Get in the Spirit!

Welcome to Travel Distilled, where two of the most enjoyable things in the world – travel and distilleries – get to meet. If you’re interested in travelling to distilleries, reading about spirits, or just sampling them, you’ll find something to read here.

I’ll be writing about distillery visits I’ve made, gin schools I’ve been to, spirits I’ve tasted, books I’ve read, people I’ve met – and anything and everything to do with the world of distilling.

Although I also publish a website devoted to vodka, The Vodka Guy, here I’ll be writing about all the different spirits I enjoy – not just vodka but gin, whiskey (and whisky), bourbon, rum, tequila and more, from wherever my travels happen to take me.

Take a look at some of my most recent postings below. Or read the About Me page to find out more about who’s behind Travel Distilled.

Mike Gerrard

Recent Posts

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    Gin, Tonic and Kaffir Leaves

    This simple gin and tonic cocktail recipe combines Frankin and Sons Light Tonic with East India Company Gin, and kaffir leaves to garnish.

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    Palmers London Dry Gin

    Palmers London Dry Gin is the new gin expression made at the historic Langley Distillery in Hertfordshire.

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    Gin Fish and Chips!

    Top chefs from around the UK have created five quintessentially British recipes, all featuring a variety of delicious British gins, for you to make for British Food Fortnight.

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    The BULLDOG Spirit

    The English London Dry Gin BULLDOG is named for the British Bulldog Spirit and is the fourth largest and fastest-growing premium gin brand in the world

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    Another Rise in Scottish Distillery Visits

    The Scotch Whisky Association reports another rise in Scottish distillery visits in 2016, especially from Russia and China.

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    Gin, Tonic and Kaffir Leaves

    This simple gin and tonic cocktail recipe combines Frankin and Sons Light Tonic with East India Company Gin, and kaffir leaves to garnish.

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    Palmers London Dry Gin

    Palmers London Dry Gin is the new gin expression made at the historic Langley Distillery in Hertfordshire.

  • Gin-fish-and-chips-recipe-Liverpool-gin-featured-image

    Gin Fish and Chips!

    Top chefs from around the UK have created five quintessentially British recipes, all featuring a variety of delicious British gins, for you to make for British Food Fortnight.

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    The BULLDOG Spirit

    The English London Dry Gin BULLDOG is named for the British Bulldog Spirit and is the fourth largest and fastest-growing premium gin brand in the world

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    Another Rise in Scottish Distillery Visits

    The Scotch Whisky Association reports another rise in Scottish distillery visits in 2016, especially from Russia and China.

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    Metaxa Mixology in Athens

    Two of the best cocktail bars in Athens, MoMix Kerameikos and The Clumsies, are making creative cocktails using that most Greek of Greek spirits, Metaxa.

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    Lakes Distillery Tour

    A tour and tasting session of the Lakes Distillery in its beautiful setting between the River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake in England’s Lake District.

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    Buying Japanese Gins in the UK

    I recently posted a press release about Where to Buy Japanese Gin, and the good news is that I was recently sent samples of three of the gins, so I could find out for myself just what’s special and different about Japanese gins. And they are special. Like a lot of Japanese items, they are […]

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    Chilled, Bacardi and Tequila Cazadores

    My stories in the drinks magazine Chilled about Tequila Cazadores and the winner of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition.

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    The World of Cognac Book Review

    Travel Distilled reviews the book The World of Cognac by Michelle Brachet

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    London Gin Masterclass

    Travel Distilled samples six gins at a London gin masterclass at The Trading House.

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    Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktails

    Travel Distilled reviews Gin Tonica, the book of Spanish gin and tonic cocktail recipes.

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    Lakes Distillery Explorer Edition Gin

    Travel Distilled reviews the Lake Distillery’s Explorer Edition Super Premium Gin.

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    Where to Buy Japanese Gin

    Travel Distilled brings news of where to buy Japanese gin.

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    Cucumber Gin Review

    Travel Distilled reviews Cucumber Gin from the English Drinks Company.

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    Bourbon Curious Book Review

    Travel Distilled reviews the book Bourbon Curious by Fred Minnick

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    Tuaca Italian Brandy Review

    Tuaca is an Italian brandy-based spirit, reviewed here by Travel Distilled

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    Matt Damon, Vodka and Me

    Matt Damon’s on the cover of Chilled and Mike Gerrard writes inside about limited editions of Ketel One vodka and Glenmorangie whisky.

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    Bitter and Twisted in Arizona

    Travel Distilled checks out the cocktail scene in Phoenix, Arizona, and visits two of the best cocktail bars in the city

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    New Gin Map of Scotland

    A new Gin Map of Scotland is published to coincide with World Gin Day 2017

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