Pickering’s Gin and a Peacocktail

Pickering's Gin

Pickering’s Gin

Pickering’s Gin, a fabulous collection of the perfect gin. I was so pleased that I received a couple of samples to try. It is a different direction, but still connected with Whisky, for they used casks from the whisky regions of Scotland.

I am a fan! And not just of the peacock and their peacocktails. It is just a fabulous Gin for amazing adventures.

 

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A Dram A Day, a whiskey tasting marathon

Picture Credit Charlotte Graham/Guzelian North Yorkshire dad takes on a whiskey tasting marathon, to support children's heart surgery charity, Ben Bowers, from Hemingbrough, near Selby, North Yorkshire

Picture Credit Charlotte Graham/Guzelian
North Yorkshire dad takes on a whiskey tasting marathon, to support children’s heart surgery charity, Ben Bowers, from Hemingbrough, near Selby, North Yorkshire

Hello. My name’s Ben Bowers. It’s nice to meet you.

Kairi and Vaughn are the sort of friends that you joke about as parents – they’re inseperable, they set each other off, they’ll probably spend the rest of their lives together . My wife and I always wanted our daughter to marry a blue-eyed American boy – Vaughn’s mum Rebecca is from the US, so it’s close enough for us.

When Rebecca was pregnant with Vaughn, she and her husband Simeon discovered their son already had problems with the development of his heart.

Vaughn was born with a hole in his heart and just five days later had open heart surgery – the first of three he had to endure before he had even celebrated his first birthday after further complications were found.

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Limited edition Gordon Castle Plum Gin liqueur to launch at Royal Highland Show

Plum Gin detail‘Plum’ing marvellous! Gordon Castle’s Walled Garden in Moray has infused its award-winning botanical gin with home-grown variety plums to create the limited edition 2016 Gordon Castle Plum Gin Liqueur; just in time for Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Show (RHS) from 23 – 26 June.

With only 150 bottles available, the small-batch gin liqueur will feature highly at the Gordon Castle bar on 13th avenue arcade. Alongside this will be the brand’s other home-grown produce including the award-winning botanical gin, raspberry gin liqueur and apple & pear cider.

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The Glenlivet Cipher & Friends

TheGlenlivetCipherThe Glenlivet has unveiled a mysterious single malt, The Glenlivet Cipher. This single malt has no cask information or tasting notes. This is going to be a challenge.

Presented in a fantastic black box, Cipher came along with The Glenlivet Founder’s reserve, the 12 yr old and the 15 yr old. Just like the big brother bottle, the small Cipher has also the great opaque black look and just look at the black whiskyglass.

“Did you know that your nose could pick up 35.000 different smells and aroma’s?”

“But don’t worry, you only need to choose six”
(Alan Winchester)

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Gordon & MacPhail’s Choice

Gordon & MacPhail rangeRecently I received a group of friends by mail. Five sample bottles and one came a few days later, small friends sent by Gordon & MacPhail. A group of six close friends, that opened their friendship to me and and let me take a look into their hearts and souls.

All part of the believe of “The Wood Makes the Whisky” is to show the key element in the maturation process.

“Every details is important,
from branch to barrel”

“If we didn’t have casks, we wouldn’t have whisky”

Located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside, Gordon & MacPhail is an independent family owned and managed firm which has been bottling Single Malt Whiskies for over 120 years.

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Art and whisky month in Scotland

Originally from the Netherlands, Kate’s diverse career path has taken her from semi-professional tennis in her youth, to civil engineering at Delft University of Technology, a PhD in Coastal Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, to fine art.

She has been privately tutored by various established artists in Scotland undertaking apprenticeships in drawing, printmaking and painting.

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Makar Glasgow Gin

MakarDuring my stay at the Harrow Whisky Festival, in January, I had the pleasure to have a Gin nip. Makar Glasgow Gin that is. This gin has his spirit roots at the Glasgow Distillery only since 2014.

I’ve looked up the word Makar and Makar is a term for a poet and a poet this gin is. This gin is one of the finest I ever tasted. I can recommend this to everyone. It is an amazing step for your palate to take but worth it.

The bottle itself is elegant and shows beauty with a luxurious deep blue metallic-finish label with copper highlights featuring hand-sketched.

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Gift firm for whisky lovers launches £25K Crowdfunding Campaign

New StudioFamily firm launches £25K crowdfunding bid.

An award-winning family firm has launched a £25,000 Crowdfunding appeal in a bid to create a state-of-the-art glassblowing studio.

Bridge of Allan-based Angels’ Share Glass, which specializes in unique gifts for whisky lovers, wants to increase production and train a new generation of glassmakers to continue the firm’s legacy.

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Serving celebrities, creating whisky cocktails and curating a world-famous whisky bar all in a day’s work for Lyndsey

Lynsey Gray Quaich Bar Craig HotelWhen whisky lovers from all over the world drop in at the Quaich Bar at the Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside, it’s not just the range of 800 different drams that amaze them.

Any visitors of the opinion that it’s older men and women who appreciate whisky are completely blown away when they discover that it’s a young woman with an incredible passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for malt whisky that is in charge of the collection.

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The Harrow Whisky Festival

IMG_20160124_154716866The Harrow Whisky Festival was held on 15 – 16 January 2016. It was the very first time this festival took place and I could tell from day one, that this was very exciting for those who organized it. The location where this whisky event was held was Grim’s Dyke Hotel, a fantastic looking hotel with some impressive architecture, based on architect Norman Shaw’s designs, famous for pioneering a particular style of old English house with a Gothic influence.

A must see for those who love TV series like Dr Who and more for this place is popular as a shooting location for series and movies. When you listen very carefully, you can hear: exterminate,exterminate in the hallway.

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