Mike Gerrard

Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel and drinks writer who divides his time between Cambridgeshire in England and Arizona in the USA.

Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak Finish

Review: Clonakilty Double Oak Irish Whiskey

By Mike Gerrard | October 30, 2021 |

At the Clonakilty Distillery in southwest Ireland, they are definitely establishing terroir for their spirits. The barley for their whiskeys is grown on a 9th-generation family farm, they make a gin using whey from the farm and locally-foraged rock samphire, and their aging warehouse stands on top of 200-foot cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean just…

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NB Gin bottles

Review: NB Gin – London Dry and Navy Strength

By Mike Gerrard | July 19, 2021 |

The NB stands for North Berwick, a town on the east coast of Scotland where this distillery is based, adding to the distinguished list of Scottish gin makers like Caorunn, Arbikie, and Crossbill. The company started off with distilling experiments in a home kitchen and now produces a range of gins, rums, and a vodka……

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Cutwater Mezcal

Review: Cutwater Mezcal

By Mike Gerrard | June 26, 2021 |

Cutwater is an unusual company. We’ve favorably reviewed some of their whiskey products, and (along with everyone else in the spirits world) they recently brought out some canned cocktails, which were fairly well-received. Despite the fact that they’re based in San Diego, and do distil their own spirits, they’ve also released a tequila and now…

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Cayuga Clear Vodka

Review: Cayuga Clear Vodka

By Mike Gerrard | June 1, 2021 |

  Vodka can be made from many things, basically anything that has starch or sugar in it — like potatoes, grains, grapes, or sugar beets. Black Cow Vodka in the UK makes vodka from milk, and we’ve reviewed a couple of New Zealand vodkas that are made from whey. Whey is what’s left over when…

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Absolut Watermelon Vodka Bottle

Review: Absolut Watermelon Vodka

By Mike Gerrard | May 8, 2021 |

If you’re going for a flavored vodka, it may as well be something natural and appropriate for the season, like watermelon, and from a reliable brand like Absolut. Last summer we reviewed a limited edition Ciroc Summer Watermelon Vodka, so how do the two compare? Well, Ciroc’s label admitted to the use of some artificial…

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Foghat Cocktail Smoker

Review: Foghat Cocktail Smoker

By Mike Gerrard | May 7, 2021 |

The pandemic has seen a huge upsurge in the number of ready-made cocktails in cans and bottles on the market, as people have adjusted to drinking at home more often. While there are some incredibly good pre-mixed cocktails available, there’s still nothing to beat a freshly-made cocktail creation of your own, especially when you have…

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Patron Smoked Margarita Kit

Review: Patron x JonBoy Margarita Collection Kit

By Mike Gerrard | May 1, 2021 |

For Cinco de Mayo this year, Patron Tequila has partnered with tattoo artist JonBoy and the Cocktail Courier website to produce all the ingredients needed to make a Fresh Ink Smoked Margarita. There’s a choice of JonBoy artwork when you order, and this is included in the package by way of coasters and cocktail stoppers,…

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Dogfish Head Distilling Scratch-Made Cocktails

Review: Dogfish Head Whiskey Sour, Vodka Soda, and Vodka Lemonade

By Mike Gerrard | April 14, 2021 |

Dogfish Head has been in business as a brewery in Delaware since 1995, and later it moved into distilling with a range of whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum. They were early proponents of bottled cocktails, back in 2017, and earlier this year entered the canned cocktail revolution. One advantage they have is that they already…

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Bottle of La Adelita Black Cristalino Tequila

Review: La Adelita Tequila Black Cristalino

By Mike Gerrard | April 12, 2021 |

Several tequila distillers are lobbying to have cristaliño added to the four existing official tequila categories. A cristalino is an añejo or extra añejo tequila that after aging has been filtered to have color but not flavor removed, producing a spirit that is clear, but with all the flavor that the tequila has picked up…

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Coconut Cartel Rum Bottle

Review: Coconut Cartel Rum

By Mike Gerrard | March 12, 2021 |

The name of this rum brand comes from the fact that founders — brother and sister Dani and Mike Zighelboim — used to smuggle suitcases full of coconuts to hotels in Miami from their home in El Salvador. Eventually they were supplying coconuts to customers as far north as The Hamptons. Finally they went legit…

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