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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In this blog post, I’m mostly demonstrating how terrible I am at icing. Just look at this cake. The top slopes like a patched roof, all buckled and drooping. The frosting is smeared and mottled. I could claim that the speckles are vanilla seeds from posh white chocolate, but we all know I used Continue Reading

Do you remember what life was like before Aperol Spritzes? No, me either. Even my parents have a bottle of Aperol in the fridge now. There’s no escape. As soon as the sun crests the clouds and the air is warm enough to allow cardigans to slip […]

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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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