Like whisky, have questions? Glenfiddich’s ambassador Mark answers them

This short film answers a lot of whisky questions, with Glenfiddich’s UK ambassador Mark Thomson

A Drinks Galore expert Interview:

Presented by Mark Jennings

Directed by Alex Blogg

Featuring Mark Thomson, UK Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador

Thanks to Walker Slater Tailors

Profile on Drinks Galore’s tequila guide Jesse Estes


Jesse Estes was first inducted into the London bar scene by Henry Besant and Dre Masso of the Worldwide Cocktail Club. He has since gone on to work at the likes of Green & Red, All Star Lanes, Callooh Callay, Luggage Room, as well as guest bar-tending around the world. He has won a number of cocktail competitions and now regularly acts as a judge for cocktail competitions and spirits awards including the Drinks International’s International Spirit Challenge and the Bartenders’ Best Awards.

In 2013, Jesse joined the Pacifico Group to work as the European Brand Ambassador for Tequila Ocho and to help develop the bar program for London’s first ‘agaveria’ – and latest addition to the Pacifico Group – El Nivel. He is often consulted as an expert on agave spirits, and has been interviewed or featured in publications such as: Imbibe, Esquire, Shortlist, the Spirits Business and Drinks International, among others.

Jesse can now be found leading seminars, tastings, and masterclasses on tequila and agave spirits across Europe. He was recently named one of London’s Best Bartenders by the Huffington Post.

Meet The Maker series: Mark interviews Alexandre Gabriel from Cognac Ferrand, Citadelle Gin & Plantation Rum

“Taste, with the capital letters … It’s not drinking to get drunk, it’s not drinking to look cool. It’s drinking for pleasure.”

Mark speaks to Alexandre Gabriel, President of Cognac Ferrand (creator of Citadelle Gin and Plantation Rum) about life, drinks and everything in between.

“You can rebuild the world with a bottle of rum until 2 in the morning … ”

Filmed at London’s Oxo Tower by the fantastic Alex Blogg

Whisky, Rogues, Dogs and Drams – The Whisky Show 2014 in 2 minutes

Mark from Drinks Galore captures the spirit of London’s The Whisky Show. An incredible event featuring top whiskies from around the world held in the Whisky Exchange.

Sample the drams with us as we go see what’s on offer from The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Nikka, Teeling and much more.

Filmed by Alex Blogg and Edited by Phil Edwards October 2014

New Event Announcement – Worldwide wine tasting (a journey through the world’s unexpected wine regions)

A SPECIAL Drinks Galore event in support of the 70 TechBikers, cycling 200miles Paris to London for Room to Read, you are invited to taste some fine wine, and hear an incredible story – all proceeds go to charity.   

Find out more and book tickets here

For 18 months Fearghal left everything he knew behind and cycled the globe – over 30,000km through some of the highest, driest, remotest, wettest, poorest and hottest places on earth. In doing so became one of the first Irishmen to circumnavigate the globe by bike.

Mile after mile what kept him going was a thirst for adventure, and a thirst for new wine. Using his years of wine tasting experience as a base, he experienced new countries and ever changing terroirs, but in each he found wine, and not just any wine … great wine.

Ferg will introduce us to this wine, and take us on a journey in and around the regions he passed through while we taste. All you need is you, we’ll provide the rest. And remember, each ticket helps Room to Read build more libraries and schools in the developing world



New Event Announcement – RUM HO

We asked what you wanted us to pour after whisky and gin … and you said RUM.

Find out more and book tickets here

Building on the successful format of our Hoxton Hotel barman previous events we’ll be tasting a range of incredible rums neat to show you the distinctions and peculiarities of each offering. Bringing the night together will be your friendly expert guide to tell the story of the spirit and help you get the most from it, and all in the sumptuous surrounds of The Hoxton Hotel.


You can see a short video from our last  event here

New Event Announcement – GIN BLOSSOMING

Do you like Gin?

Hoxton Hotel barman

Of course you do

In that case you’ll like my next Drinks Galore tasting event … GIN BLOSSOMING

Find out more and book tickets here

We all drink it but how much do we really know about this fine spirit? Come and join me and a good crowd as we get merry and learn more, in the perfect surrounds of the Hoxton Hotel’s private rooms.


You can see a short video from our launch event here


Event Summary – #1 WHISKY I LOVE YOU

“Whisky. I might actually have learnt to love you” Tweet by @felion84

  • When: 25th March 2014
  • Where: The Hoxton Hotel
  • Spirit: Scotch whisky (Cask strength from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society)
  • Host: Mark Thompson

Our first ever event, and what a night it was! See the film here.

We kicked things off with an Old Fashioned made with grain whisky (Cask G4.6 Ray Mears’ Digestif) in The Hoxton Hotel’s private Apartment rooms – we’re not at all snobby about whisky in cocktails.

43 people then neatly slotted themselves into the Library where the charismatic Mark Thompson led us through the evening’s whiskies with wit and wonder.

“About to break the rules of whisky tasting and then remake them with @markofrespect at WHISKY I LOVE YOU a #drinksgalore event for everyone” Tweet by @alexblogg

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I carefully chose the each dram to tell a story:


  1. 9.76 – Out of Africa (25 year old) – A great example of what a whisky can be
  2. 96.7 – For a Sweet Tooth (7 year old) – A wonderful young whisky
  3. 21.28 – Relaxing in a Tropical Garden (37 year old) – An absolute cracker – exactly what an older whisky should be
  4. 4.186 – Aromatic Spices and Exotic Fruits (22 year old) – Spicy rather than peaty, a good intro to the peated style
  5. 3.217 – A Delicatessen Shopping Basket (16 year old) – Much more peaty, but not eye popping. A challenge to those who say they don’t like Islay

There was no doubting which we all loved the most – the 37 year old silenced even the rowdiest of the group with awe and appreciation and any spare drams were quickly hoovered up.

By the end of the night we were all better educated and not a little misty eyed, we’d drunk, we’d laughed, we’d made new friends. Onwards to the next one.

With 100% of the attendees rating it Excellent or Very Good and 100% “extremely likely” to recommend it to others, I am very proud indeed. The bar is set high for future events.

“Whisky, I have loved you, but it is time to say goodbye. For now… ” Tweet by @Philternz

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“… just wanted to say thanks again for a great night, I am staying firmly in my seat on this drinks galore bus, ding ding next stop…” Rob Atkin

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Thanks to Joe and Katie from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society for helping to make this happen, and Mark for hosting us. Special thanks to Hannah from The Hoxton Hotel for providing us with the space, promotion and food on the night, and for believing in the concept from the early days.