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[31 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Evolution of Gin, at The Kenilworth

A little tweet caught my attention earlier this month, it was from Rob Wood (InRobWeTrust) and mentioned that I might be interested in a night about ‘The Evolution of Gin’. Lots of events and other bits get mentioned to me, though this was an event I thought to be good to attend. That’s partly down to Mark (The Cocktail Geek) who had mentioned that it was a shame that I hadn’t visited The Kenilworth, where Rob works. It’s a cocktail lounge, and boutique hotel located in Kenilworth, …

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[23 Jan 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
YAG Tasting #1 – Blind Gin Tasting Results

The first YetAnotherGin tasting took place over the weekend. An event that had been talked about for a while, but came together at rather short notice! A total of 20 people came to learn a bit about gin, and taste ten different gins.

We covered the history of gin, and a brief discussion of the different styles of gin that exist. A lot of people online were intrigued about what gins would be tasted on the day. Considering that most the people in attendance probably hadn’t tried …

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[18 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Edinburgh Gin

Buy Edinburgh Gin :Edinburgh Gin is produced by The Spencerfield Spirit Company, a company more familiar with the production of artisan Whisky than Gin.

Though in the summer of 2010, they released this new Gin and it’s not a leap into the unknown. After all Edinburgh has a long history of gin production, back in 1777 there were 8 licensed distilleries and its estimated that there may have been as many as 400 illegal stills in Edinburgh and the Port of Leith.

As gin rose to become the fashionable spirit the Edinburgh distillers, like their London counterparts, produced gin from locally sourced ingredients.

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[15 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Do you like Gin, or perhaps want to learn more about it. Can’t tell the difference between a Plymouth and a London Dry, never heard of a Genever? This may be for you.
A very small scale tasting of 10 different gins, if you think you hate Bombay and love Tanqueray this event may open up your tastebuds to the options out there. The event will include lesser known gins, to the goliaths of the gin world, and you will get to taste them all.
This is a fun tasting, and I’d …

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[15 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Selfridges Rum Experience 2011

Whilst Selfridges might not always be the cheapest place to buy rum online, or offline (or your other spirits from!), they are good at hosting events and tastings and in the next two weeks across the Birmingham, Manchester and London stores there are a host of great tastings on offer.
The events are starting off in the regions first, and then the brands are heading down to London which has the widest selection and some brands that do not make an appearance elsewhere.
I’d love to taste Elements Eight, El dorado and …

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[12 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Absinthe, learning to appreciate and respect it

Absinthe, is one of those spirits that people will likely put into the ‘Tequila’ category. That being something they’ve not treated ‘properly’, and likely by having a shot or just never appreciated it like it was meant to be.
For me I think the first experience of Absinthe was in Prague, back in 2007, I only remember it well due to the fact it wasn’t enjoyable. ┬áDon’t do what I did, and head out midweek into Prague and go to ‘Bombay’ where you and some colleagues have a shot of …

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[6 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Dan Priseman at The Jubjub, Callooh Callay

It’s well known that I love Callooh Callay, even if there’s not a review of it on here (I really should sort that out!). What I love though, is the fact there is a quirky little bar hidden away, The Jubjub. This weekend Dan Priseman, writer of Bitters & Twisted; Four Roses guru, has a session behind the bar.
He’s not only focussing on Four Roses Bourbon though, Cognac, Port, Tequila, and Gin all make an appearance too. As ever there’s not much space in The Jubjub, so …