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Asian Elephants & Ceylon Arrack

Asian Elephants & Ceylon Arrack

Posted By Tom


Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Overview: Recent population estimates of the Asian Elephant suggest there are approximately 50,000 of these beautiful animals left in the wild.  Once widespread across the continent, the species can now be found in fragmented populations from India to Indonesia, with over 50% of the surviving population...

Pink Pigeon Conservation and Mauritian Rum

Pink Pigeon Conservation and Mauritian Rum

Posted By Tom


Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) Pink Pigeons are endemic to Mauritius and were once found widely distributed across the island.  In recent times populations of Pink Pigeons have been confined to the upland forests and as a result fragmented.  This was caused primarily by sugar cane plantations and the resulting habitat destruction, alongside...

Save the African Elephant

Save the African Elephant

Posted By Tom


Overview: The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) IUCN Red List Category: Vulnerable The population of African Elephants has decreased from a total of 1.3 million in 1979 to 400,00 today.  Over the past 5 years it is estimated that 150,000 elephants have been killed in the illegal ivory trade.  This has resulted in the virtual...

Cocktails for Conservation Menu Launch

Cocktails for Conservation Menu Launch

Posted By Tom


This blog is to celebrate the release of our Cocktails for Conservation menu available now at Bar 135.  For every cocktail purchased from this menu, £1 will go towards conservation charities worldwide. The menu has been designed to utilise those spirits that give something back to wildlife conservation and where we’ve had to use other...

Distillation Part 3 - Maturation & Oxidation

Distillation Part 3 - Maturation & Oxidation

Posted By Ben


All spirits when they come off the still are colourless. The ageing process for spirits originated by mistake when it was noticed that barrels of spirits tasted smoother and more complex after long sea voyages. The barrel is the most common vessel used for maturing spirits, usually 500-litre size. Smaller sizes can also be used, but these restrict...

Distillation Part 2 - Pot & Column Stills

Distillation Part 2 - Pot & Column Stills

Posted By Ben


Pot Still This is sometimes referred to as an alembic or alembic still. It looks like a large copper kettle and is heated by direct heat. The vapours collect in the head and are led off through a narrow tube at the top, called the swan’s neck or lyne arm, from where they go to the condenser. Here they are liquefied. Such a still is not very...

Distillation Part 1 - Introduction

Distillation Part 1 - Introduction

Posted By Ben


What is it? Simple Explanation – Distillation is simply the separation of alcohol from an alcohol containing liquid.  Alcohol evaporates at a lower temperature than water, therefore distillation simply heats the liquid to the required heat to vaporise the alcohol and not the water.  Then, when the vapour comes into contact with a...

Home Mixing 2 - How to make an Apple Orchard

Home Mixing 2 - How to make an Apple Orchard

Posted By Ben


Apple Orchard The key to making a nice cocktail is to balance the four factors: strong, weak, sweet & sour. The spirit provides the strong The weak is created by shaking/stirring/churning which dilutes the ice (normally a third to a quarter of all cocktails is actually water) and also the addition of mixers The sweet is derived by...

Why do people cook at home and not make cocktails?

Why do people cook at home and not make cocktails?

Posted By Ben


Introduction to Home Mixing Why do people cook at home and not make cocktails at home?  Everyone uses the internet nowadays to look up recipes for their dinner but very few look up cocktail recipes to make at home. I think there are two key differences between cooking and making cocktails that discourage people from trying it at home: You...

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