Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 22 Sep 2021

    Rock Rose welcomes the return of 007

    Rock Rose welcomes the return of 007 with a new Vesper Martini The name is Rose. Rock Rose. To celebrate the UK release on 30 September of the keenly awaited James Bond film, No Time To Die, on 30 September, the Scottish distillery, Dunnet Bay Distillers, has released a new Vesper Martini elegantly combining its Rock Rose...

  • 20 Sep 2021

    Decorrum Rum

    Artful in every way It’s getting on to autumn and we are looking for drinks with pleasing warmth and bold character. Yes, a rum could fit the bill. That would revive memories of sun-kissed beaches, soft Caribbean breezes, the sound of breaking waves – and Manchester rooftops. Perhaps we should do a literary rewind here....

  • 17 Sep 2021

    Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

    Helen and Simon Pattinson started Montezuma’s in 2000 with just one small chocolate-making machine. From the start a Business Done Properly policy was at the heart of the business and that covers everything from the way they work with suppliers, how much packaging they use, how they dispose of waste, to sourcing ethically produced ingredients....

  • 15 Sep 2021

    Fireheart – Nespresso® Compatible Compostable Pods

    A delicious Surprise Here we are again! Somebody sending me Nespresso® Compatible pods. But wait! These are different. These pods are compostable. And there is more – I actually like the Fireheart coffee! It’s probably not a good idea to send a tea drinker coffee to review. I always find it bitter and lacking in...

  • 13 Sep 2021

    Brockmans in Miniature

    Brockmans Gin in Miniature – the perfect serve Three cheers. Brockmans Gin, famed for its tactile black bottle, is launching a miniature, 5cl bottle for the first time. The bottle is an exact replica of the stylish larger bottle. You’ll find these glorious little bottles of gin at around £4, through retailers and selected online...

  • 10 Sep 2021

    Mainbrace – Splicing two rums

    Mainbrace: yes, the name conjures visions of pirates and adventures on the high seas. But this particular Mainbrace is a Cornish-based rum brand that was launched in October 2019. The eponymous rum is even more exotic than that beautiful south-west corner of Britain. The brand name of Mainbrace comes from the naval term ‘to splice...

  • 08 Sep 2021

    Turn up the Voltage for Negroni Week

    Brockmans Gin for Negroni Week – 13-19 September 2021 The power of the negroni has been switched up to a new level with new cocktail from Brockmans Gin in time for Negroni Week. Introducing the Brockmans Voltage Negroni: a new twist on a ‘proper’ negroni using ‘The Properly Improper Gin’. Here, the citrus and dark berries...

  • 06 Sep 2021

    Rock Rose Gin voted a ‘Cool Brand’

    Rock Rose Gin is officially a ‘cool brand’. The super-premium British gin has been selected by the influential CoolBrands® in the 2021/22 roster of the coolest brands around. Brands are shortlisted by invitation only and selected by a prestigious panel of forty-nine judges, comprising designers, style experts, media personalities, and prominent names from entertainment, fashion,...

  • 03 Sep 2021

    Burp – The Other Wine Book

    No need to even open the cover of this substantial volume to be assured that this is indeed a wine book like no other! Author Bas Korpel is a writer and vinologist, and since 2011 he has immersed himself in wine – well, metaphorically speaking, anyway. He has worked for several advertising agencies in Amsterdam...

  • 01 Sep 2021

    Lizi’s Granola

    Lizi’s was founded in 2003 with a focus on healthy living and wholesome foods, and to create nutritious cereals that would also be delicious. The original recipes were created by founders Dr Mick Shaw and his wife, Lizi. Lizi’s became the first cereal brand in the UK to measure the Glycaemic Load of their products,...

  • 30 Aug 2021

    Glen Moray – classic single malt

    120 years of Glen Moray whisky Glen Moray in the heart of Speyside has been around for 120 years. It all began in 1897, when the Elgin West Brewery, which had made local ales since 1830 was transformed into the whisky distillery we see today.  The company continued to upgrade its facilities and in the...

  • 27 Aug 2021

    At Home with Romulo

    A Finish-at-Home Meal Kit for Two If you are a regular reader (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you will already know that Romulo Café and Restaurant in London is a favourite culinary haunt. But now I can enjoy their outstanding food even when I can’t sit at one of their tables. Yes, I will...

  • 25 Aug 2021

    The Tortilla Cookbook

    The Tortilla Cookbook is a new recipe book, but it already has a history. It has been inspired by the viral TikTok trend #TortillaChallenge. We all know how popular those bite-size presentations have become. This book is a compilation of 60 quick, easy and tempting wrap recipes that you can make for any meal at...

  • 23 Aug 2021

    Strawberry Love

    45 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Shortcakes, Hand Pies, Salads, Salsas, and More At last it’s summer. Well, it seems that way for a few days anyway. We appreciate warm weather, light meals and those seasonal fruits. We have waited so long for those. Strawberries are delicious. We can enjoy them fresh with every meal...

  • 20 Aug 2021

    Diplomático Mantuano – a good mix

    Diplomático Mantuano is appealing even before one lifts the cork. It has shelf presence with an old-fashioned brown glass flask shape and sepia label offering a sketch of a handsome bearded gentleman.  Don Juancho is the man behind the company logo. Don Juan Meléndez (“Don Juancho”) is the inspiration behind Diplomático rums. He was born...

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