Swedish Victory In The Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge 2017

The last two weeks has seen me embrace my favourite rum brand more than ever with a trip to St Lucia for the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai season. Hosted at Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina, the 5* venue became the hub for a host of international and island based bartenders for several days, welcomingContinue reading “Swedish Victory In The Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge 2017”

Swedish Whisky Fans In For A Treat With Exclusive Release From The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Whisky fans in Sweden are in for a treat this month as The Scotch Malt Whisky Society [www.smws.com] (SMWS) releases an exclusive single cask malt available only to Swedish spirits enthusiasts. The 10-year-old ‘Burning scarecrows by the sea’, from the Society’s Peated flavour profile, goes on sale on Thursday 12 October on the Society’s onlineContinue reading “Swedish Whisky Fans In For A Treat With Exclusive Release From The Scotch Malt Whisky Society”

Swedish Brand Virtuous Vodka Launches To The UK On-Trade

Virtuous Vodka, a high-quality Swedish vodka made from 100% organic, natural ingredients will launch to the UK on-trade with a portfolio of four flavours: Blond, Bitter Lemon, Raspberry and Ginger. Made using a base spirit of Swedish rye, and with no added sugars or aromas, Virtuous Vodka prides itself on only using the best ingredientsContinue reading “Swedish Brand Virtuous Vodka Launches To The UK On-Trade”

A Look At The Linie Awards 2015

Last week saw myself attend the annual Nordic extravaganza, the Linie Awards 2015. The event is the culmination of the best that the Nordic countries have to offer from the world of food and drink, with respective competitions to find the number one dish and cocktail for the year. In its 10th year, 2015 sawContinue reading “A Look At The Linie Awards 2015”

Rhuby

“The inspiration creating Rhuby comes from a childhood in Sweden, at my grandparent’s house, squinting into the early spring sun while punching a juicy Rhubarb stalk into a cup of sugar biting off its frayed end” It’s amazing what can inspire you to create a product, one that does so much for the bartending communityContinue reading “Rhuby”

Mackmyra

Mackmyra has come a long way since 1999. Founded as the only whisky distillery in Sweden, it has earned a reputation despite its un-traditional Scandinavian location. But how, and more importantly, why is Sweden coming through as a force to be reckoned with in the whisky world? You have to start at the beginning toContinue reading “Mackmyra”

Manchester Whisky Club Review – August

This past Thursday saw the eighth meeting of the Manchester Whisky Club, held at The Castle in Manchester. Just like last month, a theme was the order of the day, and as we had covered Ireland, Scotland, Japan and the USA, it made sense to take look at some of the lesser known whisky producing countriesContinue reading “Manchester Whisky Club Review – August”

Xanté Tasting Notes

A relatively unknown yet widely used liqueur in the drinks industry is the Swedish Xanté. Xanté is a pear liqueur that is blended using pear extracts and cognac to produce a rather stunning, as well as versatile spirit. But if its so versatile, how come we very rarely see it in the market? My research concludes thatContinue reading “Xanté Tasting Notes”

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”

RIGHT Gin Tasting Notes

This is the gin that got me back. I’ve never been a lover of gin but I first tried RIGHT way back at the Restaurant Show in 2009 when it was under the portfolio of Cellar Trends. And WOW. I don’t know whether it’s me and my sweet tooth but RIGHT gin doesn’t seem to give you aContinue reading “RIGHT Gin Tasting Notes”