Review: Nespresso take a giant leap forward with the futuristic VertuoPlus

Such a substantial departure from the long-established pods that have been churned through Nespresso machines for years is a bit of a risk for such a dominant company. Introducing their new Vertuo line-up earlier this year represented a huge leap for the brand, presenting several models – some made by Breville and DeLonghi – onto the market which make use of the much larger, fatter and refined VertuoLine capsules. It’s said to be just another step towards the perfect single-serve coffee, with a decent range of capsules (hopefully that’ll be built upon in 2018) suited to various tastes no doubt gathered by the company through years of consumer research.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Though it was released earlier this year, the Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky isn’t a new expression by any means. It’s merely a rebranded, renamed and reimagined Johnnie Walker Platinum Label. That choice fits the bottle in with the iconic brand’s other expressions a bit more seamlessly, sporting a stylish design and premium look that greatly reflects what’s found inside.... Read More | Share it now!

Mr Black adds Coffee Amaro as the second permanent expression to the coffee liqueur brand

Mr Black Roasters & Distillers have grown immensely in the past few years, picking up quite a few awards along the way and selling out limited releases left, right and centre. Their latest expression is the second permanent addition to their growing line of specialty coffee liqueurs, pushing in a bit of a different direction with cold brew coffee and fourteen distilled and macerated fresh botanicals, including citrus from the brand’s own distillery garden on the Central Coast of NSW. Titled Mr Black Coffee Amaro, the recently released expression is a modern take on the traditional Italian bitter liqueur.... Read More | Share it now!

Barossa Boy: a new wine series launches out of the Barossa Valley

Sixth generation Barossa winemaker Trent Burge is spearheading a new passion project and wine series titled Barossa Boy, a collection that he hopes will mirror the same consistency and quality that’s been threaded through his family’s history in the Valley which dates back to 1855, when his great-great-great grandfather John Burge first immigrated to South Australia.... Read More | Share it now!

Johnnie Walker unveils two new Blenders’ Batch expressions including an Espresso Roast Whisky

Good ol’ Johnnie Walker. We can always rely on the iconic blended Scotch Whisky to constantly roll out new and exciting expressions towards the end of the year. They’ve already made waves with the newly relaunched Aged 18 Years and that hype is definitely looking to continue with the imminent arrival of two new experimental Blenders’ Batch releases coming straight from the blending labs of its distillery. First off, we’ve got the subversive Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast which plays around with a flavour profile of cold-brew coffee; then we have the Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish, a very distinctive expression which should please whisky enthusiasts with its complexity.... Read More | Share it now!

Nespresso look to traditional candies for new Limited Edition Variations pods

Fresh off the release of their futuristic Vertuo machine, which makes use of brand new pods, Nespresso have bolstered both their new and older models with the release of a limited edition range inspired by traditional candy flavours. Created in collaboration with design duo Craig Redman and Karl Maier, the range introduces a playfulness into the now wide collection of coffees and espressos the company is renowned for, pushing plenty of unique new flavours for aficionados to stock up on ahead of the holiday season.... Read More | Share it now!

Romance Was Born has collaborated with Handpicked Wines on a limited edition rosé

Enormously popular Australia fashion label Romance Was Born was hooked up with the crew at Handpicked Wines for a collaborative limited edition Yarra Valley Rosé inspired by the fashion house’s latest collection “Electric Orchid”. Following a visit to the gorgeous Handpicked Cellar Door in Chippendale, designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales worked with Handpicked Wines to create the label for this special release, which is part of Handpicked Wines Spring Summer Collection 2018, a series that features lighter style fine wines designed for the summer months.... Read More | Share it now!

Australian market welcomes new premium wine label “I Am George”

Australia’s got a new wine brand with I Am George, a collection of premium reds that pay tribute to the history and life of beloved winemaker George Wyndham, who is often considered one of the pioneers of the Australian wine industry and one of the first to plan vines in the country. The range has launched along with a short-film series worked up in collaboration with award-winning filmmakers Brilliant Films, each film exploring George’s connection to classical elements within life and nature. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Coca-Cola’s sugarless, coffee-infused soda is actually quite nice

Coca-Cola have been on a bit of a resurgence as of late. They did away with the overly acidic Coke Zero and gave us Coca-Cola No Sugar, a terrible name but a vast improvement as the brand move to offer a sugarless alternative that actually tastes great. Yep, it still has some bad stuff in it but for those watching their weight it was a step forward without sacrificing on taste. Now Coca-Cola Australia have went and launched what is perhaps their riskiest product yet, without going to fruity route. Now we’re the testing ground for Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar, another terrible name but a drink that isn’t without its merits.... Read More | Share it now!