Tag: Spirits

A whisky drinker’s rum?

Doug McIvor, our Spirits Manager, is the man responsible for Berry Bros. & Rudd’s rather exceptional premium rum. Here, Doug, who is more usually found nosing whisky, expounds the virtues and complexities that elegant ageing brings to this oft-underrated spirit. When Berry Bros. & Rudd first offered a sneak preview of the first batch of […]

Mixing the best martinis in London: Maurizio Schiavone

Maurizio Schiavone is Assistant Bar Manager at Dukes, London, home to the capital’s best martinis and some of its bartending greats. A native of Puglia, Maurizio has been refining his craft alongside manager Alessandro for seven years, ensuring that this enclave of Mayfair is never without some Italian style. Here he talks to our spirits […]

The art and craft of the bartender

From the white-jackets of St James’s to the beards-and-baseball-caps of Shoreditch, Ronnie Cox, our spirits specialist, ponders the evolving art of the bartender. London’s Shoreditch has become a Mecca for cocktail “Specialists”, cocktail “Creators”, “Mixologists”, and a plethora of other names which describe what is now not only an art but also a bone fide […]

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 […]