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…

Five Expressions Of Port Askaig

Port Askaig is the name of a very small harbor on the isle of Islay, but it’s also the name of a single malt and quite a mysterious one so it seems. We were happy to receive five bottles of Port Askaig ranging from ‘smoke bombs’ to ‘so balanced it can do yoga on its…

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 Essentially, the Pisco College Brussels is an initiative by the Trade…

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…