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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

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

Exploring The Charming Flowers of Fleur Charmante

8/3/2021
Liqueurs have the ability to transform spirits into elegant cocktails. And most of what we see on the back bars have histories that go back hundreds of years. So it's not very often that we see a new liqueur come across the bar, but this year we have seen the birth of Fleur Charmante. With a name that means charming flower, the liqueur is made in a small village of Saint Sauvant in France. To understand more, we talk to Eddie Varsalona, New Product Development Manager at Blue Ridge Spirits...

Duration:00:16:39

Taking Life By Storm With Tromba Tequila

7/27/2021
Tequila has come a long way from its reputation as simply a shot based spirit into a liquid that people feel equally at home drinking in a cocktail or a sipping beverage. But tequila's popularity hasn't come without challenges, both in terms of authenticity, environmental concerns and the blending of traditional methods with innovation. One brand that is walking the tightrope of craft tequila distilling is Tequila Tromba. We speak to co-founder James Sherry about the agave liquid,...

Duration:00:17:35

Barking Irons Has Created A Spirit As New York as Apple Gin

6/28/2021
Craft distilling is all about experimentation and the ability to release new flavours and tastes. So it's not surprising that in New York, a state known for its apple production, craft distiller, Barking Irons has concentrated on apple based spirits. But rather than just look at AppleJack variations, the brand has now released a gin made from apples. Some would say this new gin is New York to the core.

Duration:00:16:19

The Trick To Vodka Is All In The Blend With American Liquor Co

6/14/2021
You probably know Chris Montana’s name in connection with Du Nord Craft Spirits and the fact that there wasn’t a single trouble from last year that did not darken the door of his distillery. From COVID closure and making hand sanitiser, to the riots and the flames that engulfed Du Nord. But even while assessing the wreckage of his business, it was not on himself where his attentions lay but rather his community and the other makers and businesses around him. In what was left of his...

Duration:00:20:41

Seeking Hope For South African Distilling

5/30/2021
With the possibility of a fourth alcohol ban looming, leaving the South African liquor industry questioning its own survival, we talk to Lucy Beard, co-owner and distiller at Hope Distillery. Started in 2014, Hope was the first licensed gin distillery to open in Cape Town and has since built a reputation not only for their own distillations but also the guidance they have showing to fledgling brands around the country. We talk to Lucy about the bans, their spirits and what the future might...

Duration:00:20:57

Jaisalmer Gin - An Oasis In The Desert

5/17/2021
Although you might think of gin as being very English, the Indian subcontinent's influence on the spirit and how it is drunk has been substantial. From the botanicals commonly used in its production to its most popular drink, the gin and tonic, the influence of India can easily be seen. Yet it is only recently that India has produced its own interpretation of the spirit and really added its voice to the gin conversation. One of the brands that have been leading the way is Jaisalmer, which...

Duration:00:18:13

Put a buzz in your glass with Barr Hill Gin

5/3/2021
As spring descends in the Northern hemisphere, it's the perfect time to pay tribute to the efforts of the humble bee. Darting through fields, to acquire pollen and nectar bees are symbols of renewal and community. Within the spirit world, their efforts and enterprise are no better represented than by the Vermont distillery Barr Hill, in the form of their floral, raw honey gin. We talked to Ryan Christiansen Head Distiller at Caledonia spirits, the makers of Barr Hill Gin about bees, honey...

Duration:00:21:52

Drinking Gin By Moonlight With Hendrick's Lunar

4/25/2021
While you might think of the effect of moonlight as being subtle, it is now believed that its rays penetrate the soil and affect plant life, from germination to harvest. With the release of its limited-edition Lunar Gin, Hendrick's Gin believes this same effect can be seen in the gin that you drink. To understand this better. We talked to Hendrick's Gin, Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie about moonlight botanicals, floral gins, and celestial contemplation.

Duration:00:16:32

Distilling British Rum From Scratch

4/12/2021
When you think of rum, you often think of warm tropical locations in the Caribbean, but one brand has set the rum world on its head by distilling in the UK. In a world we normally associate with gin, Scratch distilling has forged a place and won the accolades of fellow rum nerds with their unique take on the spirit. We talk to Scratch founders and distillers, Doug Miller and Ellie Taverner about ageing in a cold climate, botanicals in rum and how English rum should be drunk.

Duration:00:34:50