Category: Spirits

The man behind Penny Blue rum

Jean Francois Koenig, Master Distiller at Medine Distillery in Mauritius, gives us the background behind our award-winning, premium rum. Is there a Mauritian rum “terroir” – how is it different from what is produced in the Caribbean? I believe Mauritians rums tend to be dryer, less syrupy than most Caribbean rums. With regards to Penny […]

Bartenders’ tips and tricks from Megaro’s Ben Clark

Australian-born Ben arrived in the UK as a fresh-faced 21-year-old, with the intention of doing a short stint in the bar-trade before returning home. Seven years later, with a career that’s taken in Rockwell Bar (now Vista), Soho House Group, Bistro Bruno Loubet and Zetter Townhouse, he is now the man behind the bar at […]

Savour the summer of ’69

While Bryan Adams was buying his first six-string, the distillers at The Glenrothes were otherwise occupied producing a rather remarkable single-malt. Released this spring, cask #11485 is a a whisky to savour, as Ronnie Cox, our spirits ambassador, explains… In 1969, one of my cousins bought a Mini from Sandy Shaw, the singer, with the […]

How to make the perfect gin Martini

Gin-drinking in 18th-century London was a far cry from the sophisticated world of martini mixology it is today. After a masterclass in mother’s ruin, led by Brand Heritage Director Ronnie Cox, we learn how to mix the perfect martini To conjure up the scene of 18th century gin-crazed London at a recent Spirits masterclass, Ronnie […]