Author Archives : Tom

Fruits for Drinks Freeze-dried Garnish


Okay, so we all know garnish is important… it adds to the drink, enhancing the flavour and your drinking experience. We also know that fresh is best. Hands down, fresh beats dehydrated anytime in my opinion, but this is when the dilemma arises for some home drinkers – keeping your garnish fresh. Cut up an orange or a lemon for…

Views from the Still – Opening a Micro-Distillery in Brazil.


Let me preface this with my excuses I am going through what is probably a mid-life crisis, where giving up my steady job as an Executive for a global technology company, and ‘getting into Gin’ seems like a good idea. Brazil, being quite a few years behind the UK in the Gin Market, still has 3 or maybe 4 years…

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Bashall Spirits – London Dry Gin Review


Inspired by Family Based in the idyllic village of Bashall Eaves, in Lancashire, Bashall Spirts brings flavours from the past to life. The McNeills, who run Bashall Spirits, have taken inspiration from the past, and their long-cherished family recipe books, to create 4 unique gins. With a London dry at the heart of their range, the other three a little…

Tarsier Southeast Asian Spirit


Rekindling fond memories I backpacked around South East Asia almost a lifetime ago in 1992.  It’s a truly special area of the world, especially for foodies; and drinkies of course.   Many times, I have tried to rekindle my senses with evenings of Asian food and incense – playing chilled eastern vibes.  However, Tarsier Spirit’s South-East Asian Dry Gin had a…

Treble medal haul for Orkney Distilling at World Gin Awards


TREBLE MEDAL HAUL FOR ORKNEY DISTILLING AT WORLD GIN AWARDS  Orkney Distilling is celebrating after taking home an impressive three medals from this year’s World Gin Awards. The distillery’s signature spirit, Kirkjuvagr, won Silver in the London Dry Gin category of the event for Scotland, with the company’s Aurora securing another Silver in the Contemporary Style Gin class, again for Scotland. …

Views from the Still – Pernod Ricard increases its stake in Brazil


In October of this year, Pernod Ricard quietly acquired a stake in Brazilian Gin Distiller ‘Amazzoni’. This amounted to a ‘double-digit’ stake in the Brazilian company, according to representatives of Pernod Ricard. For those not familiar with Pernod Ricard, they one of the three largest drinks producers globally, and owner of Beefeater Gin, Absolut Vodka, Chivas Regal and other well…

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…