Category Archives: Spirits

Full Nelson + Wood’s Navy Rum.

Full Nelson + Wood’s Navy Rum. I was recently able to get my hands on some older bottles of one of my favourite rums and thought it must be time for a sprawling and ill-conceived article about a product that … Continue reading

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Gin review: Roku & Etsu Japanese gins.

Gin review: Roku & Etsu Japanese gins. The gin world divides itself more or less into two styles which, very approximately are: a) London Dry gin in which juniper is the main flavour and b) New World/New Western gin in … Continue reading

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Ready to drink Gin & Tonics – are they any good?

Ready to drink Gin & Tonics – are they any good? While a Gin & Tonic is hardly the most challenging drink to assemble there exists a range of ready made versions for reasons that mystify me somewhat as to … Continue reading

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Rum review: El Dorado 8 vs El Dorado 8.

City of lost rum

Rum review: El Dorado 8 vs El Dorado 8. Wait. What? Oh, right – my bad – some explanation is needed before I launch into this review. Now, as I’ve hinted at before, individual spirits can change over time. It’s … Continue reading

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Tiki Lovers Dark Rum – Review

Tiki Lovers Dark Rum. This is a rum that I’ve been hearing good – if vague – things about from the Tiki community for quite some time but never quite got around to trying because I wasn’t really sure what … Continue reading

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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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