No Rest For The Wicked – Amazonian Gin Company

No Rest For The Wicked

A few weeks ago I already featured the Gin’Ca Gin made by the Inca Distillery from Peru. Yet, they not just created one new gin, instead they also made a second edition called Amazonian Gin Company. This second bottling takes its inspiration from the Amazonian jungle and with ingredients that do not even have names here in Germany, it sounds rather interesting. Moreover, I also want to use the chance to introduce you to the Gin Festival taking place in Hamburg at the end of July. Read more

Bend – Faude Cucumber Eau De Vie


Yes, you read right: cucumber eau de vie – a distilled spirit made out of cucumbers. This might seem like a poor idea at first glance, yet everyone is already throwing cucumber wheels in their Gin & Tonics. So, why not take the next step and replace the gin altogether? Because, plain cucumber and tonic water does not sound all that appealing to me I thought hard and long on another Highball style cocktail and finally came up with the recipe for the “Bend” cocktail! Read more

Gold Lime – Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum

Gold Lime

The Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum might just be the first rum created after a fictional character! The inspiration for this special kind of rum was the favourite drink of Reverend Stiggins from Charles Dicken’s Pickwick Papers. While the name alone awakes the desire to mix up a Piña Colada, it probably is way better suited to give spirit forward cocktails a pineapple note. So, I sat out to see how this might work! Read more

Metallic Cloud – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Metallic Cloud

While the Auchentoshan Three Wood is hardly new to the Scotch whisky market. Yet, there are way and I mean way, way too less Scotch based cocktails out there. To change that I decided to provide you with a simple and refreshing cocktail which you should mix up when hosting your next barbecue or watching the European championship! Even better, the Metallic Cloud also uses another underappreciated cocktail ingredient: Beer! Read more

Spirited News 16/02: Rye, rye gin and gin

NB Navy Strength Gin

In this series I am providing you with tasting notes of spirits that had a lasting impression on me, yet I did not get around to create a drink with them. So, this Spirited News is all about rye and a little bit of gin. Yet, we are not talking about rye whiskey here. Instead I present the pure essence of rye to you. Furthermore, the already great NB Gin was fortified with a little bit more alcohol. I guess I do not have to tell you that this is a great thing! Read more

Southern Point – Gin’Ca Peruvian Distilled Gin

Southern Point

6760 miles, this is how far this new gin had to travel to get to me. No wonder if you take into account that it is distilled by the Inca Distillery in Lima, Peru. Luckily, Christian Wurm from Sucos Do Brasil started to import the products of this relatively new South American distillery a few months back. Having no experience with spirits from Peru except Pisco, I was very curious to see how this gin would taste like. Read more

Monochrome – Windspiel Barrel Aged Potato Vodka


It seems that not only bartenders get a bit board by gin, producers are also looking for new products to diversify their portfolio. One great example is Windspiel, after their compelling Windspiel Gin with fitting tonic water and truffles they launched a barrel aged Vodka. Apart from the base they are sharing, both distillates could not be more different. Both are made out of potatoes! Read more

The Ultimate Negroni Guide – Everything there is to know about the real king of cocktails!

Negroni 2

Okay, I admit that this headline is more than lurid, but while most people would argue that the Martini is the king of cocktails, it takes even more practice to get accustomed with the Negroni’s taste. Yet, when you do, you probably will be magically drawn to it more often than to a Martini! Moreover, it is a bit harder to screw one up, with its equal parts ratio and the three predetermined ingredients. To find out if this was really true, the Augustine-Bar tasting panel sat out on a bitter journey! Read more

Splitter – Dry Fly Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey


While everyone (bartender) loves bourbon and rye whiskey, they easily forget about other interesting whiskey categories from the States. There is a growing number of corn, Tennessee and wheat whiskies from a few big producers and an uncountable number of small, craft distilleries. Of course, demand determines supply and so it is no wonder that in Germany a new variety of whiskey only comes along every few years. This is also the case with this interesting wheat whiskey from Dry Fly. And I haven’t even told you the best part: It is bottled at cask strength! Read more

Mind Vs. Matter – Ramazotti Arancia

Mind Vs. Matter

Similar to the gin trend here in Europe, the United States encountered an Amaro-trend the last few years. Not only is it en vogue for a bar to carry a whole shelf dedicated to this bitter liqueur, but there are also whole bars solely dedicated to Amaros! Now, I cannot tell if Ramazzotti here in Germany wants to pick up on this success, but nevertheless they are launching a limited edition each year. Luckily, I was able to try the new bottling which has Italian oranges as its predominant flavour. Read more

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