{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…

{experience} Releasing the Kraken on South African shores

Dark, mysterious and full of spice, the rise of craft rum is on the horizon. I was recently swept out to sea with the launch of Kraken Rum in South Africa, that time that The Jagger Lounge was transformed into the Kraken’s ink den of indulgence… Introduction A few weeks ago, I got a seductively…

{experience} A citrussy summer with Fitch & Leedes Grapefruit Tonic

This summer season, Fitch & Leedes is bringing the spirit of African sunsets to your gin glass with the release of their brand-new gorgeously coral-hued premium mixer, Grapefruit Tonic! Spoiler alert: it’s simply delicious, best served chilled with a generous side of Cape Town summer vibes! Introduction A few months ago, I received a “Save…

{news} ‘Tis (almost) the season: give Richland Rum this Christmas

What’s Christmas without rum? Forget the punch or rum in the pudding, those in the know will be lifting a glass of aged, single barrel, sipping rum. Richland Rum, rated by Forbes as America’s best rum, is the ideal Christmas gift for someone who loves quality aged rum, or whisky drinkers keen to try something…

{news} Mindful Drinking Festival: 20 October 2019

Alcohol-free drinks are all the rage right now. But what are they? Do they still contain alcohol? And what is the difference between a non-alcoholic drink and an alcohol-free one?  South Africa’s first ever Mindful Drinking Festival at Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages in Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday 20 October 2019 will answer these questions.  The…

{wine} Top of the class for FAT bastard’s Chardonnay 2018

That chubby golden hippo always manages to put a smile on my face. This time around, I was happier than a happy hippo when a bottle of FAT bastard‘s Chardonnay 2018 landed in my lap. Because living large is exactly what I like to do! Background The results of the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tasting…

{eat} Retreat into elegance at Incognito

We all need to hide away from the humdrum of the world every now and again. Recently I’ve found my new retreat, camouflaged into the green belt of the Constantia Valley. This place of rejuvenation is aptly called Incognito. Background Part of the prestigious The Kove Collection, Incognito is a recently renovated space tucked at…

{experience} The Great White – Cape Town rum with a bite!

With murmurs of a rum-revolution tickling my ears for the last year or so,  I was delighted to have a look-see at how our Capetownian crafters are interpreting this stigmatised drink.  I recently visited Cape of Storms Distilling Company and let’s just say this – I’ve befriended a Great White that I’ll welcome with open…

{news} It’s Summer in Italy: Da Luca Prosecco

Winter has arrived but that doesn’t mean celebrations cease. Birthdays, weddings, events and weekends are perennial occasions and Prosecco is a synonym for a celebration of any kind, even the more subtle ones. Prosecco’s unpretentious elegance lends it to easy drinking, where life’s myriad of wonderful moments can be met with fine bubbles and commemorated…

{cider} Three cheers for Three Spades Cider!

When I lived abroad, I fully submerged myself in the sub-culture of craft cider. Cloudy or clear, sparkling or still, fruity or floral – in Europe you can find a cider for every whim and taste.  In South Africa, though, cider is synonymous with one or two commercial brands we grew up with. Can you…

{wine} Self-care with Robertson’s Pink Sparkling Brut Rosé

These days there is (thank goodness) a massive movement towards #selfcare and #selflove. This doesn’t always mean large, elaborate or expensive treatments or indulgences, but rather doing small things daily that soothe your soul. My latest #selfcare regime includes Robertson Winery’s latest bubbling edition to their range, a Sparkling Brut Rosé Wine. Because a “girl’s…