Gins for World Gin Day
Saturday 15 June may seem like just another Saturday. That’s where you’d be wrong. It is in fact, World Gin Day! We’re huge fans of this clear delicious spirit, that is shaking off its bad reputation from the olden times and becoming more and more popular – especially amongst the young cool folk. Check out these gins for a twist on the standard Gordon’s, Tanqueray or even Bombay Sapphire.
From Down Under
The West Winds
The West Winds is an Australian gin hand crafted out west in Western Australia. Uniquely Australian, The West Winds have deliberately created two gins that are very different using Australian botanicals and ingredients including bush tomato and wattle seed. The guys managed to take out the Gold and Double Gold medals at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition in their first attempt, so all pretty impressive stuff. With two gins in the range – The ‘missionary position’ Sabre and the more aggressive Cutlass, this is definitely one to check out.
Moore’s Vintage Dry Gin
Moore’s Vintage Dry Gin is named after the founder and Distiller of Distillery Botanica, Philip Moore. Moore, previously established himself as one of Australia’s premier herb growers, and with over 20 years experience has an extensive botanical knowledge which has led to what goes into the gin today. According to Moore, over 250 blends were trialed before the final product. Ignore the labelling, this is something that’s much better than the price or marketing portrays.
From the Motherland
Originally made on a speedboat, Butler’s Gin is made by infusing the botanicals, much like steeping tea. This process leaves the gin with a slight yellow-green tinge, before the stuff is hand bottled and labelled. Serve with a cucumber garnish and enjoy something truly… erm boat made!
Bulldog London Dry Gin
Named after ‘The Bulldog’ himself, Winston Churchill, Bulldog gin is handcrafted at an English distillery and makes use of the finest ingredients Mother England has to offer. The spirit is quadruple distilled from Norfolk wheat, with pure Welsh water. Flavours are then developed with the use of 12 botanicals from around the globe. Sold in a funky dark bottle, this is one that will catch the attention of guests.
Dodd’s Gin is the first product from The London Distillery Company. Paying homage to Ralph Dodd, Dodd’s is distilled using organic botanicals including juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, bay laurel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf and London honey. What’s great about Dodd’s, apart from what is probably a great drink, is the story behind it. From its roots, but also to present day where the company has a strong environmental focus with measures to recover heat from the stills to use elsewhere. The guys also strive for a low carbon footprint by sourcing ingredients locally where possibly and encouraging the use of spent grain for bread. Even solar panels are present in an aim to power the distillery using only hydrocarbon-alternative energy by 2015.
Langley’s No. 8
For the sophisticated male, and with a touch of mystery, Langley’s have set out with a different agenda from a lot of the boutique gins out there. With 8 ‘secret’ botanicals, all we really know is that Langley’s No. 8 is an English style gin for the aficionado. Intrigued? So are we…
Evoking thoughts of druids, mystery, castles and dragons, Caorunn is a small batch, triple distilled grain spirit gin in a funky modern druid style bottle. Along with six ‘regular’ botanicals of juniper, coriander seed, orange and lemon peel, cassia bark and angelica root, Caorunn also incorporates five uniquely Celtic ingredients, including the rowan berry - long used in traditional Celtic medicines and recipes. Interestingly, Caorunn recommend serving the gin with a slice or two of red apple and tonic.
Make Your Own
The only way to ensure its done right, is to do it yourself right? Well if you’re on that track, check out this home kit to start going DIY. We take no responsibility for what happens after that though…