Coffee Gimlet – Prütt Coffee Gin

Well, yes I said I was not going to write about gin if it does not come in Navy Strength. However, this new one from Munster has coffee in it! Coffee – the stuff that really makes the world go round! So, as a hobby coffee aficionado I just had to try this odd, but certainly delicious combination. After all, if Espresso Tonic works, why should the same thing not apply to gin as well? Read more

Spirit Smack Down: A Rye Blind Tasting

Like the Bourbon Blind Tasting in 2016, I decided to repeat the procedure in 2017 with a Rye Blind Tasting. The tasting was comprised of seven different rye whiskies and they were first sampled on their own and in a cocktail afterwards. Of course, we settled for the famous Manhattan cocktail – it maybe is the best cocktail to showcase a rye whiskey after all. Read more

Same Dark Places – Clement Creole Shrubb

Sometimes you need inspiration for a drink: Maybe it comes in the form of a classic cocktail, or your favourite bartender’s new invention. Yet, some other times you just combine some ingredients you figure might work well together. Exactly, this was the case when I was pondering on what to mix with the Clement Creole Shrubb. This special orange liqueur is not based on neutral spirits or brandy, but instead on rhum agricole! Read more

You Can Call Me Beercules! – La Trappe Tripel Vs. St. Bernardus Prior 8

The unique beer death match continues with two abbey style beers. While, the La Trappe is the only real Trappist beer which is brewed in the Netherlands, the St. Bernardus beer comes from Belgium. Both beers have exactly eight percent ABV. However, because one is a Dubbel and the other one is a Tripel style of beer, there is quite some difference between them! Read more

You Can Call Me Beercules! – Camba Bavaria Vs. Ratsherrn Pale Ale

The Beercules series has been woefully neglected here on the blog for quite a while now! However, the discovery of the craft and speciality beer isle in my local supermarket gave me a good enough reason to change that! So, join me as I work my way from the top left corner to the bottom right of the shelf. The new overriding theme of this category will be a comparison between two similar beers. First off, we will put two German pale ales head to head.

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C'est Si Bon – Daron Calvados

Well, it is again time to look at a rather underappreciated cocktail ingredient: Calvados! This very traditional French apple brandy is not very popular in bars, but it never fails to give drinks a perfect apple note. This is why I also had the idea to create a cocktail variation of a rather famous drink with it! I admit that the final drink is quite different from the original cocktail, but still, it perfectly showcases what can be accomplished by using calvados Read more

Time Of The Blue – Maker’s Mark 46

Today I want to take a look at nothing less than a bourbon icon! Maker’s Mark with its red wax seal on the bottle neck was, and still is, the favourite of many bourbon drinkers. However, since a few years there is a new version out there and since a few months it is regularly available here in Germany! On top of slightly higher ABV, the addition to the former singular Maker’s Mark line-up, comes with a new and revolutionary barrel management. Read more

Spirited News 01/2017: On Storks and Whiskeys!

For the first Spirited News of 2017 I am introducing whiskeys from the Spreewood Distillery to you – not gin – for a change! The distillery, formerly know as the Spreewald Distillery, is located in the Spreewald region South of Berlin.  The guys behind the renamed and reorganised company now produce a straight rye and a single malt whisky. Both carry colourful labels and pack quite a bit of punch! Read more