The Gin Gift Guide

You can’t move this year for gin related gift ideas.  So here is another gin gift guide to add to the pile.   From gin and tonic tea bags (yes they do exist, Fortnums do them), to gin t-shirts to actual gin in a multitude of flavours and containers the gift market now is awash with gin inspired ideas.    I have seen so many different ideas for the gin

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How to make the perfect G&T

A while ago Heston Blumenthal published how to make the perfect G&T.  I beg to differ, that is NOT how to make the perfect G&T Sorry Heston, but your perfect G&T recipe is wrong.   You and I nearly came to blows over your perfect cup of tea making a few years ago and now it looks like we are going to fall out again, this time over gin.  Which is

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I made a gin!

I made a gin!   And I dont mean in my shed, or in the bath, or at the kitchen sink, I mean an actual real, legal, professionally done, gin. Blogger Gin has been a year in the planning.  I cannot begin to tell you how complicated it has been but this week it finally happened! Bloggers spend an awful lot of time talking about gin, so I thought it

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Gin of the month — October — TOAD

Yes, my gin of the month for October is called TOAD.  Or rather my gin of the month is made by The Oxford Artisan Distillery, TOAD for short.   We first heard about this distillery after Tom, who runs it, was featured on BBC’ Countryfile  because not only has he just started up this distillery in Oxford, but he is doing things slightly differently. You see all gin starts from a

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Gin of the month — September — Fera

My gin of the month for September is made in the kitchen of the Fera restaurant in Claridge’s Hotel, London. I have never had a gin with my name on it before.  Or indeed made a special trip on a Sunday morning, into London to buy a bottle.  But then this a special gin. Fera means wild in Latin (dontcha know) and is inspired by the flavours used in their

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Gin of the month — August — Daffy’s Gin

The story of Daffy’s gin is the story of a four year quest to make the best gin in the world and by jimmy it was a worthwhile quest, and it’s why it is my gin of the month for August.   Made from grain spirit imported from France it is then mixed with eleven botanicals in an old copper whisky still in Edinburgh.   This attention to detail creates

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Window Wednesday – Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour

For Window Wednesday this week I am featuring this little gem:  Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour. Mr Fogg’s is an old fashioned gin parlour that feels like an 18th century front room, right in the heart of London, tucked away between Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations, with a bar serving gin and afternoon tea. I had been meaning to meet up with a friend when I was next in

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Gin of the month — July — One Gin

My gin of the month for July is One Gin, a gin I whose story I have followed for a while, but that I only got to taste for the first time last month.    I first came across it on Kickstarter, the crowd funding site and then in one of those weird twists of fate that happen sometimes I was invited to the launch party as a roving reporter

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World Gin Day 2017

World Gin Day 2017 is here!   What a week. What a sodding week.    And it is not getting any better is it?  I have a bit of a “no politics” rule at home because we are all often on opposite sides of debates and I just can’t stand the arguing, though it isnt proper arguing it is just healthy debate.   I tend to walk away when it

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Gin of the month — June — Manchester Three Rivers gin

  I was actually planning on talking about gin made in Manchester last week, after we spent the weekend there for BlogOn and Mr B’s birthday but I didn’t get around to finishing the post and then, well, world events overtook us all and writing about Manchester gin somehow didn’t feel appropriate.     The original post was based on the fact I now buy gin as a souvenir, much

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Gin of the month — March — Rock Rose spring

My gin of the month for March is Rock Rose, spring edition   This week it has finally felt like spring has arrived.   There are daffodils on the verges, the birds are singing and when the sun comes out there is a real warmth to it.   With it comes a desire to bunk off work to sit in the garden with a mug of tea every morning and

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Gin of the month — February — Ungava

Gin of the month for February is Ungava I admit,  publishing my gin of the month post for February at 10am on a Monday morning is pushing the limits of acceptable behaviour, even by my standards.   By rights it should be a weekend post, or a Friday night one maybe.  Not 10am on a Monday morning.   But hear me out. I have been trying to publish this post

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