Australia and Spain collaborate on Cousin Vera Gin

Cousin Vera’s Gin is an exciting international collaboration between two premier craft gin distilleries: Spain’s Santamanía and Australia’s Four Pillars. What began as a few thoughts on Twitter turned into a series of multilingual emails, then a meeting in Madrid between two master gin crafters. From their distillery in the Yarra, Four Pillars brought a selection of Australia’s uniquely aromatic […]

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Bottles vs Cans. Which is better?

For decades, there was a clear divide between canned and bottled beer. Canned beer was cheap, meant for mass production and consumption on camp-outs out of coolers. Bottled beer was considered classier and higher quality, something to savour while sitting on your favourite bar stool. But advances in technology and the rise of craft breweries have […]

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The Curious Trademark on The Dark ‘n’ Stormy®

How many cocktails do you know of which have their own trademark? The Dark ‘n’ Stormy®, that delicious combination of dark rum (the dark) and ginger beer (the stormy), is legally owned by Goslings Rum. Based in Bermuda, this centuries-old rum distributor was the first purveyor of alcoholic beverages on the island (and the first to make […]

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Balvenie Single Malt Cheese

Pairing Whiskey and Cheese

While wine is the first pick for pairing with cheese, whiskey can complement the complex flavours of everything from gruyere to gorgonzola. Here are a few simple tips for pairing cheese with whiskey. Save the strongest for last While whiskey which tastes like a campfire can be quite enjoyable, peated high-proof whiskey can overwhelm any flavours […]

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The World’s Finest Chile Liqueur

Crafted for ninety years from a traditional Mexican recipe, Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur is a unique and intricately crafted addition to any liquor collection. At the heart of this peculiar liqueur are precious Poblano chilies, which are dried for weeks in the sun to deliver the full force of their spicy, sugary flavour. After being […]

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Deconstructing digestifs

While the ideal after-dinner drink is the one you most enjoy, digestifs were specifically made to aid digestion and excite your taste-buds after a meal. As opposed to aperitifs, which are light on sweetness and strength, digestifs are full-bodied desert drinks. As digestifs vary enormously among different cultures, it is hard to define their character. Some are sweet and smooth, […]

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The First Chicago Distillery Since Prohibition

In less than ten years, a distillery established by two ex-academics has come to dominate the domain of spirits. More impressive, theirs was the firs legal distillery to be opened in Chicago since Prohibition. So what is the secret of success at the heart of Koval Distillery? At the heart of their success is the heart of their distillate, […]

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