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  • Panda Gin
    Gin,  Reviews

    Panda Gin

    The Belgians may well argue that it was they who ‘invented’ gin. Modern gin does have its roots in the influx of Belgian refugees who introduced distilling juniper as genever to Holland, so when I was offered the chance to try a new Belgian Gin how could I refuse? There are quite a few Belgian gins now in the category. Panda Gin is a 100% organic gin and properly called Panda Bio Gin. It is the first gin to use lychee or litchi as its signature botanical.

  • Grow Your Own Garnish
    Gin

    Grow Your Own Garnish

    In Grow Your Own Garnish I thought it would be fun (and even a little useful) to highlight some of the herbs, flowers and fruit which you can grow yourself at home to use as a garnish in cocktails and gin and tonics. I have chosen the easiest herbs, flowers and fruit to grow in a temperate climate and also ones which I grow myself at home.

  • Knut Hansen Dry Gin
    Gin,  Reviews

    Knut Hansen Dry Gin

    You don’t need to have been a ginthusiast for very long to come across Knut Hansen gin. If the strange name doesn’t catch your eye then the arresting blue eyes piercing out from the stoneware bottle certainly will. Produced in the north German village of Dollerup near Flensburg using a 200L copper Holstein still, the gin is distilled 4 times with seemingly low energy input. There are 14 botanicals in all, some of them known, the others a secret.