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Win a Big Bag o’ Booze for Free

Oh no! I’m running out of room in my liquor cabinet. And that’s especially good news for one lucky tikichris reader. Continue reading

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A Guide to the World’s Best Whiskey/Whisky Destinations (Going Places)

Did you ever wonder where your preferred tipple came from? How it was produced? Or even the history behind it? The world of whiskey (and whisky) is one of heritage and craft, of idyllic natural water sources in scenic settings, of good times and lifelong memories. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #60

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip, savour and more – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of R&B Distillers’ Raasay While We Wait Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Happy New Year! I hope your Hogmanay was a merry one. Now that 2015 has come to an end and 2016 has commenced, it’s time to get ready for one of the best festivities on the British calendar: Burns Night. And what better way to celebrate the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns than with a toast of single malt Scotch whisky? I’m got a bottle of R&B Distillers’ Raasay While We Wait put aside for one lucky reader that’s sure to be the hit of any Burns Supper. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #49

Okay let’s see if I can squeeze out one more quick post of good stuff before the year ends. Continue reading

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Good Stuff #41

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the (long overdue) lowdown on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Elegant Japanese Dining at Kouzu, Belgravia

Japanese fine dining restaurant, Kouzu, opened with a hush of a soft launch (although apparently the Prince of Monaco had already caught wind and paid a visit) last week. Via an invitation extended by the restaurant, Kemey and I dropped by Saturday for what turned out to be a most elegant meal. Continue reading

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Follow Scotland’s Historic Malt Whisky Trail (OneTravel)

The world famous and one of a kind Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland passes through seven Speyside working distilleries, as well as a historic distillery and Britain’s only cooperage. Continue reading

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Aberlour and the World’s First Outdoor Whisky Art Gallery (OneTravel)

Back in May, single malt whisky makers Aberlour launched the world’s first outdoor whisky art gallery. A few weeks ago, I got the chance to check the exhibition when I paid a visit to the distillery. Set on an idyllic stretch of babbling brook winding its way to Aberlour’s historic distillery, the exhibition aims to capture “the individual elements that together result in one of Scotland’s most famous exports.” And I reckon it certainly succeeds in doing so. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: Fine Finish

Clean air, clean water, clean tasting whisky – why’d I ever leave? I’d relish a repeat visit to Aberlour Distillery and the Speyside swath of heaven that’s its home. Folks looking for their own ‘clean’ break would be wise to go for a similarly relaxing retreat. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: More than Whisky

Even when setting aside the distillery tour, cooperage visit, and the delectable chance to taste the Aberlour range of single malts in the very environment where they’re made, my Speyside time was still such a blast. The area is absolutely gorgeous, all the food I had was delish, and the hours spent outside communing with nature were as invigorating as they were relaxing. I would have loved to have been able to extend my trip at least a few more days as there was just so much great stuff to see and do. Indeed, I would be so very keen to head back that way again to get to continue discovering this lovely part of Scotland. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: Tasting Notes

To be honest, I’d never had a sip of Aberlour before my visit to its distillery. Always reckoning myself more an islands whisky kinda guy, I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I simply had not even given Speyside whisky a fair shake. I now realise the error of my ways and that I have been missing out all these years as a whisky drinker. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: Speyside Cooperage

As important as the few raw ingredients that go into whisky is the cask in which the spirit is aged. Indeed it’s the interplay between the spirit and the cask wood that gives any whisky its flavour. And coming by the right cask is no mean feat as I found out when I got a look see inside the Speyside Cooperage near Aberlour Distillery. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: A Whisky While beside the Lour Burn

Regardless of whether you actually like the taste of whisky, distilleries are fine places to visit if only for the scenery surrounding them. And to this point, age old Aberlour Distillery is no exception. Continue reading

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Portugal Please: Comporta Comfort Food at O Zé

One last lunch, one last chance to take in all the yummy hospitality I’d come to expect while travelling through Portugal – a stop in the seaside town of Comporta en route to the airport in Lisbon yielded one of the best meals I had during my stay in the country. With an emphasis on serving traditional dishes from Alentejo using fresh, local, sustainably sourced, and mostly organic ingredients – the family owned O Zé Restaurante Lounge pleased my palate and ensured I headed back London satisfied to be sure yet already longing to return for more festive feasting. Continue reading

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Quality Carnaby Haircuts for Men at Pankhurst Barbershop

Last week started off with a bit man pampering for me with a highly recommendable visit to Pankhurst barbershop in the Carnaby area of Soho. I went in for a beard trim and enjoyed every aspect of my upscale yet down to earth experience. Continue reading

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Whisky Wonderland – 2013 Jura Whisky Festival (City AM)

Waaaaaay back at the end of May I travelled up to the remote island of Jura to check out its annual Whisky Festival. This year’s event was even more worthy of red letters on the Jura calendar than usual, as the occasion marked 50th anniversary of the island’s distillery. Continue reading

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Win a Bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe Chocolate Whiskey Liqueur

Chocolate lovers listen up! Whiskey connoisseurs, you pay attention too! I’ve got a 50cl bottle of Baileys recently launched Chocolat Luxe – the world’s first fusion of Belgian chocolate, Irish whiskey and cream – to share with one lucky reader. Continue reading

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Sneak Peek at Chocolat Luxe – New Chocolate Whiskey Liqueur

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being among the very first members of the public to taste a new chocolate and whiskey liqueur called Chocolat Luxe. There’s an embargo on for a few weeks preventing me from saying which brand is behind this new velvety drink. But I can tell you this: Chocolat Luxe is the world’s first fusion of Belgian chocolate, Irish whiskey and cream. It’s the result of three years of development and combines cream, Madagascan vanilla, tripled distilled whiskey and more than 30g of real Belgian chocolate in each bottle. Continue reading

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Drink in Knowing Style at London’s Hakkasan and Sake No Hana (OneTravel)

Beyond the fabulous settings and fantastic food, two of the Hakkasan Group’s best Asian fine dining restaurants in London will run a new series of cocktail and spirit masterclasses this summer. Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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Teroforma Whisky Stones + Jura Festival Edition 2013

Giving my Teroforma Whisky Stones a test run with a damn fine single malt and loving every last sip! Continue reading

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Win a Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky Mini Set for your Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

Is your dad the best? Well, check it out! I’ve got a nice little treat for you to show you love him this Father’s Day: a Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky mini set! Continue reading

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The 2013 Islay Whisky Festival (OneTravel)

The Feis Ile is the Scottish island of Islay’s annual festival of “Malt and Music.” Held every year during the last week of May with an variety of activities and events across Islay as well as on the neighbouring island Jura, the Feis Ile is considered to be one of the most important events on any true whisky lover’s calendar. Continue reading

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Dubh Prais: Traditional Scottish Cooking on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile (CheapOair)

Located in the heart of the Royal Mile, Dubh Prais offers a hearty helping of welcoming Scottish character and, despite its tourist laden locale, has an authentically homey and off-the-beaten track feel to it. Read my complete post at the … Continue reading

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Whisky Fest ’12

Planning any international flights soon? It might be wise to save some time to do a bit of airport shopping before hopping your plane or exiting the terminal. Why? Because it’s yet again time for World Duty Free and its specialist shop, World … Continue reading

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The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh (CheapOair)

… a thorough and well-rounded introduction to Scotland’s most famous export along with plenty of tips on making the most of any wee dram. The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh CheapOair, 3 April 2012

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The Spirit of Scotland: Edinburgh Whisky Tasting (Urban Travel Blog)

The Spirit of Scotland: Edinburgh Whisky Tasting Urban Travel Blog, Jan 14, 2012 Located within the terribly touristic (if still incredibly scenic and evocative) Royal Mile is The Scotch Whisky Experience, offering a “sensational journey” taking folks through the “magical craft” of … Continue reading

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Foraging, Mark Hix and Whisky (Locally Sourced)

Foraging, Mark Hix and Whisky  Locally Sourced, November 15, 2011 The idea behind our expedition was to get us city slickers close ‘to the wild seas of Skye, where Talisker is made, without leaving our Southern shores’. And it was … Continue reading

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Win a Free Bottle of Talisker Whisky at Boat-Naming Ceremony Tomorrow (Londonist)

Win a Free Bottle of Talisker Whisky at Boat-Naming Ceremony Tomorrow Londonist, November 8, 2011 at 16:00 pm Talisker 10-year-old giveaway at St Katharine Docks boat-naming ceremony for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, Wednesday 9 November, 1.15pm. READ THE COMPLETE POST: Win a Free … Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Remember my last “Good Stuff” post? That was published just over a month ago. Lots more stuff’s been happening since then. And the wonderful thing is that most that stuff’s been good stuff. So, as with that last post back … Continue reading

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London Food & Drink News: 6 October 2011 (Londonist)

London Food & Drink News: 6 October 2011 Londonist, October 6, 2011 at 16:00 pm Camel milk ice cream, whole lamb from the UK’s only Argentine asador, lots of whisky and a menu featuring honey made at a Bermondsey apiary … Continue reading

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London Food & Drink News: 25 August 2011 (Londonist)

Opportunities to enjoy an Indo-Malay seafood feast, to celebrate Eid, to win Le Cordon Bleu’s new scholarship or to sip some whisky or some beer in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Continue reading

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The Mad Men of Jazz and a Three Martini Lunch at A Fluid State (Londonist)

The Mad Men of Jazz and a Three Martini Lunch at A Fluid State Londonist, November 25, 2010 at 16:30 PM Photo/Tiberiu Arsene Improv jazz, whisky pairings, foodie finds from New York street vendors and a Plymouth gin cocktail bar: it’s going … Continue reading

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Food And Drink Meets Art, Music & More: A Fluid State (Londonist)

Food And Drink Meets Art, Music & More: A Fluid State Londonist, October 28, 2010 1:30 PM Mad-Men-inspired cocktails, a mezcal monkey tattoo parlour, whisky, jazz, chocolate and alcohol pairings and more are on the menu as ‘experience curators’ The Tasting Sessions … Continue reading

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