An autumnal round up of all things gin
From Spain to Social Media
October has been a very eventful month here at For the Love of Gin HQ, beginning with a trip to Barcelona on the first day of the month. Part business, part leisure trip, we managed to pack a lot in during the four days that we were there.
Staying in the El Born district in the Old Town, I like to think we sampled the best of the gin bars in that area. Barcelona bars are big on their gin, particularly home, or should I say bar-infused gin.
This immediately piqued my interest. Many of the bars buy a basic gin in bulk and then infuse bottles of gin with a multitude of flavours. All tastes from fruity to herbal to citrus to spicy to floral and just plain juniper forward are catered for. We were in gin heaven.
Many thanks to Angel of Dux bar for his hospitality and expert gintonic creations. It was a pleasure to talk to him and watch him at work.
Antonio, the co-owner and head bartender at Dr Stravinsky stands out as a mixologist supreme. We will be remembering his truffle gin martini for a long time. I don’t think I have ever tasted anything quite like it. It was superb. And I don’t even like the taste of truffle usually.
Check out a couple of reviews: the Ungava review for my take on this uniquely coloured Canadian gin. The vivid neon yellow seems to divide gin lovers into two camps: supporters and detesters.
Here at For the Love of Gin HQ we are supporters. It is a decently made compound gin if a little offputting in terms of colour. But I won’t be a spoiler. If you would like to know more then please read the review here.
We also got the chance to review a new gin on the market: Cumberland Saucy Gin. Thanks to Andrew at Chestnut House for sending me a sample. I am always a bit nervous when asked to review a gin. What if I don’t like it?
Fortunately, on this occasion, there were no such worries. Cumberland Saucy is a fruity gin with a sweet-tart flavour from its key botanical. If you want to know what that is then please click here. It also made a lovely Bee’s Knees, one of my favourite fruity cocktails.
In the kitchen, I have been giving my little 4L still Baby a rest while I have been experimenting making cocktails syrups. My favourite was an autumnal spiced apple, used here in a cocktail recipe I devised for the Gin Sessions website, run by Naomi Good.
Least favourite has to be my rosehip syrup. I made a brown sticky mess that seemed to cover me and every surface of my kitchen. I will persist though as the resulting syrup didn’t taste as bad as it looked, with a sweet earthy flavour.
From cocktail syrups to social media I explored the strange and often confusing world of social media around gin. Apparently, there really is a gin o’clock. At least in social media terms. Read my article here to find out more.
I rounded off the month with a visit to the lovely Janet of Peachey’s Spirits. I first discovered Peachey’s Norfolk Dry Gin at the Norwich Gin Club’s Battle of the Norfolk Gins earlier this year.
A beautifully citrus gin, Janet clearly is a mistress of flavours and I was determined to seek her out. We had a lovely chat about preserves, liqueurs and gin and her path to becoming a distiller.
I tried her delicious Noel Gin, a limited edition from last year, which proved so popular she is bringing it out again this year. An article on my visit is coming soon. In the meantime check out Janet’s website.
International Gin and Tonic Day
Oh, and finally, it was International Gin and Tonic Day on Friday 19th October!