The Benriach Distillery, located in north Speyside, is launching this November a distinctive flavour-forward portfolio of Single Malts and a new look inspired by the distillery’s creative heritage.
Glou, a tasting bar and bottleshop, is the brainchild of Rahel Goldmann and Ron Davis, both hospo lifers with diverse backgrounds including coffee, kitchens, high end front of house and wine retail.
The ability to, year after year, put out a consistent product is one of the benefits of blends. It’s also a true art form. Once you know what you like in a single malt, it can be amazing searching for those characteristics that enhance their nuances.
“I genuinely love good food and booze. I love the cultural and social histories tied up in it, the transportative effect it can have – and working in the industry, not only do I get to spread that love and those stories, but I can eat and drink like a baller on a budget.”
Volcan De Mi Tierra is made from 100% Blue Agave with no additives and is built on an assemblage, selecting the very best agave from two regions of Jalisco, Lowlands and Highlands, to reach a complex and elegant liquid.
“We created a completely new fit-out that still pays respect to the history and people that frequented the café,” says Dave, referencing the many famous people that have been to Piccolo in the past, many of them now immortalised with a mugshot on the iconic photo wall.
Overseen by Don Tacho, 400 Conejos’ Master Mezcalero, every care is taken to meticulously cultivate the Espadín agaves used in 400 Conejos production. These agaves take between eight and 15 years to reach their optimum maturity, to ensure that the terroir flows through into the final spirit.
We are locked in for 3-7 September 2022 with all the usual suspects returning, including the 21st year of the Bartender Magazine Bar Awards, the Indie Spirits Tasting, the Business of Bars Conference, as well as a slew of other events put on by our sponsors and bar partners.
If COVID never happened, those 20-something bartenders (like myself), would probably still be either on the floor, bar backing, or on the bar once or twice a week. We would likely still be mentored with a very close eye on all our skills.
“For the first 12 months post release, $1 from every bottle of Batch & Bottle Hendrick’s Gin Martini will be donated to William Grant & Sons StandFast fund to support the hospitality industry struggling through COVID-19 restrictions.”
About Time owners Jono Carr, Steve Davis, Shannon Ponsford, Ben Hickey, Naomi Palmer, Tom Price, and Paul Oscar, are the subject of a new docuseries produced by The Blend, as part of The Blends of the World series.
If you’re wondering about the name, the venue is in honour to surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette (1857–1943), who is said to have first added lime cordial to the daily gin tot of the men in the Royal Navy, to help combat the ravages of scurvy on long voyages.