Month: March, 2014

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 […]

Getting more out of the glass

For many people, the thought of textbooks, revision and exams is not one to be relished; but make sampling a dozen interesting, well-crafted wines a requirement of every lesson and it becomes a different story… I’ve just completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) advanced course and I’m now nervously awaiting the results. The […]

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 […]

Wine for the weekend: 2009 Marquis de Calon

The Berry Bros. & Rudd offices are full of the TGIF feeling this afternoon. Over in the Hampshire shop, our Assistant Manager Julien Le Pevedic, reveals what he’s selected to toast the weekend. Looking at the weather forecast for the first official weekend of spring, I’ve reluctantly returned my first-choice wine – a robust BBQ […]