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Way back when I was a wee budding scribe one of my first assignments for (the fab yet now defunct) Drink Magazine was profiling The Saint. The heritage building was once a bank and the vaults remained. But my how times have changed. The space within the familiar heritage façade […]

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Introducing Ochre

Ochre Cognac style aged spirit by Bass & Flinders

The Mornington Peninsula’s Bass & Flinders Distillery have just released the debut vintage of what they are dubbing Australia’s first Cognac-style aged spirit (as with sparkling from Champagne, spirits from outside the French locality can’t technically be referred to as Cognac). It goes by the evocatively apt name of “Ochre“. […]

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2015 Trend: Clean Cocktails?

I hesitate to qualify any drink with less than three ingredients (excluding the garnish) a “cocktail” but there’s still something appealing about the simplicity of Moet-Hennessy ambassador Mick Formosa’s concoctions at Park Hyatt’s recent Melbourne Food & Wine Festival event ‘Crisp Cocktails & Fresh Cuisine’. Served up alongside a seafood-heavy menu […]

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Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2015

From the why did it take us so long files: the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards have held their inaugural ceremony. Over 100 entries underwent a blind judging (tough gig) by experts including those from bars such as Whisky + Alement, Bad Frankie, Gin Palace and Lui Bar alongside magazine editors, brand ambassadors and […]

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