Ginmas Week 4

Ginmas Week 4 already! Another week and and seven more gins for Ginmas Week 4!  All of the above are the gins I shared during week 4 of #Ginmas over on social media (my month of gins, one a day for the whole of December) but wanted to record them all here too.   If you want to hunt them down then do look up The Gin Parlour who will

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Ginmas Week 3

Ginmas Week 3 So apologies for this post being a day late.  Should have had it up yesterday but <insert long list of pathetic excuses involving a to do list longer than your arm and a five hour lunch with a client> …. Another week of seven different gins and Ginmas Week 3.  Eek!  I wasn’t sure this would actually work and that I would be able to keep it

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Ginmas Week 2

  Well there have been another seven gins sampled since the last post and it has been a real voyage of discovery and actually also of geography. This week we have been all over the place, from Menorca to Yorkshire to Spain to Scotland and I have loved finding out a little bit more about each distillery or gin.   So for posterity, here they all are in case you

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Ginmas week 1

Here we are with Ginmas Week 1 When my parents owned a vineyard for ten years it never ceased to amaze me how much they knew about wine.    As much as they knew though there was always more to learn and I really envied that knowledge of a subject and the ability to keep learning.   As I approach my fifties I keep thinking my brain is going to

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How to make your own gin advent calendar

Every year, round about now I get tagged in pictures of a gin advent calendar that retails at around £100.  A “wee dram” of gin in a tiny bottle between 24 little windows that looks cute but over the years has crept up in price and has never really struck me as being great value for money.  Yes it looks amazing and would be a stunning gift for any gin

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7 things I have learned since I started drinking gin

Yesterday was International Gin and Tonic Day so I thought I would mark this occasion in the week with sharing some fun facts about gin, so here are the 7 things I have learned since I started drinking gin.  Little did I know back then that one day I would have a whole category on my blog dedicated to gin. Since starting to drink a few years ago I have

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Adnams Copper House Dry Gin — #MBGC

For the inaugral #MBGC (Mummy Barrow Gin Club) I am cho’sing a gin that brings back childhood memories.   You see drinking for me isn’t about forgetting or getting hammered.  I don’t like being drunk, mainly because I can’t spend the following day feeling ill since children don’t understand that mummy is ill.   So drinking for me is always about remembering, reminiscing, chatting.  It is a social thing.  I don’t enjoy drinking

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Mummy Barrow Gin Parlour

Welcome to the Mummy Barrow Gin Parlour!   It seems strange that it was only a couple of years ago that I had never tried a G&T.  That when I then did I was a bit “hmm no thanks, I don’t like it”.   Yet now here I am launching my gin club. What I then came to realise, only recently, was that it isn’t gin I didn’t like, but tonic.   And

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#HDYGG — How to grow a gin garden

Quite why I decided I wanted to plant a gin garden I don’t quite know.  Hell three years ago I didn’t even like gin. But then I discovered that it was tonic water I didn’t like and that I actually did like gin.  A lot.  Though in my defence I do drink it with waaaayyyyyy more lemonade than any recipe would recommend so when I have three a night it

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Reviewing Spar wine

So as I was reviewing SPAR wine (SPARValpolicella Ripasso, sent to us, retails at £10, on sale at £8 apparently) on Friday night, I remember thinking to myself “that’s a nice drop, very full taste”. Just a glass of it, obviously. And then, to try and look just a little bit like I know what I’m doing, I tried to describe it. And failed. There was something about it that I

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World Gin Day Waffles

.   When you wake up to the news that it is World Gin Day you can’t let this day go unmarked.   Though even I drew the line at cracking open the G&T at 8am.   Truth be told though I don’t like G&T because I don’t like tonic.  Gin and lemonade is more my thing, or of course the legendary Mummy B Martini in a pint glass.  

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Keys to the wine store

. So, T has this theory that staying in is the new going out, what with money being a bit tighter than it has been, with all the weirdos out there and the unfortunate lose-your-licence-if-you-drink-and-drive thing. By the way,talking of weirdos, have you seen the young people of today? They must have a highly developed sense of smell, as that’s the only thing that they can be using to navigate.

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