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Somerset Cider Brandy Co The Temperley family were most hospitable during a Distilled fact finding mission in March 2017, a day which included lunch at the Brown & Forrest Smokery as well as dinner at the Lamb & Lion – the smoked eel and a pairing of Somerset Pomona and English cheese were most memorable. Bottles of Somerset Cider Brandy’s ten, fifteen and twenty year old expressions were further provided upon a request for samples.
Odd Society Spirits Quantities of Odd Society’s maple whisky are limited, and a cask sample was sent to Distilled.
Arcus Halvor Heuch graciously provided a lunch of typical Norwegian fare in the company cafeteria – the pickled herring was particularly delicious and went well with the potato salad.
Chartreuse Diffusion At the end of a fact finding mission in September 2016 the distillery gifted Distilled with a bottle of their MOF 2016 Cuvée Sommeliers. This was so enjoyed that another two were purchased at Distilled’s expense upon return to Canada, and reviewed as part of the final article.
Smögen In August 2016 Pär Caldenby graciously provided one night’s accommodation on a cot at the distillery, along with a hearty lunch of local cheese, homemade bread and a delicious seafood chowder courtesy of the fantastic Hummerkrogen; a visit to Hunnebostrand without a stop here would truly be a shame.
Hiram Walker Don Livermore thoughtfully arranged a healthy lunch of pita wraps and salad at the visitor centre during Distilled’s visit in July 2016.
Domaine Boingnères In November 2015 Distilled enjoyed the hospitality of Madame Lafitte alongside local Madiran wine, the domaine’s armagnac, and a dinner of duck confit that was served during a late night session of distillation.