Whisky Wednesday: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila Batch 1

Whisky Wednesday: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Caol Ila Batch 1

There’s something very self-consciously ‘cool’ about That Boutique-y Whisky Company (henceforth to be known as TBWC, or “te-ba-wuk“). From the funky name to the “cultish graphic novel-style” labels, it all makes the craft beer movement look staid and veers dangerously close to hipsterism. All this would normally leave me cynically expecting it to be a [read more]

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Coffee: Taylors Indonesia

Coffee: Taylors Indonesia

Taylors remain one of my ‘go-to’ supermarket coffee brands, so my curiosity was well and truly piqued when I noticed a new range in my local store.  Apparently released back in February, either their ‘Origins’ range have only just reached our Waitrose or I’ve been in too much of a coffee-deprived daze when wandering down [read more]

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Coffee: Taylors Good Morning

Coffee: Taylors Good Morning

Coffee is a vital component of a good morning, being roughly 7 times more important than breakfast. However, not everybody wants the same thing from their morning coffee – while I might want a big, bold, caffeine-laden start to the day others may prefer a softer, gentler beginning. This time-dependent labelling is a tightrope that [read more]

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Import vs. Brewed Under License

Import vs. Brewed Under License

“Brewed Under License” is the beer industry’s way of describing out-sourcing. This is either done when a brewery lacks the capacity to do all their own brewing – Brewdog being a recent example, temporary farming out production of Punk IPA to Thwaites – or as an alternative to exporting their beer. This second example makes [read more]

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Coffee: Grumpy Mule Organic Ethiopia

Coffee: Grumpy Mule Organic Ethiopia

I’ve come across Grumpy Mule at various foodie shows over the years, and I have to confess I’ve been underwhelmed – then again, drinking hastily-brewed coffee out of a small paper cup while standing in the middle of a large, crowded exhibition hall filled with a thousand different aromas probably isn’t the ideal tasting experience! [read more]

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Whisky Wednesday: Banoch Brae

Whisky Wednesday: Banoch Brae

Banoch Brae is a blended scotch produced as an ‘own label’ whisky for Nisa. Nisa is an association of small independent retailers, a national ‘brand’ for your local corner shop, as it were. They have been around since 1977, but I must admit that I’ve only really become aware of them in the last decade [read more]

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