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 😉
Read this post and you won’t have a valid excuse to say no to a drink. Ever. Again.
Tonic water, made with bitter quinine mixed with sugar and lemon, was used in India by the British army to ward off Malaria – often helped down with a ration of gin. Years later is it now the quintessential mixer for Gin. Peter Spanton Beverages has looked back to redefine modern tonic water.
Our second “ILoveGin club” monthly G&T box will feature two of the Peter Spanton range: Their Classic No.1 Tonic Water, and their No.9 Cardamom Tonic Water.
In their signature classic No 1. London Tonic, the strong taste of quinine is balanced with Sicilian lemon oil and the essence of bitter orange peel. It is sweetened with Sucralose which is 600 times sweeter than sugar so only a very small amount is needed to produce a perfect tonic of under 4 calories.
A sip of an Old Tom-style distillation offers an interesting look into the history of gin. Sweeter than your classic London dry, it’s often referred to as “the missing link” between old-school Dutch genever (the sweet spirit from which modern gin originated), and the now popular London Gin.
Originating in Britain during the 18th century, Old Tom was the traditional gin of choice for cocktails like the Tom Collins, Gin Rickey, and Martinez. The spirit all but died out in the middle part of the 20th century, though these days it’s enjoying something of a revival. The UK’s Hayman Distillers launched an Old Tom gin in 2007, which is probably the most well known but others soon followed suit including Jensens Gin.
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…