Top Tips To Rock Your Burns Night Dinner


With Christmas a distant memory and spring a long way away, the end of January isn’t a traditionally cheerful time unless you follow Scottish tradition and throw a party to rival Hogmanay on the 25th. Burns Night is a celebration of the great Robert Burns, national hero and Scotland’s most beloved poet, and a great excuse to shake off the winter blues. Surprising your guests …

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Old & Rare Whisky Show: 10 Drams To Look Forward To!


You may already be familiar with The Whisky Exchange’s famous Whisky Show organised every year in September in London, but did you know that 2017 will see the first ever edition of the “Old & Rare Whisky Show“, held in Glasgow 18-19 February? Yeap, you guessed it, I couldn’t do without booking my flights when I heard the news! This special whisky event will – …

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The Spirit Show: 3 Gins You Need To Try


As I was attending the first edition of The Spirit Show London earlier this month, I intentionally chose to focus on “other spirits” rather than running my usual whisky marathon. Even though I still regret not having enough time to have a closer look at each and every exhibitor showcasing their spirited work that day, here are 3 gins that really stood out for me! Bishop’s …

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Tales of The Cocktail is coming to Edinburgh in 2017


Tales of the Cocktail on Tour heads to the Scottish capital for its first foray out of The Americas Tales of the Cocktail on Tour is to reveal the programme for its much anticipated visit to Edinburgh in April.  The four-day extravaganza will see leading hospitality professionals from all over the world head to Scotland’s capital for a series of events designed to educate, illuminate …

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INSTAsummary: An inside look into The Spirit Show London


You probably already noticed if you follow my spirited adventures on social media (you don’t? You’re missing out 😮 Kidding… But still, there are some pretty cool Xmas giveaways on my Twitter & Facebook pages at the moment, you should probably have a look #JustSaying #SelfPromoFTW) – last Friday, I was attending the first ever edition of new London boozy event The Spirit Show. I’ll be back …

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The Whisky Show 2016: personal highlights


As promised, here are my personal malted highlights from last week’ TWE Whisky Show in London. I chose to showcase some very different drams: Scotch, American & World Whiskies, official distillery bottlings & independent bottlers gems as well as affordable options & more pricey alternatives, trying to suit all your discerning palates and wallets ;). Mackmyra Vinterdrom Mackmyra Vinterdröm is a fruity and slightly spicy swedish …

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My personal selection from Whisky Live Paris 2016


Last weekend, Paris hosted its annual whisky celebration on the banks of the Seine and I was more than looking forward to this year’ edition, which was meant to celebrate La Maison Du Whisky’s 60th Anniversary (oh btw, happy birthday guys & keep on the good work!), with a hell loads of promising exclusive expressions to sample… But things don’t always go exactly as planned… …

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The Whisky Show: 10 Dream Drams to look forward to


As in previous years, all visitors to the London-based Whisky Show (London 1-3 October)  will receive a free Dream Dram token to redeem against a range of stunning whiskies from the exhibitors – some even retailing for almost a year of minimum wage… I went through all the list and selected 10 nectars that I wish I could sample at the show (which for some may be …

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Spirit of Speyside Distilled: “one region under one roof”


You may have been living in some sort of cave or remote desert island with no WiFi connection if you didn’t know I was attending the first ever edition of Spirit of Speyside Distilled last weekend in Elgin (it’s not like I had been quiet about it… See here & here – you really have no excuse!). And now that I’m back in Edinburgh, I …

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