objective of module

Intrigue customers by applying the principles of mixing Single Malts in a cocktail context better known for its Rum credentials.

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Tartan Tiki Studio

Robert Louis Stevenson called Talisker the “king o’ drinks” and for over 175 years, the distillation process has remained virtually unchanged.

  • Appearance: Rich amber
  • Nose: Powerful peat smoke with just a hint of the seawater salt of fresh oysters, with a citrus sweetness.
  • Palate: A rich, dried-fruit sweetness, clouds of smoke, strong barley-malt flavors, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.
  • Finish: Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetizing sweetness.


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I’d say it is important to have a strong idea of which specific element of Tiki it is that you are focusing on, and how it will work in your cocktail – do your homework.

Finding unique links between distant cultures, time periods, flavors and figures could be just the ticket to create some new content – chances are, you’ll uncover a nugget of sensational information, creating an “aha!” or “eureka!” moment for you, your bar team and your guests. Don’t forget to have fun and add a little whimsy to the story.

Tristan Stephenson

Co-founder of London-based Fluid Movement, a globally renowned drinks consultancy firm, award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books.