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SMC January Whisky Comparison

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Monday, 06 February 2012 22:53

The Whisky Range

Monday last week at the SMC, Sean Baxter from Behind Bars walked us through a very tasty line-up of some beautiful Single Malt whiskies produced in different regions of Scotland to give us an idea of the different styles.

 

In the line up we had a total of 6 whiskies - Glenkinchie 10 and 12 year old from the Lowlands, Talisker Distillers Edition and Talisker 18 Year Old from the Islands and Lagavulin 12 and 16 Year Old from the Islay.

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Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 29 January 2012 23:57

Australian National Finals PrizeThe Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge will come to an end after a select few bartenders, out of the hundreds of participants around the world, will be given the chance to compete in the final battle for the ultimate title in Trinidad next month.


The Champion of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge will win a grand prize of 10,000 US dollars and a contract as Angostura's Global Brand Ambassador for the next 12 months.

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Bacardi Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 22:53

Ron BACARDÍ de Maestros de Ron, Vintage, MMXIIIn 2010 Bacardi celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Bacardi Daiquiri, which also marked the launch of the Superior Heritage Limited Edition Rum produced to commemorate the event.


Now the spirits company has declared 2012 to be its most innovative year since the creation of BACARDI rum in 1862.


Throughout the year Bacardi will host one-of-a-kind birthday parties, launch special promotions around the world and introduce a $2,000 limited-edition bottling of Bacardi rum to celebrate the journey that has lasted for 150 years.

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SMC Timboon Single Malt Whisky

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 31 December 2011 16:25
Timboon Single Malt WhiskyLast month at Chez Regine we had the chance to try some pretty special locally produced small batch whiskey from Timboon Railway Shed Distillery.

The Timboon Railway Shed Distillery is located in a renovated railway goods shed dating from 1910 and is a short drive from the scenic Great Ocean Road and the famous 12 Apostles rock formation.

 

Not much was revealed about the whiskey when we began the tasting, in fact we did not even know where it came from or how it was produced. Instead we were given a Blind Tasting Questionnaire that were to be filled out as we were tasting the mystery whiskey.

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Master of Malt Releases (Double Bill)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Thursday, 22 December 2011 23:33

Drinks by the Dram (Glenfarclas / Rumbullion)Master of Malt recently participated in the increasingly popular Movember charity event by not only growing a handsome moustache, but by launching special edition bottlings including the Glenfarclas Movember 2011 bottling with £10 from the sale of each bottle donated to Movember.

 

The bottle is adorned with a still image of the Master of Malt team, recreated with the help of an old photograph from the Glenfarclas distillery (see Master of Malt for the photos).

 

This 9 year old Glenfarclas was distilled in 2002, aged in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled in 2011 for Master of Malt in partnership with Mo-Bro's.

 

November saw another release from a Professor Cornelius Ampleforth - A spiced rum called Rumbullion, which is an addition to a range of products such as the Bathtub Gin and Besmoked Vodka.

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RumXPs sweep Golden Barrel Awards in UK

Written by Robert Burr   
Sunday, 06 November 2011 15:54

RumXPMembers of the International Rum Experts Panel (RumXPs) dominated the nominations and the social media awards given out recently at the annual dinner ceremony that is part of the RumFest UK experience in London.

 

All the outstanding social media sites nominated for Golden Rum Barrel Awards -- and their respective writers, journalists and bloggers -- are members of a unique consortium of international judges of rum tasting competitions around the globe.

 

The awards, nominated by outstanding members of the spirits and beverage trade, recognize excellence in reporting and writing about developments in the category of rum throughout the world.

 

Nominations for Rum Blogger of the Year (Europe) 2011 included A Mountain of Crushed Ice (Helena Tiare Olsen, Sweden), The Floating Rum Shack (Peter and Pauline Holland, London), Rum Pages (Rene Van Hoven, Amsterdam) and Refined Vices (Tatu Kaarlas, Finland, now Australia).

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Glenfiddich Single Malt at Chez Regine

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 30 October 2011 18:56

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 

In addition to rum, whisk(e)y has always been one of my favourite spirits and though I write about rum more often, I have not forgotten to enjoy a good dram of Scotch every now and then.

 

Fortunately, my current hometown has plenty of people who appreciate all kinds of whiskey and even has dedicated bars for the appreciation for this fine spirit.

 

In addition to having an extensive selection of whiskey on their shelves, one in particular organises monthly whiskey tastings and calls this The Single Malt Collective.

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