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The Altrincham Rubber Duck concept was created as an alternative to established commercial online feeds with the aim of unbiasedly promoting all that is good about Altrincham, it's people and businesses highlighting the community spirit, commitment and humour that Altrincham is renowned for.
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We understand that not everyone will share this brand of humour and call fowl - quite frankly we find that idea quackers but you can't please all of the people all of the time?
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After seven fun-filled, fitness-focused days at Ladyzone, Altrincham - a fabulous £344.25 has been raised for Cancer Research. The fundraising week took place at the end of July and included free pampering, raffles, games, gym-based challenges and a whole week of staff, and some members wearing PJs or onesies. The team at Ladyzone, Altrincham would like to thank everyone for taking part and helping to make the week a great success.
The Altrincham Duck Team are pleased to have helped to promote this.
Riddles Bar - St Lucia Rum Tasting Evening
by Clear Duck, the Altrincham Duck Team
Riddles Bar, opposite Altrincham market is a trove of alcoholic delight. From skilled cocktail crafting to purveyance of the finest boozy beverages, you have to spend an evening in its cosy vintage confines, experiencing the pleasures of what can only be described as wickedly good drink.
And Clear Duck of the Altrincham Duck team did just that on Thursday evening, attending the Riddles St. Lucia rum tasting evening. Billed (get it!) as being a fine evening of appreciation and exploration, the £25 ticket got you a fun lesson in St. Lucian rum, while tasting rums from the Chairman Reserve and St. Lucian distillery range and enjoying two exquisite rum cocktails.
From the start, the evening had a lovely relaxing vibe – we got there early but that meant time for a quick drink before the rum tasting. The session started about 8pm once everyone arrived and about twenty of us gathered in the front bar, made private for the exclusive evening. It was fair to say we were all ready for the rum and keen to get sampling.
To get us properly in the mood, we were each given a tall cocktail, a delicious, refreshing twist on a rum punch. As we sipped and enjoyed that, Tom our rum teacher for the night, from Emporia Brands (the company behind the Chairman Reserve range of rums) got us started with a bit of history about rum.
And then the first of the rums came out – we started with a Chairman’s Reserve white and Tom gave us some excellent advice on how to smell and properly taste the different flavour profiles. It was all done as a group, encouraging us to share aloud what our senses experienced and if anyone correctly mentioned any of the ingredients, they received another shot of the rum! Needless to say, this soon encouraged us all to be quite vocal!
As we worked our way through a couple more rums, including the Chairman’s Reserve and the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced, we learnt more about St. Lucian rum and the science behind each of the rums we were tasting. Tom really knew his stuff, from facts and wonderful anecdotes to advice on how to get the best from drinking each of the rums – it was certainly as interesting a night as it was fun.
We had a little break half way through the session before cracking on with some of the more exclusive rums from the St. Lucia distillers. The evening was in full swing by this point and of course we were all becoming quite the experts at smelling and tasting. We sampled one of the limited release rums, The Chairman’s Reserve: Forgotten Casks as well as the Admiral Rodney, named after the admiral who captured St. Lucia from the French in 1762, a rum with immense flavour having been aged in bourbon casks.
The final rum to taste came by way of the authentic 1931 by St. Lucia distillers, of which only a limited number are made, thus saving the best for last. We were given a quick mini quiz to test who was really listening on the night, the winners getting the rest of the rum bottles to enjoy. Lucky things!
It has to be said the Riddles Bar staff were excellent throughout the evening, making sure we were happy, had enough glasses, the water on the tables was topped up and of course mixing sublime cocktails for such a large group of people to enjoy at the same time.
And that leads us to the grand finale – the night was wrapped up with another rum cocktail, oh yes, more rum! We were served a fragrant yellow pepper daiquiri with a refreshing blend of white rum, lime and a homemade yellow pepper syrup. Very tasty! Then we all piled together for a rum-tasting group photo. It was quite something to end a very memorable night where we laughed a lot, learnt a lot and drank (a lot) of high quality St. Lucian rum.
Riddles Bar has more of these fun-filled rum tasting evenings planned this year. Whether you are a casual drinker, hardcore fan or completely new to rum, you are guaranteed to enjoy sampling some of the finest rums on offer. It’s more than just a tasting experience, it’s a great night out!
Do not worry if you missed the August evening as Riddles Bar will be hosting another exclusive rum tasting event on 22nd September 2016. This time there will be the opportunity to sample some of the finest El Dorado rums from Guyana, including an 8-year, 12-year, 15-year, 21-year and a very special limited edition 25-year blend. Tickets are available to buy online.
Now – we’re off to make a duck-special daiquiri cocktail, just a little something we picked up from our session. Thank you Riddles Bar for a great night and happy rum drinking everybody!
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What happens when you offer a free local business directory – over 200 entries that’s what!
Don’t miss how we made it to 200 entries in our FREE local business directory!
If you tell someone that something’s totally free, they are bound to ask, “What’s the catch?”. Because everyone knows you don’t get something for nothing, right? Or do you?
When we started the Altrincham Duck & Friends team back in late 2014 and began promoting our free business directory, we were laughed at for offering such an unthinkable service. Because, who does anything for free?
And there were doubts over our motives – perhaps we had a hidden agenda by getting as many businesses in and around the Altrincham area to sign up with the directory? Would we eventually charge for a listing? Would we pressurise businesses into other marketing services?
Not quite or even at all.
Our philosophy from the very start was that of community and wanting to assist local businesses for the good of our town, Altrincham and the surrounding area.
200 entries and climbing!
We were thrilled to recently hit 200 directory entries – that’s 200 happy businesses making good use of a free online business directory.
And with so many businesses in the directory listed across more than twenty categories, locals and visitors to the area now have a one-stop place to find the products and services they need.
It doesn’t matter what your business is, how long it’s been going, who you are or what marketing you have or haven’t done; if you’re based in Altrincham or the surrounding area, you are more than welcome to list your business in the Altrincham Duck free business directory. We don’t give any preferential treatment - we simply promote everyone.
If you get in touch to list your business but we do not hear from you, we will be patient. There’s no rush – do it when you are ready.
And for those wanting to browse the directory, to look for a local product or service, there is absolutely no pressure to buy anything.
Why do we offer it again?
It might still seem a little absurd to some people, especially in the money-spinning world we live in, that we offer free business directory listings.
Let’s put it this way, the more businesses we can support by not charging a penny, the more we can help them to thrive and the more they all thrive, the better our town and community becomes.
That pretty much sums up everything about the Altrincham Duck & Friends. We are a not-for-profit online community who genuinely does care about just that, the community.
Don’t forget we also like, retweet and share on both Twitter and Facebook – so make sure to connect with us for your free social media mentions too!
We’re off to check on the little ducklings – make sure you tell your friends about the free directory! Quack!
You will find not only the Altrincham Duck out and about in Altrincham and surrounding areas, but also some of my friends. You just never know where we will #quack and #tweet from next!