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Best Whiskey: Green Spot Whiskey From The Midleton Distillery

Best Whiskey: Green Spot Whiskey From The Midleton Distillery

Green Spot Irish Whiskey is without doubt one of the finest whiskies available. It has a unique smooth but intense flavour that makes it stand out from the crowd. Widely considered by whisky connoisseurs to be up there with the very best and at £52 a bottle it's pretty reasonable for such quality.

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Gins With Personality Can Make A Party & A Good Business

Gins With Personality Can Make A Party & A Good Business

We all know that behind every successful man there is a woman and Anno is no exception to the rule.  Their secret weapon is two very special, beautiful, copper German ‘girls’, called “Faith” and her larger sister “Patience”.  Together these two ladies have worked tirelessly to assist their menfolk Norman and Andrew to realise their dreams with their wizardry and alchemy.

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Loch Lomond Whisky Single Malt Tasting

Loch Lomond Whisky Single Malt Tasting

Loch Lomond Whisky is a Highland single malt distillery in Alexandria, Scotland. The master blender is Michael Henry, who created the selection of single malt, single grain and blended whiskies under the guidance of renowned master blender John Peterson.
The distillery uses cylindrical copper pot stills that permit production of alcohol at a higher ABV than usual, up to 90% ABV. This allows a wide range of flavours that can be selected to produce the final single malt.

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Midleton Very Rare Vintage Whiskey 2017 & Very Rare Cask Circle Club

Midleton Very Rare Vintage Whiskey 2017 & Very Rare Cask Circle Club

Midleton Whiskey unveiled their latest Very Rare Vintage 2017 last week at the Midleton Distillery in Cork with an exclusive tasting of each vintage from the Midleton Very Rare Collection from 1984 to 2017. As the whisky, and whiskey, expert for International Excellence Luxury Magazine, I flew over to beautiful Cork to sup, sample and partake of these superb tipples.

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Time Travel With Louis XIII Cognac & L’Odyssée d’un Roi

Time Travel With Louis XIII Cognac & L’Odyssée d’un Roi

I have been a fan of good Cognac since I toured around France learning from some of the finest sommeliers to appreciate the different ages and blends. So I was delighted when Rémy Martin invited me out to visit their cellars for the launch of the new unremittingly exclusive L’Odyssée d’un Roi. Really, really, really exclusive as only three bottles have been produced!

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Jim McEwan Master Distiller Presents Bruichladdich Whisky At Quaglinos

Jim McEwan Master Distiller Presents Bruichladdich Whisky At Quaglinos

Bruichladdich (pronounced Brooik Laddie) is one of the finest single malt scotch whisky distilleries in the world and its master distiller is a legend in the whisky world. So I was delighted to be invited to a whisky sipping party for him at Quaglinos, where he was hosting a Bruichladdich tasting for a very select few. The Bruichladdich distillery is based on the Scottish island of Islay on the upper west coast of Scotland and is famous for both the breath taking scenery and its Scotch whisky. They are also well known for the Botanist Gin they produce for Remy Cointreau.

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Spiced Hot Chocolate Whisky Cocktail

Spiced Hot Chocolate Whisky Cocktail

Spiced Hot Chocolate
Indulge in the warming sensations of a
sumptuously creamy cup of hot chocolate
enriched by delicately spiced Ballantine's
Christmas Reserve, completed with something
soft and sweet.
SERVE IN:
A Glass cup or ceramic mug
INGREDIENTS:
50ml Ballantine's Christmas Reserve
% mug of high quality hot chocolate
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate sauce
METHOD:
Make hot chocolate to suit your tastes. Add the
Ballantine's Christmas Reserve and decorate

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Golden Saffron Martini Whisky Cocktail

Golden Saffron Martini Whisky Cocktail

Golden Saffron Martini
With a rich, velvety texture and subtle nutty
flavours, this is the ultimate in winter elegance.
SERVE IN:
A Martini glass or coupette
INGREDIENTS:
50ml Ballantine's Christmas Reserve
15ml saffron-infused sugar syrup
5ml hazelnut liqueur
25ml double cream
Saffron threads (garnish)
METHOD:
Shake Ballantine's Christmas Reserve, sugar
syrup, hazelnut liqueur and double cream and
strain. Pour into glass and garnish with saffron
threads.
 
 

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The Clementine Bauble Whisky Cocktail

The Clementine Bauble Whisky Cocktail

The Clementine Bauble
Experience the fruity flavours of Ballantine's
Christmas Reserve enhanced by deliciously
fragrant clementine and a bitter twist of
cranberry.
SERVE IN:
A brandy balloon
INGREDIENTS:
Juice of 1h clementine
50ml Ballantine's Christmas Reserve
2 teaspoons cranberry sauce
3 teaspoons sugar
Crushed Ice
Sliced clementine (garnish)
METHOD:
Shake the clementine juice with Ballantine's
Christmas Reserve, cranberry sauce and sugar,

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