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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

The Dry Side Of Vermouth di Torino With Cucielo

6/9/2022
As the summer in the Northern hemisphere progresses, most of us will at some stage, indulge in an aperitivo hour or even afternoon with friends and family. The perfect time to unwind, the aperitivo moments are ideal for socialising as they are light, refreshing, and come with a low ABV. And to make the moments more special, the Cucielo brand denoted with its brilliant blue migrating cuckoo has just introduced a new expression, a dry Vermouth di Torino that embodies all the flavour and...

Duration:00:33:56

The Clean Taste Of New Zealand With Broken Shed Vodka

6/1/2022
When you think of New Zealand, you probably think of extensive green hills and forests full of lush vegetation. But Mark Simmonds, one of the three founders of Broken Shed would also like you to think about the purity that can be achieved in a distilled Vodka. Launching in 2009, Broken Shed has brought the future to Vodka drinkers around the globe and shown that with a little New Zealand ingenuity an amazing liquid can be created from only three ingredients (two of which are water). We...

Duration:00:30:45

Experience the wilder side of botanicals with Wilderton

5/25/2022
When creating a distilled spirit, it is usual to start either with an established spirit type or with flavour, but when Seth O’Malley and Brad Whiting created Wilderton they approached it from a very different standpoint. Starting instead with a layering of botanicals, that could not be easy identified as any particular flavour, the friends wanted to create a liquid that would function as a spirit without trying to be an already existing one. The result is their two expressions, Lustre and...

Duration:00:36:02

Tasting The Purity Of Glacial Waters With Reyka

5/18/2022
In recent years, many vodka distilleries have relied on the marketing buzzwords such as clean, crisp, and pure, but there are few that can back up these claims as fully as Reyka vodka. Distilled on the west coast of Iceland in the shadows of the majestic Mt. Hafnarfjall. The distillery is part of a land like no other, a land of Vikings, volcanoes and crystal glacier waters. To find out more, we talked to US brand ambassador Trevor Schneider, about stills, geothermal power and flavour in...

Duration:00:34:49

Discover The Non-Alcoholic Ecosystems Of Everleaf

5/4/2022
While a lot of us did drink perhaps a little more than we should have during the pandemic, the real winner from our time of isolation was the non alcoholic drinks industry. Already picking up steam before COVID, the sale of non alcoholic beverages has skyrocketed over the last 18 months. One relatively new brand to the market but one that has definitely been making an impact is Everleaf, a complex and captivating range of non alcoholic aperitifs based in the UK. To find out more about the...

Duration:00:33:21

Mixer & Match With Cocktail & Sons

3/17/2022
In the world of cocktails, it's usually the spirits and the liqueurs that tend to get all the love. But as anyone who has made drinks knows, it's the syrups and mixes that are often the true stars of the show. But taking the flavour profile of your drinks up to the next level with a flavoured syrup is often more difficult than that sounds. Going through the rigamarole of having to find the ingredients and ensure consistency means that it's simply easier to turn to a pre-made syrup. One...

Duration:00:32:06

Tapping Into The Terroir Of Gin With St George Spirits

3/10/2022
The US craft distillation movement has come a long way in recent years, especially for gin. No longer seen as the lesser of the white spirits, US gin is contributing not only to the conversation but also to the glass. Unlike many other spirits... I'll start that again. Unlike many other spirits, gin is in the unique position to be able to capture the true sense of place through the use of local botanicals. It is a liquid that can express the essential character and spirit of a particular...

Duration:00:29:35

Irish Terroir With Ned Gahan From Waterford Whisky

3/3/2022
For many, the process of creating an outstanding whisky is akin to a religious experience. And that could easily be the analogy you use when describing the processes put in place by Waterford Distillery in Ireland. Although Single Malts are best known from the Scottish side of the industry, Ireland has been producing outstanding examples for centuries. Laying down their first liquid in 2015, Waterford may be a newcomer to the field but they believe the unwavering level of craftsmanship...

Duration:00:40:17

Dr Anne Brock from Bombay Sapphire

2/23/2022
For many of us, the idea of distilling gin is a mix of alchemy and mysticism. But for Dr Anne Brock, the head distiller at Bombay Sapphire, it is pure science and sensory memory. As the latest custodian for the brand, Brock has spent the last four years leading a team of 16 distillers at the brand's Laverstoke Mill Distillery but maintaining the core expression, while adding in innovation, isn't always easy. We talked to Brock about creativity, agility, and adding a little personality to...

Duration:00:32:09

Wyoming Whiskey With David DeFazio

11/12/2021
When you think of Wyoming, you probably think of towering mountain peaks, wild rivers, and wide-open plains. It is a land of National Parks, of prairies and of cowboys. It is big sky country. But near the centre of the state, near a little town called Kirby, this land is also gaining a reputation for bourbon. And while this liquid will seem familiar, it is not your typical Kentucky bourbon, but instead of liquid that reflects its environment. It is a whiskey that's true to the land from...

Duration:00:43:01

Exploring Citadelle Gin with Alexandre Gabriel

10/27/2021
It would be quite easy to say that Alexandre Gabriel has a unique sense about spirits. Not only did he take Maison Ferrand, a dormant Cognac house and turn it around, but he's also created some of the most iconic brands in a variety of spirit categories. One of the most notable is Citadelle Gin. Created in the mid-'90s, Citadelle was a front runner in the craft gin movement and set an example that raised the bar for the category, an example that many have tried to follow. Although Gabriel...

Duration:00:33:52

Irvine Spirit With Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine

10/20/2021
In the history of cocktails, we've spent more time trying to mask the taste of spirits than we have actually celebrating them. But recently the intricate marriage of unexpected flavours has not only become fundamental to cocktail making, but also to the distillation of the various spirits we put in these drinks. Add to that, the number of techniques that bartenders have borrowed from the kitchen. And it's surprising that we've not seen more chefs, not only behind the bar but also beside the...

Duration:00:14:45

Misunderstood Whiskey With J.D. Recobs & Chris Buglisi

10/13/2021
Out of all the spirits categories, you wouldn't think that whiskey would be one that would need to be classified as misunderstood. Yet, childhood friends, JD and Chris found that their favourite spirit was indeed much maligned by their friends who didn't find the spirit very approachable. So the pair started Misunderstood in an attempt to try and bring their friends around with the perfect blend of complexity and drinkability. Starting the brand with no more experience in the industry...

Duration:00:31:46

Exploring the good of Shochu with Tetsuro Miyazaki from Iichiko

9/29/2021
When most people think of Japanese spirits, they often think of sake, but it is in fact shochu that is the national spirit of Japan. Outselling sake in Japan for the past decade, shochu is a clean, crisp white spirit that is rich in flavour that has been distilled and drunk in Japan since the 16th century. Iichiko, has been Japan’s best-selling shochu producer for the past 30 years or so, which makes sense as the word literally means “it is good”. Although shochu is unique among spirits...

Duration:00:13:57

Talking Cocktails With Sai Hamsala & Diplomatico Rum

9/22/2021
With a journey that starts in the sugar fields of Venezuela, the various expressions of Diplomatico Rum are infused with a rich heritage, so as to achieve a blend, that is a perfect balance of flavours and aromas. But the story of this rum is as much about family as it is about the liquids themselves. And it's not just about the families that produce it, but also the sense of family that is forged when the cocktails this rum can create a shared amongst your own family and friends. To find...

Duration:00:14:46

Ron Santa Teresa Rum with Alex Noriega

9/15/2021
Located in a land of turbulence, Ron Santa Teresa is Venezuela's oldest rum distillery, and actually the third oldest distillery in the world. For over 200 years, the brand has walked the delicate tight rope of political and economic upheaval, looking to their rum and their community as a way through the chaos. Santa Teresa 1796 was created in 1996 to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Hacienda and has proved its ongoing popularity with rum drinkers due to both its flavour and...

Duration:00:11:34

The Moral Of Modern Liqueurs With Apologue's Robert Haynes

9/7/2021
We're used to craft distillers turning their hands to primary spirits, such as gin, whiskey tequila and even vodka, but one category that seems to have been mainly left alone is that of liqueurs. Apologue Liqueurs is not only taking a craft approach in terms of production but also trying to shake the drinks category up with the use of unusual flavours that possibly fill a gap we didn't even know was there. To find out more, we talked to Chicago bartender, Robert Haynes from Apologue about...

Duration:00:17:44

Select The Right Bitter Aperitif With Tad Carduicci

8/31/2021
Aperitivo comes from the Latin meaning to open. Traditionally, it refers to a pre-dinner, appetite-stimulating drink, yet the word can also be applied to the opening of flavours within a drink, as well as the social moments with friends that these drinks can create. Select aperitivo has been a favourite in Venice for over a hundred years, with the bright red liqueur drunk in cafes and bars across the city and around the grand canal. To find out more, we talk to Tad Carduicci, Director Of...

Duration:00:18:04

Taking Rye Whiskey On The Road With WhistlePig

8/23/2021
There is a long history of ageing liquor at sea. Starting in the 16th century, brandy and later whiskey was often transported in barrels on ships to its final destination and the movement of the ship on the waves were believed to have accelerated and improved the spirit. But ageing whiskey on the road has been a far less common occurrence … well, until now. US whiskey brand, WhistlePig has just released their Roadstock Rye where barrels were placed on what could best be described as a...

Duration:00:13:01

Saving Rum From The Angels With Ron Abuelo

8/16/2021
Where there is a wealth of sugar cane, there is also a fair chance that you will find rum. And that is very true for Panamanian rum brand Ron Abuelo. With a name that literally means grandfather's rum in Spanish. The story of this brand is one of location, fermented molasses and family. We speak to global brand ambassador Cristóbal (Cris) Srokowski, who is in Rome, about rum expressions and of course, how best to explore the Ron Abuelo range.

Duration:00:20:39