Wow! That is was all I could say last Saturday evening as I tried to describe my afternoon at Junipalooza to my husband, it took me a good few hours to calm down and articulate just how amazing the experience of the day had been. Hats off to the organisers Gin Foundry (http://www.ginfoundry.com/) for organising such a fantastic event, having been to many a gin festival this tops them all for experience and would be the one I’d recommend to fellow gin lovers.
As we all know Britain’s love of gin is far from fading and with more than 300 distilleries now open across the country the race is on to for competitors to provide a point of difference. One area in particular that’s on the rise is the trend for grain to glass distillation. So, what is grain to glass distillation and does it make a difference to the end product?
With World Gin Day fast approaching (9th June) have you decided how to celebrate? In the run up to the big event I have two masterclasses planned, but come Saturday I and many other gin enthusiasts will be heading to Tobacco Dock for this year’s Junipalooza event. I’ve never been before but I’ve heard only good things about this event so I am very excited to attend for the first time, but with over 60 distilleries and hundreds on gins on offer I think planning is going to be the key to success. In a recent email from the organisers, Gin Foundry, they suggest trying to aim for a maximum of 20 exhibitors so with that in mind, here are my top suggestions for the day.
With Scotland and England so well represented in the gin market it’s great to see some amazing Welsh distilleries emerge onto the scene. To celebrate this, I recently held a masterclass at the London Welsh Centre in Kings Cross to showcase distilleries from all corners of Wales. Each distillery has its own very unique style and there are some incredible gins being produced so next time you’re looking for something a little different don’t be afraid to look to Wales for the answer.
Having lived in a small two bed flat for five years the move to a large townhouse was a bit of a shock, no longer are we falling over each other, instead we are losing each other! When we viewed the house for the first time I was perplexed at the fact the basement had been converted into a self contained flat but as we discussed it more we started to view it as an opportunity to help us raise some much needed cash to help with the renovations.
So, we’ve been in our new house four weeks now and it’s starting to really feel like home. But wow, what a four weeks it’s been. As I said in my previous post the first week was spent cleaning but what’s happened since then?
When I first met Mr B the only interest I had in horse racing was a £1 bet on the Grand National and what people wore to Ascot. Fast forward 9 years and I’m now a racing regular who looks forward to Cheltenham Festival Week as much as he does!