The Story of Jensen’s Gin

We’re thrilled to announce that Jensen’s Gin will be the first gin to feature in our I Love Gin club box at the end of this month alongside BTW Tonic Water!

jensens bermondsey dryThe Story

Christian Jensen, a banking IT specialist, was working in Tokyo and came across a hidden bar serving a “Naked Martini” – just London Dry gin and a twist of lime. Jensen enjoyed the drink so much he regularly returned to the bar during his stay, and on his last visit before returning to London he was presented with a bottle of the gin by the owner. This gin was no longer in production, and the brand on the label was illegible. Jensen made it his personal mission to find or recreate his new favourite spirit when he was back in London.

 

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Fentiman’s Botanically Brewed Beverages

Fentiman’s Botanically Brewed Beverages are made with all-natural ingredients without any artificial sweeteners, and specially brewed with botanicals for extra flavour.

What is botanical brewing exactly?

I’m glad you asked, it’s a rare talent! Botanical brewing is a combination of infusions, blending and fermentation of natural ingredients. Thomas Fentiman’s original botanical brewing method takes seven whole days – there’s no rushing in botanical brewing as this time-honoured technique requires concentration and focus in order to guarantee a superior beverage.

First of all the chosen botanicals are crushed and placed into copper steam jacket pans to extract the finest elements of flavour. The botanical extract is then filtered into a wooden vat where it is left overnight. This will help the live yeast to develop. The yeast is then removed the next morning and the live liquid is left to ferment in the wooden vat a while longer.

This is how Fentiman’s beverages has been brewed since 1905. It is this process that produces the depth of flavour, the sensation and rich texture which are the hallmark of Fentiman’s drinks today.

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This Is Why Gin & Tonics Taste So Good (According to Science)

Whether it’s been a long day at work, or the sun’s just come out and you’re sat in the garden at the weekend, nothing can quite beat the refreshing taste of sipping on a G&T.

But why exactly do we love it so much? Sure, Gin on its own is delightful – especially if you have your favourite one to hand – but not many of us are big fans of tonic on its own. What exactly makes mixing the two together so magical?

Well, it seems it can all be explained with science (maybe we should have all paid more attention in science at school) and we’re here to tell you exactly how.

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Top 10 Gins from around the World

It’s World Gin Day on Saturday 11th June and to celebrate we thought we’d share some of the World’s best gins with you. The Gin market is booming and there is something for everyones tastes – from your classic London dry to saffron gin to sloe gin to gin made with lobster you’re sure to find something on the market that you enjoy and everyone has their own favourites.

However we have pulled together a few of the very best so let us know what you think… and raise a glass to World Gin Day!

10. Four Pillars Gin – Australiafour pillars gin

Until I came across this gin, I had never so much heard of gin from Australia and certainly dared not try it – it seemed like sacrilege! But then I tasted it, it is an absolute cracker, full of cinnamon and orange flavours. Little wonder it won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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What to do on World Gin Day 2016

Saturday 11th June is our favourite day of the year not only is the Queens Birthday celebrated but – its’ World Gin Day and to celebrate we will be at the World Gin Day event at the Space Centre in Leicester. Please do come along and see what we are about – we will be selling a limited number of our first kits as well as some delicious G&Ts.

Here’s a little more about the event and also what else is on in the UK if you can’t make it to Leicester.

 

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In short, this is a day for everyone and anyone (over the drinking age of course…!) to celebrate and enjoy gin! Whether you’re already a fan of the juniper spirit, or looking for an intro, World Gin Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved. Check out who’s going to be there and come along and celebrate the ginniest of gin events with us.

Alternatively try and pop along to any one of the events below to sip on

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Beautiful Gin Bottles

49+ of the Most Beautiful Gin Bottles in the World

 

We see hundreds of bottles of gin not only pass through our office but also at festivals, events and more. We always take note of any bottles that catch our eye as well of course of any that we love the taste of. We thought it was about time we compiled a list of the most beautiful gin bottles we’ve come across for you to view. There’s quite a few (49) so sit back, make a cuppa or a G&T and have a browse. Let us know your favourites!

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Drinking Gin Can Help You Live To 105 Years Old

Want to hit the big milestone of 100 years old and even keep going? Then the secret might very well be gin!

The Scotsman reported on a grandmother living in Glasgow who hit the wonderful age of 105 years old in November last year, a fantastic achievement and Ina Carruthers regularly enjoys “gin and orange juice”, could this be the secret to living to an old age, well we really hope so! The grandmother told the newspaper that she attended dance classes on a Monday night and would regularly have the gin & orange juice.

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Vintage Gin Adverts

18 Unique & Beautiful Vintage Gin Adverts

As lovers of gin we do come across a lot of gin related stuff and one thing that we love is seeing old vintage gin adverts. The classic designs are something that capture our imagination and pretty much every advert we see we wish we had a copy of to frame and put in the ILoveGin office.

Here are a few of our favourites we’ve come across in the past few months, let us know your favourite!

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Would You Try Ant Gin? (Made with actual ants)

We’ve written before about odd gins including the lobster infused gin and this time we’ve come across a gin which has approximately 62 red wood ants inside every single bottle, it’s not purely just infused with ants, it also features flavours of young nettles, spring and angelica.

Behind this unique gin is a collaboration between The Cambridge Distillery and Nordic Food Lab,

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How to make the perfect Negroni

With rocketing popularity of the iconic Italian spirit Campari plus gin revolution that has been occurring over the passed few years, the Negroni is now seen on most London cocktail bars. Bitter but sweet, simple yet complex and still so refreshing – it’s no wonder this historic drink has experienced a revival.

To stir one up at home, follow our recipe below for the perfect Negroni.

A brief history of the Negroni

The Negroni is an adaptation itself – of the Americano, a simple blend of Campari, vermouth and soda. Story goes that the drink was invented in Florence in 1919 when Count Negroni asked for a slug of gin in his Americano in place of the soda. So the aromatic Negroni was born, and was swiftly adopted by Italians as a pre-dinner drink, or a palate-cleansing settler for after dinner.

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