While Tomatin Distillery has been producing and blending malt Scotch whisky since 1897, the distillery has undergone its most significant changes in the last half-century. At its peak in the 1970s, Tomatin was the largest distillery in the world, operating 23 stills and producing 12 million litres of alcohol everyContinue Reading

When it comes to making it loud and proud, the Yanks are leading the way. The differences between Scotch whisky and American whiskey can often be simmered down to the differences between the countries they originate from. One is full of history, heritage and character, while the other is seenContinue Reading

Here we select three of the finest summer cocktails for your delectation. In a letter to the editor of The New York Magazine the question was asked ‘what is a cocktail’ to which the editor replied: ‘Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, andContinue Reading

We Brits have a long history of flavouring our gins with aromatics in addition to the more usual juniper; sloe gin might be the most famous but there are many others, as anyone who has perused the shelves in their local pub or supermarket will have discovered. Part of thisContinue Reading

If you love your beer (and we mean really love it) then there’s only one place you should be planning on packing your suitcase for – the Czech Republic. Jonny Edge reports. It was the night of my friend’s wedding and we were celebrating, so my hand-eye co-ordination was aContinue Reading

Matt Pym proves that there is more to New Zealand wine than Sauvignon Blanc… One of the joys of a life in the wine trade is the ability to travel to exotic locations, where one meets great people, eats amazing food and if you plan it right, can fit inContinue Reading

Eduardo Gomez, the founder of Tequila & Mezcal Fest, the biggest Tequila and Agave spirit festival in Europe, has some tips for those who’ve only ever considered tequila as a shot… “Tequila is a spirit with an incredible heritage and distinctive flavours,” Eduardo says. “It can be as fine aContinue Reading

James Lawrence takes a look at the changing face of the English cocktail scene – and comes away impressed. The United Kingdom has long been associated with a prominent, and indeed infamous, drinking culture. Other countries, especially those where binge drinking is a rarity rather than the norm, are aghastContinue Reading

In his second column, Matt Pym, CALIBRE’s resident wine expert, takes a look at what constitutes good taste and nominates his Magnificent Seven Champagnes. Some things happen when one works in the drinks trade.  At restaurants, wine lists automatically get handed to me (not a problem), dinner party guests rarelyContinue Reading