Spirits

Water of Life (Whiskey/Whisky)

Whiskey or Whisky is a distilled beverage produced by distillation of grains, regularly different varieties are used including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Nevertheless, the product differs widely depending on the base product used, alcoholic content, and quality. The typical unifying characteristics of the different classes and types are the fermentation of grains, distillation, and aging in wooden barrels.

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Pot Still

The simplest standard distillation equipment is commonly known as a pot still, consisting of a single heated chamber and a vessel. Pot stills operate on a batch distillation. Traditionally constructed from copper, pot stills are made in a range of shapes and sizes depending on the quantity and style of spirit desired. Nowadays by law, cognac, Irish and Scotch malt whiskies, and single pot still whiskey must be distilled using a pot still. (more…)

Men Behind The Brands (Tanqueray)

Tanqueray (Men Behind The Brands)

Tanqueray Gin was initially distilled in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in the Bloomsbury district of London. Charles was shipping his gin to colonies around the British Empire, where many plantation owners and troops had developed a taste for gin and tonic. When Charles died in 1868, his son Charles Waugh Tanqueray inherited the distillery, which continued to operate until it was severely damaged during World War II.

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Gin

Gin is a grain spirit flavoured with juniper berries and other botanicals (herbs and spices) nevertheless, gins differs widely depending on the recipe used. The name gin comes from the older English word genever, related to the French word genièvre and the Dutch word jenever. All ultimately derive from juniperus, the Latin for juniper, which is an evergreen shrub or small tree that bears berrylike cones, widely distributed throughout Eurasia and North America. (more…)

Men behind the brands (Smirnoff)

Smirnoff (Men behind the brands)

Smirnoff is a brand of vodka which began with a vodka distillery, founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov who was pioneered in column charcoal filtration in 1870. He built a premium product that by 1886 had captured two-thirds of the Moscow market and becoming the first who used the newspaper ads along with charitable contributions. (more…)

Men behind the brands (Grand Old Parr)

Grand Old Parr (Men behind the brands)

Grand Old Parr is a blended Scotch whisky which was introduced in 1909 by Greenlees Brothers of London. It takes its name from the reputed oldest man in Britain, Old Tom Parr. The name emphasised the maturity of the product. Old Parr or Thomas Parr apparently was born in 1483 and died 14 November 1635, was an Englishman who was said to have lived for 150 years. A portrait of Parr hangs at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, with an inscription which reads “Thomas Parr died at the age of 152 years 9 months”. (more…)