Of all the great fortified wines the world has to offer, Port is one of the most recognisable. People tend to gravitate towards Port at Christmas time but we believe it is perfect at any time of the year. But what is Port? Here we will guide you through this luscious and hedonistic wine and hopefully you will discover that Port is for life, not just for Christmas.
On the 21st of November, we held our 2nd annual Drinkmonger Christmas Fair at the brilliant Akva bar at the Lochrin Basin (the end of the canal) in Edinburgh. It was a great event, where we showcased a selection of wines, beers, spirits, liqueurs and more. We asked our many happy customers to vote for their favourites on the day and here are the top 3 from the various categories:
Rye is one of the most grown grains in Finland, and rye bread is the most popular type of bread in Finland. In fact, bread is a big part of Finnish food culture, so it would make sense with a plentiful supply of rye, that you would consider making rye based spirit. 5 guys came up with this idea in a sauna in 2012, and after producing their first test batch in 2013, they were ready to move into their newly fitted distillery in 2014 (an old cheese factory).
Pumpkin harvest is from the end of September. Pumpkins are one of the most popular crops in the United States, so since beer has been made in the US, there have been pumpkin beers.
With summer sadly on its way out, lets take a look at some of the exciting seasonal beers that will compensate for the lack of sunlight. First up, a beer style we look forward to every year: Oktoberfest Beers
The 7th, 8th and 9th of August was the 14th annual Whisky Fringe, which is a brilliant three day tasting event held every year at Mansfield Traquair showcasing some of the finest drinks our company has to offer. Whisky Fringe has around 1500 attendees over the 3 days and generally sells out in 2 minutes. This is our 4th year with a Drinkmonger stand, and this year we had rum, tequila, mezcal, liqueurs, gin, vodka, brandy, pastis, aromatised wine and cold brew coffee.
As Prosecco and Champagne battle it out to become the world’s top selling sparkling wine, many people ask “what is the difference between the two?” Let us explain.
Scotch whisky is in a rather good position really. It is the highest value spirits category in the world, and the two market leaders, Glenfiddich in the single malt category & Johnnie Walker in blended whisky category, are highly regarded by retailers, bloggers, and are consistently awarded prizes at competitions. You would think that this would be the case for other categories, but Scotch whisky is one of the few really where the top seller happens to have mass market appeal and approval from the critics.
The Natural Selection project is a partnership between Stewart Brewing and the Heriot Watt International Centre for Brewing & Distilling. The Natural Selection Project is in its 5th year. Each year students are invited to apply to take part in this project. A team is chosen who then brew a beer at Stewart’s brewery, bottle it, develop a brand, market the beer, organise a launch party, sell and distribute the beer. It is great experience for the career these students want to go into, and each year we love attending the launch event and stocking the final product.
We were really quite excited and intrigued when this new Glendronach 8 Year Old came in. It’s an interesting move from Glendronach, as many people could perceive 8 year old whisky as being too young. It is currently the only below 10 year old, standard range bottling we can think of. That and it isn’t an NAS whisky.