The drinks cabinet is beginning to run dry, but there’s still some gems waiting to be discovered. Here’s the third week’s worth of my journey through the dark recesses of a kitchen cupboard…  Teichenné Chocolate Schnapps, Spain Spain seems to have a penchant for these flavoured liquors (which is not necessarily a good thing) – this time it’s chocolate that gets the liquid treatment. According to the distillers themselves: “Not only does Teichenné Chocolate act

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The results are in. Here’s some more ramblings after my second week in lockdown sampling the bottles hiding at the back of my drinks cupboard… and we get off to a fairly decent start Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition 1986, Scotland “Lagavulin on the rocks, Ain't no surprise, Just pour me a drink and I'll tell you some lies,” Neil Diamond almost once sang. Never a truer word chanteured. Except here, there are no untruths. This whisky

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Forged during some lockdown banter with my equally lacking in work travel-writing mate in Norway, I resolved to explore the long-neglected, dark depths of my drinks cabinet and sample the contents of a different bottle each evening; then write a review, rate it and ask that question on everyone’s lips – if this was a footballer, who would it be? My quest has unearthed some weird and wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) drinks… How some of them

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The rules are simple, but the choices are less straightforward. Assuming money was no object, where would an A-Z tour of European football end up taking you? As a well-travelled 48-year-old Chelsea season ticket holder, I’ve had my fair share of trips to the continent following the Blues and England. Moscow, Munich, Barcelona, and Zagreb among others spring to mind, but there is still an untold amount of places – and clubs – to discover. In

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Olimpija Ljubljana 1 v 2 Maribor (07.05.16) “Let’s go and watch some football in Eastern Europe somewhere,” I said. Neal (a fellow Chelsea season ticket holder) and I were discussing the increasingly prohibitive cost of following the Chels in Europe versus the enjoyment we had travelling abroad to watch the beautiful game. The planning. The build-up. The culture of whatever place we found ourselves in. The people. The pre-match beers. The banter. The atmosphere. The

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You may have seen a banner hanging from the West Stand upper tier declaring ‘Slovenian Blues’ and wondered, ‘What’s that all about?’ No? Well, I have. So, on a recent trip to Slovenia to take in the ‘Eternal Derby’ – Olimpija Ljubljana v Maribor – I had a beer or three with the co-founder of the Slovenian Chelsea Supporters Club, Matjaž Homar – along with his fellow Blue, Gregor Horvatič, or ‘Boy’ as he is

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