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

Rum Ho went off with a blast

Ahoy mates, last week we presented Rum Ho – another drinks tasting for spirited amateurs. Starting with a classic daiquiri served up by the Hoxton bar crew, and finished with a rum grog made by the guests themselves we fitted a 5 rum tasting in between.

The air was thick with swarthy questions and cask strength badinage, plus the sheer volume of knowledge from ‘Professor Rum’ Roger Barnes  was enough to captivate event the most mutinous crew

The Hoxton summed up the event very well on their blog – check it out.

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Top presenter signed up for RUM HO

I am absolutely delighted to announce Roger Barnes as the presenter for the next Drinks Galore event RUM HO {Tickets here}

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Roger is THE MAN on rum – ask any barman and his name comes up first.

A renowned rum enthusiast across Europe with 20 years’ experience, what he doesn’t know about rum … well, he just knows everything. Rightly respected by many industry professionals ranging from brand owners to bartenders, brand ambassadors and rum distributors, he even sits on the UK Panel for previewing, tasting and judging rums.

Naturally a man this suave is also president of the London Cigar Aficionados, where he puts on cigar and rum tasting events to the discerning members.

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing his passion and knowledge for this spirit a few times now and I can’t wait to share this with you.

Get your tickets for RUM HO here.

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.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

You can see a short video from our last  event here

Drinks Galore Interviews – Mark speaks to Mark Thomson, spirits expert

Mark Jennings interviews Mark Thomson, spirits expert and presenter for Drinks Galore. We discuss the spirits we tried and can’t go back to, the next ‘big’ spirits, the most unusual place to do a whisky tasting and what his ‘desert island’ spirit would be.

At Drinks Galore we believe there’s nothing better than tasting unique spirits in the company of great people. We’re talking about the kind of evening where you can learn as much from the person sitting next to you as from the drink-swilling expert.

#DrinksGalore – Elegant drinks tastings for spirited amateurs

Shot at McQueen London by Alex Blogg. See more of his fantastic work