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…

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…

Bro’s Gin is a real pro’s gin

A new gin? Yes. Really? Yes. Belgian? Yes. Any good? In one word: fantastic! It is one of the rare examples when the all too familiar story of ‘X-number of friends come together and decide to make gin’ really turns out to be a good idea! Bro’s gin is a magnificently well balanced London Dry…

Have a Teeling Irish Whiskey on St. Paddy’s Day

There’s a thing about Irish whiskey that makes it very…well, Irish actually and because of that definitely a distinct category within the whisky sphere. It was once much more popular than Scottish whisky and it’s doing its best to reclaim the title. Teeling Whiskey is relatively new on the field here, but in less than…

Bijou Bar (Antwerp), timeless perfection

Bijou, a diamond in the rough? No, it’s definitely well cut and polished! A hidden jewel then? No, not really hidden, just rather modest. This bar created by cocktailian veteran, Ben Belmans and the bearded ginger sultan of drinks, Dieter Van Roy is a sparkling stone amongst pebbles! Even so that – not entirely unexpected…

Hammering a good drink to life requires a Sip-smith

No doubt Sipsmith, as a relatively new gin, has earned its place among the classics and will keep it for a long while. Fairfax, Sam and the well known Jared Brown took their first steps into sip smithing with prudence, which also happens to be the name of their first small copper still. A few…

Tanqueray Bloomsbury -Pity the Gods it’s limited, for this is as gin should be

Tanqueray’s Master Distiller Tom Nichol has created his final Tanqueray gin: the Bloomsbury. We love its masterfully balanced modesty. The gin possesses a quintessential purity in itself without losing character or the Tanqueray personality, ┬áso much that it almost becomes an archetype of gin itself. Let me explain the above. For starters it’s not boring,…

Chambers of The Curious – a hot new Hendrick’s bar in the heart of Brussels

Located in the beautiful ‘La Pharmacie Anglaise’ and decorated by Max Colombie of ‘Oscar And The Wolf’ Hendrick’s ‘Chambers of The Curious’ really aced its Pythonesque revelry of ‘The Weird’. Also seeing that team behind the bar gives us clear evidence that the big train of Brussels Mixology is slowly starting to roll. The place…

Hortense, Cocktails & Spirits – Brussels, Belgium – a review

It is not easy to find a good cocktailbar in Brussels and frankly, I have never been able to put the finger on the reason why. We have several hotel bars, some of which you should certainly check out and some of them you should never “check in”, but a real craft cocktailbar in Brussels,…

The (New) Old Fashioned, Ghent, Belgium – a review

Last year The Old Fashioned moved its location to the basement of an old hats shop in the city centre of Ghent and we dropped down the stairs to make a review. A great bar with some great concepts and a magnificent team. The address is not a secret, it brings you to one of…