A Tale Of Three Stouts

A Tale Of Three Stouts

2014 was the year when Craft Beer went mainstream. The big, established brewers finally noticed that their market share was at risk, and started looking for ways to jump on the bandwagon. Some of them jumped on with both feet, setting up small, in-house microbreweries and letting their brewers off the leash a little. Others [read more]

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Coffee: Peet's Sumatra

Coffee: Peet’s Sumatra

I love coffee, so whenever we’re away I like to keep my eyes open for something new. When I came across Peet’s Coffee on a recent trip to Virginia, it was pretty much impossible to resist – an interesting sounding coffee with my name (almost) on it! Peet’s Sumatra sounds like my kind of coffee [read more]

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Advent: Day 24 - Lost Distilleries Blend - Batch 6

Advent: Day 24 – Lost Distilleries Blend – Batch 6

I’ve tasted whisky from The Lost Distilleries before, and was pretty impressed by it. As the name suggests, these are blends made from whiskies made in distilleries that are no longer with us. Unsurprisingly, this results in some expensive bottles – around the £350 mark, if you can even find them. The Lost Distilleries Blend [read more]

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Advent: Day 23 - Macallan Amber 1824 Series

Advent: Day 23 – Macallan Amber 1824 Series

The 1824 Series from Macallan is a range of sherry-aged whiskies. The range carries no age statement, and each whisky is named simply for its colour – from Gold through to Ruby. 1824, of course, refers to the year in which the distillery was originally founded. Macallan Amber 1824 Series is from the paler end [read more]

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Advent: Day 22 - Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt - The Journey

Advent: Day 22 – Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt – The Journey

The word “hero” is massively over-used today. Being good at football isn’t “heroic”, and neither is being Miss World. Ernest Shackleton, however, was a genuine hero. In 1914, he set off on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, an attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. The whole story of that expedition is [read more]

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Advent: Day 21 - Mortlach Rare Old

Advent: Day 21 – Mortlach Rare Old

Mortlach was the first distillery to be set up in Dufftown, in the Speyside which region. Although much of its production is destined for Johnnie Walker, some makes its way into single malt releases. Mortlach Rare Old is one such release, although I’m not clear just how old or rare it actually is! The nose [read more]

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