Has Anyone Seen Juniper? How Flavoured Gin Is Ruining the Gin Industry

Did you know that gin starts life as vodka? Vodka is the base spirit, but once you add juniper the spirit begins its journey to gin. You can add further botanicals to create different types of gin, but juniper must remain the ever present, key botanical. Over the recent years gin market has become crowded, […]

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The Best Scottish Gins by Women in the Gin Biz

The Scottish gin category is growing so fast it is hard to keep up! Scotland’s gin-producing areas can be separated into six different regions, and between them they boast over 70 distilleries and hundreds of different gins. It’s impossible to sample them all, so I decided to ask some of my fellow gin enthusiasts for […]

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In Search of the Best Negroni in Florence

100 Years of Negroni Love Get your party hats on, it’s Negroni’s birthday year! To celebrate 100 years of my favourite cocktail I have gone around Florence in search of the best Negroni in town. (I know, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!) There is a bit of a squabble around […]

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A Florence Day Trip for Gin Lovers

Tuscany is a wine lover’s dream, but these days it will also satisfy many gin enthusiasts. Hidden amongst the rolling hills of Tuscany, just outside Florence, is a small gin distillery with spectacular views. If you are looking for something different to do during your trip to Florence, I recommend hiring a car and heading […]

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The Gin Regions of Scotland

Did you know that 70% of the gin made in the UK is actually made in Scotland? Scotland’s gin-producing areas can be separated into six different regions, and I thought I’d take a look to see if it is possible to identify what distinguishes each one. Between them they boast over 70 distilleries and hundreds […]

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Let the Love BeGIN with Pinkster Gin

Pink gins have become crazy popular, made with a variety of ingredients from berries to cherry blossom. Pinkster Gin, however, was one of the first pink gins to lead the way. Their premium British pink gin is made with carefully selected juicy raspberries from the outskirts of Cambridge. What is pink gin? Originally, the slight […]

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Delicious Pink Gins to Brighten Your Winter

Beyla raspberry and honey gin

Pink gins have become ever so popular, and they aren’t just for the summer any more, but for all-year-round enjoyment. They are made with a variety of ingredients, from sweeter berries to juicy citrus to delicate florals. Some brands have based their recipe on the traditional pink gin, which was created with angostura bitters. I […]

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Irish Gins – Unique Botanicals and Coastal Flavours

Irish gins might have been overshadowed by Scottish and English gins, but the Irish do have their fair share of juniper spirits available. Ireland had only four gin distilleries four years ago, but today the number has increased to 18, with a further 16 already planned. Overall, there are more than 30 gin brands available […]

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Time Out for Gin?

Recently, a friend asked me what is going on with gins, as the last few ‘gins’ she tried were very disappointing. To be honest, I realised I’ve not been too keen on some of the recent gins either and find the endless new versions a bit, well… meh. Since the opening of the Sipsmith Distillery […]

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