Author Archives : Tom

Views from the Still – Gin in Brazil


 I have always loved Gin I grew up in the South of England in a time when Aunt Ethel and Dot Cotton sipped their G&T from wine glasses in the Queen Vic, and Gordon’s and Beefeater were the only brands that people really knew. At home, my brothers and I would pick sloes from the hedgerows for our parents to…

Half Hitch gin Review


Camden Gin History With names like juniper crescent,  gin ally and Gilbey’s yard, it’s no wonder that Camden played a massive part in gin history. Most visitors don’t realise that back in the mid 19th century, Camden lock was at the heart of London’s gin Distilling and warehousing scene with its footprint stretching 20 acres from the Lock to the…

Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin – Cape Byron Distillery


As some may already know, last year we traveled around the world visiting different distilleries. In total, we visited 10 distillers across 3 countries. Each distillery we visited was amazing, but there was one that stood out above the rest… and guess what?! You can now get it in the UK! Cape Byron Distillery Situated on the East coast of…

Panda Organic Gin Review


Think Panda. Drink Panda. Be Panda I like pandas… I will even go as far as to tell you that my oldest possession is a small panda teddy that I affectionately call “Baby”! So when I was asked to review Panda Organic Gin I jumped at the chance! Made in Belgium Panda gin is distilled and bottled in Belgium, using…

Cwtch Gin – a Hug in a glass


A hug in a glass Well, what can I say I’m a virgin to Welsh Gin, probably the only country I haven’t tried as I’m no virgin to Gin. On first hearing the name I thought someone had an issue with their keyboard and hit W instead of A but alas it is a Welch word for cuddle or hug…

City Wall Gin – The Newcastle Gin Co.


City Wall Gin The Newcastle Distillery’s City Wall Gin initially appeared on my radar when Lidl ran its debut British Gin Festival at the end of last year. Although intrigued, it’s only recently that I have sampled this dry gin. What does it taste like? At 40%, the light floral gin from Newcastle’s first commercial distillery is an easy drink.…

Club Botanical – A gin subscription with a difference


I have a confession to make… I am awful at garnishes. I never have any in, and if I do I always forget and just get on with the drinking! Now I know you are probably all shocked, I myself have spent ages going on about the importance of garnishes and have event sent drinks back when they are garnished…

Nicholson Gin


Nicholson Gin – A quick history lesson The history of Nicholson gin can be traced back to 1736 when production started in Clerkenwell. From 1808 they were known as J&W Nicholson & Co and went on to become one of the great spirit producers of Victorian England. In the 1920s and 1930s, Nicholson Gin was heralded as an essential ingredient…

Springmount Gin – Small Batch, Handcrafted Scottish Spirits


Springmount Gin is a small-batched, Handcrafted gin created by Joe and Emma and distilled in Scotland.  After spending many years drinking gin and dreaming about making their own they decided in September 2018 to take the plunge and create their own gin.  Joe and Emma wanted to create a gin recipe themselves, from scratch, knowing exactly what each and every…

Bristol, Burgers and Gin – Bristol Distilling Co.


Burgers, Gin, and Bristol What does a Burger joint and gin have in common?? Jake Black, that’s who! The mastermind behind the Bristol Burger joint Chomp, Jake and his colleague from the restaurant, Emily Astley-Cooper, have relaunched the Bristol Distilling Co. with the mind to create a thoroughly modern British spirit! The Bristol Distilling Co. The first incarnation of the…