Bourbon is often seen as the poor man’s alternative to Scottish whiskey, but Phil Huff explains why this shouldn’t be the case. There’s been whisky coming out of Scotland since the late 15th century. The name is even a anglicised version of the Gaelic word uisce, which roughly translates toContinue Reading

In the first of his regular columns, Matt Pym, CALIBRE’s resident wine expert, takes a look at the latest wines to come out of the Bordeaux region – and throws in a little investment and buying advice, too… What better place to start my regular musings on all things alcoholicContinue Reading

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of two Heritage expressions, Benromach Heritage 1977, a 41-year-old single cask vintage (49.6% abv) and Benromach Heritage 1972, an exclusive 46-year-old single cask vintage (55.7% abv). Matured in single-refill American Hogsheads, we managed to get our hands on the Benromach Heritage 1972 – and came awayContinue Reading

Cambridge Distillery has launched a limited-edition artisan gin designed to be drunk at breakfast. Called, logically enough, Breakfast Gin it was curated by company founder & master distiller William Lowe. Just 100 bottles were made and the entire production run has already sold out. We managed to get our handsContinue Reading

Celebrate National Tweed Day with a Boozy Brew (How British!) With Wednesday 3rd April being #NationalTweedDay, we were delighted to receive a bottle of Noveltea’s The Tale of Oolong. Launched in April 2017, The Tale of Oolong is a blend of cold-brewed oolong tea, jasmine tea, rose petals, papaya andContinue Reading

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 classContinue Reading

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 fromContinue Reading

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 isContinue Reading

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, ginContinue Reading