Gin & Tonic


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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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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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.

 

 

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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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Jacqsons Star Anise & Chilli Gin (Episode 118 Part 1)

We are back interviewing Jacqueline Dumigan from Jacqson Gins.

This time we are interviewing Jacqueline at Mallinsons Brewing Company with whom she has helped create their own Gin – Citra which we review in Part 2 of this episode.

In this part of the episode, however, we taste another fantastic gin from the Jacqson stable their Star anise and chilli gin.

What a fantastic flavour it produces too!

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Williams Gin Tasting (Episode 54 Part 3)

Now for the real thing a good measure of Williams Gin neat, apart from a little ice of course.

Yet another tasting experience from that experienced in Part one and two.

This is Gin one can enjoy dutch style – cold and neat!

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Introduction to Gin Tasting (Episode 54 Introduction)

In this Episode, we take a break from tasting wine and clear the palette with some Gin Tasting.

We compare the same Gin with two different Tonics to discover how much effect a Tonic can have on the taste of the Gin.

We also taste the Gin neat to help us evaluate the effect of each Tonic.

Back to wine tasting next Episode, but if you would like us to add some more Gin tastings into the “mix” let us know!

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