Daftmill’s 15-Year-Old

Daftmill Distillery’s production is famously limited to around 100 casks of Scotch whisky per year. Alexandra Gray de Walden investigates the buzz ahead of the next limited-edition release from this Lowland distillery. Brothers Francis and Ian Cuthbert were farmers long before they became distillers. Making whisky plays second fiddle to the year-round arable and livestock […]

Bordeaux 2022 En Primeur tasting

As part of our Bordeaux 2022 En Primeur offer, we brought 400 customers and almost 60 producers together for a tasting of both the new wines and some older vintages. Alexandra Gray de Walden reports on how the evening unfolded.   On Tuesday 11th July, The Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall played host to our […]

A finger to the wind: optimism

As we celebrate our 325th anniversary, we asked industry specialists to ponder the potential changes to come for the wine and spirits industry. Here, we examine their causes for optimism, looking ahead.  Between rising duty, increasing weather extremes and wildfires, it can be hard to view the wine and spirits industry’s future optimistically. What then […]

Experiments in English sparkling wine

Having planted its first vines in 2004, Gusbourne is a stalwart of the English wine world. Renowned for its vintage sparkling wines, Gusbourne’s winemakers continue to experiment with new techniques and ideas. Here, Alexandra Gray de Walden delves into this Kentish Aladdin’s cave of yeasts, tanks and latitude. The quiet country lanes of Kenardington are […]