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Tucked away down one of the labyrinthine alleyways of the El Born district in the Old Town of Barcelona is a speakeasy bar: Dr Stravinsky. Run by co-owner and bar manager Antonio Naranjo it has been open for only 18 months but has already earned a reputation as a world-class cocktail bar. More botanical gin bar than a traditional cocktail bar Dr Stravinsky is well placed in the cultural El Born. There are bars, restaurants, jazz clubs, museums, flamenco and street entertainers aplenty to keep you occupied 24/7.
The first thing you notice about Ungava gin is its colour. Well, it’s yellow. It stands out neon bright on any gin shelf with its big broad shoulders making its presence felt, saying look at me. And at 43.1% ABV, it’s no lightweight in the alcohol department either.
Scottish gins seem to be the thing these days and with a centuries-old distilling history its no surprise that they are leading the charge in the latest gin boom. Boe Gin is right up there at the front and their second expression is no (excuse the pun) shrinking violet but a gin to be reckoned with. The Boe gins are quality gins with pedigree, the Scottish Gin winning a silver at the World Gin Awards in 2014. So far in their ‘family’, there is the original Scottish Gin, the Violet and a couple of liqueurs: Peach & Hibiscus and Bramble. And I’m sure these four won’t be their last.