Lucky Dime – Botran Ron Anejo Reserva Solera 18

To make the transition from Tiki month to the rest of the year as smooth as possible I decided to stay with rum as a spirits category a little bit longer. The rum I want to introduce to you today is not 18 years old, as you might expect from its label. Rather it is a complex blend of rums, with some part of it being 18 years old. However, what might just sound like the next overly sweet rum, is actually quite the opposite! Read more

Balthazar, Impresario – Plantation Rum Jamaica 2002

Well, the next cocktail in this years Tiki month is more or less a product of chance. Some time ago I was inspired by another drink to infuse red vermouth with chai tea, but at this instance I did not think about using it in a Tiki cocktail. However, when I pondered on which drink to create using the Plantation Rum Jamaica 2002 I luckily remembered the chai vermouth. Of course, there is also a great variation of other liquors in this, so it deserves to be called a Tiki drink! Read more

Planter From Havana – Compagnie Des Indes Tricorne Rum

Yes, I am also presenting a great new rum to you in this article, but the real star is a banana liqueur! Now you might turn up your nose, because you are thinking of artificial coloured and flavoured cheap schnapps. Yet, I will promise you that you will be surprised by this high quality banana flavoured spirit! Apart from that, I will also tell you everything you need to know about the Compagnie Des Indes Tricorne, a rum blend specifically created for mixing! Read more

Muertos Y Furiosos – Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum

The second instalment of this years Tiki month is also based on another classic Tiki cocktail, the Zombie! There is no better drink suited for a new overproof rum than this deadly and iconic Don the Beachcomber drink! The rum itself, the Plantation O.F.T.D. is the newest addition to the diverse line up of Plantation Rum and was developed with a top class of rum experts from all over the world! Read more

Tiki Month 2017: Augustine-Bar Rum Barrel

It’s February and this means that it is Tiki month again! In this proud tradition I present to you a month full of exotic, Polynesian-style cocktails. Of course, this also means a lot of rum, spices and extraordinary liqueurs. The opening cocktail for this year’s Tiki month is a classic Rum Barrel. However, I took the liberty of adjusting Don The Beachcomber’s recipe a little bit and create my own variation. Read more

Laurier – F. Meyer Mirabelle Eau De Vie

I know today marks the begining of the Tiki Month, but I still have an eau de vie review I want to share with you first: There is a rather brilliant cocktail from one of my bartender role models called the Dunkin Cocktail. This creation from Jamie Boudreau is a combination of pear eau de vie, rye whiskey, St. Germain and Angostura Bitters. With a new Mirabelle eau de vie on hand I thought it would be a great idea to create a spin on this Cocktail. As it turned out I had worst ideas than that! Read more

Iron Sky – Juniper Jack London Dry Gin

Until now this year has been a good mix of eau de vies and gin here on the blog. So, after the hazelnut eau de vie I have featured last week,  let me introduce the Juniper Jack to you. From its name alone I already can tell you that this might be my kind of gin! I am a big fan of juniper-heavy gins and the founder of Juniper  Jack, Jörg Fiedler himself describes his Juniper Jack as being a juniper bomb. Let us see if the gin can keep what it promises! Read more

Future People – Vallendar Hazelnut Piedmont Eau De Vie

This week it seems like I again can keep up my promise to deliver you more articles on eau de vies this year! This time it is all about a small change to an already great product: The renown producer Vallendar created a new hazelnut eau de vie using only hazelnuts grown in the Piedmont region in Italy. Of course, I could not wait to see if this seemingly minor changes makes a difference! Read more

Cats Eyes – Citadelle Extrêmes No.1 No Mistake Old Tom Gin

The first gin I want to present to you in 2017 is a rather special one! Even the name sounds very intriguing, Citadelle Extrêmes No.1 No Mistake Old Tom Gin. The two things the discerning gin drinker can take away from this title are: First, that this new gin comes from renown French producer Ferrand and second that it is an Old Tom style gin. Read on to find out, if this alone can justify the higher price tag! Read more

Metal & Dust – Scheibel Moor Birne

After several mentions of this special pear eau de vie I just had to get my hands on a bottle. Now that I did, I can quite understand what the fuss is all about. Although eau de vie purists probably will turn up their noses, because of the addition of a pear infusion. Yet, besides making delicious cocktails, it is first and foremost a spirit that brings people together! Read more

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