World Tour

From April to August theGin.blog is going on a tour… a world tour…with gin!

So, you want to keep up to date with all our going on? Just keep checking this section of the blog where we shall be posting things we have seen relating to gin and posting reviews of gins we have tried and distillery’s we have visited!

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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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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