Tag: Spirits

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 […]

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 […]

A meditation on single-malt: tasting Glenlivet 1982

Ethan Newton (yes, him with the beard) – renowned menswear tailor, Hong Kong resident, bon viveur and surely one of the world’s most stylish whisky drinkers – recently unstoppered an Own Label 1982 Glenlivet. Here are his musings… I don’t profess to a particularly sophisticated palate, nor a sophisticated frame encompassing it, nor discerning tastes […]

The Norman conquest

It took a mere 315 years for Berry Bros. & Rudd to find the perfect Calvados. Here, spirits specialist Rob Whitehead documents his quest to bring the ultimate apple brandy to market. Selecting a spirit to be bottled in our Berrys’ Own Selection range can be a deceptively complex process, easily capable of running the […]