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Harewood Greystones Gin (Episode 165 – Part 1)

In this episode, we taste another craft gin, this time a gin that has the majority of it’s botanicals taken from it very old and historic wall garden. The walled garden is part of the Harewood House stately home estate. Harewood House is one of the Treasure Houses of England.

To celebrate the wonderful produce from in and around the estate which has been produced for hundreds of years, the Harewood Food and Drink Project has been set up. This has resulted in, as well as many other wonderful products, the creation of Harewood Food & Drink Project’s Greystone Gin.

We were lucky enough to get Eddy, the Food and Drink Project Director to tell us all about the history of Harewood House and the creation of the Food and Drink project and this wonderful Gin.

 

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Whittaker’s Gin (Episode 163 Part 1)

We visit Whitakers Distillery in the beautiful rural countryside of North Yorkshire.

We discuss how they started their distilling journey some four years ago.

From the experiments in the kitchen through to getting a significant Rural Development grant to build their own custom made distillery, complete with it’s own neutral spirit distilling plant making it one, of only 12, distilling plants in the UK that can produce it’s own neutral spirit

We then taste some of the fantastic gins they produce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more about Toby and Jane’s wonderful gin take a look at their web site by following this link: – https://www.whittakersgin.com

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Watertons Distillery Interview with Dave Owens (Episode 159 Part 1)

In this episode, we talk to Dave Owens the distiller at Watertons Distillery based near Wakefield in West Yorkshire.

Dave tell us about Charles Waterton a pioneer in conservationist – the 18th Century’s David Bellamy, who even Charles Darwin took inspiration from! Given that Charles Waterton was one of the most famous historical figures in the area and Dave’s admiration for the pioneering conservationist he decided to name his Gin after this great historical figure.

Dave explains how he developed Waterton’s four gins in their portfolio and we taste each of them as Dave explains the flavour profile in each of the gins.

These gins are: –

Classic Dry

Dandelion

Yorkshire Rhubarb

Rose & Raspberry

What a great guys and what wonderful gin.

 

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https://watertonsreserve.com

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Addingham Fruit Liqueurs (Episode 156)

 

A lovely lady called Fiona Mann kindly sent us 4 of her lovely gin-based liqueurs.

All the fruits used in the production of these wonderful liqueurs are grown in the Yorkshire Dales, where Fiona’s distillery is based. Unfortunately, Fiona suffered a spinal stroke a few summers ago and producing these wonderful liqueurs has enabled her to give up her day job, which given her mobility was proving to be difficult, to solely concentrate on bringing these fantastic products to market.

The first gin-based liqueur we taste is a Rhubarb liqueur, which John M is slightly apprehensive about as he does not particularly like the taste of Rhubarb. However, on tasting John is very surprised to learn that he loves this liqueur!

The second liqueur is a Damson liqueur, and once again this another flavour that John normally does not enjoy, but when tasting this liqueur he really likes this liqueur. With tonic added he enjoys it as a long drink but would prefer to drink this particular liqueur neat!

Next, we try the Blackberry liqueur, which is Fiona’s personal preference. This liqueur has a little “tartness” to it with a sweet after taste. We tried this liqueur with tonic to stay consistent with the previous samples, but after tasting felt it would probably be better mixed with lemonade.

Finally, the last liqueur which is a blackcurrant liqueur, is full on, on the nose. A really powerful and fantastic bouquet. Again we paired this with tonic, but after tasting the mix we believe it could be better mixed with lemonade.

 

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Yorkshire Dales Distillery (Episode 150)

This episode is about not one, but three fantastic Gins, all of which have shot into John L’s top 10. (It used to be top 5, but it seemed too difficult with the introduction of these three gins to determine the top 5!)

We discuss with Tony how he and his wife, Sarah, got into gin, what drove him to start his fantastic distillery and his goal of creating world-class spirit and providing employment for veterans, young people and ex-cons.

During the interview, Tony takes me through a tasting experience and then at the end of the interview I hot foot it back to the Cellar for John M to taste and give his opinion!

Let us know what you think of the interview and if you get to try the gin what you think of it.

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their website: –

https://www.yorkshiredalesdistillery.com 

 

 

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King Billy Gin (Episode 148)

In this episode, we taste some gin distilled in Hull, East Yorkshire.

Named after the famous English King William III or William of Orange as he was also known.

John M prefered the gin neat whilst John L preferred it with tonic.

We taste it neat, with a light tonic and a ginger ale which is recommended by the distiller.

The ginger ale sweetened the gin considerably, and the ginger really added to the peppery taste and for those with a sweeter tooth this would probably be ideal, however for John L with normal tonic was best and for John M neat west was best!

The point is that this gin is really flexible depending on the tonic you use and you will, with the right choice of tonic, find this gin will be ideal for you!

 

 

King Billy Small

 

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Crafty Fox Gin (Episode146)

In this episode, we taste a gin that has only just been launched! It is distilled in a village that has been made famous as the village where the current Dr Who was brought up!

Produced by a young couple the gin is distilled with a lot of love and passion.

The taste is very unique and delicious, nice peppery taste with citrus overtones.

With the tonic added the sweet taste still came through. This gin makes a top class Gin and Tonic.

 

 

Crafty Fox Front 1

 

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Rare Bird London Dry Gin (Episode 144 – Part 1)

We interview Matt the proprietor and distiller at Rare Bird Distillery about how he started the distillery.

The first part of the interview takes place in Matt’s Gin School and the second part where we taste Matt’s London’s Dry Gin in the distillery area in front of the copper still.

What a fantastic gin – you really need to try this one!

 

 

Rare Bird Gin Front

 

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Rare Bird Gin + Rhuburb & Ginger Gin (Episode 144 – Part 2)

Having just returned from tasting this wonderful gin with Matt the distiller ( https://youtu.be/eCdogUQFClA ) I return to the cellar to see what John thinks of it.

John is equally as impressed. Even though the gin is 42% ABV it has none of that burn and is incredibly smooth.

The gin has a power of flavour but the alcohol does not bite!

A great length to the gin with a floral after taste and a great overall complex taste.

When adding tonic John M felt he would enjoy it too much!

The London Gin moved into our top 5 gins.

The Rhubarb Gin while also at 42% ABV is incredibly smooth, once the tonic is added the full flavour of the Rhubarb is released.

 

 

Rare Bird Rhubaeb Ginger Gin 144 medium

 

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M & S Christmas Gin (Episode 141)

In this episode, we taste another gin, this time from Marks and Spencers.
The gin is a seasonal gin as it’s name – Christmas Dry Gin – suggests.
Having a sniff of the gin neat, the gin smells of cinnamon to John M, although John L couldn’t get the cinnamon.
In the mouth, the alcohol seemed to mask any of the finer points of the gin’s taste.
With the tonic added the taste of the gin seemed a lot sweeter, fruitier, softer and the burn had disappeared, The tonic has allowed the citrus flavours to develop.

 

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