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J P Wiser's 18 Year Old
J P Wiser's 18 Year Old

Distillery: J P Wiser's
Region: Ontario
Country: Canada
Abv: 40.0%
Rating:
Contains Whisky!
J. P. Wiser's have been making whisky in Ontario since before Canada was even a country, and as is traditional for any distillery with a history, claims to be "one of the oldest producers" in the country. That original company never really recovered from the death of the founder - John Philip Wiser - ...
Mezan Rum Twitter Tasting
Mezan Rum Twitter Tasting

It's been a long time since I got involved in a Twitter Tasting, but when we saw the announcement for an evening of rum neither Kavey nor I could resist. Neither of us know a great deal about rum (other than that we like it!), so this should be an interesting journey of exploration. Jamaica XO We ...
CaféDirect Cauca Valley

Country: Colombia
Region: South Cauca
Brand: CaféDirect
Rating:
Contains Coffee!
Continuing our exploration of CaféDirect's revamped range, and we head a little south, onto the South American continent itself. We've encountered Colombian coffee from CaféDirect before, but I suspect there has been a little reformulation to go with the rebranding - the strength rating has been nudged down from a 4 to a 3, and ...
CaféDirect Cauca Valley
Taylors Rare Blossom Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Region: Oromia
Brand: Taylors
Rating:
Contains Coffee!
Taylors have re-vamped their Origins range, or perhaps simply replaced it with a very similar 'Single Origin' one. Although none of the old origins that I can recall remain, the coffees are all from a single country - in contrast to their core range which are blended from beans across multiple countries and ...
Taylors Rare Blossom Ethiopia
Fuller's & Friends: Flora & The Griffin
Fuller's & Friends: Flora & The Griffin

Brewery: Fuller's, Thornbridge
Abv: 7.1%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
In the last couple of years I've grown to realise what a great ingredient rye is. My consistent 'go-to' beers from London Brewing - the mighty Mad As Hops when they have it, and the almost-as-good Rye 'The Hell' Not when they don't - are both Rye IPAs. At the same time, when it comes ...
Fuller's & Friends: Matariki
Fuller's & Friends: Matariki

Brewery: Fuller's, Marble
Abv: 5.8%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
Saisons are very 'on-trend' at the moment - every craft brewery worth its salt seems to brew one, just as last year they all had to brew lager. So it was inevitable, perhaps, that one would show up in this collection. That said, I hadn't expected Marble to be the folk to do it; ...
Fuller's & Friends: Rebirth
Fuller's & Friends: Rebirth

Brewery: Fuller's, Moor Beer
Abv: 6.0%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
Although Fuller's best known beer is probably London Pride, their ESB is arguably the best beer in their standard lineup. That's not just me saying that, as ESB has twice been crowned World Champion Beer. This collaboration with Moor Beer isn't just about rebrewing that stalwart, though. They've taken the original 1971 recipe, and enhanced ...
Fuller's & Friends: New England IPA
Fuller's & Friends: New England IPA

Brewery: Fuller's, Cloudwater
Abv: 7.0%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
Forgive me for saying so, but Cloudwater have always felt a bit.... cult-y to me. Their beers seem to attain legendary status before the yeast has settled, and that (combined, to be fair, with their usually substantial ABV) drives the price into "you have got to be joking" territory. Their DIPAs are the pinnacle of ...
Fuller's & Friends: Galleon
Fuller's & Friends: Galleon

Brewery: Fuller's, Fourpure
Abv: 4.8%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
Although the brewer in me knows that 'lager' is, ultimately, nothing more than a technical term I'm also aware that, in mainstream UK terms, 'lager' is a fairly specific thing - it's light and crisp and generally fairly subtly-hopped. It's somewhere that's usually safe to go when a non-beery friend says "oh just ...
Fuller's & Friends: Peat Souper
Fuller's & Friends: Peat Souper

Brewery: Fuller's, Hardknott
Abv: 7.0%
Rating:
Contains Beer!
I've been quite a fan of Fuller's for some years, ever since I worked out that my initial lack of enthusiasm was caused not by the beer itself, but by the lacklustre cellarmanship of our local Fuller's pub which had made me think that Pride was this bland and slightly funky tasting pint. After visiting ...