See Gin In A New Way Through Taste & Experience
Gin is not just a drink, it’s a culture. In an era where binge culture, and having everything now-now-now, negates from the notion of sitting back, in good company, in the perfect setting and enjoying a fine drink. Now we are not going on a hipster millennial rant before you decide to navigate away, don’t worry, we are not becoming that annoying “craft beer *wearing lumberjack shirt*) guy. No, we are simply tipping our hat to all your gin lovers out there, those who enjoy an elaborate gin concoction, all the way to the purists who accept nothing else but a simple pour over ice and maybe with tonic. This article is to celebrate you and the wonderful gin culture which brings people together, whatever the season, a reason to be happy, a reason to raise a glass and cheers to good health. From here in London all the way to our friends in Tokyo and beyond, every country has a signature pour and everyone who loves gin has an idea about how it should be served.
250 years of distilling experience should be enough to launch a new exceptional range, right?
We have tried and tested them for you – these Gins won’t disappoint! The Gins we’re bringing to you this month are the product of the eighth generation Master Distiller Johnny Neill – the creator of the delicious Whitley Neill Gin!
Kokoro is an exceptional British London Dry Gin with a Japanese heart, where the spirit of the forest lies. The ingredient that makes this gin recognisable and incredibly enjoyable comes all the way from the Afan woods in the land of rising sun! Its story is one of love and respect for something that we too often take for granted, the environment we live in and what it has to offer.
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.
Do of course take the below with a pinch of salt! We are not medical professionals, and the article is intended as entertainment only.
With Dry January being mentioned all over the place we thought we’d give you 8 reasons why DryGinuary (where you spend the month celebrating Gin!) might just be better for you. I’m sure we’ve all read that a small glass of red might be good for you, so now lets see what our favourite friend Gin has to offer!
1. Drinking gin may help stop wrinkles & reduces ageing!
Juniper berries have high levels of antioxidants, which can help you stay healthy, fight wrinkles and keep you looking youthful. We can’t promise drinking gin will directly lead to this but the juniper berry is a powerful little thing that can also help cell regeneration and also reduce inflammation. (source)
What is Gin?
For a spirit to be called a “Gin”, Juniper must be the predominant flavour, but a huge array of botanicals are used to give the many different brands of gin their distinct flavours.
Gin as we know it today stems from “Jenever”, a Dutch spirit made with Juniper berries and usually aged in casks. Originally it was used as a medicinal tonic, but developed over time into a recreational drink, and exploded as an industry when it was brought to Britain by the Dutch in the 17th century.
There are various types of gin and it’s the London dry we are focusing on…
Known for their Whisky, Guinness and Baileys this may come a surprise to some of you but Ireland is in fact, home to a rich and lively gin drinking scene, and the country is hardly inexperienced when it comes to distilling it too.
Distilling is an ancient art in Ireland- for how long we do not know exactly – but probably just longer than 1,000 years.