Bourbon is often seen as the poor man’s alternative to Scottish whiskey, but Phil Huff explains why this shouldn’t be the case. There’s been whisky coming out of Scotland since the late 15th century. The name is even a anglicised version of the Gaelic word uisce, which roughly translates toContinue Reading

I’m quite sure there is an unwritten law that states: when spending any amount of time in Canada you must, at some point, stay – if even for just one night – in a log cabin by a lake, preferably with a log burning stove and a plentiful supply ofContinue Reading

James Lawrence explores some of the best Chinese restaurants in London, and takes a look at the move towards regionalism. The last decade has seen our appreciation of Chinese cuisine move far beyond the staples of sweet and sour pork, spring rolls and special fried rice. Regionality has become allContinue Reading

There are many contestants for the title of Cardiff’s best Indian restaurant, but in my opinion the Purple Poppadom has few peers. There is something about its sophisticated, refined take on Indian cuisine that always lures me back whenever I’m visiting the Welsh capital. The cooking, the service, the wineContinue Reading

Orvis UK and Hunter Gather Cook have partnered to launch the ultimate outdoor experience package: a day of fly fishing, foraging and cooking, ending in a freshly cooked meal that celebrates the best of British wild food. The package was launched on the 9th of April with a special dayContinue Reading

In the first of his regular columns, Matt Pym, CALIBRE’s resident wine expert, takes a look at the latest wines to come out of the Bordeaux region – and throws in a little investment and buying advice, too… What better place to start my regular musings on all things alcoholicContinue Reading

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of two Heritage expressions, Benromach Heritage 1977, a 41-year-old single cask vintage (49.6% abv) and Benromach Heritage 1972, an exclusive 46-year-old single cask vintage (55.7% abv). Matured in single-refill American Hogsheads, we managed to get our hands on the Benromach Heritage 1972 – and came awayContinue Reading

When family and friends discovered that I was due to travel to Belgium and Germany relying solely on public transport – predominantly rail – they could hardly contain their mirth. “You’ll be bored witless” (I’ve edited slightly), came one response. “Why would you use trains when the flight is lessContinue Reading

It’s tempting to dismiss restaurants such as Skylon. With 180-degree views of the Thames, the allure of simply cashing in on its pole position appears to be irresistible.  Like the fraudsters who serve oceans of dross in Europe’s most heavily touristed cities, Skylon’s owners have little reason to try. TheContinue Reading