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Coastal Whisky: The Curious Relationship Between Whisky and the Seas

by Jake Mountain     18. February 2015 12:30

Coastal Whisky Bowmore

Some whiskies can be said to have a 'coastal' or 'maritime' character, and invariably these are also whiskies that I absolutely love. In fact, these seaside malts are the reason I became interested in whisky in the first place, and the very best examples are still probably my favourite spirits in the world. This is personal taste, of course, and whilst I love most of the gods' rich tapestry of whisky flavour profiles, I just happen to be a sucker for the Neptunian ones. So, consider me your Neil Oliver as we embark on a journey of discovery and also consider exactly how is it that some malts seemingly take on the very taste of the coast. This, is whisky on the edge... *Cue music*

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Master of Cocktails - The Naked Barista

by Ben Ellefsen     16. February 2015 08:58

Master of Cocktails The Naked Barista

Greetings cocktail-lovers. Who's up for a swift whisky cocktail then? The second #MasterofCocktails whisky cocktail in a row, no less. Is it you?

If it is indeed you, that's perfect, as that's what we're doing for this week's #MasterofCocktails!

This week we're making a drink I've named 'The Naked Barista'. The reasons will hopefully become clear as we go through the recipe.

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 7: Redlands Distillery)

by Michael Orson     13. February 2015 14:58

Redlands distillery

Born in London in 1788, George Frederick Read was an illustrious merchant, believed to have brought one of the first merchant vessels through the Torres Straight (which runs between Papua New Guinea and northern Australia). During his career, he traded between India, China and Australia, though it was in the latter country in which settled, first in a town allotment in Sydney, then later, owing to asthma, in Hobart, Tasmania’s largest city.

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FREE SHIPPING on 2015 Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge Award Winners!

by Sam Smith     10. February 2015 12:30

Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge 2015

Back in the day, you would have to saunter on down to a speakeasy to get yourself a top notch cocktail. These days, such treats can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own sofa/chaise longue/chair shaped like a hand, thanks to the wonder of Pre-Bottled Cocktails. In fact, they've become quite a 'thing'. Drinks International have noted the "great strides" the category, and a couple of brands in particular (both featured below), have made in recent years as their Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge continues to give big kudos and medals to the crème de la crème of Pre-Bottled Cocktails.

The 2015 Pre-Mixed Drinks Challenge winners were announced last week, and awards like this don't just pop up out of the ground (unlike corn - as a proud Somersetm'n, I know stuff like that can just appear anywhere... Probably...), thus we thought we'd have a little promotion to celebrate!

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Master of Cocktails - If The Umeshu Fits...

by Ben Ellefsen     9. February 2015 09:22

Master of Cocktails If The Umeshu Fits

Greetings all. Time for a cocktail?

This week we're going to be making a very Japanese-y cocktail, heavily inspired by the amazing work of Zoran Peric, a Brand Ambassador for Suntory Whiskies, whose work we've got a lot of time for here at #MasterofCocktails. We'll be making a 'If The Umeshu Fits...' recipe, a name that will make sense when you see the ingredients.

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 6: Nant Distillery)

by Michael Orson     5. February 2015 11:30

Nant distillery

This week we’ll be looking at Nant – one of the most critically acclaimed distilleries on Tasmania, with high profile fans including legendary whisky commentator Jim Murray.

It began in 2004, when Brisbane-based property developer Keith Batt purchased the Nant Estate, just an hour from Hobart. This ancient estate was built in around 1821, and since the 2004 purchase, it has been lovingly and carefully restored with an investment of some $5 million. The result is arrestingly beautiful; a stunning estate surrounded by breathtakingly scenic countryside.

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Master of Cocktails - I am not a Negroni

by Ben Ellefsen     2. February 2015 09:13

Master of Cocktails I Am Not A Negroni

'sup cocktail fans. Ready for something a bit special for #MasterofCocktails this week? Of course you are. Just so we're clear though, we're not making a Negroni. That's even clarified in the cocktail's name - I am not a Negroni.

We're going to be making our drink with fully certified Batshit Mental, Negroni-aged Bathtub Gin. This is the superb Bathtub Gin, aged for 4 months in a 50 litre cask that previously held a batch of Negroni.

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Master of Cocktails - De La Louisiane

by Ben Ellefsen     26. January 2015 08:18

Master of Cocktails The De La Louisiane

Well hello there cocktail fans. Hope you all had a wonderful Burns Night (apostrophe?)! In celebration, for #MasterofCocktails on Sunday we made a De La Louisiane recipe, which is a... erm... a cocktail with American Whiskey.

Should've thought that one through a bit better really, eh?

Nevertheless - this really is a good 'un. It's sort of a halfway house between a Manhattan and a Vieux Carre.

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Have Yourselves a Brilliant Burns Supper This Sunday!

by Sam Smith     23. January 2015 11:54

Robert Burns

On Sunday the 25th of January, folk around the world will be taking part in a Burns Supper to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns, one of Scotland's most renowned and loved poets. Some might be very traditional, some less so, as Jake found out last year, but either way, these suppers are usually filled with three great pillars - poetry, haggis and Scotch whisky.

Basically, Burns Suppers are good fun and a great excuse (if you needed one) to enjoy some lovely whisky. If you've never been to one, keep reading to discover what you could be in for. If you're hosting one, good on ya!

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Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 5: Hellyers Road)

by Michael Orson     21. January 2015 09:46

Hellyers Road distillery

Born in Hampshire, England in 1790, Henry Hellyer trained as an architect and surveyor, and was one of the first officers to sign up for the Van Dieman’s Land Company shortly after it was formed in 1825.

Later to become Chief Surveyor and Chief Architect, his work in Tasmania made him legendary, so much so that after his resignation in 1832, the Court of Directors described his “unwearied exertions for the company... his personal privation and risk in exploring the country, and the admirable maps and plans.”

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