The Lost Issues Vol. 1

The Lost Issues Vol. 1

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The first three editions of Hot Rum Cow have long since sold out. Buy them here as a set and relive the fuzzy drunken glory of our early days.

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The Gin Issue
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Our first dip of many into the history and culture of alcohol.

A whistlestop tour through the sordid history of gin; a reflection on a penchant for taxidermy and other high jinx chez Brewdog; a profile of Belfast’s finest gin palace; a trip round the Sipsmith distillery; an interrogation of the Puppini Sisters’ drinking habits; the story of Zorokovich vodka; tips on foraging for free booze; a look at the love-hate relationship between women and beer; a guide to some of the more unusual grape varieties heading your way… all this and more, much more, you’ll find in the first issue.

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The Cider Issue
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This is a magazine with more apple than the Garden of Eden. To be specific, more cider than a Wurzels gig.

For this issue we delve into more than 2,000 years of cider history, speak to the Thistly Cross team about the joys and trials of producing cider in the home of whisky and reveal how Americans are falling back in love with the original American spirit, Applejack. We’re drinking cider, we’re cooking cider, we’re shooting it and defining it. We’re even seeking out its timid cousin, perry.

Away from the apples we meet “gypsy brewer” Mikkeller in Copenhagen, go behind the scenes at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, squeeze into Britain’s smallest pub, talk cocktails with John Shuttleworth, and so much more. Don’t think it’s all frivolous fun though, there is much to learn; how to build a cider press, how to make your own vermouth and the enthusiastic amateur's guide to talking intelligently about wine.

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The Whisky Issue
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Here's a magazine to light a fire in the belly. This issue has been steeped in Scotch and bathed in Bourbon. It's awash with the water of life. It's submerged in shots, doused in drams and soused in Scotland's national drink (and we're not talking Irn Bru). Whisky's the word. Everyone's favourite rebel spirit. Icon, scourge, muse, luxury, mystery - distilled liquid gold.

We have been trotting the whisky globe seeking out the best on your behalf. We've been digging up whisky's murky and subversive past and looking to its future. But we've not just got spirit. We've got flaming cocktails, picnic wine, the howl of the hops, and the usual eye-wateringly strong, obscure liqueurs. Even our cup of tea's got booze in it.

What's that Culture Vulture? What's in it for me? Well, there's poetry with Liz Lochhead, literature with Mark Twain, Michelin-starred cooking with Paul Kitching and Olivier Award-winning acting with Brian Cox.