Spirits

Forgotten Labels

Over the last few months, especially over the Christmas and New Years break I’ve noticed something amongst our friends, it’s the idea of “forgotten labels”. And by that I simply mean the idea that there are some wine labels out there that some of us swerve past, as we’ve had a bad experience or that we somehow associate with being sub-par. Those labels that we say “geeze I used to drink that all t...

Mt Uncle Distillery

Inland from Cairns, about ten minutes out of Mareeba sits Mt Uncle Distillery, a site that’s been in the news a bit lately for cracking the huge British market and selling their gin, that has an Australian twist, to the poms. Mt Uncle has been on our radars for a long time now, originally producing exotic fruit liqueurs, vodka and an interesting marshmallow vodka liqueur where the marshmallows are...

Hallelujah and Pass the Ammunition, World Whisky Day

Alleluia and pass the ammunition! It’s that time of the year when all the world’s whisky lovers unite and stand up for World Whisky Day, and it doesn’t matter whether your choice of ammunition is Scotch whisky, Japanese Whisky, Irish whiskey or American whiskey. Today, when you sit back and enjoy that last evening sip, you can tell all and sundry that you are joining in a worldwide event! So which...

Summer Time is Gin Time!

It’s been as hot as heck lately. I walked to my car last week to find that the outside thermometer said it was 37 degrees. And that was parked in an underground shopping centre carpark! And as I sit here now, I’m taking the edge off with an old friend called Gin, namely in the form of a Gin and Tonic. I’m a sucker for a good G&T, and it’s easily up there in my top five favourite drinks during ...

Ron Zacapa

Regular readers will know of my love for good quality rum. The majority of rum that we see in Australia is made by distilling fermented molasses, a technique called Industrial Rum or Traditional Rum, it was predominantly made in areas with British or Spanish influences. The process is a standard procedure and guarantees a standardised product. The differences in the spirit come about from the qual...

Avion Tequila

The Minister for War, Finance and All Things Fun has been away with work for the last few weeks, and it’s allowed me to catch up on some TV.  Like most people, I never seem to have any spare time that just allows me to sit down in front of the TV and veg out, I’m still on series two of Breaking Bad, the Rick Grimes’ little group have just helped Hershel and I’m finally on series seven of Entourage...

Glennfiddich Whisky

Sometimes writing this column is hard, coming up with something to review week in week out can be downright difficult. When that happens, I usually sit in front of the computer flicking between Zoo Weekly’s Babe of the Day and camper trailer websites just wishing, and waiting for creativity to strike. Other times you sit down and just can’t wait to have a forum to tell people about how good someth...

Lost Password