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Gin Cocktails | Project Botanicals by Bombay Sapphire

As spirits become more and more popular I’m seeing more interest in pairing spirits with food. Cocktails are fighting their way free of cocktail hour and working their way into dinner. Though it’s not entirely new, apparently Julia Child used to say that nothing paired better with fish than a reverse martini (more vermouth than […] Read more…

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…

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Gin Cocktails | Bee’s Knees

All this week we are counting down to World Gin Day on Saturday 14 June with Six Classic Gin Cocktails. It’s wintery and rainy here in Sydney, so I’m starting with a warming, citrus and honey infused delight. The Bee’s Knees is a prohibition era cocktail. As with many cocktails from this era and earlier, […] Read more…

Gin Cocktails | Lady Patricia Mother’s Day cocktail

I inadvertently got my start in understanding gin from my mother. She’s a herbalist so I learnt about herbs and flowers and flavours from as early as I can remember. I taste the difference between echinacea angustifolia and echinacea purpurea from ten paces, but I also learned about things like liquorice root and angelica and […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Willliam Chase Gin

William Chase Gin is a gin I desperately wanted to love. William Chase is the only gin in England made from a neutral spirit made by the distillery; all other distilleries buy in their neutral spirit. Most gins are made with a grain based neutral spirit, William Chase make their spirits from cider apples. So […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Stone Pine dry gin

A dear friend of mine has been touring the country in various plays for quite some years now, and in doing so discovered the Stone Pine Distillery in Bathurst. He’d been telling me about this wonderful gin for a year or so before he was back in the region and had the chance to pick […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Beefeater 24

After tasting the Crown Jewel we wanted to try the replacement, Beefeater 24. Of course our gracious host had a bottle on hand. THE PROCESS Beefeater 24 is infused for, wait for it, 24 hours, then distilled for seven hours. The website describes that the cut for Beefeater 24 is taken in the middle of […] Read more…

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…

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…

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