The Dram Tour: Sweden

Box Destilleri

There’s a whole world out there, as the cliché goes, and in it, there is a lot of whisky being made. This isn’t even remotely a new fad, either, but it’s worth saying that in the last decade the whisky landscape has changed dramatically. There are some brilliant distilleries producing well-made spirits, many of which have been winning top honours … Read More

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Just Gin Show Returns for 2018


Just Gin Show is back for its third year at the Stourbridge Town Hall, on Saturday 28 July 2018 for two sessions, presenting you with dozens of new gins, masterclasses, mini-seminars and a whole load of juniper-y gin sampling. 2018 will see a record number of gin producers in attendance at the venue, with a plethora of different styles and … Read More

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New Year, New Distilleries

Waterford Distillery

As we say goodbye to 2017 it’s natural to have one eye on the years ahead. So in the world of whisky what does that mean? One thinks of casks sleeping in warehouses, or perhaps future releases. But what about the distilleries themselves? The landscape of whisky changes daily, and the UK and Ireland have some fascinating new places that … Read More

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – 2017 Releases ballot


The incredibly coveted American whiskeys from the 2017 Antique Collection by Buffalo Trace have returned for another year. As we did at the beginning of this year, we’ll be putting 100% of our allocation into a ballot to give as many of you as possible the chance to get your hands on a bottle. If you’re reading this blog there’s … Read More

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Sparkling Wines for the Festive Season


On one magical day of every year, it is considered socially acceptable – necessary, even – to drink Champagne in the morning. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. At this time of the day, the wine falls into its classic function as an aperitif; not just to whet the appetite for the day’s overeating, but indeed to whet … Read More

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Red Wines for the Christmas table


Choosing a wine to pair with a crowded meal can be very complicated and, for some, anxiety-inducing. Pile on the added pressure applied to the annual Christmas dinner and it’s enough to give any armchair sommelier a heart attack. But this needn’t be the case. The best answer to some food and wine pairing questions is the simplest: go with … Read More

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Warming Whiskies for the Festive Period

Whiskies in glasses

Well, the nights are well and truly drawing in and the temperatures are plummeting. It’s really at this time of year that whisky can absolutely shine. To me, it’s very much about the intense flavours and aromas now – that’s what winter whisky is about. Something smokey perhaps, or a cask strength delight, to warm the soul. Something with a … Read More

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White Wines for the Christmas Table


Now that the country is covered with snow, we think it’s officially time we started talking about Christmas. To those of us perhaps a little too obsessed with booze, Christmas can be a great excuse to get into a huge selection of drinks over the course of a long hazy day with loved ones. But what to drink? Christmas is one … Read More

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Interview with Daniel Szor of the Cotswolds Distillery

Daniel - Cotswold Distillery CEO

The Cotswolds Distillery is one of the more exciting new whisky operations in the UK. Based near Shipston-on-Stour in Oxfordshire, they’ve already made a name for themselves as producers of excellent spirits, including a fine Dry Gin, Espresso Martini and even a Cream Liqueur. But it’s the whisky that many people have been waiting for – and that takes the longest. … Read More

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A Spotlight on… Port


Portuguese wines of all styles have been getting a lot of attention recently, so in the run-up to Christmas we thought it prudent to refamiliarise our customers with the nation’s most iconic wine: Port. Port has been beloved by British drinkers ever since the early 18th century when wars with France forced them to look elsewhere for their tipple, while … Read More

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