Author Archives : Tom

Adelaide gin series – Kangaroo Island Sprits


The origins of KIS It all started back in 2002 when Jon & Sarah Lark got married and decided to establish Australia’s first dedicated gin distillery. Their aim…to do things properly, in the traditional way. Their quest for inspiration took them all the way to Sipsmith in London & from that visit Jon & Sarah gained the confidence to follow…

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Adelaide Scene


A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of spending two days in the Adelaide area. Of course we were going to look at the gin offering there but what we found was much better then we anticipated.  The Gin Scene The gin scene in South Australia is strong. From local heroes like Kangaroo Spirits who’ve been creating spirits in…

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Cardrona Distillery, New Zealand


Nestled within the picturesque snow-capped mountains of the Cardrona valley you will find The Cardrona Distillery and Museum – the vision of Desiree Whitaker. A former dairy farmer, Desiree sold her farm in May 2013 to pursue her love for craft spirits. Initially, the focus for the distillery was to create a whisky that was unique to New Zealand, but luckily…

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Distillery 209,San Francisco


When we decided to visit San Francisco we knew a visit to the only distillery in the world that is situated completely over water was a must! That distillery is Distillery No. 209 Situated on pier 50 in San Francisco. We were lucky enough to be taken around the distillery by head distiller Arne who gave us an excellent tour of…

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Old Harbor Gin


Situated in a nondescript warehouse in East Village San Diego, Old Harbor Distillery is breaking the mould. In a city where craft beer is king, they decided to make spirits. They make three delicious spirits in total – gin, navy strength rum and a cold press coffee liquor.   The guys behind old Habor, Michael Skubic and Ricky Warner, where kind enough…

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The hunt for tonic…


What do Americans put with their gin…? Sounds like the start to a bad joke! We’ve been in the US for almost 4 weeks now and still struggling to find any decent tonic! At the bars it mostly comes out of soda guns and it doesn’t taste good! Very bitter…. After talking with head distiller Arne at Distillery209 he suggested…

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Do you nose your gin?


Do you nose your gin….? Well, the guys at Persie gin think its a must! Persie gin is the brainchild of Simon Fairclough, who back in 2014 started running gin tasting groups. He toured through Scotland, and other parts of the UK, teaming up with distillers, pubs, hotels and restaurants. His mission? To help thousands of gin-lovers in their quest…

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Atelier Vie – New Orleans Spirit


What can you do on a rainy day in NOLA? Visit Atelier Vie distillery that’s what! Atelier Vie Today saw us visit our first distillery on our world trip – Atelier Vie in New Orleans. Situated in Art Egg studios in the MidCity district of New Orleans, Jedd Haas has been distilling spirits for the last 7 years creating two…

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Gin spotting in the US


We always like a bit of gin spotting and so it was high on our list of priorities while visiting US supermarkets! While gin isn’t massive in the US, it’s still considered niche, there are some interesting ones on sale in the supermarkets. Big Gin This gin is from Washington and is barrel aged in bourbon barrels. Tasting notes from…

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What we learnt in NOLA…


So while in New Orleans as well as visiting Atilier Vie (more of that later) we did a lot of looking around and learning about NOLA customs and history. On one of the days we went on a tour around the French Quarter that focused on the VooDoo religion and it’s links to NOLA, and guess what? Juniper is quite…

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