Most nations like a good excuse for a booze-fuelled get-together and for Scots, 25 January provides one such occasion as they celebrate the birth of national poet Robert Burns.If you’re lucky enough to find yourself amidst a traditional Burns Night celebration, then it’s possible you’ll encounter any number of Scottish cultural cliches that include bagpipes, ceilidhs, tartan kilts, haggis, poetry recitals and, of course, booze, of which whisky is likely to be the toasting drink of choice.
Anyone who has ever struggled to drop off at night will know a relaxing hot drink can be a godsend.It goes without saying that even the best sleepers tend to shun caffeine after a certain time, so decaf options are the name of the game.
December is a time for indulgence, but January… not so much.After all that festive frolicking propped up by wheels of stilton, mince pies and too much Christmas spirit many of us find ourselves craving the opposite come the New Year.
Does The Queen ever dine out? Is Prince Charles a fan of curry? Would Prince Harry ever be seen noshing on a burger at a high street chain? The answer to all three questions is: yes.Luckily for royal watchers at home and abroad, the whereabouts of the world's favourite HRHs are always well documented. Unsurprisingly, what goes on inside the establishments they visit stays inside, and privacy and discretion reign supreme – although behind closed doors, we all know that a royal loves to let their hair down.
Although vegan products are becoming increasingly easier to find, it can still require a bit of forward planning to ensure you stick to your guns.That’s where having a subscription service that brings the tasty, animal-free treats to you can make life so much easier.
You know why you’re here and so do we: an over-18-year-old dear to your heart has expressed more than a passing interest in beer. This creates easy inroads when it comes to present shopping.To make this list, we searched for gifts that go beyond what you’ll find on the high street to bring fresh flavours, experiences and producers to that special person, then put them to the test for quality, value, ease of use and, most importantly, taste (within reason: we didn’t taste the soap).
With around 350,000 people signed up to take part in Veganuary this year (the charity reports that this is already 100,000 more than last year), it’s abundantly clear that veganism is on the rise.You might assume that chocolate is a no-go if you’re taking part but, in fact, there’s a wealth of options out there to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth.
Until recently, the UK and its consumers have been lacking in choice when it comes to bourbon.With more bottles being exported from the US and many of the familiar big brands unveiling new products. And with an increasing interest in the spirit, 2020 is set to be a great year for British bourbon drinkers.
Us Britons are lucky enough to enjoy excellent whiskies from close to home – hello delicious Scotch – but we also like a foray into bottles and blends from the other side of the world.According to the Spirits Embassy, Japanese whisky is enjoying unprecedented growth in the global whisky market. Its popularity in the UK is ever-increasing and supermarkets, bars, off-licenses and boutique whisky suppliers will likely hold a variety of Japanese whiskies to choose from.
Some called it a “game changer” while others admitted "I thought everyone did this?"