Fortunella, a Kumquat distillate

“Pugnatus sum avec kumquat” – Eddie Izzard If you don’t understand the subtitle or you don’t know who Mr. Izzard is, you’re missing out on a whole lot of fun! If you don’t know what Fortunella is, have no fear I will explain it to you. If you’re in a hurry, just remember these three…

Martini Non-Alcoholic Aperitivo

No Booze, All Bliss! Today in the arcane world of drinking there are two rising trends (until covid smashed everything): 1) aperitivo and 2) non-alcoholic spirits. Aperitivo Aperitif in Belgium until recently didn’t really exist as a thing on its own. Aperitif was just waiting until dinner was ready, it wasn’t really special, just drinking…

Bacardi Spiced or old Oakheart in a new jacket.

Spiced rum is on the rise, slowly but steadily over the last couple of years. And that’s wonderful, because it’s really a category in itself, a playground without rules. And there’s a new kid on the playground…or well, it looks a lot like that older kid we knew, but this time with a new jacket…

The Ravazjol Cocktail Bar

A unique, atypical and cosy 18th Century Speakeasy hidden in the centre of a small industrial city If there’s one thing that would summarize the Ravazjol, then it’s the fact that it doesn’t really fit into any category of cocktailbar you’ve seen before. “The Ravazjol is the Ravazjol,” is the answer you get from locals…

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….

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…

New Ketel One Botanical Series, Low On Alcohol, Full Of Flavour.

It was on the Diageo World Class Global Finals 2018 in Berlin that we were able to taste the new Ketel One Botanical Series. Essentially it’s a low ABV neutral gain spirit, infused with botanicals and we must admit, at first we were a bit sceptical, but in the end we got blown away by…

Observations from Diageo World Class 2018 Benelux Finals

Well, the first one is easy of course, David Lebeer won for Belgium! He’ll be representing Belgium on the Global Finals hosted this year in Berlin and we wanted to create a little buzz (pun intended) here. Didn’t get the pun? Well he has a thing going on with bees and with a surname which…

Roe & Co, Irish Whiskey on the rise

Irish whiskey is on the rise again, ladies and gentlemen. And we’re happy about it. Because up and until the 20th century it was the most popular and considered the best whiskey in the world (yes, better than Scotch). But it simply disappeared somewhere after WWI and frankly the only alternative was to turn to…