2016 has been a big step forward for Jameson, especially seeing as this year saw them unveil a whole new family of expressions celebrating the heritage and craft that swirls around the hugely popular Irish blend. Their whiskeys have always been greatly received around the world so watching them push their Whiskey Maker’s adventurous range into the Australian market has been exciting. The series, which includes the very popular Caskmates, which is Jameson that’s been aged in craft Irish stout barrels, and the Black Barrel, Irish whiskey matured in double-charred bourbon barrels, has given us several news perspectives on the brand. For this edition of On the Shelf we’re taking a look at what we feel is one of the unmissable highlights of the new range, a whiskey which was overseen by Jameson’s Master Cooper Ger Buckley going by the name of Cooper’s Croze.... Read More | Share it now!
Celebrity-owned spirits are often met with cynicism, especially since there are so many of them in market nowadays. They sell though, penetrating the market quite impressively, and ever since Puff Daddy saw some incredible success with Ciroc it seems every month we’re hearing about big names attached to different spirits. Most seem just a quick way to anchor another steady stream of income, but that doesn’t apply to George Clooney and co-ownership of Casamigos Tequila. Of course, none of this speaks for whether or not Casamigos is a Tequila brand that justifies the hype surrounding it, but evidently this isn’t a tacky cash grab by the veteran actor or his partners, co-founder Rande Gerber and Michael Meldman.... Read More | Share it now!
Rosebery precinct Saporium has just welcomed a new artisan bottle shop going by the name of The Drink Hive, a new offering from two industry experts, that is Mal Higgs and Gregoire Bertaud, with designs on changing the way we buy alcohol through sustainable practices and through working with local artisan alcohol brands. This means that The Drink Hive’s stock will be across a range of hand-selected boutique brands and that the space will feature Sydney-first refillable beer and wine stations, encouraging people to recycle their old bottles and reduce their impact on the environment. ... Read More | Share it now!
Iconic single malt Glenfiddich host a massive art inspired competition each year, dubbed the ‘Artists in Residence’ program, which for the second year was open exclusively to Australian residents. Those participating spanned each state in the country, entering works across a multitude of mediums such as print, photography, animation, performance and installation, all for a chance to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland alongside other winning artists from similar competitions held across the globe.... Read More | Share it now!
William Grant & Sons have just seen a very successful run at the prestigious 47th annual International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), held each year in London. In addition to being named “Distiller of the Year” for the sixth time, the company picked up the title of “Scotch Producer of the Year” and a number of individual expression honours including Gold Outstanding medals for The Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo, Glenfiddich 21yo, Glenfiddich Bourbon 14yo, The Balvenie Thirty, and Glenfiddich 40yo. ... Read More | Share it now!
Shake a bottle of that shimmering purple liquid known as Viniq Liqueur and your eyes will likely be darting all over the place as flecks majestic velvety shimmer start to sparkle. This ghostly shimmer comes from the same ingredients that is used to give frosting its shine or rock candy its sparkle, a mineral called powdered mica that’s often used in baking and surprisingly works wonders when Viniq is used in cocktails. Gimmicky? Maybe, but the flavour profile and potential for this liqueur is much bigger than the liquid’s lava lamp appearance.... Read More | Share it now!
Known for being an elegantly crisp entry into the wide world of sparkling wine, La Marca Prosecco, has popped on over to Australia after being named the top premium prosecco in the United States. It was launched not only in time for Melbourne Cup, but ahead of what is starting to look like a blazing hot summer in Australia, one which will surely be needing the clean, bright bubbles as La Marca seek to truly make their mark on the national market.... Read More | Share it now!
The world’s first blood orange liqueur, Solerno, has been around for years though the essential cocktail ingredient has recently seen a resurgence in populaity thanks to a new range of cocktails and a new signature serve called The Solerno Serata. The liqueur, which is the brainchild of Hendrick’s Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, launched in Australia around three years ago and ever since has been a constant presence on just about every cocktail list across the countr.... Read More | Share it now!
Johnnie Walker’s commitment to ongoing change regularly has given Whisky enthusiasts a few classics over the years to build upon their core range. Never a brand to rest on their laurels, the number 1 Scotch Whisky in the world has this year introduced a new limited edition series which should be rolling out a number of expressions in the future, all focusing on broad thinking and experimental approaches to whisky. It’s being dubbed the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch series, and the first expression to springboard off this platform is the a curious Red Rye Finish.... Read More | Share it now!