The Thrill of the Chase Review

This past Sunday, The Liquorists hosted an event at there speakeasy HQ to coincide with the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and highlight the ever popular trend of matching food with spirits. On offer for the night was to be the Herefordshire based Chase who have been basking in the storm of late regarding there ever popular portfolio. OnContinue reading “The Thrill of the Chase Review”

24 Bar & Grill Food and Ale Evening

This past Monday, the always impressive 24 Bar & Grill in Manchester hosted a craft ale and food matching evening with yours truly invited along to sample the home-made delights. Hosted by bar maestro Allan, he would be taking us on a tour of two breweries – Goose Island and Brewdog, with accompanying food to match twoContinue reading “24 Bar & Grill Food and Ale Evening”

Distillnation Range Tasting Notes

There are many independent spirit specialists out their, but when it comes to fine spirits, the more exquisite brands, Distillnation can make the top spot. With brands including Ron Botran, De Luze Cognac and Artemisia Absinthe it covers categories that others shy away from and happily opens them out to the consumer eye. Distillnation itself was founded by FrancisContinue reading “Distillnation Range Tasting Notes”

Leblon Tasting Notes

Cachaça is a spirit that most have heard of, many have maybe even drank its most famous concoction – the caipirinha, but does it have the same knowledge and understanding as say to gin, vodka or whisky? Did you know that cachaça comes from the South American country of Brazil? And that back in 2007,Continue reading “Leblon Tasting Notes”

Rémy Martin Tasting Notes

Cognac, a brandy from the Cognac region of France, is a category that is heavily stereotyped with an image of rich, successful business types enjoying a hearty measure with a cigar being puffed emphatically. But the thing with stereotypes, and Rémy Martin in particular, is that they’ve accustomed themselves to a Chinese whisper. One consumer hears that the cognacContinue reading “Rémy Martin Tasting Notes”

Innis & Gunn

‘Born by accident’ – a phrase with a rather distinct meaning behind it. But what if you could turn around that meaning and have it shone in a positive light, say, for example, the story of Innis & Gunn? I give this independent Edinburgh brewer as an example because it literally was ‘born by accident’. Back in 2002, anContinue reading “Innis & Gunn”

Crystal Head Vodka Tasting Notes

Ever heard of the legend of the 13 crystal skulls? Found around the world and dated between 5,000 and 35,000 years old, it is said that they were carved over a period of hundred of years, with no reasoning behind them. Many however believe that they offer spiritual powers. Two such men who are fascinatedContinue reading “Crystal Head Vodka Tasting Notes”

Elements 8 Tasting Notes

The spiced rum category has always been dominated by the likes of Sailor Jerry and Morgan’s Spiced, but recently its been added to with Bacardi Oakheart, Kraken and Lambs Spiced all making their case to be the number one. But a major player has come into the reckoning – Elements 8. This unique brand has a three strong range ofContinue reading “Elements 8 Tasting Notes”


The latest release from Bunnahabhain see’s one of the oldest whisky expressions I’ve ever personally had the pleasure of experiencing; (meaning “The great waves of the God Lìr), itself the oldest expression launched by the brand. It’s said that during the winter months, the distillery warehouses wich are situated close to the sea on theContinue reading “Bunnahabhain”

Absolut Tasting Notes

Absolut vodka is a well-known, pioneering brand all over the world, and recently I’ve been lucky enough to try the original, as well as several of their flavoured options. But first, how did Absolut come about? Every drop of Absolut vodka comes from one source – the little-known village of Åhus in southern Sweden. More than 400 yearsContinue reading “Absolut Tasting Notes”