It’s nearly Christmas! To celebrate, I have posted a slightly out of focus picture of a bottle of gin with a shiny red bauble next to it. It’s on a bit of a wonk, too. Although I’m not 100% sure if the problem is with the table or me. One of […]

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Gin tasting: Minus 33

On December 15, 2016 By

When is a gin not a gin? When it has an ABV of less than 37.5%. The 2008 EU Spirit Drinks Regulations (surely everyone’s favourite European Regulation) defines gin as a drink that has a predominately juniper flavour and a retail ABV of 37.5%. They actually list three types of gin. […]

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‘Tis the season to have a drink and, God, don’t we need a drink at the moment. I’m amazed I haven’t started swapping milk for gin in my breakfast tea. Luckily for me, the kind people at Chase Distillery have sent me a bottle of Continue Reading

Do you know the best way to convince people you are serving them a rare and expensive gin, and not a two-for-one special you bought in Asda? A heavy glass. Serve your gin in a heavy glass and people think you have splashed on the good stuff. Pour your finest, artisan gin […]

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If I had any sense of timing at all, I would’ve blogged this review of Beefeater’s Crown Jewel gin two week’s ago, when the Queen was celebrating her 90th birthday. Everything that day came glossed with some tenuous royal glitter, and this gin would’ve slotted right in.

To be fair, […]

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It has been a while since I did a gin tasting. I’d like to claim this is down to me embracing a more sober, healthy lifestyle. One that sees me knocking back the soda water, choosing early nights, morning workouts and coconut oil. But it isn’t. It’s because no one has sent […]

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A office Christmas party without alcohol is basically an after hours meeting. One without an agenda, obvious end time or biscuits. It’s a prospect too horrible to consider. So when our department do hoved into view, I made sure to kick start it with some miracle gin.

“Miracle gin?” you ask, possibly unable to comprehend how much […]

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Very clearly a breakfast drink

I’ll begin this post with a disclaimer: I know Emma Stokes, aka GinMonkey, the author of The Periodic Table of COCKTAILS. We have drunk more than a little gin together, so the chances of this review being unbiased are very […]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for gin

It’s summer, which means parties, picnics, barbecues and sitting on the pavement outside the pub, drinking pints and feeling very continental. If Christmas is the height of winter drinking, then summer is when we put on our booze bikinis […]

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Backlit barman descends from on high with gin. Good

When I started this blog in 2009 I thought I’d have reviewed all the gins within a year and could then move on to the important job of reviewing crumpets. Lovely, buttery crumpets. But 7 years have passed and I am […]

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