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Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead?

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By Martin Isark
Ever asked for a Bourbon and been poured a Jack Daniel’s instead? It’s a common mistake by barman: JD is actually a Tennessee whiskey, while bourbon is synonymous with Kentucky – all but a couple of brands of bourbon are made there, and Kentucky is the only state allowed to put its name on the bottle. Read more

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Tasted: Speyside & Highland Malt Whiskies

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By Martin Isark
With good reason, most Scottish distilleries lie in the Speyside area or in the surrounding Highlands. The cleanly flowing rivers, peat and easy access to high-quality barley mean that the distilleries there always have an economical edge over those on the islands, where higher production and transport costs have led to the closure of so many of the distilleries. Read more

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Shopping for Risotto Rice?

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By Martin Isark
Rice like grapes has thousands of different varieties, but just as with grapes only a relatively small number make it onto the supermarket shelves.   Read more

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Tasted: Bruichladdich Octomore 0.61 & 0.63 Islay Malt Whisky
By Martin Isark
Octomore malts are the world’s most heavily peated malt whiskies.

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Tasted: Tyrrell’s Summer Butter & Mint Crisps

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Tyrrell’s Summer Butter & Mint Crisps. Is it worth putting a pack in the trolley or should you leave it on the shelf? Read more

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Tasted: Sainsbury’s Tomberries

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Sainsbury’s Tomberries should you put a pack in the trolley or leave them on the shelf? Read more

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Tasted: Palate Pleasing Easter Eggs

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By Martin Isark
Most people want an Easter Egg that looks good and tastes nice. Buy early if you want any of the below as they disappear off the shelf well before Easter Sunday. Read more

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Tasted: Wines from Laithwaite’s

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Laithwaite’s Easter Wine selection, Domaine Serge Laporte Sancerre,Gaston Burtin Premier Cru Champagne, Mission Estate Pinot Noir New Zealand and Imaginacio by Masperla Priorat, Spain. Are they worth a punt? Read more

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Tasted: Boroli Barolo Piedmont Italy

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By Martin Isark
Tasted Modern Style Boroli Barolo? Barolo is made from the thick-skinned nebbiolo grape that’s grown in Italy’s Piedmont region. There are two styles of Barolo, the Old Traditional and the Modern. There is much debate, over the last twenty years or so, which is the better, but whichever style, a Barolo wine is going to be big and powerful!

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Tasted: 30 & 25 Year Old Tasgall Blended Whisky

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By Martin Isark
What’s this 30 & 25 year old Tasgall whisky at sixty and fifty quid a bottle? Tasgall is not a Scottish distillery or a blue chip brand, but a super-premium blended ‘private label’ whisky that has been created by Asda’s Spirit Buyers. Should you grab it or leave it?  Read more