Inner Circle Rum Green Dot was recently named 'Spirit of the Year' at the 2010 World-Spirits Awards held in Klagenfurt, Austria. 65 participants from 24 nations took part in the festival with spirits including Cognac, Scotch, Gin and rum.
A relative newcomer in the Pure Spirits portfolio is Chairman's Reserve St. Lucia rum. Colonised by France in 1660, St. Lucia earned the name of "Helen of the West Indies" both for its beauty and the fact that Great Britain and France went to war fourteen times for claims to the island. The island's tropical microclimate and fertile volcanic soil create a preserved rainforest that bears the water used to conceive Chairman's Reserve. This microclimate also influences maturation and provides the ideal conditions for transforming sugar cane into this award winning rum.
Le Shack must have the luck of the Irish after managing to pick up three fine Irish whiskeys from The Cooley Distillery in Ireland - the last independent distillery in the country. From 1 March, Le Shack ha...
Admittedly wine releases aren't what we usually focus on in these pages, but when we got the call from Nathan Cairns about his family wine label 'Bye's' we thought we'd make an exception. Nathan, for those of you old enough to remember, was one of Sydney's original cocktail bartenders who set up Longrain's bar in 1999. Furthermore, Nathan was featured in Bartender magazine for being second runner-up in Bartender of the Year (while at Middle Bar) at the inaugural Australian Bar Awards in 2001.