Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge in Edinburgh

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The delightfully diverting HENDRICK’S Carnival of Knowledge – a unique travelling parlour of enlightenment – will offer intellectual sustenance to all minds at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe (8th – 11th August 2013).

The time has come to reawaken, revive and restore our spirit of curiosity, and once more take delight in the unique and the unusual. HENDRICK’S Carnival of Knowledge brings together the nation’s most expert experts (and erudite amateurs), to create and curate cognitive collaborations designed to stimulate the mind as well as the taste buds.

Within the decadent environs of One Royal Circus, Edinburgh, The Carnival will feature a delightful cocktail bar for all to enjoy, as well as a packed programme of interesting diversions and entertainments such as:

A Feast of Learning: Cooked & presented by The Clove Club. Prepare to have your mind & body nourished and your spirit of curiosity revived in a unique voyage of culinary discovery! Deep within the opulent surroundings of One Royal Circus, a cornucopia of curious courses, delicious cocktails and diverting entertainments will be presented for your delight and delectation by world-renowned chefs, The Clove Club. Saturday 10th August, 7.30-11pm (Tickets £65 – limited to 32 for the evening)

Edinburgh: A Literary City: Join Allan Foster, author of ‘The Literary Traveller in Scotland: A Book Lover’s Guide’, as he reveals the curious and hidden literary tales that make Edinburgh the most storied of cities. Thursday 8th August, 4:30 – 5:30pm (Tickets £12 including one delightful cocktail – limited to 30 per session)

Last Tuesday Society – Why let death get in the way of a good conversation? The Last Tuesday Society welcomes Professor Richard Wiseman for an evening of ectoplasm and uncanny spectacle as we cross over to the other side and communicate with the deceased. Don’t miss the chance to speak to Arthur Conan Doyle or quip with Oscar Wilde as tables wobble and levitate off the floor. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Saturday 10th August, 1.30-3.30 and 6-4pm (Tickets £12 – limited to 10 per session)

Literary Salon: Damian Barr brings his celebrated Salon from Shoreditch House to Edinburgh. Join him for exclusive readings and revealing interviews with some of the world’s best writers. Guests include the formidably fabulous Janice Galloway and the most marvelous Maggie O’Farrell. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Thursday 8th August, 8.30-10.30pm (Tickets £12 – limited to 30 per session)

Granta – How to read a story: Learn how to banish stage fright to deliver a BAFTA-worthy performance with stand up comedian Viv Groskop (author of stand up memoir I laughed, I cried), Literary Death Match co-host and Executive Producer, Suzanne Azzopardi. Bring your own work to read or practice with a past Granta story. Tickets include one delightful cocktail. Friday 9th August, 7.30-8.30pm (Tickets £12 including one delightful cocktail – limited to 30 for the session)

Sunday lunch in 2063 Project: Award winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana (Mr Lyan) and Shay Ola founder of the Rebel Dining Society present a curious culinary collaboration like no other. Set 50 years in the future, this short lecture followed by a thought provoking dining experience explores our relationship between sustainability and the future of the food & drink we consume. Cocktails included. Sunday 11thAugust, 4-5.30pm (Tickets £20 – limited to 30 per session)

(and last but certainly not least) Hendrick’s Parlour Bar: Nourish both your mind and your taste buds in Hendrick’s Parlour Bar. Unusual characters, eye-opening wisdom and exquisite cocktails await the curiously-minded. Join us and reawaken your spirit of curiosity in the decadent One Royal Circus! Be seated and enjoy luxuriant libations served by some of the world’s finest bartenders. Thursday 8th August – Sunday 11th August, from 12-11pm (free admission, capacity 40)

Commenting on HENDRICK’S at Edinburgh Fringe, Duncan McRae, HENDRICK’S British Ambassador, said: “We’re extremely excited to be bringing the Carnival of Knowledge to the home of Hendrick’s Gin. Guests at The Edinburgh Fringe can expect to have their minds tickled and expanded through attending one of our intriguing lectures, their thirsts quenched with decadent cocktails from our cocktail bars and their stomachs filled during a most unusual banquet event. With such a variety of incredible entertainments on offer, Hendrick’s Gin contribution to this years’ will be a unique experience for lovers of Gin and literature everywhere.”

HENDRICK’S CARNIVAL OF KNOWLEDGE will be located at One Royal Circus from 8th–11th August 2013.

Subsequent to its Edinburgh engagement, the Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge will tour these wondrous British Isles, sharing the gift of ENLIGHTENMENT far and wide.

For information on HENDRICK’S CARNIVAL OF KNOWLEDGE, visit: http://www.hendricksgin.com/carnivalofknowledge to reserve places and book tickets, register at http://www.edinburghfringe.org

Drambuie Reopens the Iconic Tron Kirk – The Original Home of Hogmany In Edinburgh – For a Festival of the Extraordinary

This Hogmanay, Drambuie is bringing the celebration back to its original venue as it throws open the doors of the historic Tron Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from 30th December 2012 to 1st January 2013. The Scottish spirit will host A FESTIVAL OF THE EXTRAORDINARY– from the night before the night before to the morning after – to celebrate the first re-opening of the original home of Hogmanay in Edinburgh in twenty years.


The Tron Kirk is one of Edinburgh’s most recognisable landmarks and was the traditional focus for Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay celebrations until 1993. The building has been largely closed to the public since the early 1950s but is a key part of a blueprint to restore the historic heart of the city, by bringing unused buildings back to life as cultural and arts venues, with support from private investors, commercial operators and arts organisations.


For three days and three nights, the Tron Kirk will open to locals and visitors welcoming in the New Year in Edinburgh. By day, the curious are invited to The Drambuie Surreal Sessions to enjoy an extraordinary program of events including:

  • A breathtaking digital art projection by Edinburgh-based digital artist, Andy McGregor, which will provide a 72 hour feast for the eyes, taking visitors from 2012 into 2013
  • A series of extraordinary film screenings using a classic 35mm movie projector supplied by The Grosvenor Cinema in Glasgow
  • Mixology masterclasses with Drambuie Brand Ambassador, Bruce Hamilton where participants will find their inner mixologist as they experiment with Drambuie’s complex and intriguing blend of aged Scotch whisky, spices and heather honey. Masterclasses can be won on twitter @drambuie and facebook.com/UKDrambuie
  • Unexpected live performances by emerging talent from across Scotland
  • The Surreal Cocktail Showcase where guest bartenders will created the most extraordinary cocktails Edinburgh has ever seen

By night, The Extraordinary Drambuie Gatherings will see Scottish purveyors of aural delight take to the stage to welcome in the New Year. The impressive line-up includes:

  • 30th December 2012: The Post Procession Party with Craig Smith (6th Borough Project)
  • 31st December 2012: The Most Extraordinary Hogmanay Party with Heavy Gossip & Ultragroove
  • 1st January 2013: The Unexpected New Year’s Day Party with LuckyMe, S-Type and Eclair Fifi & The Blessings

Revellers should also look out for Drambuie’s legion of Extraordinary Butlers, who will bring a taste of the extraordinary to the streets of Edinburgh, performing unexpected feats and inviting them into the unusual world of Drambuie.


The Tron Kirk was commissioned by King Charles I and built by Scottish architect John Myle between 1636 and 1647. It originally served as the city’s principal parish church and was the gathering place for Hogmanay celebrations. It ceased to be a church in 1952 and has been largely closed to the public since. The grade ‘A’ listed building is a site of immense historical and archaeological importance: the remains of Edinburgh’s oldest surviving street – the 16th Century Marlin’s Wynd – lie beneath the site.


Jonathan Brown, Heritage Director at Drambuie, comments, “Through A FESTIVAL OF THE EXTRAORDINARY we hope to help secure the future of the Tron Kirk as a central arts and culture venue in Edinburgh. For Drambuie, it is a return to our roots. During the first decade of the 20th century production of our famed liquid moved to Edinburgh from the Isle of Skye. We were based on Union Street, just over a mile away from the Tron Kirk. We are delighted, on behalf of the city of Edinburgh and the Tron Kirk, to bring this festival to  a traditional place of celebration during the New Year festivities for which Edinburgh is rightly famed.”


A FESTIVAL OF THE EXTRAORDINARY will be located inside the Tron Kirk, 122 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PD. The Drambuie Surreal Sessions are free to enter and will take place from 9am to 9pm. The Extraordinary Drambuie Gatherings will take place each night from 10pm to 3am. Tickets will cost £10 and advance tickets can be purchased from See Tickets at:




For more information on A FESTIVAL OF THE EXTRAORDINARY, visit: drambuie.com/happenings @drambuie or facebook.com/UKDrambuie.

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, an ale-finished whisky was sought by William Grant & Sons and they approached Master Brewer Dougal Sharp who proposed a special recipe and technique. He brewed an ale that was then stored in oak barrels for 30 days, which after being emptied, would flavour the maturing whisky of Grant’s Cask Editions.

After discarding the beer for many months, Dougal Sharp received a phone call letting him know that the distillery workers had been sampling the ale, and that it was absolutely fantastic! After receiving 9 out of 9 in their brewery tasting panel (a feat that even their beer brewed at the time hadn’t achieved) he decided to concentrate on bringing Innis & Gunn to the mass-market. In August 2003, Innis & Gunn Original was launched to an accolade of praise and awards, most recently a third consecutive Modern Monde Selection gold award. Six others have been added to the range since, all matured in a different way to give off their unique aromas and flavours. With this in mind, below I give to you my tasting notes –

Innis & Gunn Barrelmaster's Reserve
Innis & Gunn Barrelmaster’s Reserve

Innis & Gunn Original – 6.6%

Matured for a total of 77 days, notes of toffee and oak combine well on the nose, with vanilla making its presence felt on the palate that slowly mellows away into a creamy finish.

Innis & Gunn Blonde – 6%

Matured for 37 days, a hit of oak and fruit on the nose to begin with, with a hint of vanilla following. A light offering of ripe fruits with malt flavours coming through near the end.

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish – 7.4%

Matured for 57 days in rum-infused American Oak barrels, a light nose of spice and oak with dried fruits, with short flavours of vanilla and caramel on the palate that leads into a slightly dry finish.

Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish – 6.9%

Matured for 47 days in oak from Caribbean spiced rum casks. Lots of white fruits on the nose with fresh spice entwined that blends well with the lively start of caramel on the palate. A lingering malt sweetness mixed with oak to finish.

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask – 7.4%

Matured for 60 days in barrels from a famous Irish whiskey distillery, a huge bold blend of chocolate and vanilla on the nose with sweet aromas dancing around. Very smooth on the palate, with chocolate dominating with a long-lasting finish. Slightly dry at the end.

Innis & Gunn Highland Cask – 7.1%

Matured for 69 days in oak barrels which had previously been used to mature 18-year-old single malt Scotch Whisky from the Highland region. Light mix of toffee and malt with hints of orange on the nose, with a very smooth beginning on the palate with a mouth-watering fresh oak flavour. A long, sweet finish with a kick of malt.

Innis & Gunn Independence Day & Canada Day 2012

Innis & Gunn Triple Matured Oak – 7.2%

Matured in 150 selected oak barrels and aged the longest for a total of 99 days, it produces a bold hit of chocolate and oak with ripe malt pushing through near the end. A slight tang on the palate as the three flavours mix with sour fruit. Honey and spice appear on the long finish.

Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012 – 7.7%

Matured for 49 days, there’s lots of malt on the nose with a soft aroma of toffee. A huge burst of soft malt hits the palate, with a long tingling sensation that lasts a long time. Slight toffee and vanilla flavours creep in near the end.

Innis & Gunn Independence Day 2012 – 7%

Using American hops, it gives a soft aroma of vanilla on the nose with apple slowly becoming more apparent. A rather sharp start on the palate but soon mellows into a blend of citrus and malt. Rather long with a slight bitter finish with treacle.

Innis & Gunn Winter Treacle Porter – 7.4%

Matured for 39 days with added molasses, roasted wheat and crystal malt. Soft sweet treacle on the nose with hints of chocolate coming through. Plenty of toffee and brown sugar flavours blending well, with a refreshing finish of hops that linger.

Innis & Gunn Barrelmaster’s Reserve – 7.4%

Limited edition and matured in specially selected 18 year old highland whisky casks. Rich honey notes on the nose with scents of heather, fudge and sweet marzipan.Very rich treacle on the palate, mellowing into a vanilla and honey combination that leaves a long, lingering sweet finish.

The Innis & Gunn Range

Although an extensive range, its uniqueness shines through with each recipe giving that different edge from its respective maturation. With this, Innis & Gunn has been well received when it comes to pairing with food including the Original that goes well with grilled seafood, steaks and cheese as well as –

Tristan Hogg’s Chairman Pie with Innis & Gunn Original


Mark Hix’s Braised Short Ribs with Innis & Gunn

Give them a try one day, and hopefully you’ll be seeing the range not only chilling in the fridges at your favourite bar, but also on the menu of a restaurant. Be adventurous, it’s well worth the hype!

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