World First Blockchain Whisky

Ailsa Bay has launched the world’s first-ever blockchain whisky, capturing the full distilling and manufacturing process. You can track the whisky from its source all the way to your glass.  Why so? You may well ask. Well, the growing number of fakes on the market seems like a good place to start. Blockchain information essentially means…

Last chance to try the Craigellachie 51 Year old for free

 Sydney, Australia – After waiting 51 years to be enjoyed by people all over the world, there are only ten days left to enter the Craigellachie 51 lottery to be in with a chance to sip on your very own dram at Bar 51 pop-up. While most super-aged whiskies of this calibre would command a…

HOW TO: Beetroot Collins

The Beetroot Collins is a twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail. This deep purple cocktail not only looks impressive, it is the perfect suggestion for those who like a combination of earthy and citrus flavours. Glass: Tall / Collins Garnish: Baby beetroot, beetroot chips and a pinch of beetroot salt Ingredients: 20ml MONIN Beetroot…

Champagne of the Week – Louis Roederer Cristal 2008

WORDS KEN GARGETT Don’t let anyone tell you differently. 2008 is a truly great vintage for Champagne. Some have claimed it is the best since 1996, or even 1990. It might even surpass those two and challenge the brilliant 1988. Like the great ’88, which snuck under the radar in its youth, this is a…

HOW TO: Cafe Cerise

If you like the Espresso Martini, you will love the Cafe Cerise. With only four simple ingredients including the Nitro coffee, this coffee cocktail will really impress your guests as your next dinner party. Glass: Wine glass Ingredients: 10ml MONIN Cherry 40ml Vermouth 10ml Vodka Top with Nitro Coffee Method: All ingredients to mixing glass…

‘Champagne of the Week’ – Bollinger Grand Année 2008

WORDS KEN GARGETT The evidence has been building for some time. 2008 is one of the greatest vintages seen in Champagne for many years. Aficionados will argue over just where it fits in the overall scale of things, and which compare, but for me, it looks like it might be the best since the scintillating…

HOW TO: Rhubarb Ramos

SPONSORED POST Here’s some inspiration for a twist on the classic Ramos Gin Fizz. Did you know, the Ramos Gin Fizz was created in 1888 by Henry Charles Ramos at his bar the Imperial Cabinet Saloon on Gravier Street in New Orleans. Originally called the New Orleans Fizz, it is one of the cities most popular drinks. This cocktail is…

Spirit of the Week – Wolfburn Distillery ‘Langskip’ Single Malt

WORDS KEN GARGETT The emergence of a new Scottish distillery, even if it is a resurrection of an old one, will always attract attention, especially when they hit the ground with an array of cracking malts and make a real splash on the show circuit. The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded back in 1821 but,…

Wine of the Week – Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2019

WORDS KEN GARGETT It seems like yesterday that the news of Michael Hill Smith and Martin Shaw, winemaker cousins, commencing their own operation in the Adelaide Hills hit the front page. Terrifyingly, it was 30 years ago and the wines to celebrate that milestone have just landed. Back in 1989, Michael had just become the…

Two Tequilas You Need to Try

WORDS KEN GARGETT Tepid as rain off a rusty roof. One of my more favoured descriptions of tequila. Fair to say that I am perhaps not the most avid fan of this Mexican spirit. And yes, a bad experience, about which nothing should be put in print. The Eagles’ ‘Tequila Sunrise’ is not my favourite…