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…

Vicaris Triple Gueuze an unusual blend of two unique Belgian beers

Today we don’t talk about cocktails, but we do talk about blends. Beer blends to be more specific. We were not familiar with beer blends at all, so we were quite excited to taste one and this one is very unusual because it mixes two very different styles of beers together, the Triple and the…

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…

Mackmyra explores the possibilities of whisky on a whole new level

Mackmyra Single Malt Whiskies are very Scandinavian in design, quite literally then. You can really taste Sweden in all their whiskies and they are very dedicated to constantly explore new ways to achieve this in all the incarnations of their Swedish Single Malt. Let’s have a look at 5 very different Mackmyra explorations! Mackmyra is…

World’s End Rum, a flotilla of flavour and lots of gold.

Ah, rum, rumbullion, tafia, guildive, pirate juice, killdevil, the blood of the Caribbean, we love it. If you don’t like rum, you just haven’t tasted the right one yet. We experienced this with a sub category of rum: spiced rum. We didn’t like it, until we travelled to the World’s End and discovered a fine…

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…