#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – Jack Daniel’s Old No.7

Jack Daniel's

Jack Daniel’s is the most popular American whiskey in the world. That seems to scare a lot of American Whiskey fans, but then again Johnnie Walker Black Label is the biggest selling Scotch, and (with some rough estimates) probably sells a comparable amount to the entirety of the single malt category – that is much scarier, especially if you spend most of your life within the whisky geek echo-chamber.

Anyways, JD has been shooting up in price since the bad old days when I used to be a regular purchaser but the festive season brings out stupid deals, and £16 for a bottle (25% cheaper than we do it for at work) at Tesco was enough of a temptation for me to grab some. I’ve not tried it in a while and thought I’d give it a go – cue a #LastDrinkOfTheWeek.

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#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – The Churchill


After a couple of weeks of drinking almost nothing but beer for one reason or another, including wanders this weekend to both the Kernel and Partizan breweries, I thought I might treat myself to a cocktail. With some limes looking at me forlornly from the fridge I found some inspiration of what to do with them from my most recently finished booze book. Introducing my tipple for the evening – The Churchill.

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#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – Brodie’s London Fields Pale Ale

Brodie's London Fields Pale Ale

A #LastDrinkOfTheWeek with a reason behind it this week. I’ve spent the last couple of days working at the Epping and Ongar Railway Real Ale weekend, based at North Weald station, east of Epping. I live in Ealing. For those that don’t know London, that’s almost as far apart as you can get while still being on the London Transport system.

As you might be able to guess, and staying on topic with recent posts, my last drink of the week was a beer – a pint of Brodie’s London Fields Pale Ale.

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#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – Moon Under Water Tranquility IPA

When I hear the name ‘Moon Under Water’ I immediately think of the offshoot of Wetherspoons that has taken on the name, including their Charing Cross Road branch that replaced the second incarnation of the Marquee Club before I had a chance to visit it. The name comes from George Orwell’s last piece for the Evening Standard (full text here), in which he described his perfect pub, and thus is an obvious name to be grabbed by an enterprising pub company. However, when over in Canada earlier in the year I heard the name yet again. Victoria, British Columbia, is home to a decent number of brewpubs producing interesting beer and one that popped up a number of times was their local incarnation of the Moon Under Water.

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#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – Gin Old Fashioned for World Gin Day


Despite my having a small pile of limes in the fridge and a bottle of bourbon staring at me from my booze cupboard, I decided that I couldn’t let the third year of World Gin Day pass me by without mentioning it here. I may have spent most of World Gin Day itself, June 15th for 2013, with a Dodd’s Gin and tonic in my hand (from The London Distillery Company, who I will one day write about more fully on the blog) but Sunday is my evening for experimentation, so a Gin Old Fashioned it is.

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#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 45


Another week, another decision to make on the drink front. However, tonight’s choice has been made easier by a couple of things that have happened this week.

A few days ago the results of the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters were announced. I’ve been a judge for them for a couple of years and this is my second time on the Scotch Whisky Masters panel. It’s quite an interesting experience and does wonders for honing your decision making – my group had 55 whiskies to taste in a day. Of all of the drams we tried there was one that really stood out for me. As we judge blind it’s an effort to find out what a specific whisky is, but this was good enough for me to ask for a reveal once we had finished judging. It turned out to be Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 45.

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#LastDrinkOfTheWeek – Coronation Double Bill


Mark Gill, aka The Cocktail Geek, started up a tradition a while back of posting up your last drink of the week on Twitter, complete with a hashtag to aid in the finding of other participants. It didn’t really catch on, but I flung a drink up each week and Mark did a blog post. It’s gone a bit quiet over on the Twitters, so I thought I’d have a go at joining in again, but this time with an actual blog post. Just a short one…

Tonight I’ve decided to go for a couple of Last Drinks. Which is obviously cheating, but it’s a vaguely special day for a couple of reasons so I thought I’d reward myself.

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