Once considered little more than an interesting hobby, English wine is now a fully fledged business and highly investible according to Barnaby Dracup. The English wine industry has now emerged from the shadows of the past two decades and has firmly established itself as a world leader in a class
We’ve all seen the plethora of fancy packaging in the supermarkets – usually something garish, something urban, and usually something to do with tattoos – but it’s undeniable, the craft beer explosion has been here for a little while already and is showing no signs of slowing down. Away from
What’s special about 25-year-old whisky? Sarah Halford looks into the quarter-of-a-century time capsule. Time and tide may tarry for no man or woman but, for whisky drinkers and investors, the tide is at record highs for the vintage dram. The appeal of a vastly aged whisky like a 50-year-old is
Dutch courage, mother’s ruin, divine nectar… whatever you call it, gin is back in fashion. Paul Trow salutes its current pre-eminence while harking back to a time when, if possible, it was even more popular than today. From London to Manchester to Plymouth, and most street corners in between, gin
A spirited breed of independent new distillers is looking for a new England in whisky terms. Sarah Halford charts a history in the making as English distilleries begin to redraw the global whisky map. ‘What has England ever done for us?’ is an understandable question for dedicatees of the dram.
Nestled in a quiet corner of the distillery and furnished with antique wooden rails that sit above an earthen floor, Warehouse 6 houses Tomatin’s most treasured casks. Among them is the 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection. Distilled on 8th December 1975, the spirit has spent the last 43 years gently maturing
The Bordeaux region, with its historic vineyards, superb destination hotels and numerous gastronomic specialties is an unsurpassed (long) weekend destination for lovers of great food, scenery and drink, says James Lawrence. Bordeaux La Belle Au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty) scarcely sleeps at all in the 21st century. Its gloriously handsome
Now commanding international respect and record prices, the Scotch whisky industry has undergone a major transformation, says Craig MacLellan Scotch remains popular in the United States and Canada, as well as mainland Europe, but it is in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and Mexico where the whisky industry