Tasting Gin

Tasting Gin | The West Winds Sabre

The West Winds Sabre was one of the first Australian gins I tried, and it was love at first bite. It’s not surprising it was my first Australian gin, it was one of the very earliest of the high quality gins to be made in Australian. But it used to be hard to find and I […] Read more…

What’s your favourite gin?

When you tell someone you write about gin they ask you one questions more than any other. ‘So, what’s your favourite gin?’ To which I usually reply ‘Which is your favourite child?’. It’s a glib and slightly cruel response, I should probably stop. It is a really hard question to answer. It depends on so […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Bummer and Lazarus Gin

Liquor importation is a tricky and expensive thing. There are a great many wonderful gins that can’t be bought here. There are many, many reasons that I am enormously lucky to have my Gentleman Gin Drinker, one of them are his regular international work trips, and his great generosity in devoting his liquor allowance to […] Read more…

Making Gin | Bass & Flinders Gin Masterclass

Over 120 people have made their own gin the Melbourne in the past six months. Don’t worry, there hasn’t been an outbreak of rampant bootlegging and no one will be dying of methanol poisoning; this is how many people who have taken one of Bass and Flinders Distillery Gin Masterclasses so far. We trotted along on […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Blackwoods Dry Vintage Gin 60%

So I stocked up on gins when I was in London last year. The problem is I get really attached to bottles of gin bought overseas, so attached that I don’t want to open them, let alone drink them. I keep them in my gin cupboard, an oak cupboard that belonged to my great great […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Four Pillars Gin

Last week I was delighted to get an early taste of Four Pillars Gin at soft launch at Kitchen by Mike. I could tell you about the party, the food,  the delicious cocktails from Trolley’d, the costumes! But I suspect what you really want to know is: how’s the gin?! Well the gin is good. […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Martin Miller’s Gin

‘But hang on!’ the most observant of you say. ‘You already reviewed Martin Miller’s Gin!’ That’s true, but I reviewed the Westbourne Strength, which clocks in at 45.8% ABV, this is the regular strength at 40% ABV. From my extensive research (reading their website…) I have gathered that the two versions are made in much […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength

If money was no object and you just wanted to make the most wonderful gin possible, what would you do? This was the starting point for Martin Miller’s Gin. And it’s not a bad starting point, if money is no object. Martin Miller the man came to prominence publishing an etiquette guide called Success with […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | City of London Distillery

Firstly, a confession. Somewhere between my aunt’s house in London and my house in Sydney, my notebook with all my gin notes from my trip to Europe went missing. Hence it’s been months and I still haven’t written up my gin tastings. I’ve finally accepted that the notes are gone for good and I’m going […] Read more…

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