October 28, 2016
Over the last couple of years there has been a massive resurgence in all things gin. The gin renaissance has come at a time where people are eager to take the extra step and learn more about the production of gin; how they are made, what botanicals are used and getting to know their own palates and understand what flavours they like rather than just focusing on the sole end product. Variety is the key too, I often get asked about new wines and gins, with many of my customers wanting to branch out, take recommendations and try something new.
In line with this revival, we have extended our gin range at Bon Coeur and we now have a range of artisan gins; each different in style, taste and in many cases production.
The Geeky Gin Facts
Gin starts life as a neutral base spirit which is flavoured with a variety of different botanicals which must include juniper. The neutral base is distilled in a pot-still, usually made from copper, with the chosen selection of botanicals. This is now ready to be called gin. However, many gin distillers don’t stop there, they choose to distill another two or three times in order to make a smoother, easier to drink, premium gin. Along with the initial choice of botanicals, it is these next steps that really help to set each gin apart to create their unique selling point.
As the gin and tonic trend becomes more and more popular, many people are stepping away from the usual gin and tonic garnished with a slice of lemon. Many people want to mix things up and try something new, there is a real focus on quality and overall taste which brings a whole variety of different tonics and garnishes to the table. We now stock Fever-Tree tonics in Cellar 21, so please do call in and see our selection when you are passing. Whatever your taste or gin preference is, there’s a tonic to match.
Hepple Gin is a project between Valentine Warner, Nick Strangeway, Cairbry Hill, Walter Riddell and master distiller Chris Garden. It uses an innovative three-level process for extracting botanical flavours. The heavier botanicals are distilled with the grain, the lighter botanicals are vacuum distilled, and juniper flavour is extracted using carbon dioxide. This bespoke distillation technique really makes the gin stand out from others and is well worth a try if you haven’t yet… For the perfect G&T, pour 50ml of Hepple gin, add 150ml of Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic and garnish with a slither of lemon peel.
In 1892, Sir Raleigh Holmes-Dunston developed a gin recipe which is now known as Steampunk Gin. Smooth on the palate, with juniper, cardamom and citrus melting together in perfect harmony, this gin was a sensation and still is today! For the perfect serve, pour a generous measure of Steampunk Gin, garnish with a couple of basil leaves (smacked between the palms to release the flavours) and top up with tonic.
Distilled in small batches to their own recipe, an award winning, premium gin. The fresh locally grown raspberries are hand-steeped at the Cambridge HQ. Pinkster Gin is deliciously dry, with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. Try with a dash of Fever-Tree Indian tonic and garnish with a raspberry and a sprig of mint, sip and enjoy.
Made from the finest botanicals and spices from around the world, Tiger Gin has a complex formula that gives a taste infusion that is both smooth and sweet. Hand crafted in Shropshire, England by artisan master distillers, using traditional methods in a copper pot with the best quality grain alcohol and pure English water coming together to make their outstanding gin which is presented in their unique bottles. Enjoy Tiger Gin over ice, with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water and a large slice of fresh un-waxed orange.
Handcrafted with great skill and care at the Whittaker family home in the heart of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Whittaker’s Gin use local botanicals in their artisan gin. Carefully selected, Bilberries, sweet Hawthorn berries, peaty and spicy Bog Myrtle and fresh Thyme as well as traditional Juniper berries are handcrafted to make the small batched gin which is lovingly bottled by hand. Jane Whittaker told us, “For the perfect G and T, serve with a sprinkling of juniper berries and a sprig of garden thyme.” So that is what we shall do…
As ever, it is all about personal preference, always use the ingredients you like in order to custom make your ‘ultimate gin and tonic’. Try new things; experiment with your garnishes, taste test different tonics with your favourite gins, and if you would like any more advice or ideas then please give me a call in the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to be hosting our first gin tasting at Moor Park next Thursday and look forward to welcoming everyone. The event has now sold out, however we will be having more gin and spirits events and tastings over the next year, if you are interested, please email email@example.com and we will add you to our mailing list.