Tasting Gin | Beefeater Crown Jewel

We were lucky to be invited to a housewarming party over the weekend. The host is a passionate spirits enthusiast. He has custom built shelves with down lights to house his collection. He even brews his own bitters. My first gin sample of the evening was St George’s Terrier gin. I’m not going to write […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Begin Gin

I was in Canberra over the weekend for a birthday party. Rooftop. 2pm. 38 degrees. Gin and tonic weather. We were staying right in the CBD so I expected easy access to a good liquor store, but no. The only option was a supermarket with a liquor section. All the spirits were locked behind glass, […] Read more…

A love letter of sorts to Bombay Sapphire

Dear Bombay Sapphire, You were the first good gin I met. Sure, I’d pilfered Vickers from Mum’s dusty liquor cabinet and survived a few years of Gordon’s and postmix in sticky uni bars, but you were my first real gin. And oh how I loved you! My grandmother introduced you to me. I can’t remember […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | G’Vine Floraison

I’m in Melbourne for Christmas and popped into Acland Cellars for a scout around their interesting range of imported spirits. (We’d had dinner at Blue Corn Mexican around the corner first, highly recommended!). They had a reasonable collection of uncommon gins, 47 Pink, both Martin Millers, Bulldog, as well as the usuals. I’ve had my […] Read more…

Aviation Gin Closet Flair Competition

I’m loving this video of the Aviation Gin Closet Flair competition. Particularly pleased to see two women in the competition, it’s rare to see women in the mix in bar comps for some reason. But what I really want to know is, after all that showing off, did the cocktails taste any good? Read more…

Tasting Gin | Beefeater

I bought a bottle of Beefeater. I’ve always been suspicious of Beefeater. For a start I don’t eat beef. Yes, I know that’s not what it means, but it’s so inelegant it always struck me as the wrong name for a gin. Anyway, I was lulled into a false sense of security after enjoying a […] Read more…

Making Gin | Gin styles

In a previous post I went through what goes in gin, but each style is made in a different way. The most basic style is compound gin, which is made by adding natural or artificial oils and flavours from juniper and botanicals to neutral spirit. This style is generally frowned about by serious gin drinkers, however […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Tanqueray

I’ve noticed a rather prominent outdoor campaign across the bus shelters of Sydney for Tanqueray recently. I think they missed a trick promoting their regular gin, which is a solid mid-priced offering, rather than the premium Tanqueray Ten (or Tanq 10 as the cool kids say). I would have thought the trickle down from promoting […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Aviation

Some of the best gin going around in Sydney is being served at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, the new bar at Sydney Theatre Company. The old Wharf Restaurant has been repositioned more appropriately at the front of Wharf Two while the end of Wharf Three/Four has been gorgeously redesigned by the […] Read more…

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