Category Archives: Reviews

Tempest Tour Blog

Tempest_red_logoAfter many conversations with Tempest Brewing Co, and their astounding beers taking all three of the top spots for our beer section at the Drinkmonger Christmas Fair, we made good on our promise to head over and visit the brewery. We’ve said before that words like ‘craft’ can be hard to define, but the guys at Tempest are working on something that is more akin to ‘art’ (far more than what covers their walls).

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Kyro Rye Gin and Spirit


Kyro distillery in the snow
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).

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Drinkmonger at #WhiskyFringe

whisky_fringe_profileThe 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.

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Glenfiddich Tasting

GlenfiddichLogoScotch 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.

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Natural Selection: Bitter Descent

BitterLogoThe 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.

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