City of London Dry Gin

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City of London Dry Gin (or COLD Gin) is distilled at the City of London Distillery, which is the first distillery to be commissioned in the City of London (or “The Square Mile”) for over 200 years – are you picking-up on the theme yet? The distillery has been created as a destination as much […]

Larios Gin

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I bought this bottle of Larios Gin in a Tenerife airport around this time last year. Every shop that had a booze shelf seemed to stock it, and every bar had it on-optic; it was as ubiquitous as Gordon’s is in the UK. So, when I saw a one-litre bottle in the airport, on-offer for around […]

Herno Juniper Cask Gin

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Disclaimer: the spelling in the title is wrong; it should be Hernö but the umlauted ‘O’ is too difficult for my inherent levels of laziness, so I am going to spell it without (sorry). I heard about Herno Juniper Cask a few months ago and was instantly fascinated by the idea. The thought of barrels made […]

Are there too many “premium” gins?

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During my seemingly endless sabbatical, I’ve had half-an-eye on the world of gin and noted the many new releases in recent months; one of the things I’ve clocked is that almost every new gin released costs north of £30. 18 months ago, a gin priced at £30 would have been a relatively rare thing and […]

Opihr Gin

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Gin, with elephants! This is what went through my mind when I saw Opihr Gin sitting on the shelf at the local supermarket, and you know what? I love it already and I haven’t even opened it yet. Okay, crazy openings, with all their implied bias, aside, I owe this gin a debt of gratitude. […]

6 O’Clock Gin

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6 O’Clock gin came to my attention when I was looking for premium tonic waters other than Fever-Tree; it was the first time I had come across a gin with a companion tonic water. That was many months ago now and I have come close to buying 6 O’Clock on two separate occasions. The second […]

Master of Malt Origin

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I say “Master of Malt Origin”, but their full title it “Master of Malt Origin Single Estate Cold Distilled Juniper” – grand but a little unwieldy for a title. The story is a simple but sensible one. Ben Ellefsen, Sales Director of Master of Malt, had a notion that the origin of juniper in many gins […]

Gin & Jazz

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I have been thinking about attending a Gin & Jazz evening at The InterContinental, on Park Lane, ever since hearing about it. What’s not to like about that combination? Gin & Jazz happens on the 3rd Thursday of every month and features a jazz band, an elegant setting and a range of 35 gins to choose […]

Adnams First Rate Gin

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I have been wanting to try Adnams First Rate Gin (or “Finest Cut First Rate Gin”, to give it its full and slightly cumbersome name) ever since trying Adnams Copperhouse Gin toward the end of last year. So, a few weeks ago, when Adnams advertised a period of free delivery, on Twitter (@Adnams) I caved-in and […]

Gin Mare

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Many people have recommended that I try Gin Mare. This culminated in a three recommendations in one week followed by finding that Waitrose had it on sale with £6 off – it must have been providence. Gin Mare is distilled in a former chapel in the Spanish fishing village of Vilanova i la Geltrú, which is located […]