Category Archives: Spirits

Ten Tiki Rums.

Ten essential rums for the Tiki voyager. The wonderful world of Tiki cocktails can be daunting at first – not least because of the wide array of rums that are called for in many recipes. Today I’m gonna try to … Continue reading

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Bitters review – Bogart’s Bitters.

Bogart’s Bitters. The very first celebrity bartender in the very first cocktail book made much use of the enigmatic “Bogart’s bitters”. The legendary status of Jerry Thomas and The Bar-tenders Guide (1862) has made the acquisition of these bitters something … Continue reading

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Mount Gay Eclipse rum review

Mount Gay Eclipse rum review If you’re going to get serious about Tiki cocktails you need, in my view anyway, an “anchor” dry gold rum. It doesn’t have to be the fanciest rum in the world but needs to simply … Continue reading

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Hayman’s Royal Dock – gin review.

Hayman’s Royal Dock navy strength gin. Last time around we were talking about the Pink Gin which is a drink that (once fixed) demands a punchy gin to stand up to the powerful force of all those dashes of Angostura … Continue reading

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Seedlip Spice 94 – alcohol free “gin” review.

Seedlip Spice 94 Hola cocktailistas! A few weeks back we considered a brace of alcohol free “gins” (you probably want to read that first or much of the following will make little sense) but it was clear to me that no … Continue reading

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Alcohol free “spirits” – Fluère and Wonderleaf.

Alcohol free “spirits”. The next big thing in cocktails is going to be low and no alcohol cocktails. Trust me on this. The potential market is large and includes tee-totallers, responsible drivers, the health conscious, the religiously observant and the … Continue reading

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Rum Review: Coruba NPU & Coruba 7 year old.

Rum Review: Coruba NPU and Coruba 7 year old. There’s a particular flavour present in some (but by no means all) Jamaican rum that is completely almost unique in the rum world. Often described as “funk” or sometimes “hogo” or “dunder” … Continue reading

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Mezcal review – Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej.

Mezcal Review – Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej. One of the main problems with mezcal is finding a good mixable one that doesn’t break the bank. The usual choice is the widely available Del Maguey VIDA but my long time favourite … Continue reading

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Mexican Standoff: A mixing reposado showdown.

Mexican Standoff. We’ve talked a little bit about tequila before but this time we’re going to dive a bit deeper in a quest to find the ideal mixing tequila. As we know, tequila comes in two main types mixto which … Continue reading

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Tanqueray N° Ten gin.

Tanqueray N° Ten. Gin is different from most other spirits in that it’s essentially a mixing spirit. It’s pretty unthinkable to have just a glass of neat gin – although I’m sure there must be some people who do. So … Continue reading

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