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How to choose a rum for a gift


During this holiday season, nothing better than choosing a high quality and tasty beverage as a gift. Far from the typical gifts, quite impersonal, if we know that the lucky one appreciates gastronomy and beverages, a good rum sure will be a success.

The first stage is choosing the type of rum. For example, white rum, somewhat yellowish colour, is less strong and tastes like fruit unlike other types. The prestigious Bacardi brand began his history with this type of rum, basically to please palates of some areas in the United States, who wanted a rather soft drink. So for a person who does not like strong flavours, this is the right type of rum.

Brown or dark rum is usually ideal for more demanding palates, which already understand about the diversity of types of rum. The characteristic flavours are wood, strong fruits or even smoked. They are the highest quality and well-known, and many remain longer in barrel. Perhaps less known, we can also choose to give a spiced rum. Not the “Ferrari” of rums, but it goes very well to combine with other drinks such as soft drinks and is more original.

If you don’t understand much about rums and we want to give a quality one, then we must look at a series of specific parameters. On the one hand, the colour, since if it’s darker it means that it’s been in barrel for more time. It must be both transparent and translucent at the same time. While the smell must remind us of wood, coffee and chocolate. In mouth, it should taste a little bitter, sweet, salty… it is good alone and also in combination, and should be served in a brandy glass.

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El Dorado 12 Años: a rum produced in Guyana with 43º of alcohol. According to Uvinum users the valuation of El Dorado 12 Años is 4,1 points on 5.



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Santa Teresa 1796: a Dark rum native of Venezuela with 40º of alcohol strength. 4,3 points on 5 is the average score of Santa Teresa 1796 on Uvinum.



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Ron Diplomatico Ambassador:  a rum native of France with an alcohol content of 47º.



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Ron Oronoco 1L:  a rum native of Brazil with 40º of alcohol. 



Moderate consumption of beer provides nutrients and is a source of natural antioxidants


We have already talked sometimes about the health benefits of beer, always with moderate consumption, but there are more and more studies that confirm them. In this case the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (Semergen) has published an investigation on the benefits offered by the moderate consumption of beer. These are the conclusions:

  • Nutrients: One of its features is its ability to provide all kinds of nutrients and bioactive compounds that may be beneficial to health. It gives us more energy and can be recommended for people who have low blood pressure.
  • Cardiovascular protector: The study also shows that moderate consumption of beer has a cardiovascular protective effect, protecting people who may be at risk for heart-related diseases.
  • Antioxidants: Beer is a good source of natural antioxidants, a fact that helps protecting the body.
  • Low calorie content: The study doctors themselves say that beer is fermented in low-grade and as such it has a low calorie content.
  • Vitamins: Besides, beer, thanks to its production process and the amount of nutrients it carries, contains vitamins, polyphenols, fibre, minerals and carbohydrates. Doctors have recognized that all this include it within the much healthy Mediterranean diet. What it has been emphasized is that its consumption should be moderate and, to be healthy, its consumption must be accompanied by a good diet and a healthy lifestyle.


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Gulden Draak: a pale ale beer produced in Belgium produced thanks to cool fermenting with an alcohol proof of 10º.



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Chimay Roja: an ale beer with warm fermenting produced in Belgium with an alcohol content of 7º



3 cocktails to relieve a hangover


Summer. Festivals. Parties… If you want to avoid a hangover you have to look for options that will allow you rehydrate and get energy, so today we propose three cocktails to relieve hangover if you drank too much the night before…

Banana Blitzer

This recipe will help you overcome the hangover thanks to bananas, rich in potassium, and almond milk, with a significant amount of iron. It will allow you to rehydrate and prevent nausea thanks to cinnamon.


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup ice
  • Cinnamon to taste


Place all ingredients in a food mixer for 1 minute.

Green Zinger

This beverage will help you soothing nausea and leaving behind headache. It will allow you to rehydrate and detoxify at a time.


  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • ½ small cucumber
  • 1 apple cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 handful spinach


Add the ingredients in the food mixer and turn on for 1 minute at high speed.

Berry Reviver

Coconut water present in this recipe has the rehydrating properties and ginger will help soothing your stomach.


  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 ginger cube of 1 cm
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 ½ cups frozen berries
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup ice


Mix all the ingredients in a blender for 1 minute and serve.

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Jam “Celebration” with Champagne



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Raspeberry Jam Tiptree 340g



*Image: Uvinum and Robert Gourley

Are you more like Mary Poppins or Hemingway?


If one thing is certain in the field of alcoholic beverages, is that today all kinds of studies are performed, something that shows the interest in this world among the general public. Even the most serious and substantiated studies are echoed in the media by striking approaches, like the one recently conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia, in the US, which distinguishes between drinkers of four different personalities.

The essay, titled “Searching for Mr Hyde: A five-factor approach to characterizing ‘types of drunks’”, published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory, presents the results obtained from surveying over 300 men and women about their behaviour either when sober and when drunk.

Thus, factors such as extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, intellect and emotional stability are evaluated to classify the types of drinkers, resulting in four basic categories, namely, “Mary Poppins”, “Hemingway”, “Nutty Professor” and “Mr. Hyde”.

Interestingly, a large amount of people surveyed, up to 40% of them, fall in the “Hemingway” category, reserved for people who apparently see little decline in their intellect or conscientiousness when drinking, and consider themselves to be reliable and able to process complex ideas. In this typology, men and women divide their role.

In contrast, men predominate in the “Nutty Professor” type, which includes 20% of the participants, which are considered introverts who become extroverts when they drink.

Women are the majority when we speak about “Mary Poppins”, which frames drinkers who remain friendly, cooperative, compassionate and agreeable (15% of the total).

Finally, the “Mr. Hyde” type, with a considerable 23% of drinkers and again dominated by women, represents those who appreciate intellect, conscience and kindness lows when they drink, with a tendency to suffer blackout episodes and to be arrested because of their behaviour.

Whatever it is, we would like to recommend you drinking in moderation and choosing good wines and spirits, as the ones below.

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Lan Reserva 2008:  a red wine Rioja produced with mazuelo and garnacha from the 2008 vintage. 



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Juan Gil 12 Meses 2013: a red wine with Jumilla DO with the best bunches of monastrell from the 2013 vintage and 15º of alcohol content. 



Canadian whiskey, from normal… to much better


Traditionally, it was thought (we don’t know if mistakenly) that Canadian whiskeys were not too much quality. This seems to have changed, thanks to their new treatments and complex structure.

Formerly, Canadian whiskey was perceived by many as something tasteless, hence it came to be called “brown vodka”. This is partly because of the rules, a bit hard, of its production. For example, it was said that it included rye because many Canadians distillers began to use some rye to give “life” to their whiskey, made primarily from corn.

But, as we announced, this is changing since current whiskey is developed with treatments based on oak and a truly complex structure. One of the changes of this whiskey is due in part to the Americans, who have always played an important role in its history. Should be noted that the US are the largest buyer of Canadian whiskey, because of its proximity, and many of the biggest brands are owned by US corporations.

Some Canadian whiskeys

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Canadian Club Classic 12 Years 1L: a whisky from Canada. Uvinum community values Canadian Club Classic 12 Years 1L with 4 points on 5.



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Glen Breton Black Label 10 Years: Aged for 10 years with American Oak in traditional warehouses situated within the apple orchard of the Glenora Distillery property in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.



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Glen Breton 10 Years Icewine:  a whisky produced in Canada with an alcohol strength of 57.2º. Uvinum users give to Glen Breton 10 Years Icewine 4 points on 5.


Other Canadian Whiskies

  • Stalk & Barrel Single Malt. This whiskey stands out for its malt, somewhat fruity and woody, which makes us enjoy its rich nuances.
  • Lot No. 40. Relaunched in the nineties to offer the recipe dating back seven generations. Malt here reminds us of nuts, with a strong peppery finish.
  • Alberta Rye Dark. Beam Suntory, which owns Canadian Club, just launched this whiskey designed to mix in cocktails. It contains a part of bourbon and a splash of “oloroso” sherry.
  • Caribou Crossing. In this case, belongs to Sazerac Company, which owns over 20 brands of Canadian whiskey. It is made with a strong traditional style and is known for its complexity and quality.


Tequila leads the boom of luxury spirits


The main luxury brands of tequila are being supported by famous singers and actors, such as George Clooney. This is one of the reasons why spirits are going through one of their sweetest moments.

Tequilas are gradually positioning themselves as luxury spirits and their billings worldwide are increasing, mainly in the United States. While whiskey and cognac still represent 45% of the value of retail sales, overall market, tequila pushes strongly worldwide.

Tequilas at high prices

According to Diageo, 65% of the sale values ??of tequila in the US market come from ultra and super-premium brands during the past year. These new luxury tequilas are not cheap, sold for about $ 850 per bottle, while others have costs of around $ 350.

Thanks to the influence of Hollywood celebrities, the major tequilas of Diageo, for example, have been sold 13 times more than they were selling previously.

Made by celebrities

And it does not end here, because there are many celebrities who create their own spirits. This already happens with wine and other kinds of drinks, but, in terms of tequila, there are also brands elaborated by George Clooney and his friends, who have created a good business around these kind of spirits.

In the world of cocktails

Another reason for the expansion of luxury tequilas is that it attracts a new generation of customers, including them in cocktails and other innovative luxury beverages. Many bartenders are changing their white spirits to offer on their cocktails tequila brands of the highest quality.

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Tequila Herradura Selección Suprema is  a tequila made in Mexico that deserves an evaluation of 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users.



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Maracame Platino is a tequila produced in Mexico. Uvinum users give to Maracame Platino 4 points on 5.



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Tequila Kah Extra Añejo Limited Edition: Produced in Mexico that presents an alcohol content of 40º.



English drink far more wine than the estimated


Alcohol consumption in England is increasing, in fact, English drink a lot more than the studies, often, say. Consumption has been underestimated by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine per week. They are statements from new researches on the subject, which say that there are differences between the published by reports and the amount of alcohol really sold.

Awareness on this subject is important because these studies find that alcohol consumption is linked to about 200 different health conditions. In 2012 it was responsible for 3.3 million deaths worldwide.

According to scientists, the problem is that in the polls they always ask about the typical drink. To do this, researchers conducted telephone interviews with 6,085 randomly selected members of the population of England.

Participants were requested on normal consumption patterns and those that fall outside the usual circumstances. So, in conclusion it was established that most categories of drinkers, by age groups and levels of typical consumption, reported an increase in its consumption on holidays or special occasions. The largest increase was observed in people aged between 25 and 35 years, as they had the highest level of typical consumption.

The doctors concluded that consumption patterns have a significant influence on the impacts on health of alcohol. So, protective effects of moderate drinking on the heart decrease as a consequence of episodes of excessive consumption.

If the average consumption levels are analysed, there is a very rough impression of drinking behaviours, as well as the associated risks.

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Blanc Pescador is a  a wine white with the Empordà DO produced with xarel·lo and parellada grapes.



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Miraval Rosé 2014 is a wine rosé with DO Côtes De Provence with a blend based on cinsault and syrah of 2014 and 13º of alcohol content.



Champagne will no longer be a secret for you


When we drink sparkling wines and champagne, we look at some of the details shown on the labels, as well as at the bubbles we see inside the bottles. Some terms may be unknown in some way, but thanks to the data provided below, champagne will no longer be a secret for you.

The sweet taste of champagne

There are a number of terms used to describe the sugar content on champagne bubbles. Virtually all are of French origin. For example, Brut means dry, while Sec in French can mean remarkably sweet, and Doux is very sweet.

The ratings

In these flavour ratings, which determine the more or less sweet taste of champagne, we have to consider some European regulations, which state:

  • 0-3 grams is Brut Nature or Brut Zéro, 0-6 grams is Extra Brut, and when it is labelled as 0-12 grams, is Brut.
  • While in Sec ratings, 12 to 17 grams is Extra Sec, Extra Dry or Extra Seco, 17-32 grams is Sec, Seco or Dry, and 32-50 grams is Demi-Sec or Semi-Seco. In Doux ratings, over 50 grams is classified Doux, Sweet or Dulce.

Bubbles and their names

In addition, each country has its own way to describe sparkling wine, champagne or cava. For example, in Italy, sparkling wines have two distinct categories: lightly sparkling, that is called frizzante and fully sparkling, called spumante.

While in Germany, the sparkling wines are called Sekt, the cheapest wines are Schaumwein and those wines slightly sparkling are called Perlwein.

In Spain, the concept of sparkling wine is different and it is called cava, with its specific regulation. In France, champagne is the name of the sparkling wine that comes only from the region with the same name; Crémant is made under a specific method, the méthode champenoise; and mousseux comes from the French term for foam.

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve is a sparkling wine Champagne a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and with an alcohol content of 12.5º.



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Mumm Cordon Rouge Jeroboam: a wine sparkling with DO Champagne from the pinot noir and pinot meunier varieties and with an alcohol content of 13º. 


Fall in love or drink wine and be happy!


Alcohol consumption could be related with what we feel when we are in love. Not what we say, but a neuroscience study by the University of Birmingham, which states that when one drinks a bit too much, his or her behaviour is similar to that of a person in love. And that thanks to oxytocin, the so called “love hormone”.

Oxytocin is an important brain chemical for several physical and mental actions, which determines some social interactions and the reactions to romantic partners.

The researchers working in this international study concluded that chemical increases that occur in behaviour related to altruism, generosity and empathy, make us more willing to trust others, eliminating social inhibitors such as fear, anxiety and stress.

Thus, some dose of alcohol or oxytocin might influence how we treat others by improving the perception of reliability. But researchers cautioned that they were against self-medication with either the hormone or a drink, consumed quickly, to provide confidence.

In fact, although they have found these similarities, the study investigators do not believe that oxytocin may be used socially as an alternative to alcohol. But they consider it a fascinating neurochemical and, away from matters of the heart, it has a potential use in the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

Thus, the study shows how many people change their behaviour, and this could provide real benefits for people who have specific psychological problems. Its researchers expect that the university study will serves to shed light on these behavioural measures and open up avenues that were not yet considered in this field.

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Clos Marie L’Olivette 2013: is a Pic-saint-loup from the Clos Marie cellar with the best bunches of cinsault and syrah from the 2013 vintage and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.



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Domaine Léon Barral Valinières Magnum 2009: a red wine Faugères with a blend based on syrah and mourvedre of 2009.


Poets and their favourite drinks

Drinks and poetry have always been linked and people dare to say that it was  TAGS:alcohol that inspired some of the greatest poets and writers of all times. Alcohol may have an influence on creativity but for  sure what doesn’t make Shakespeare and Co  fall into oblivion was their great talent.(or we want to believe that!) Anyway, as expected, also poets and writers had their preferences in drinking. Some of their favourite drinks became so famous that even now and in many cases after their death, we are ordering them in bars without remembering their history. 

Let’s start with the excellent poet Robert Burns who developed a great passion for Scotch whisky during his short life. As a real Scot, he even dedicated the poem “The Author?s Earnest Cry and Prayer? to this drink while he was writing the book “Freedom and whisky gang thegither!?.

Unfortunately in some cases alcohol has led  poets into misery and what was a pleasure for them at the beginning, converted into a battle they were likely to loose.  Jim Morrison or American novelist Jack Kerouac have shown us that alcohol addiction is a serious problem.

The lead singer with the the “Doors”, who died from a suspected heroin overdose at the age of 27, used to have a taste for alcohol as well. As he confessed, he was addicted to Whisky, especially Jack Daniel’s.  ?It?s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don?t know where you?re going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It?s like the throw of the dice,? Morrison used to say once. In his case it was rather disastrous.

American novelist Jack Kerouac’s destiny was somehow similar. The so called “king of the beat generation” used to affirm that he was a “Catholic and not a beatnik”.  Alcohol became his “ecstasy of the mind” , a drug that killed him at the age of 47 after a long struggle against alcoholism.

Charles Bukowski was born in Germany and died in California at the age of 73. He used to love alcohol and throughout his life he wrote thousands of poems and quotes involving alcohol. His  most famous quote is ?That?s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.? Bukowski’s favourite drink was Boilermaker, a beer with a shof of Bourbon in it.

When talking about writers and poets we should not leave out Oscar Wilde. As Toulose Lautrec, Van Gogh and other artists he was an absinthe drinker but he also enjoyed other drinks as whisky and Champagne. He didn’t use to listen to his doctor’s orders when he told him to renounce to a glass of iced Champagne.

And what about you? What’s your favourite drink you would never renounce to? We want to give you some recommendations.

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Courvoisier 1L, an authentic pleasure.


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Cardenal Mendoza, a great Spanish Brandy.