Welcome to the first round up of my GINVENT event. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (which you should… Both platforms are excellent) then you know I’ve been posting a fresh G&T combo up every day and will continue to do so until Christmas Day.
Every few days I’ll post a super duper new blog article discussing the combos in a wee bit more detail than the 160 characters Twitter allows and a bit of background on the gins themselves… I’ll save the tonics for a tonic specific post later on… So without further adieu (thanks spellcheck)…
01/12/2018 – WARNER EDWARDS (Twitter- @warner_edwards) HONEY BEE GIN AND LAMB & WATT BASIL TONIC (Twitter – @lambandwatt)
The gin hails from a family farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire, UK. The Warner Edwards team imported the first Holstein copper still to the UK and utilised botanicals from their own garden to produce the ridiculously good gins they create. The gold medal winning distiller decided to aid the troubled bees. Using honey from local beehives and 28 botanicals they created the magic that is their Honey Bee gin… They also include a packet of bee-friendly wild flower seeds with every bottle which, I can completely confirm, are quality once they grow.
The gin itself has a lovely subtle sweetness to it from the added honey. The fact that the sweetness is so subtle allows for it to remain light and refreshing. I believe this is potentially due to the fact that alot of the botanicals added are, in fact, savoury ie corriander, sage, rosemary, liquorice, ginger, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon etc with a small amount of more citrusy stuff going in to further balance this out. I honestly have loved this gin from the first moment I tried it and have never not had it in my collection since.
I paired it with the Lamb and Watt basil tonic as it was a combo I had seen online and fancied having a shot as, it just so happened, I had picked up a couple of bottles of it recently and hadn’t really figured out what I wanted to do with them.
Together they formed a superb gin and tonic that I would highly recommend. It was well balanced, with a slight element of sweetness that was countered and complimented beautifully with this stunning tonic.
Garnished with lemon.
02/12/2018 – BOATYARD DOUBLE GIN (Twitter: @BoatyardDistill) AND MERCHANTS HEART (Twitter: @MerchantsHeart) LIGHT TONIC
Boatyard Distillery can be found tucked away in, you’ll be dazzled to hear, an old boat repair shop in Fermanagh, Ireland. Taking great pride in local botanicals and going down the, currently very popular, farm to table type route the guys and gals at Boatyard can track their ingredients back to the farm they came from.
The phrase Double Gin essentially means that the guys use additional juniper through the vapour column in the still (the wonderfully named Doc Brown). This causes the gin to take on EVEN MORE of a juniper flavour and the lack of a process called “chill filtering” means more juniper oil remains within the gin.
The gin itself has a very strong taste of juniper… Of course it does… but it also has this beautiful citrus edge to it.
The tonic is quite highly carbonated and, again, it has a lovely citrus taste about it.
Together they really go well and sing a wonderful citrus tune with a vibrant, clean freshness.
I changed the quantities here following advice and went with 35ml gin to 100ml tonic… Give it a try.
Garnished with grapefruit.
03/12/2018 – MARYLEBONE (Twitter: @marylebonegin) GIN AND FENTIMANS BOTANICAL TONIC WATER (Twitter: @FentimansLtd)
Marylebone gin is a classic London dry gin and is the first of this type that I ever tried.
Born out of a familial love of brewing and distilling Marylebone came together through a love of the Marylebone area, the fond memories it holds and a desire to not only create an amazing gin but also to establish itself as part of the local community.
Using the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens of the 17th and 18th centuries as inspiration for his botanicals Johnny Neill, the man behind the gin, went about creating his gin to replicate a one from that era both in its taste, strength and look. Diluted to a mighty 50.2% it’s silky smooth and stunningly beautiful both in its flavour and it’s aesthetic.
The bottle itself is based off of the Bristol Glassware from the 18th century and has pride of place on my gin cabinet… It’s one of those stunning bottles you retain long after the liquid has been enjoyed.
This was the second gin I got from the Craft Gin Club and it came immediately after the Honey Bee… I was nervous as I was still new to gin and didn’t have much (any… like zero) experience with London dry… I wasn’t sure about it… I tried it neat and I still wasn’t sure… I fired tonic in and there it was… My new love. This was the gin that showed me I seriously love this stuff. Another gin I have never been without… If you check my profile pic you can see an old bottle all lit up… It’s beautiful.
I read up on the botanicals in this gin and then looked for a great tonic out of the ones I had… I decided that the Fentimans Botanical Tonic sounded perfect… The list of ingredients perfectly matched the gin… So I went for it… These two together is something you need to try… Put it on your bucket list and just get on with it. I loved this. It was light, refreshing and delicious. Perfect for the summer… PERFECT. Sun, garden, BBQ… this G&T… Try it then thank me.
Garnished with grapefruit.
So that’s for this blog… I’m interested in your thoughts on this style of post… Too much info? Would you prefer less info and more gins in a single post (ie a post a day?), do you want a post every few days with several gins or do you like me trying to give you the background on the gin before giving you my thoughts on the G&T combo?
Please let me know as, although it’s technically my blog, its you guys that are reading it and I want it to basically be something to look forward to when you see a fresh post up.