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At Cocktails Distilled want to help you to make cocktails at home. In this podcast, we talk to distillers and makers about particular varietals they have created - what they are, why they created them and, more importantly, in what cocktails that particular expression works best. So if there is a brand of gin, whiskey or whatever, that you've been thinking of buying, then we can help you know more about it and exactly how to use it.

At Cocktails Distilled want to help you to make cocktails at home. In this podcast, we talk to distillers and makers about particular varietals they have created - what they are, why they created them and, more importantly, in what cocktails that particular expression works best. So if there is a brand of gin, whiskey or whatever, that you've been thinking of buying, then we can help you know more about it and exactly how to use it.

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At Cocktails Distilled want to help you to make cocktails at home. In this podcast, we talk to distillers and makers about particular varietals they have created - what they are, why they created them and, more importantly, in what cocktails that particular expression works best. So if there is a brand of gin, whiskey or whatever, that you've been thinking of buying, then we can help you know more about it and exactly how to use it.

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English


Episodes

Absinthe Plays Devil's Advocate

3/1/2021
Banned across Europe and the United States in the early 1900s, absinthe is often a spirit that is associated with illicit behaviour. With a reputation for providing psychedelic inspiration to such creative names as Oscar Wilde, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh, absinthe has always built a reputation as an incredibly naughty, but slightly dangerous green fairy of the spirit world. Yet the reality of absinthe is very different. To understand a little bit more about absinthe and...

Duration:00:19:48

Experiencing Bottled Cocktails With Crafthouse

2/22/2021
Aside from the world's obsession with sourdough starters, one of the biggest trends to have emerged from last year was bottled cocktails. As an easy way for people to drink well at home, bottled cocktails were able to bring a little of the craft of cocktails from bars, into the homes of everyday people. But the bars and bartenders who are now starting to create bottled cocktails are by no means the first to think of the idea. Back in 2013, world-renowned bartender, Charles Joly, and...

Duration:00:22:20

Ten To One You'll View Rum Differently

2/14/2021
Let's take a minute to think about rum. It's highly possible that when you hear the word, a variety of different ideas come into your head. You might think of pirates, you might think of piña coladas, you might think of plantations. But let's put a pause on that because what Marc Farrell from Ten To One Rum wants to point out is that there is a lot more to rum than what marketers have told us. So as you understand what he means, and talk about why you should think about Ten To One for your...

Duration:00:20:59

The adaptability of iichiko Saiten

12/2/2020
Often said to be the best spirit you've probably never tasted, shochu has a long and storied history as Japan's favourite traditional spirit. Usually single distilled and often sitting at an ABV of around 25%, shochu has always been popular in its native land due to its drinkability. Yet, as far as cocktails are concerned, it has often been seen as a spirit that can easily be overwhelmed by other flavours. That is until the advent of iichiko Saiten. Distilled by Sanwa Shurui on Kyushu...

Duration:00:15:49

Barrel-aged Gin with Jamie Biel from Waterloo Gin

11/11/2020
You don't often hear of gins from Texas, but Treaty Oak have been distilling their Waterloo Gin since 2011. With a distinctly Texan flavour and attitude, Waterloo is best known for their Antique Gin, a barrel-aged liquid that many have described as one that will change your mind about gin. To discuss this further, we talk with Jamie Biel, Treaty Oak's director of science and sustainability about aged gin, botanicals, barrels and of course, sustainability.

Duration:00:20:45

Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski from Lost Lantern

10/28/2020
For generations, independent bottlers have been part and parcel of the UK whiskey scene, yet they've not been as commonly seen in the whiskey industry in the United States. But this is all about to change with the first release from a new American independent bottler called Lost Lantern. To understand what Lost Lantern is, what they are about to release, and exactly what it means to the U.S. whiskey scene, we talked to the founders, Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski.

Duration:00:20:54

Juan Coronado from Mijenta Tequila

10/22/2020
While it might seem that tequila is one of the more fashionable spirits on the market right now, it is a liquid steeped in history, tradition and culture. It is made from plants that take decades to mature, and it is processed in ways that have not changed for hundreds of years. A new tequila brand, Mijenta, wants to ensure that the artisanal nature of tequila is not lost. To discuss this, we talk to Mijenta's founder, Juan Corondo, about sustainability, community, and creating a unique...

Duration:00:27:06

0% Botanic Garden Spirits - Tom Warner

10/14/2020
As the interest in low and no alcohol options increases, a lot more established alcohol brands are creating non-alcoholic options. Warner's, who are best known for their all-natural gins, are the latest distillery to tackle this new market. With their 0% botanical gardens spirits, the brand has released two expressions, a Juniper Double Dry and a Pink Berry variant. We talk to the brand's creator, Tom Warner, about natural ingredients, what it takes to get a non-alcoholic spirit right,...

Duration:00:19:16

Angostura chairman Terrence Bharath

9/16/2020
No matter where in the world you are, Angostura is the bitters on everyone's bar and in everyone's drink. Starting in 1824, the company originally produced their aromatic bitters to alleviate stomach ailments, but soon established their brand as an integral ingredient in the cocktail world. Based on their island home of Trinidad, the brand is not only known for its ability to move with the times, but also for their authenticity and craftsmanship. We talked to Mr Terrence Bharath, chairman...

Duration:00:23:00

Simon Ford from Ford's Gin

9/9/2020
No matter where you are in the world, you can usually tell the quality of the bar you're standing in by whether they have Fords Gin on the back bar, or even in their well. Referred to by those in the know as the bartender's gin, Fords started back in 2014, and it's still going strong. Today we talk to the man himself, Simon Ford, about building a brand, what makes Fords different and why you should probably have a bottle at your home too.

Duration:00:17:48

Holly Seidewand from Aberfeldy

9/4/2020
September is National Honey Month, and to celebrate, we are talking to Holly Seidewand, the North American brand ambassador of single-malt for Aberfeldy. To raise awareness between beekeepers and bartenders, the brand is highlighting its 12-year-old expression, which is known for its rich multi honeyed flavour profile, as well as launching their Gardening Give-Back Project.

Duration:00:18:40

Colin Spoelman From Kings County Distillery

8/5/2020
When you think of American whiskey, you automatically think of bourbon. And when you think of bourbon, you automatically think of States like Kentucky and Tennessee, but in this age of craft distilling not all the amazing bourbon that is being made in the US is restricted to those two states. A relative newcomer to the bourbon game, Kings County Distillery, based in Brooklyn are showing that the future of American whiskey may be found in the stills of small batch distillers. We talk to...

Duration:00:20:38

Willems Wermoed - Paul Selier from Selier Spirits

7/30/2020
Like a good wine, the story of vermouth is one of place. The botanicals and wines used in its development often describe the terroir through the aspects of flavour. But vermouth is a liquid that also has the ability to recount tales of history, exploration, and the unforeseen. The narrative of the premium Dutch artisanal vermouth brand, Willems Wermoed, encapsulates more than just the fortified wine's bottles. To recount the narrative of the brand, we speak with Paul Selier of Selier...

Duration:00:14:35

Ian Burrell from Equiano Rum

7/16/2020
With the interest in premium rum on the rise, qualities such as purity and authenticity are becoming more important than ever. And this is where Equiano comes in as this limited release blends flavours and techniques from separate hemispheres. We talk to global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell, one of the founders of the brand about blending, terroir and effect that ageing in different barrels has on a liquid.

Duration:00:20:48

Carson Quinn from Iron Balls Gin

7/9/2020
Realistically, it's very hard to stand out in today's oversaturated gin market, but one brand, Iron Balls, has managed to do just that with its unusual flavor and steam punk aesthetic. Operating out of a small distillery in Bangkok, the brand is founded by bar designer, Ashley Sutton, in 2015. As a self-confessed pirate, you will more often than not find Sutton on the high seas rather than on land. While he's away brand, ambassador and bartender, Carson Quinn, rises to the rank of head...

Duration:00:17:16

John Ralph Talks About Cocalero

7/2/2020
It's not often that a truly unique spirit enters the market with the same impact that has been created by Cocalero. Celebrating the coca leaf that has grown in the Andes mountains in South America, the spirit imparts a sense of terroir of its Homeland. To understand this unusual spirit a little better, we speak to John Ralph, creator of cocalero and CEO of Intrepid Spirits about botanicals, flavour, what it takes to bring the unique spirit to the market and of course, how to use it.

Duration:00:18:35

Miles Monroe from Westward Whiskey

6/18/2020
Considered by many as the Wild West of whiskey, American single malt has always had a reputation for innovation and experimentation. And it is through their collaborations, a lot of the time with breweries, where they're making their point of difference felt. To underline this, Westward have released their Oregon Stout Cask Whiskey, which draws on the region's craft brew history. We talked to Miles Monroe, head distiller at Westwood Whiskey about brewing, flavour, and the difference a...

Duration:00:16:49

Dave Mulligan, owner of Bán Poitín

6/11/2020
With renewed enthusiasm in Irish whiskey, it is not surprising that interest in Ireland's other national spirit, poitín, has not been far behind. With a history that goes back hundreds of years, this once illegal spirit has always been seen as the drink of the people. To understand the spirit better, its history and future, we talked to Dave Mulligan from Bán Poitín about craft distilling, the potency of poitín, and of course the cocktails you can make with it.

Duration:00:20:15

Stephan Berg From The Bitter Truth

6/4/2020
Less than two decades ago if you wanted bitters other than the faithful Angostura and Peychard, you would have to make them yourself. And that’s where Bitter Truth stepped in. After have made bitters in their own bars, Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck decided to open up their creations to the world. We talk to Stephan about scaling up, the bitters in their range and of course the best way in cocktails to use them.

Duration:00:21:12

Sean Baxter From Never Never - Ginache

5/21/2020
While they may be considered a relatively young brand, Australia's Never Never Distillery have very much taken the world by storm with their innovative juniper-first distillations. And their efforts have not gone unnoticed, as their recent win at the World Gin Awards for world's best classic gin, will attest. Yet it is their new distillery in the South Australian wine region of McLaren Vale, that has influenced their latest expression, a wine-based gin. We talked to Never Never's brand...

Duration:00:16:55