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  • Nostalgia: That Would Be Teeling

    Posted by Botrytis in Spirits November 7, 2014

    For our World Whiskey Week (see previous blog) we are being encouraged by the powers that be to celebrate things making a return or revival, just as Teeling Whiskey, who we have just begun stocking, has lately been reborn in Dublin.
    Thus, those of you who follow your local shop on Twitter, can expect to be…

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  • It's a Wide, Wide World of Whisky and Whiskey Out There...

    Posted by Balthazar in Spirits October 31, 2014

    Festival of Malts, our celebration of all things whisky/whiskey is well underway. We’ve journeyed through Speyside and are currently deep in the Highlands before heading to the rich malts of the Scottish Islands. Sure, when you mention whisky, the first thought is to the wonderful drams from Scotland but fortunately for all lovers of the…

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  • The Patriach of Burgundy

    Posted by Bacchus in Wines September 28, 2014

    In the centre of Beaune - one of the most picturesque towns in France - resides a wine institution. Down the stone stairs through the old chapel of a former convent lies a network of tunnels that contain the product of many vintages; the blessed wine from the surrounding vineyards. This is the epicentre of…

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  • You’ve Ott to be Kidding Me – Pink Prejudice

    Posted by Botrytis in Wines August 8, 2014

    Many years ago, when I first started working for Nicolas Wines (some branches of which went on to become Spirited Wines, in a slightly complicated story I will spare you) one of the first wines to attract my attention, indeed my amazement was Domaine Ott 'Cuvee Marine' Rose, from Bandol.

    What struck me most about it…

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  • Summertime and the Living is Easy

    Posted by Balthazar in Wines August 2, 2014

    I’ve never really understood why the summer migration from the UK to the baking hot temperatures of the Southern European coastline picks up steam just as the weather here finally decides to treat us to the sunshine and warm temperatures that we crave during the cold, dark and grey months. Warm weather is great, no…

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