Posts Tagged “alcohol”

Caorunn – the Scottish London Dry Gin – review

Caorunn – the Scottish London Dry Gin – review

The first thing one notices about Caorunn gin is, well, the gin! Its rather classy bottle presents mountain-stream-clear aromatic alcohol in its purest form. It invites the prospective drinker to anticipate the cool, crisp gin within. For me, Caorunn is a classic gin. It’s well-crafted and balanced. Its infusion is delicate, a few of the…

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Junmai Ginjo from Heavensake – drinks review

Junmai Ginjo from Heavensake – drinks review

Junmai Ginjo is just one of many styles of sake. The differences are derived from the type of rice used, the local water, the skill of the Master Brewer or Toji, the koji mould, yeast and, in some cases, added alcohol. But the main factor isn’t an ingredient at all but the degree to which…

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Port, Wine and the Douro – travel review

Port, Wine and the Douro – travel review

Ah, beautiful Portugal! Striking architecture in iconic Lisbon. History and character in Porto …and then there is the Douro Valley, which is stunning and will entice any visitor. This area is known for its natural beauty and also for its wines and, in particular, Port. No, it isn’t made in Porto although it’s that city…

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Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy The name Côte d’Or might not be well known but it is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was formed from part of the former province of Burgundy. This is not only a beautiful part of France but a celebrated…

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Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

It’s true that many British tourists are regulars on the beaches of the Algarve and they will say they love the country. Yes, they enjoy that little corner of this amazing land; but far fewer visitors travel away from the resorts to discover the real personality of Portugal. The Portuguese are the product of a…

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Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal – review

Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal – review

Christmas isn’t far away. The ads on TV herald the coming season and offer the threat of Yuletide gift giving. Men are famously difficult with regard to pressies but for those chaps and indeed ladies who have a passion for whisky then the problem is solved. Whisky – The Connoisseur’s Journal is the must-have accessory….

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Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

You might have visited Porto in Portugal before but it’s worth another look, and perhaps with food and drink in mind this time. There has been more investment lately in this vibrant town, which exudes character and charm. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal was a leading European power, ranking with England, France and…

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Mark Hellyar – wine review

Mark Hellyar – wine review

Chateau Civrac Wine and Honest Grapes What a kind invitation! A food and wine pairing evening at impressive Lutyens, off Fleet Street… and Cornish wine! Well, no, not really – the wine is French and very good too. The maker is Cornish and that, strangely, might give him some advantages: he has an appreciation of…

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Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

Many of us have become interested in wine. Yes, drinking it and pairing it. Remember the days when we in the UK drank just a few different wines? It wasn’t that they were so good that they became popular; truth to tell, it was all we had. Red or white from ‘various countries’. They were…

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Mezcal Amores – drinks review

Mezcal Amores – drinks review

Mezcal? Isn’t that a brand of tequila? No – they are slightly different beverages but with great similarities in both taste and production methods. Tequila and mezcal are made from agave which grows in many parts of Mexico. Most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. Tequila must be made from blue agave and mezcal should not…

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Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych – bar review

Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych – bar review

The name ‘lobby bar’ might give the impression that this is something of an after-thought. Perhaps a venue through which to pass. A prequel to the main event. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It now has a trolley! One Aldwych and its Lobby Bar occupy one of the most important Edwardian buildings in…

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Alhambra Reserva 1925 – drinks review

Alhambra Reserva 1925 – drinks review

Independently-owned Alhambra Beers, a celebrated brewery in Spain, was founded in 1925 and is named after the Alhambra Palace in its home town of Granada. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is the foremost artisan beer of the Alhambra Company and expresses its tradition and quality. Tasteful elegance One might not know too much about beer but the…

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Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France – drinks review

Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France – drinks review

Les Grands Chais de France Group is a company based in the Northern Vosges region of France. It’s run by the Helfrich family.  When Joseph Helfrich founded the winery in 1979 he made the decision to sell Cognac and brandy around the world – wine followed soon after.  Les Grands Chais de France Group is…

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Parlay Ultra Black Rum – drinks review

Parlay Ultra Black Rum – drinks review

The label uses a strong old gold and black design which sets well on the inky dark rum in the tall slim bottle. The artwork is embossed and tactile and excites the expectation of a taste of something a bit different. There is the story of the name ‘Parlay’ emblazoned on the back and it’s…

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Massucco Wines – drinks review

Massucco Wines – drinks review

For many years Loris Massucco has been working hard, supported by the experience of several generations of family wine makers, to create his new, innovative wines. All over the world, wine producers are constantly competing when it comes to promoting and selling their wines. What makes the difference all too often is price, at the…

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Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

The mountains have been here for 80 million years; humans have been using the mountains for a lot less time than that, but nevertheless for a long time, historically speaking. The Romans used one of the peaks as a military fort. Later, in the 14th century, a monastery was built that gave birth to this…

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Ozeki Dry Sake – drinks review

Ozeki Dry Sake – drinks review

If we are new to sake we will likely be looking for a mild flavour and a light sake. Yes, sake does indeed have a different taste profile from wine. But Japan’s national beverage is distinctive, complex and can be rewarding to those who appreciate its layers and balance. I found Ozeki Dry Sake particularly…

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Vassilis Papagiannakos at Domaine Papagiannakos Winery – interview

Vassilis Papagiannakos at Domaine Papagiannakos Winery – interview

A few years ago one might scoff at the prospect of a visit to a Greek winery. The memory of old-school Retsina lingers on. That wine had more in common, to non-Greek taste buds at least, with that in which one might clean paint brushes. But those days are gone and now Greek wineries are…

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Shirataki Shuzo Atoaji Kiriri Uonuma Junmai Sake – drinks review

Shirataki Shuzo Atoaji Kiriri Uonuma Junmai Sake – drinks review

The quality junmai sake, made in Uonuma City in Niigata, is a pure sake made of just 100% Japanese rice polished to 65% of its original size. The key ingredients are water and koji mould, which turns the starch in the rice to the sugars necessary for fermentation. With about 90 sake breweries, Niigata is…

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Craft Spirits by Eric Grossman – review

Craft Spirits by Eric Grossman – review

Well, this is right on trend. Cocktails have become the cornerstone of every restaurant bar, and we want to try our hands at barista-ing at home. Most of the fixin’s are available to civilians and with little equipment some delicious and beautiful cocktails can be ours. Craft Spirits is a comprehensive glossary of worldwide spirits…

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