Gin of the Week

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It won’t have gone unnoticed that gin is somewhat en vogue. Gone are the days with the choice of either a Beefeater or Gordon’s. Now, no self-respecting bar will have less than a dozen gins from all corners of the world all with a reassuring artisanal touch of being distilled in ‘batch’. One of the pioneers that pushed the market forward (and prices upwards) was Monkey 47, hailing from the Black Forest in Bavaria. The ‘47’ derives from the 47 botanicals used in the blend and the 47 % alcohol level it’s diluted to. Stylistically the gin has notes of cranberries, wood, a little citrus but also grassy. The question asked though with the premium price, ‘ it worth it?’. In my mind undoubtedly yes. This isn’t a gin to smother with tonic, but a dash will do or better still use it to make a martini or a strong negroni. You can certainly pick out the nuances and it adds a distinctive edge to your evening tipple. 

Available in all good Wine & Spirits stores, we bought at El Corte Ingles for around €40.

Sepia Fair 2018


The Sepia Fair is firmly established on Puerto Alcudia’s cultural calendar and holds an important role as one of the Port Town’s attractions. As Mayor Antoni Mir pointed out, the fair contributes to the revitalization of this part of Alcudia.

This year, 24 establishments will be participating in the restaurant marquee; throughout the rest of town there are another 16 restaurants all offering special sepia dishes; and there will be another 21 nautical exhibitors at the fair. See the full agenda on the What’s On pages.

Wine of the Week

La Bota 41 de Palo Cortado Viejísimo

Every so often a wine stops all conversation at the dinner table and instead dominates it. This ‘bota’ or cask is one such Sherry. Equipos Navazos is run by two Sherry fanatics who find individual casks that are often overlooked, and bottle them as part of their range. They have unearthed many gems over the years and this Palo Cortado #41 is one of them. Rich, unctuous and powerful, you can’t guarantee all around the table will like it, but those that do will love it. It worked well with langoustines when we had it but will also go well with meat. The price means this is not your every-day drinking wine, but this Spanish sherry is surely up there among some of the greatest wines in the world.

The Equipo Navazos wines are available from

The Future of Fashion in Mallorca


This week, the Consell de Mallorca held a meeting with the Fashion Designers Association of Mallorca to discuss the new initiative and collaboration between the two organizations. It was acknowledged that local fashion design was becoming increasingly important in the island’s economy and the Consell and the organization plan to work together to “promote the entire fashion industry that unites art, culture, commerce and tradition” said Vice President Joana Borràs. 

During the meeting the formal presentation of the group included the workshops, a new guide to the designers and their workshops, and the creation of a new annual event. The Fashion Designers and Producers Group of Mallorca brings together more than thirty creative people and include manufacturers, accessories designers as well as clothes designers like Veronica Bilicki from the Whitebox in Pollensa. 

In the future we can look forward to a new brand that will represent the whole sector and could be used in fairs and events on the island and beyond. 

The Cant de la Sibilla

About the Gregorian Chant

The chant of the Sybil is performed at Mass on the night of 24 December in Churches throughout Mallorca. The chant marks the annual Christmas Vigil, and is sung by a boy or girl accompanied by two or more altar boys or girls. During the chant they walk through the church towards the chancel, the singer carrying a sword in his or her hands, held upright in front of the face, while the altar boys or girls carry candles. At the end of the song a cross is drawn in the air with the sword. The versions of the chant performed on the island vary little from their Gregorian roots: each is sung a cappella with music between the verses provided by an organ. The costume worn by the singers usually consists of a white or coloured tunic, sometimes embroidered around the neck and hem, and often worn with a cape. The head is covered with a cap of the same colour as the tunic. The rite involves all the church parishes on Majorca with old and young generations working side-by-side as singers, costume-makers, celebrants and other helpers, thus ensuring its transmission.

The uniqueness and historic ritual have made the Cant de la Sibilla part of the Historical Heritage of the Balearic Islands by law and it is considered to be one of the region's most important historical assets, it is therefore protected by law as a cultural interest.

Candidacy for Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

At the end of July 2009, the Department of Culture and Heritage of the Consell de Mallorca initiated the campaign for the Cant de la Sibilla to be listed with UNESCO. On November 16, 2010, UNESCO decided, during the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Nairobi, to include the Cant de la Sibil·la in its Representative List.

To see this beautiful and truly unique performance, head to the church either in Puerto Pollensa or Pollensa on Christmas Eve at 7pm and 9pm respectively. Look at the What's On Page as well for more detail.