I’ve been intrigued by this brand ever since fellow blogger Gin a Ding Ding called them out on social media a few months ago for bullying a small-scale producer over the use of the name Garden Tiger (now known as Garden Swift). Taking another distillery to court over a name similarity seemed such a strange thing to do when Tiger Gin themselves had to fight off a bully in Heineken, the owner of Tiger beer, over exactly the same thing a few years previously. Legal challenges are costly affairs and with margins already squeezed for small scale producers these are costs you can well do without!
Christmas is now less than 8 weeks away and we’re all starting to think about buying presents and stocking up the cupboards ready for the festive period but with a plethora of gin based gifts on the market this year I’ve written a handy gift guide for all budgets.
Seasonal and limited edition gins are now released by some larger distilleries at such a pace it leaves me wondering just how much effort has gone into developing recipe and with the release of Pinwydd coming just a year after the original I did worry that maybe the guys at The Gower Gin Company might have succumbed to the same fate. However, knowing the attention to Andrew and Sian pay to each aspect of production I knew it was foolish to expect anything less than excellent and I was very excited when the postman delivered my bottle. It didn’t take me long to open the bottle for a quick smell and at that point I knew it wasn’t going to be a gin that sat on the shelf for weeks waiting for me to taste. So, how does it taste?
The nineties and early 2000s saw a race to the bottom in food & drink production in the UK with highly processed products from big manufacturers becoming the norm. Thankfully in the last few years people have started to realise that quality does matter and both food and drink menus across the country now feature words like ‘local’, ‘craft’ and ‘artisan’ once more, but what’s in a label? Is the gin you paid a premium for truly a handcrafted artisan product? And how important is labelling to the customer Read more
I’ve wanted to try the original Bullards Gin for a while so I was very keen to meet the team at Junipalooza, when they asked me to review this version I was a little hesitant as I’ve not got the sweetest tooth so I was unsure that I’d do it justice. But just like the original, this gin is very good.
Once the preserve of a long Friday night train journey rush purchased from the nearest M&S gin in a tin has really upped its game this summer and with heatwave set to last I thought it was time to explore a few options available.
At both Junipalooza and Imbibe this year there was a big focus on aged gin, but how do they taste and how should you treat them?