London Dry Gin


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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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.

To find out more about their fantastic range of spirits take a look at
their website: –

https://www.yorkshiredalesdistillery.com 

 

 

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Dessert Ram London Dry Gin

Purple Ram London Dry GinWild Ram London Dry Gin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

Available from Czerwiks at: –

https://czerwik.co.uk/product/crafty-fox

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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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https://www.rarebirddistillery.co.uk

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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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Tasting Kokoro Gin (Episode 135)

In this episode, we taste a London Dry Gin with a hint of a Japanese herb in the taste.

On the nose this it has a peppery smell on top of the juniper smell.

When drinking this gin neat John L couldn’t make his mind up whether he likes this Gin neat or not. John M however really liked it. Even neat the gin was very refreshing.

With Tonic Water added John L immediately smelt a smell that reminded of when a new children’s plastic swimming pool/paddling pool that has just been blown up.

The Tonic Water really brought out the taste of the Gin improving the taste significantly.

 

 

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Hortus Gin (Episode 130)

In this episode, we taste Hortus Gin available from Lidl.

Tasted neat it had an earthy taste with a mint aftertaste.

With a great hint of the aroma from a plastic swimming pool!

When you add tonic the taste is greatly embellished and significantly improved. The burn is gone, it is sweeter and a much more complex taste – fantastic value at £14.99

 

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Divine Raspberry Gin Cocktail (Episode 127 Part 7)

In the last part of this video, we taste a cocktail prepared by Ray, the distiller at Divine Gin, based on his Divine Raspberry Gin.

Crush a couple of Raspberries into a glass
50ml of Divine Raspberry Gin
Squeeze the juice of two lemons into the glass
Add a sprig of mint
Add some lemonade

So simple and such a great cocktail!

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