Diageo World Class Cocktail Competition – Northern Europe Finals 2019

The Cocktail Nation was invited to attend the Northern Europe Finals of the famous Diageo World Class Coktail Competition at the Nolet distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands. What follows is an account of the absolute blast we had that day! Article and Photos by Mickaël Editing by Rolf The competition took place at the Nolet…

Zacapa Rum launches ‘Reserva Limitada’ at The Jane.

This very exclusive limited edition for 2019 is a blend of rums aged 6 to 24 years old. The brilliant blend is then aged through a solera system of carefully selected barrels, mostly sherry and bourbon if I remember correctly. Master Blender Loreena Vasquez might have gone above and beyond the clouds with this one….

Pisco College Brussels 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Below a selection of photos showing the graduation ceremony of the Pisco College Brussels. Congrats to all students and especially to the two lucky bastards who won a trip to Peru to visit several of the most famous Pisco distilleries themselves. photography by geertruivangoethem.com Essentialy, the Pisco College Brussels is an iniative by the Embassy…

Geuze, the most unique beer in the world

Tour De Gueuze 2019 Geuze is a blend of young and old Lambic beers which can only be made in an area of ca.15km around Brussels. It is traditionally bottled in champagne bottles and then allowed second fermentation. The taste is certainly an acquired one, but once you can twist your tongue around the acidity…

Nomad Outland Whisky, a Blend of Scotland and Spain

We tested Nomad Outland Whisky, a blend of Scottish whiskies, which is matured in two locations: Scotland and Spain. Yes Spain! Focused on a more southern-European market, this ‘outlander’ is creating a bit of a name for itself, but what do us northerners think about it? Article by Mickaël Editing by Rolf A nomad is…

St. Paddy’s is coming! Choose your Teeling!!

Sunday is Saint Patrick’s Day and then we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland. Originally this happened only in Ireland, but since the Irish travelled a lot during the 19th century, now the entire planet turns green on the 17th of march! And as we know, every celebration comes with a good drink, but the…

Teerenpeli – Finnish Whisky

What do you do when you are in Helsinki for Christmas, and you have some time to spend roaming the icy streets? Well, visit the Teerenpeli pub in Kamppi, for example, as they offer an introduction to the thus-far unknown world of Finnish whiskies. Article by Mickaël Van Nieuwenhove There I was, standing in front…

Golden Gai, a tiny touch of Tokyo in Ghent

Ramen is the next big thing, so why not pair it with cocktails. That’s exactly what Jesse and Robin, both previously bartenders at Jigger’s, had in mind. So they created the Golden Gai ramenbar and the result is a tiny touch of Tokyo in Ghent. As a kid I grew up with Aiki Noodles. Not…