Limited Edition Mandarine Napoléon XO Gold Honouring 125 Years

To celebrate 125 years of its fine product, Mandarine Napoléon has crafted an extraordinary version of its delectable liqueur: The Limited Edition Mandarine Napoléon XO Gold. The special edition is a distillate of Sicilian mandarins blended with nothing less than a 125-year-old Grande Fine Champagne Cognac – resulting in a delightfully fresh and soft mandarinContinue reading “Limited Edition Mandarine Napoléon XO Gold Honouring 125 Years”

By The Dutch

“By the Dutch” are a relatively new company (founded in 2015) who produce traditional Dutch spirits, focusing on their native heritage. Majority are distilled in Schiedam, Holland, the claimed ‘Genever Town’ which also houses De Kuyper, Boompjes and Ketel One amongst its tenants. With this, By The Dutch have created and released two spirits soContinue reading “By The Dutch”

De Kuyper

De Kuyper is one of the most recognizable range of liqueurs in the world, and since 1695 the brand has been divulging into a wide range of flavours that look to innovate and impress not only bartenders, but the consumers too. So how did De Kuyper come about, and essentially be a part of many ofContinue reading “De Kuyper”


Most of you will know that the Dutch are the creditors when gin is concerned. They were the fathers of Genever, which spun itself into the category we all know and love. It’s odd then that here in the UK, Dutch gin’s are relatively low on the ratio scale. Bols and Sylvius are just twoContinue reading “Wenneker”

Oseven and Boompjes Tasting Notes

I’ve recently covered a new brand which gives its name to one of the fathers of gin, Franciscus Sylvius, the aptly named Sylvius. The distillery Onder de boompjes doesn’t just produce Sylvius though, it also houses a brand of genever named Boompjes as well as a vodka called Oseven. Take a look at my piece onContinue reading “Oseven and Boompjes Tasting Notes”

Sylvius Tasting Notes

Gin is a fickle subject. Its history and origins can be one of chatter over many a juniper based cocktail, and recently it’s come into light again with the release of a brand with what some credit as gins founding father. Sylvius originates from Holland, as did its namesake, the Dutch physician Franciscus Sylvius, who isContinue reading “Sylvius Tasting Notes”

Hofland Tasting Notes

The history of Hofland goes back to 1927 when a gentleman named Jacob Hofland took advantage of the American marketing model and became one of the first successful Dutch entrepreneurs after the second world war. With his company Hofland and Semeijn, he created numerous spirits that became popular with the Dutch clientele, resulting in buildingContinue reading “Hofland Tasting Notes”

Ketel One Tasting Notes

The Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, Holland has been producing quality spirits for ten generations. ‘The who?’ I bet your asking. The Nolet Distillery is home to Ketel One vodka, a brand that you may see in many a bar in the UK and indeed the world, but from a country that predominantly creates genever, vodka isn’t its callingContinue reading “Ketel One Tasting Notes”

Mandarine Napoléon

Liqueurs is a funny category. Many of you may not realise how much liqueurs you can consume in a life-time. Cocktails, after-dinner, pre-dinner, coffee, hot chocolate all could have some kind of liqueur to usually sweeten up or emphasize a flavour. They can be seen on bars around the world but rarely would you point oneContinue reading “Mandarine Napoléon”