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The King of Ale

By Phil Hawkins

You might associate the phrase ‘Good things come to those who wait’ with a darker, more Irish drink than this, but after nearly 200 years in the making, Greene King is now launching its Heritage Series. From just five preserved barley seeds, originally stored in 1825, an ancient recipe has been rediscovered by the Greene […]

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Glendalough Whiskey Review

By Michelle Connolly

The beautiful surroundings of Glendalough are the inspiration for this namesake whiskey. The Glen of the Two Lakes, formed in the ice age by an immense glacier, is one of Ireland’s foremost beauty spots. The heritage associated with its raw, remote beauty – what drew St Kevin to the area to practice in solitude – […]

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When in Rome, drink beer

By Phil Hawkins

London Beer Week, now in its fourth year, is returning to the capital on Monday, with a huge array of activities to celebrate a city of great drinking. The annual festival of all things beer, lager, ale and cider sees some of London’s top brewers and beer enthusiasts come together to enjoy a host of […]

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Old Pulteney 12 Review

By Alex Noble

This cracker comes from one of the most northernly distilleries on the Scottish mainland, and the extreme location and unique stills mean it’s a single malt scotch whisky that delivers both the power and the subtlety of the sea – a proper maritime malt. We were fortunate enough to give the award winning, Old Pulteney, […]

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How to Make The Perfect Negroni

By Alex Noble

Picture this; the sun is shining, the temperature is pleasant without being too much, you’re in a lovely linen suit, whilst on the decking of a beautiful rooftop bar; the waiter asks for your order… Spring is (thankfully) just around the corner and let’s be serious, nobody can wait. This bloody cold weather is physically […]

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Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Review

By Alex Noble

The glass can be half empty or half full…As long as there’s whisky in it. This is a mantra I live by, as I feel there really isn’t a time when a small dram of the good stuff isn’t a good idea; except maybe with your breakfast but even then there can be exceptions. I’d […]

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Stassen Cidre Review

By Joe Burns

It’s not often that a cider makes its way to the forefront of my mind, so that’s why I love the job of having to sample and review such drinks. I’m forced to rethink what it is I like, what I enjoy and what I’m keen on experimenting with next. As an ale and spirit […]

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Inchmoan Peated Malt Scotch Review

By Joe Burns

Inchmoan from Loch Lomond Whiskies is a single malt with some interesting characteristics thanks to the unique bottling distillery it comes from. Loch Lomond Whiskies based in a beautiful part of the highlands of Scotland have been family run and distilling and blending whiskies for many years now.  What makes their setup unique though if […]

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Botanist Gin

By Alex Noble

Q: When Isn’t it Gin O’Clock? A: Never Yes, Yes, I know, one must endorse the concept of responsible drinking but whatever happened to the good old saying of, ‘It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere?’ Anyway, the point I’m trying to stress is that for most of us chaps, a gin & tonic seems like a good […]

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Reyka Vodka Review

By Joe Burns

Reyka vodka landed on our doorstep and we will start by saying that it is so refreshing to experience and enjoy a high quality vodka, a break from our current spirit drinking habits.  Reyka is an Icelandic vodka made in collaboration by the masters at Grant & Sons (Hendricks, Glenfiddich) and master distiller Kristman Olafsson. […]

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Don Papa Rum Sample Kit

By Rashpal Amrit

Don Papa Rum has been taking the spirits world by storm, a premium aged rum from the Philippines and created on the fertile foothills of Mt. Kanlaon. Don Papa is a tribute to Papa Isio the real leader from the island of Negros, Phillipines. Dapper Chapper has kindly given us a tasting kit to try […]

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Talisker Skye – The Bottle Made by the Sea

By Adam

Good whisky makes the world go around, or at least we like to think it does. But it has certainly proven time after time, how complex and tasty it truly is. The region from where this fabulous liquid is created impacts (in a positive way) the way in which each whisky tastes, especially when it […]

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DRINKS BY THE DRAM ADVENT CALENDARS

By Matt Denney

If, like me, the idea of enjoying a daily measure of your favourite spirit in the lead up to Christmas sounds a lot like perfection, then Drinks by the Dram have an advent calendar just for you. Beautifully packaged, each window conceals a different 30ml dram, with a range catering for gin lovers, whisky connoisseurs, […]

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1800 Silver Tequila Review

By Joe Burns

The winter holidays are fast approaching so what better way to warm yourself up than with a tipple of a great tequila? Not everyone’s cup of tea but like we’ve said before, if you select a decent brand, tequila can be a surprisingly enjoyable spirit. A fine example of such a tequila is the Silver, […]