Benriach Goes Back To The Future

Speyside distillery Benriach is shaping up for the future by launching a new range of single malt whiskies which pay tribute to its past. Under former co-owner Billy Walker, the distillery built a formidable reputation for a diverse and eclectic range of whiskies, covering everything from classic fruity Speyside whiskies, to heavily peated malts, and…

Roskrows’ Stills Crazy: Edition 2

International spirits writer and magazine editor, Dominic Roskrow, has launched a new magazine for the whisky loving public and it’s worth a read.  Edition #2 of Stills Crazy was released last week and is a significant publication dedicated to the work of the late Dr Jim Swan: aptly titled “The Wizard of Whisky”. Roskrow has been…

NOLO – the new buzz word in drinks

No, and ultra low, alcohol drinks are all the rage. Have you tried this out? You may be very surprised. “Surely the flavour is lacking” or, “what’s the point” many are asking, but the reality is brewers, distillers and winemakers are getting very very good at how they de-alcoholise, or even stop the alcohol forming…

Alcohol Purchases Restricted in Australia

By Ash Pini This morning Australians are waking up to the news that the purchase of alcohol has been limited in all states except Western Australia. Today, March 31, new alcohol purchasing limits came into force across the country, with the exception of Western Australia, through participating retailers: including Dan Murphys, Coles Liquor, Cellarbrations, Liquor…

The ‘best dram’ – Glenfiddich Grand Cru

Glenfiddich is one of the most beloved of all Scottish malts. They began more than 150 years ago with William Grant, a bookkeeper at the Mortlach Distillery with a dream of making the “best dram in the valley.” At 47, Grant quit his job and purchased a copper pot still and associated equipment. He, his…

Must Try: Smith & Sheth ‘Cru

Steve Smith will be best known to most winelovers as the man behind so many great Craggy Range wines. He was one of the founders, along with Terry Peabody, and responsible for sourcing the superb vineyards from which their grapes came, as well as making the wines. All that said, I suspect Steve sees himself…

The Bacardi Crystal Ball

So, just what do we expect to be drinking this year? What will your favourite bartenders be serving? What will those who stock the bars be chasing?  In an admirable effort to find out what we can expect, Bacardi asked some 7,000 of their employees around the globe, spread across more than 100 cities, to…

You need to try these wines by a Riesling superstar

John Vickery is widely and justifiably recognised as one of the finest winemakers Australia has ever produced, often called the ‘Father of Riesling’. And if you won’t take my word for it, the man has won more than fifty trophies and 400 gold medals on the highly competitive Australian show circuit. John’s first vintage was…

Margarita Day – Tommy’s Margarita

The Tommy’s was created by Julio Bermejo at his Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. The only difference to the classic Margarita is Bermejo swapped our the orange liqueur and used Agave Nectar instead.

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…