Braeckman Distillery Revamps Old Genever

Old Flemish Genever has bought a new coat and dresses young again! Braeckman Distillery from Oudenaarde (Belgium) wants to rejuvenate genever’s old fashioned reputation by restyling their approach, their bottles and especially the labels. The result is magnificent and by that we mean the bottle as well as the liquid inside!! Braeckman Distillery is located…

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…

Filliers New Generation Genever

We do love genever at The Cocktail Nation and we wouldn’t be Belgian if we didn’t like Filliers. Now, the last couple of decades, genever suffered a bit from an image problem. That and 66 years of prohibition up and until 1985 didn’t do well for the juniper fuelled grain spirit in Belgium, but now…

The Cobbler, 1898 The Post Hotel, Ghent.

I know, it has been a long while since we reviewed another Belgian cocktailbar, but here we are again. This time it’s The Cobbler in beautiful Ghent, located in the spectacular 1898 The Post Hotel at the wonderful Graslei, close to St. Michael’s Bridge. If you have never visited Ghent before, then please do! Put…

Dust. A new Belgian genever 2.0 style, handcrafted by Black Lion.

Belgian webdesigners from Black Lion said ‘to hell with gin’ and decided to make genever instead. A very modern tasting genever, that is or genever 2.0, as they call it. Dust was born. Also you need to know that “dust” is actually a Flemish dialect word for “thirsty”. The story starts when a web design…

Trends and tipular fixings for 2016

To augur the cocktail and spirit trends for 2016 is more like horoscopes, tarot and disembowelling lamb to check their livers for strange spots. It’s not hard science. So instead we take a look at what we saw in 2015 and what we would like to see in 2016, mixed together with what we could…