The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve


The Glenrothes is a curious Speyside distillery; before a recent move away from ‘age statement’ whiskies, they were already cutting their own path with ‘Vintage Single Malt’. The theory is simple; rather than bottling a whisky made in 2003 and calling it “12 years old”, they instead name it “2003 vintage”. Partly, this is a hangover from… Read more »

CafeDirect Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest volcano in Africa although, thankfully, it hasn’t had a major eruption for more than a third of a million years. This is good news for coffee lovers, because it’s location and elevation make it perfect coffee growing territory. Kilimanjaro is a medium strength coffee from CafeDirect. The grounds have a remarkably fruity aroma… Read more »

Tis The (pre) Season

The clocks have gone back; the leaves are falling from the trees; the TV adverts are all pushing perfume and package holidays. Yes, it’s nearly that time of year again – Christmas! The first sign is the appearance of ‘seasonal’ coffees, as Starbucks starts adding more and more things to my latte. But this is… Read more »

Badger Ales Brewery Tour-At-Home


Badger Ales or, as they’re more properly known Hall & Woodhouse, is one of the oldest breweries in the UK. Founded in 1777, they’re certainly in the top five preceded only by the likes of Shepherd Neame (officially 1698 but likely much earlier), Samuel Smith (1758) and Young’s (whose Ram Brewery probably dates as far back… Read more »