of stoicism amongst over-worked executives. Alcoholism is rife in almost every minute of the show and the lack of ...

Million Pound Whisky

Whoa check this one out guys and gals! I've been keeping an eye on this release for a while (as some of you may have heard I am a bit of again of this distillery and it's current blender) but I never expected to see this retail price tag! Scotch ...

Do Spirits Contain Gluten?

This is a question that has come up a few times in my period behind the bar. Normally I'd simply laugh internally at the misunderstanding of coeliac disease and the rectification of spirits and make up a great little cocktail that I swore had no ...

American Whiskey Opportunity

Now independent spirits are my schtick, it's true. I've been accused of favoring them in tastings regardless of quality (not true but I agree they do seem to get mysterious bonus points). There's a reason though; every one of these spirits is made ...

What is in Whisky

What is in whisky? This question has been on my mind a lot of late. Most people can give the literal response with very few mistakes but that's not really what I'm asking. When you look at a whisky do you see a drink? A vehicle for getting drunk? ...

Japanese Whisky

The 6th of June was a special night. My girlfriend and I celebrated five years together and to show how much I loved her I got her a seat for the Japanese whisky masterclass I was booked in at the Raccoon Club. Yeah I'm romantic like that... ...

Makin’ Shine Money

As promised, here's an article just for Rhys. How do you make money running 'shine from revenuers in a bright orange General Lee ('69 charger)? Well after a few days of in-depth research I have some serious doubts about the fiscal stability of the ...

What Did Ian Fleming’s James Bond Actually Drink?

First of all I need to apologise. This question, posted on Facebook that led to some 100 comments and guesses has an answer none of you are going to like. I'm sorry, however it all makes sense below. What did James Bond, the original superstar ...

Worms in Tequila?

"Always eat the worm." Thank you US frat party culture for giving me the single most annoying myth to dispel around tequila and mezcal. There are no worms in mezcal, there are no worms in tequila. End of story. "But bro I've seen them..." No you ...

Tequila or Mezcal

The first two nights of Si Señor pop-up taqueria were a blast! The signature cocktails went down a treat and my crazy jelly shots were all over the twittosphere. Guess that makes it a success no? One experience that did stick with me was seeing ...