Anspach & Hobday Tour-At-Home

Anspach & Hobday have been on my ‘to try’ list for a long time, but somehow they never ended up in my basket when restocking my cupboard. This is the slight downside to the current explosion of new breweries – it’s impossible to keep up with them all! We ended up visiting them by accident… Read more »

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Year Old

After setting up Suntory’s Yamazaki distillery outside of Kyoto, Masataka Taketsuru left to found his own company which was to become Nikka. His new company built its first distillery, Yoichi, on the northern island of Hokkaido. Thirty five years later, a second malt whisky distillery was set up further south, on Japan’s main island of… Read more »

Pact San Isidro


The old saying about not judging books by their cover is nonsense. I’ve always judged books by their cover – when you’re staring at a book shelf, be it in the local library, the local bookshop, or the virtual shelves of that Well Known Internet Bookshop Gone Mad the only real option (other than standing… Read more »

Pact Toledo – Norte de Santander

Today’s coffee is a Colombian bean from the Norte de Santander region, which is in the North East of the country, up by Venezuela. If nothing else, my coffee habits are improving my sense of South American geography! Toledo looks lighter roasted than I would normally go for, but has a rich aroma nonetheless. Some… Read more »