English Gin


Cumberland Saucy Gin (Episode 182)

We taste the Cumberland Saucy Gin.

The gin is a full-on gin which bites back with alcohol burn even though on the nose there was no suggestion of how strong it would taste.

However, after a few sips, the effect dies down enabling you to enjoy the taste more.

Although the gin has a very sweet smell that doesn’t come through when tasting.

We both enjoyed the gin more when the tonic was added, which seemed to allow the taste of the orange peel to shine through.

 

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Locksley Distilling Dry Gins (Episode 161 – Part 2)

In this episode, we taste some more fantastic dry gins, this time from the Locksley Distilling Company, the Sir Robin of Locksley Gin and their VSOT – Navy Strength, Old Tom Gin.
The Sir Robin of Locksley Gin sits somewhere in between an Old Tom Gin and a Dry Gin in sweetness terms and very nice it is too.
The gin was deliciously smooth when drunk neat and makes a very refreshing G&T.
The VSOT, at 57.5% is a beast of a Gin but still manages to be fantastically smooth and full of exciting flavours. The VSOT was so delicious neat that we both thought we would not enjoy it as much with tonic, but we were both wrong! We both enjoyed the G&T version just as much, this really is one to try if you have not already.

 

 

 

 

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Divine Oak Aged Gin Cocktail (Episode 176 – Part 2)

In this short episode, we learn how to make a new cocktail based on a new gin just launched by The House of Divine.

This is a spectacular cocktail, created by Matt Stanley, that you can try with other gins if you can’t get hold of the very special Oak-aged Divine Special.

Pour 12.5 ml of Divine Raspberry Gin into a glass with ice.
Add 25ml of Divine Oak-aged Gin
Add 10ml of Red Vermouth
Add 4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Add 2 drops of Aromatic Bitters
Add 10 ml of Creme de Peche
Give it a nice long stir (15 to 20 seconds) in the glass
Cut a slice of orange rind off an orange.
Pop a cherry into a fresh cocktail glass
Strain your cocktail from the glass you prepared it into the cocktail glass
Express oils from orange peels over your cocktail glass
Discard the orange peel and serve your cocktail – enjoy!

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Divine Gin Special (Episode 176 – Part 1)

We had the privilege of tasting a very special limited edition of oak-aged gin from the House of Divine.

Only 50 bottles of this very limited special gin have just been created by the House of Divine Gin.

The gin has been left standing in a Laphroaig oak barrel to create a drink that some would argue was a gin whilst others a whiskey.

In fact, it sits in between these two classifications as a unique taste all of it’s own.

For anyone that likes something special, this is for them, very limited and very special!

If it should become available you should be able to find it on Divines website, (https://www.divinegin.com) but I am sure if Ray does release this wonderful unique creation they will be snapped up faster than you can say “gone”!

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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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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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Introduction to Divine Gin Episode (Episode 127)

We are really excited to share this episode with you as we revisit Divine Gine albeit in their new premises.

This first part we talk a little about divine’s journey since we last visited them.

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Tasting Beefeater Gin (Episode 110 Part 3)

In the last part of this episode, we taste Beefeater which has more awards worldwide than any other gin.

A slightly different mouthfeel to this gin than the two Gordon’s we have previously tried in this episode.

Perhaps not surprisingly, for such a successful gin, Beefeater Gin taste has a good deal of complexity.

The addition of tonic water, if everything, helps the flavours flourish

 

 

 

 

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Tasting Gordon’s Export Gin (Episode 110 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste the export version of Gordon’s Gin. the UK version of this Gin is 37.5% and this version is 43%. Not a massive a difference, but the taste is significantly different.

The taste when drunk neat was surprisingly complex and the nose was surprisingly different from the UK version.

A great Gin and well worth trying if you have not already!

 

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