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The WhistlePig Custom Cask Program
F+R's Head of Spirits David Walters made his second visit this summer to the WhistlePig Distillery in Vermont to hand select some of their finest single casks for the F+R Custom Cask Program. The distillery is leading the global Rye whiskey revival and after selling out of our first exclusive 15YO cask earlier this year, we couldn’t wait to return ...
BY David Walters,
ON October 31, 2019
Bloomsbury Atelier CUBANA
Introducing Bloomsbury Atelier CUBANA - the first in a series of geographical spirits from the Creative House of the Bloomsbury Distillery. This unique distillery searches for experiences across the globe, combining beautiful flavours and their geographies to create incredible spirits that resist definition. Distilling the spirit of a journey This inaugural Bloomsbury Atelier spirit, CUBANA, is number one in a ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON May 17, 2019
Meet The Makers: Bloomsbury Atelier
Meet the Bloomsbury Atelier Co-Founders. Sculptor-turned-Distiller Alan McQuillan and Architect-turned-Industrialist Benjamin Harriman met through exhibiting and practising their respective arts in Bloomsbury, London. It was their common passion for unique materials that reflect the cultures of the world, and the people that define them, which kick-started their working relationship. We sat down with Alan to discuss what inspires and influences ...
ON May 3, 2019
F+R Visits Speyside's Glenfarclas Distillery
F+R found themselves in the remote glens of Speyside last week visiting one of Scotland's finest whisky distilleries - Glenfarclas. Glenfarclas remains one of the few family-owned distilleries in Scotland in which all the whisky is produced and aged on site. It is a real family affair with three generations, as well as the production team, all living at the ...
ON March 8, 2019
A Whistle-Stop Tour of WhistlePig
There has never been a more exciting time in the world of whisky. With the explosion in global demand over the last 5-10 years, the craft distillery scene is booming and with it comes experimentation and innovation. This experimentation has led to what is billed as the "Rye revival". Sales are booming in the US where many believe Rye is regaining ...
ON January 10, 2019
Uncovering ancient treasures in Frapin's Paradis Cellar
This summer FINE+RARE travelled to Cognac to attend the 11th edition of the “Les Parts des Anges” Cognac auction. This auction takes place every two years and is one of the true society highlights in the Cognac region. All the major Cognac houses contribute unique releases to the auction, with all the proceeds going to charity. This year the auction raised a staggering ...
ON November 9, 2018
A Seasonal Selection: Festive Gift Ideas
With the festive season fast approaching, F+R is delighted to offer a selection of gifts befitting of collectors and connoisseurs of all things fine, rare and luxurious. From Whisky advent calendars and personalised Cognac bottles, to rare aged Burgundies released ex-domaine in perfect condition. There’s truly something for everyone this Christmas… ** The (Very) Old and Rare Whisky Advent Calendar With ...
ON October 18, 2018
The World's Most Wanted: Single Cask Exclusives
Across the Fine Wine and Spirits industries, there is growing interest amongst collectors and connoisseurs in single cask exclusives. The past decade has seen a steady rise in single cask releases from top distillers and winemakers, whose bespoke bottlings are often snapped up immediately upon release. The demand for these products has encouraged top Spirits distillers to experiment - with the aim of producing something new ...
ON October 4, 2018
Kavalan: Taiwan's First Whisky Distillery
Last month our globe-trotting Head of Spirits, David Walters, travelled to Taiwan to visit Kavalan Whisky Distillery. A seemingly unlikely location for one of the world's most-awarded whisky producers, Kavalan now receives over one million visitors to its distillery every year - a figure that exceeds the total visitors to all Scotch whisky distilleries combined. We delve into the details of what makes Taiwanese ...
ON October 4, 2018
In Conversation with: Bloomsbury Distillery
Bloomsbury was historically the home of many of London’s distilleries dating back to the 18th century. This included the original Gin establishments of Gordons and Tanqueray, before they moved out of the City in modern times. Hogarth’s famous “Gin Lane” painting, awash with drunken mothers and anaemic alcoholics, was an image supposedly inspired by Bloomsbury life in the 1700s. Whilst ...
ON August 22, 2018
Discovering Cognac, Blues + Passions with Delamain Cognac
This week the F+R Spirits team visited Jarnac in southwestern France, as guests of Delamain Cognac house. During the trip they became better acquainted with their range of Cognacs and attended the annual ‘Cognac Blues Passions’ festival. Read what the trip entailed… Why did we go? It is always exciting getting to travel to see producers we work with ...
ON July 6, 2018
Tesseron: Master Blender of Ancient Cognac
Tesseron specialise in very old Cognac: XO and beyond Abel Tesseron created Maison Tesseron Cognac House in 1905 and immediately went to work sourcing the finest and oldest eau-de-vie he could find. The idea was simple: to be able to offer fine, rare and very old cognac to the people of the world. For decades Tesseron distilled, aged and ...
ON May 25, 2018
On the Hunt for a New Whisky at Gordon & MacPhail
Following the success of projects such as the Arbikie Highland Casks, we have been on the hunt for another one-of-a-kind whisky to add to our range. This search took us, naturally, to Scotland, a country synonymous with whisky, and the home of Gordon & MacPhail, the world-leading malt whisky specialist who have been selecting and bottling Single Malt Whisky for ...
ON October 18, 2016
Whisky Galore: Ireland, Scotland & Japan
Despite the quite holiday period and intermittently hot weather, demand for whisky is through the roof at FINE+RARE, in part due to some truly innovative releases… Around this time last year Bloomberg announced that “A surge in demand for rare whiskies has led to triple-digit returns in recent years.” And with whiskies like these of offer, this demand shows no ...
ON August 26, 2016
Arbikie Highland Estate
FINE+RARE report on our visit to Arbikie Highland Estate, a family-owned whisky distillery in the heart of Angus. Here we learnt about Arbikie's Limited Edition Founders Casks - an incredibly rare chance to own some of their premium Highland Single Malt... The Arbikie Story Scotch whisky is fighting back. In the face of ever-increasing competition from Japan, Canada and the USA, many homegrown ...
ON November 26, 2015
Bottled History – A Visit from Frapin Cognac
The report from our recent FINE+RARE tasting of Frapin's exquisite and superbly aged cognacs.  At FINE+RARE, we know that many of the products we sell are special not only because of their quality, but because of the unique stories behind them. This was demonstrated perfectly in September when we were visited by Frapin Cognac and treated to a special in-house ...
ON October 5, 2015
Japanese Whisky: a global scarcity
Given their superb quality and immensely loyal following, it was almost inevitable that Japanese whisky would eventually find a global audience. Indeed, the world has now woken up to just how good Japanese whisky can be and the corresponding effect on supply has been profound – to the extent that, in the short term at least, it has changed the ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 1, 2015
Fine+Rare Whisky Trip to Islay
Rare and Single Malt Whiskies are an increasingly important part of our business here at Fine+Rare, with daily whisky enquiries now commonplace and a base of knowledgeable, dedicated spirits customers growing daily. With this in mind, a fact-finding trip to one of the key regions, Islay, was planned, and our Whisky and Spirits Buyer Garrick Whittaker and Sales Director Jamie ...
ON July 8, 2015
A Trip to Armagnac Part 2: Baron de Lustrac & Domaine Notre Dame de Bouit
Armagnac Baron de Lustrac Despite Mother Nature providing virtually everything necessary for producing a singular and remarkable spirit, market forces seem intent on keeping Armagnac off the centre stage: a spot it rightly deserves! A sheltered existence geographically coupled with a lack of business savvy has, for many centuries, meant it never quite achieved the same global acclaim that ...
ON March 25, 2015
A Trip to Armagnac Part I: Domaine Boingneres
Domaine Boingneres enjoys more commercial success than many other properties in Armagnac and indeed, Madame Lafitte’s expressions of Folle Blanch and the elusive Baco may be found in many a Michelin star restaurant and fancy hotel. With an established following of world class sommeliers such as Gerrard Basset (World best Sommelier 2010) and Enrico Bernardo (World best Sommelier 2004), this ...
ON August 30, 2014
Armagnac: France's Best Kept Secret
If I say ‘brandy’ you’ll probably think of Cognac, but what about Armagnac? Both Cognac and Armagnac are brandies from different regions of France; however, Cognac was the luckier of the two brandy brothers and is subsequently the better known of the two. The town of Cognac, located in Charente, has always had well-established trade routes due to its location, ...
ON August 20, 2014
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