Five whiskies with which to toast Rabbie Burns

Ahead of Burns Night our Spirits Buyer Rob Whitehead recommends five whiskies for a wine-less evening in honour of the poet who wrote, “Let other poets raise a fracas /’Bout vines, an’ wines, an’ drucken Bacchus”. One of the few saving graces of this frigid time of year is the yearly homage to the iconic […]

Sunshine Spritz

As England bathes in the first hint of summer, our Spirits Expert Rob Whitehead champions the immensely refreshing, ever-so-trendy and suddenly-ubiquitous Aperol Spritz. The very first thing I consumed whilst on honeymoon in Liguria was an Aperol Spritz, made, by a borderline-obsequious ‘greeter’. The drink was extra-long, with approximately five parts Prosecco, two parts Aperol and a […]

Whisky Retailer of the Year

Having just recovered from the surprise (and celebrations), Rob Whitehead – Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits Buyer – takes a moment to describe the privilege of being awarded Global Whisky Retailer of the Year (Single Outlet) at the 2015 Icons of Whisky awards. The Icons of Whisky awards celebrate distillers, retailers, distributors and educators, and are the […]

Sake: a re-education

With Japan mid-way through its Golden Week holiday season, our spirits aficionado Rob Whitehead selects three of his best-loved Sakes and dispenses some sage words of wisdom on how they are best enjoyed. Sake might just be collectively the least understood part of our diverse portfolio of libations – although some of our wonderful vignerons […]