{spirits} Copeland Spirits – capturing the heart of Cape Town summers

When I’m not pouring myself over a good bottle of wine, you’ll find me kicking back at sunset with a craft spirit in hand, slowly swirling against a pink-tinged sky. Recently, I’ve been savouring the company of Copeland Spirits‘ Tiki Gin and Cape Rum. Introduction As much as I love that rich, fruitful first sip…

{news} Clifton Gin: a world-class gin that launched with two gold medals

Born of the sea, Clifton Gin is an iconic new addition to the luxury spirits sector. The vision for this ocean-inspired signature set of gins, founded by South African born Silvana Bottega, was the sheer refreshing burst of the Atlantic Ocean and the soft golden sand of the Cape’s most exclusive beach, Clifton.  Established in…

{gin} Cruxland Gin: turning every day into an adventure

The beach, the jungle, the mountains. Cities or rivers or grasslands. Wherever your next journey might take you, let KWV Cruxland Gin frame your adventure with a glass filled with memories. Introduction It’s no secret that I have crowned myself somewhat of a gin-connoisseur over the last few years. I’ll often swap my glass of…

{news} The latest liquor shake-ups for 2020

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, consumers are spoilt for choice. Walk into any notable cocktail bar or liquor outlet and you’ll find yourself in a wonderland of distilled spirits, bottled tipples and canned crafts. Throw in a line of psychedelic shooters and exotic aperitifs and things soon get a little overwhelming. “Finding a beverage…

{news} Blaauwklippen Brings Signature Zinfandel Wine into New Gin Range

Blaauwklippen heritage estate in Stellenbosch launched a unique twist on craft gin with South Africa’s first Zinfandel-infused gin – the alluring bright crimson Zin Gin. Celebrating their pioneering role as the first to grow and produce Zinfandel wines in South Africa, Blaauwklippen Zin Gin leads a brand-new range of three handcrafted, small-batch-distilled gins from the…

{news} Woo with Wixworth: a classic recipe for V-day celebrations

Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day? This is the question on the minds of many when the month of love approaches. Go with the trusted candle-lit dinner? Do something adventurous this time? No need to mull over it too much. These handy suggestions will help take the chore out of organising something special for…

{gin} Conserving a classic: Wixworth Gin saves rhinos

If there are two things that lie close to my heart, it’s endangered animal conservation and…well, gin. Wixworth Gin is keeping things cool and classic by saving rhinos with every sip! Introduction Very few of you will know that The Tall Hedonist and I are actually very keen gin aficionados. We humbly boast with an…

{news} The Wixworth guide to being a classic in the new decade

Standing out from the crowd in the third decade of the 21st century is sure to be incredibly challenging. Life as we know it is being disrupted by technology, populism, and climate change. Machine learning is rendering professionals redundant and modern cultures are defined by social media trends, fake news, and celebs who are in it…

{experience} From their own fields: a taste of Arbikie

The essence of a great spirit lies in the stories that fill each bottle. I recently heard the tale of Arbikie Highland Estate, who distills not only premium gin and vodka, but infuses their labours of love with history, heritage and a whole lot of heart. Introduction A few weeks ago, The Tall Hedonist and…

{news} Introducing Pangolin Gin: a zesty gin for a very deserving cause

Conservation non-profit Pangolin.Africa has partnered with New Harbour Distillery in Cape Town to launch Pangolin Gin – a limited-edition craft gin sold in support of the organisation’s pangolin awareness, protection and conservation efforts across Africa. Master Distiller Nic Janeke – one of the most sought-after distillers in the country – has created a unique recipe…