Because we have been drinking a lot of Gin lately, mass-production and the consequent standardisation of flavours has become the norm to satisfy our thirst for this juniper based spirit. Tarquin has brought back the beauty of craftsmanship and we are VERY grateful for it! This gin is produced in tiny batches on the coast of north Cornwall and every batch has a slightly different flavour. Unbottling Tarquin’s gin is pretty much like opening a Kinder egg, you never know what surprise you are going to get but it never disappoints 😉
The Boxer has been fighting its way to the top of the craft gin market since 2014 with a secret weapon. This not-so-classic dry gin gets its vibrant and complex taste from the marriage of Himalayan and Bulgarian juniper, lots of carefully sourced botanicals, and British wheat.
If 3/4 of your G&T is tonic, you’d better make sure it is good tonic. And if 60% of your gin is water, you’d better get the purest there is. Martin Miller travels all the way to Iceland to get his. Could this be why this gin won more top medals than any other in the past 10 years? Nah, there’s more to it…
It’s the time of the year when the secret Santa between friends, colleagues or even family starts, you know the drill, you’ll be matched with someone and if it’s a work person you may only know a few things about them, the likelihood is that you’ll know what tipple they like.
If gin is there spirit of choice then we’ve found the very best gifts to buy them!
Coming in 1st place we have our favourite and best seller…
1. Gin & Tonic Lip Balm, £3.50
It’s unique, it’s fun and it tastes great, a wonderful little gift you can give to your secret Santa, best of all you can buy them other things as you’ll have change to spare.
Colombo Gin is handcrafted in small batches in copper pot stills by Sri Lankan spirit producer Rockland Distilleries, and it dates back all the way to the Second World War when Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. During that time gin was not allowed to be made outside the UK as the presumption was that good quality London Dry Gin could only be made by the Brits (unlike today where great London Dry Gins are made around the globe).
After a lot of convincing from Rockland Distilleries, customs officials eventually allowed the distillation of gin in Colombo, but known as Ceylon Made Foreign Liquor (CMFL) instead of using the esteemed title of ‘London Dry’. This ruling was also implemented in India creating Indian Made Foreign Liquor around the same time.
But due to limited trade during the war the recipe had to be tweaked, using native ingredients handpicked from Colombo’s public gardens, also known as the Cinnamon Gardens. At the time the only imported botanicals were juniper and angelica root. Little did they know these local ingredients would become a great selling point back in the UK decades later!
Those of you lucky enough to be in the first 250 members from last month, I hope you enjoyed our first ever monthly G&T box! This month we have teamed up with Bramley and Gage to bring you 6 O’clock gins. Each kit will feature a miniature strikingly smooth London Dry Gin and a miniature of their delicious Sloe Gin.
Here’s a little more about Bramley and Gage and the history of 6 O’clock gin.
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.
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 – Australia
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.