EVENT: Stepney Summer Spirits & Beer Club

We at Sated are thrilled to announce that we are co-hosting the free-to-attend Stepney Summer Spirits & Beer Club with Boozers without Borders on 28th June. Ever wanted to raise money for charity by drinking fantastic craft spirits, beers and summery cocktails on a farm, surrounded by goats and friendly faces? Of course you have,…

Sated’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Father’s Day is almost upon us and we have a load of fantastic special offers for you to treat your dad to. Whether a connoisseur of fine spirits, a man with a sweet tooth, an adventurer at heart, you’ll fine something exciting that will help show your appreciation for all he’s done. Scotch Malt Whisky Society…

World Gin Day London

London’s favourite spirit is getting its own festival with the inaugural World Gin Day London hitting the capital this week. The four-day festival of all things gin will be taking over London on Thursday 7th and will be running until 10th June. This new gin extravaganza will feature a handpicked selection of 75 of London’s…

Want to Get Paid to Drink Cocktails?

No, it’s not a trick. Organic Swedish vodka, Virtuous Vodka is working with Darwin & Wallace venues to give cocktail lovers the chance to get paid £600 to taste cocktails. Cocktail enthusiasts can apply to the new job, posted by Virtuous Vodka and the collection of independent London bars (No.11 Pimlico Road, No.32 The Old…

Loire Moments Supper Club at Petit Pois Bistro

DrinkUp.London, the group behind London Cocktail Week, London Wine Week, and many other wonderfully boozey festivals around the capital, have launched a new series with Loire Valley Wines called Loire Moments Supper Club. The new series will run throughout the year in different locations, pairing wines from the Loire Valley region with dishes from the…

Renegade Wine Review

We popped into Renegade Wine Bar for the preview event of London Wine Week and got the chance to sample some of their offerings, as well as preview some “works in process”. Renegade Wine Bar is an urban winery that is firmly rooted in London. Launched in March 2016 by owner Warwick Smith and New…

What to Expect at London Wine Week 2018

This year, London Wine Week (14th – 20th May) will be returning to the capital with some old faithfuls and a whole host of new bars joining DrinkUp.London’s efforts to educate, excite and enjoyably inebriate the wine-loving public. Moving from its original hub in Devonshire Square to Flat Iron Square, London Wine Week will offer…

RECIPE: Patrón Mediterranean Margarita

Patrón Tequila recently launched the Margarita of the Year 2018 campaign to celebrate the cocktail, with seven bartenders from across the world each creating unique recipes inspired by their cities. Bartender Yanaida Prado from Barcelona came up with the Patrón Mediterranean Margarita, a blend of Patrón Reposado tequila, orange marmalade and sherry, which is a…

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Region Rumble” Tasting Notes

In celebration of the Spirit of Speyside and Fèis Ìle Festivals, Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) have announced three exclusive membership offers, pitting Speyside against Islay in a “Region Rumble” where newcomers can choose membership with either a bottle of Islay or Speyside whisky, or an exclusive Mixed Festival Discovery Pack.  LIMITED TIME SCOTCH MALT…

What is Scotch Malt Whisky Society?

Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is an international members’ club offering the world’s widest collection of rare and exceptional single cask whiskies to discerning whisky lovers. Each of their whiskies is bottled from a single cask at natural strength without the addition of water or colouring, as has been the case since their launch in…

Islay Whisky

Islay whiskies are some of the best known in the world, but where is Islay and how do its whiskies taste? WhERE is Islay? Islay is a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland with a population of less than 4,000. Two-hours from the mainland, it is accessible by a somewhat unpredictable ferry service…

What is Fèis Ìle?

If you’re a “peat freak” like us, Islay is your spiritual homeland and Fèis Ìle your national holiday. Every year, thousands of whisky enthusiasts descend upon the tiny island via the temperamental ferry, battling intense rainfall and a two-bus-a-day transport service to visit the eight working distilleries and experience the unrivalled hospitality and curiosity of…

Foursquare Rum Distillery Exceptional Cask Selection Preview

Trailer Happiness is to rum lovers what Crufts is to dog show enthusiasts, so it was with great excitement that we accepted industry stalwart Peter Holland’s (Floating Rum Shack) invitation to attend a preview tasting of the forthcoming Foursquare Rum Distillery Exceptional Cask Selection with Master Blender Richard Seale at the Notting Hill venue. With…

Drink Up London launches Loire Moments Supper Club

Drink Up London (the group behind London Cocktail Week, London Wine Week, Espresso Martini Fest, and a tonne  of other fantastic booze events) has launched a new supper club, celebrating wines of the Loire Valley. This first Loire Moments Supper Club will kick off on Thursday 12th April at Petit Pois in Hoxton Square. Loire…

Free Percol Coffee at “World’s Most Sustainable Coffee Shop” Pop-Up

Percol Coffee will be celebrating UK Coffee Week by bringing “the world’s most sustainable coffee shop” to Old Street Station this April. From Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th April, an immersive pop-up coffee shop will aim to encourage consumers to make small changes to their daily coffee routine in the view to become more sustainable….

Porter’s Gin Review

New gins aren’t exactly in short supply in the UK, with a new brand brought to our attention every week. Most are small batch, homegrown tipples that are pleasant enough but not exactly groundbreaking, whilst others are characterful and divisive, with a very niche audience. Both have their perks and place in the market and our liqueur cabinet…

Porter’s Gin

The world appears to be saturated with small batch gins, with new ones popping up seemingly every other week. In the same way that, in the UK beer industry, “craft” seems almost inseparably from the adjective “hoppy”, “small batch” has come to be seen within the gin-quaffing community as a synonym for “quality”. Whilst we…

CLASS Bar Awards 2018

The best of the UK bar trade scene will come together on Tuesday 20th February to recognise the most innovative bars and bartenders in the country at CLASS Bar Awards 2018. This year’s shortlist holds some of Sated’s favourite bars and we can’t wait to see which prove triumphant. Follow our social media coverage of…

Caorunn Gin unveils new bottle design

Scottish gin lovers will no doubt be familiar with the premium Speyside gin, Caorunn; it has certainly had pride of place on our HQ bar for the past five or so years and we take great pleasure in sipping it in a G&T with its recommended apple garnish. Its unusual, pentagonal-shaped bottle stands out proud…

Maison Champy Wine Tasting at Patron Cave à Manger

The new year is well and truly upon us and the festive season is over. We’re meant to be slowly shedding our thermals and woolies and looking forward to (a very distant seeming) Spring. However, January went on for an eternity and the weather is still biting, so we at Sated are continuing to indulge…

Sated Christmas Gift Guide 2017

It’s nearly Christmas! When the f**k did that happen?! You’ve still got to buy presents for the family, the colleagues you actually like and those friends who keep getting you heartfelt gifts so that you are now forced to reciprocate. Don’t panic – we’ve got your back with a selection of unique gifts that the…

Durham Gin Review

The spirits industry is known for being somewhat male dominated. Whilst Masterblenders and Distillers are no longer solely silvering men, the fact that a 28-year-old female chemist has been bringing her own brand of classic gin to the cobbled streets of Durham is still an slightly exciting oddity. Sated catches up with Head Distiller of…

Whisky-Me

We admit that when we think of a whisky subscription, we see wooden boxes cradling clear, glass bottles stamped with Serif-lettered labels, making their way to greying patriarchs who will cluck at the named distilleries and laud the various vintages. That stops now. Whisky-Me is the brand new, unpretentious and accessible monthly delivery service from…

“Into the Wild” with The Botanist Gin and Sager + Wilde

As whisky “peat-freaks”, Islay holds a special place in our hearts. However, the single malt Mecca is also home to one of our favoured gins – The Botanist. This London Cocktail Week saw The Botanist gin pair up with Sager + Wild for a series of “Into the Wild” dinners inspired by the Hebridean Island’s…

Interview with Takamaka Rum’s Bernard d’Offay

Sated sat down with Bernard d’Offay, co-owner of Takamaka Rum, to find out what makes this rum from the Seychelles different to anything else we’ve tried.  How did you come to start Takamaka? My brother, myself and my dad started Takamaka Rum in 2002. Both my parents are from the Seychelles but my brother and I…

Burleighs Gin Pink Edition Review

“Do not judge a gin by its bottle”. This is what we at Sated HQ had to keep repeating to ourselves when confronted with the outrageously coloured Burleighs Gin Pink Edition. Whilst we found the matte, baby pink frontage hard to stomach, we were happily surprised by its contents. Burleighs’ gins are distilled in the Charnwood…

Old Fashioned Week 2017 Announced

We’ve made our way around The Whisky Show, survived Cocktail Week and had our brief dalliance with Tequila & Mezcal Fest, but there is more to come! Introducing, Old Fashioned Week – a celebration of the Louisville classic cocktail that returns to the UK for its second year. Sated was lucky enough to go to…

A Guide to London Cocktail Week 2017

One of our taste buds’ Darlings and our livers’ greatest trials, London Cocktail Week, returns to the capital for its eighth year, with many old favourites and a few new tricks up its liquor-sodden sleeve. For cocktail lovers who have so far managed to miraculously avoid this week of discovery, or those veterans who need…

Best Bars at London Cocktail Week 2017

Phew! Well this took a while! We at Sated have come up with an area guide to the Best Bars at London Cocktail Week 2017 so that you don’t miss out on some fantastic goings-ons. Squirreled away in there are some sneaky previews of the cocktails you will be sampling. To find out about the…

Best Events at London Cocktail Week 2017

With so many events taking place, it’s hard to figure out which to go to. Luckily for you, we at Sated have created a cheat-sheet guide to the Best Events at London Cocktail Week 2017. To find out about the Best Bars at London Cocktail Week 2017, read our events guide here, and you can find…

Belgian Spirits Company

When we imagine the antics of the average 15-year-old boy – not that this is something that takes up much of our time – we do not envisage them planting 150 grape vines in their parents’ garden and making fruit wines, however, this is precisely what the teenage Pieter-Jan Frooninckx did. Now, at the age…

PJ Gin Review

Created by the young and ambitious flavour genius, Pieter-Jan Frooninckx, the eponymously named PJ Gin is a new brand developed under the Belgium Spirits Company that employs a methodical process, 13 years in the making, to create a range that is clean, smooth and true to its ingredients. For more information about the process, read…

Havn Gin Review

We at Sated love our gins. I mean, we love them. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at our ‘To Drink’ section, which reads like the receipt at an out-of-the-way gin bar. However, we can safely say that in our tireless trials of the globe’s best gins, Havn Gin has surpassed all…

Gin Festival 2017

Celebrating its fourth year, Gin Festival 2017 brought a greater variety of gins, events and bars to Tobacco Docks this August. Established in 2013 by husband and wife team, Jym and Marie Harris, the event was born of a desire to give lovers of the Juniper Goddess access to brands they would never normally hear…

The Lakes Gin Explorer Edition Review

The Lakes Gin Explorer Edition reached the top of the world, literally speaking, when Alan Chambers MBE decided to bring it with him to the North Pole, giving new meaning to the serving suggestion “To be drunk chill or on ice”. Initially launched in the Summer of 2016 as a limited edition by The Lakes…

The Lakes Distillery

Last month, The Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, placing it alongside the likes of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Most will know the region for its picturesque scenery, numerous trekking routes and the impact it has had on some of the UK’s most canonical…

La Hechicera Fine Aged Rum

We at Sated were lucky enough to attend a rare foray into the making of premium Colombian spirit, La Hechicera Fine Aged Rum, at 68 & Boston. Third generation rum-maker and brand co-founder, Miguel Riascos, took us through the company’s riveting history and hosted an unusual masterclass where we were encouraged to sample 96% extra…

Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine’s 4th Birthday Celebrations

Last week, we at Sated had the pleasure of attending the birthday party of a “rather precocious, slightly tipsy 4-year-old”* – the multi-award-winning Digby Fine English Sparkling Wine company, at Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in Southwark. The evening comprised a Blending Salon hosted by Digby co-founder, the gregarious Trevor Clough, followed by a romp through their…

Tom of Finland Vodka

The Pride season is upon us once more, with Pride in London this weekend and many more marches, events, talks and parties planned over the coming months. With this in mind, Spirit of Tom has created Tom of Finland Vodka that embodies the tenacity, strength and passion of the original LGBTQIA+ movement. Inspired by the pioneering…

Conker Spirit Dorset Dry Gin Review

We don’t know about you but we’ve been reading all sorts of studies lately that suggest that drinking gin helps alleviate the symptoms of hay fever! Whilst we at Sated don’t usually suffer from such things, we thought it best to be pre-emptive in such matters and give the curious new Conker Spirit Dorset Dry…

Craft Gin Club or Sparkling Wine Club?

If the first half of 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that few things in life are certain. Perhaps that’s why, in these ambiguous times, we at Sated are looking for something strong (in alcohol content) and stable (in service). Enter, the UK’s number one gin subscription club – Craft Gin Club. Every month, members…

London Food Month

This June, London Evening Standard and Diageo World Class Drinks have paired up to deliver London Food Month – a celebration of gastronomy in Kensington Gardens, featuring pop-up food stands and bars, as well as over 400 events across the capital. Sated meandered on down to the opening of the Night Market to see what…

Interview: Pritesh Mody, World of Zing

World of Zing is the UK’s first ‘Contemporary Food & Drink Emporium’, trading in spices, sauces, ready-made cocktails and much more. Their team ranges from chefs to street foodies and mixologists, all set on creating inspiring ranges of produce and ingredients that add a touch of ‘Zing’ to their customers’ culinary lives.  Sated sits down…