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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 71: A Rum Affair

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 71: A Rum Affair

First published to our newsletter recipients on February 3, 2019

We're recovering from Burns Night...but the most interesting things we read or saw this week were these:

After all, not everyone can have a picture age while they remain youthful forever.
As always, start at the bottom, fix yourself a cocktail, then ease yourself into this week's Quinn + Tonik.


manning up for v-day

Treat yourself, or treat your lady, and we'll return the love.


WOMEN'S BESPOKE OFFER: Get your lady a bespoke DQ  jacket or suit and we'll make you 2 bespoke shirts on us. We've always made suits for women. From Laura Linney to Donna Tartt. But now that Maggie is aboard in NYC we're looking for ladies who appreciate the finer things in life with an urge to splurge on something bespoke for their wardrobe.Want to know more about our bespoke suiting? Have a read of our FAQ's HERE.


VALENTINE'S TIE DEAL: As we said, we're all about returning the love. So use this link for a limited time to get yourself one of our incredible ties at a little less than the usual price. Use code VALENTINE at checkout. Grab one, grab them all. Hell grab them for your friends, dad, and anyone else it will put a smile on the face of. Limited supplies as always so don't dilly dally.


The Finest Gloves Known To Man: Get the RED ones. Haha. Its been cold as balls this week in Gotham City so we have been fully road testing these supremely snuggly gloves. We just don't believe you will find a better pair anywhere. Oh, and did we tell you you can still use your phone's touchscreen operations with them on? Yup. That too. get some.


DQ Shirts: Made from the most luxurious shirting fabrics our shirts are cut, stitched, and finished at a small artisanal family workshop on the west coast of Italy. Each features two piece collars, single needle stitching, mother of pearl buttons, our signature smoking skull gusset, and all the other things you would expect of a quality shirt. Or join our Shirt Club...


Daddy Day Care: Make an appointment for a special Valentine's grooming experience. Ivan our master barber has been giving straight blade shaves and cutting hair for almost 30 years. Be prepared to be amazed by not just the quality of the experience and result, but the depth of his grooming knowledge. You'll have plenty of time to reflect as he applies hot and cold towels, shaving creams, moisturizers and his proprietary bespoke resurrection treatment to bring your post shave skin back with a zing. Just e-mail us to set up an appointment for you, or a friend. You won't regret it.


The DQ Signet Ring: The mark of the Gentleman Rogue. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to get yourself one of our fantastic signet rings. Its an addictive piece of kit which will be sure to be the perfect addition to any outfit. If you don't know your size we will send you a kit to determine which size to order.


Sock-Em: Snuggle into the best socks money can buy. These 80% wool and 20% cotton socks are handmade in exclusive DQ colors featuring an integral signature smoking skull on each ankle. Hand linked toes and all the other signs of excellence you would expect are included in the price.


The Wallet: When one of our clients asked us for a modern leather wallet with our distinctive smoking skull logo embossed on it we obliged. Made in London, England by our Royal Warrant holding makers. Each wallet is constructed by hand from the finest leather embossed to create a carbon fibre effect. 100% silk lined. Then boldly stamped and painted by hand with our smoking skull just in case you spot a fellow Gentleman Rogue at the bar and fancy a chin wag in good company.


The Square: The accessory every jacket needs to add some pep. Handmade in England using the finest silk, printed with our special blend of irreverent motifs, or classic plain colors or stripes with a pop of color. The choice is yours. Just don't leave home without one.


Swimming With Sharks: The perfect beachwear for the Gentleman Rogue. Combining classic design with a twist and state-of-the-art technical fabrics our swim shorts are second to none. Designed in NY. Made in Italy. Made with microsense by Sitip and offering a soft sensual feel next to the body with quick dry comfort. Contrast waistband, thigh stripes, signature smoking skull on back pocket and luminous quad stripes.




watch: mona lisa


George is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone, he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King’s Cross days. That’s when George’s troubles just start.





read: the picture of dorian gray

"I can resist everything except temptation."
Hardly surprising that the same man (Oscar Wilde) is responsible for this quote, and also the wonderful tale of the picture of Dorian Gray. A deal with the devil in Gothic Victorian England seems genius...until amidst the bacchanal it eventually all begins to unravel.
Nothing exceeds like excess as we like to say. Pick it up, and have a read. Or if you can't manage that after Burns Night, watch one of the movie versions of this classic.




cocktail: hampden rum negroni

A twist on the classic negroni. Some may call it sacrilegious to use the finest rum in the world. But we make our French 75s with vintage Krug and Dom. So what the hell. The best ingredients make the best cocktails.
Hampden Rum has only just become available in the USA, imported by our buddy Nicolas Palazzi of PMSpirits fame. Rich and dark, with the complexity of flambéed bananas, steeping Christmas cake fruit, a simmering pot of tropical fruit jam that’s maybe just starting to burn, cinnamon buns, mulled wine spices and vanilla pods fried in salted butter, lemon zest, Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts, woodsmoke and Oloroso Sherry. Originally Scottish-owned and active non-stop since 1753, Hampden is one of the oldest cane field owners in Jamaica, and produces high ester rum with true terroir. Based in Trelawny, it’s one of only two rum distilleries in the entire world to use both their own spring water and sugar, and to also employ purely pot stills, wild fermentation and no addition of sugar or colouring. Master Distiller Vivian Wisdom also reserves both the dunder (non-alcoholic stillage) in wooden vats and the thick dark and bubbling gloop lovingly referred to as ‘muck’ (the skimmings from fermentation and by-products of the production process), these are reintroduced to their fermented molasses creating a completely unique fruity funk. As wild as the biodiversity that surrounds the distillery, this is a craft rum like no other on the planet.
If you don't fancy the negroni just get yourself a sipping glass and have at it. This stuff is magical.
1 ounce dark Hampden rum
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with a cup of ice. Stir to chill and lightly dilute ingredients. Strain into a rocks glass over an ice sphere (or regular ice). Garnish with an orange twist
Bottoms Up!


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