#WorldGinDay at NC

Gin lovers of Bridgend rejoice as World Gin Day comes to Nolton Corner and makes an inaugural visit to Bridgend town centre.

World Gin Day (Sat 14th June 2014) is a celebration of all things gin, giving all of us a legitimate excuse (not that we need one) to mix up a g&t and learn about all of the exceptional gins that are currently on the market.

Here’s our wonderful selection for this wonderful day…

Gin

Notes

Approx. Origin

ABV

Bombay Sapphire

10 botanicals. Needs no introduction.

England 1987

40%

Brecon (Penderyn)

‘Gold Best in Class’ International Wines & Spirits 2011.

Wales 2007

40%

Brockmans

Very fruity. Particularly enjoyed with ginger ale & lime.

England

40%

Death’s Door

Only 3 botanicals; organic juniper berries, coriander & fennel.

Wisconsin, USA 2005

47%

Fifty Pounds

A grain spirit distilled 4 times, steeped in history.

England 1736

43.5%

Gin Mare

Challenges the many preconceptions of gin by using rosemary, thyme, basil & olives.

Spain 2007

42.7%

Hendricks

Launched in 1999 by Scotch Whisky legends.

Scotland 1999

41.4%

Martin Millers

Distilled in England and then blended in Iceland.

England/Iceland 1999

40%

Monkey 47

From the Black Forest, created using 47 botanicals.

Germany 1945

47%

Sipsmith

Dryness, followed by spicy juniper & a hint of lemon tart.

London 2009

41.6%

Chase Seville Orange

Unsurprisingly packed full of tasty orange, (from Seville)

Hereford 2008

40%

Chase Extra Dry

Authentically made in the heart of Herefordshire.

Hereford 2008

40%

Tanqueray No 10

Targeted at the martini market. It is distilled 4 times.

England 2000

47.3%

Gin might be Mother’s Ruin, but on Saturday 14th June, it can be your ruin too!

Eight great facts you probably didn’t know about gin…

1. Holland made gin first
Gin is England’s national spirit and there are few things more English than a refreshing gin & tonic. Some of the most famous gins you see around the world hail from the UK, so it is forgivable to think that the spirit first came from old Blighty. The English actually discovered gin when they were fighting the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century in Holland and saw Dutch soldiers drinking Jenever to boost morale before heading into battle. The term “Dutch Courage” was born, and the English brought the idea of making and drinking gin back with them. It would take another 150 years before they would have their own version.

2. London dry gin is not always from London
Gin does not have the same geographical restrictions as spirits such as cognac, scotch or tequila. Only a tiny handful of London dry gins are actually made in the city. There are, however, 13 gins that have a “geographical indication.” The most famous of these is Plymouth gin, which has been made in Plymouth, England since 1793.

3. One man deserves recognition 
Desmond Payne is currently the master distiller at Beefeater and has been there for more than 17 years. He formerly held the same position at Plymouth, giving him more experience making fine gin than anyone else. He also created Beefeater 24, which incorporates tea into the distillation process and is a great ingredient for punches.

4. A martini means gin
A martini consists of gin, dry vermouth and optional bitters. When the golden age of the martini was in full swing, most people in cocktail drinking nations had not yet tried vodka. During the era of the three-martini lunch, Smirnoff released a very clever campaign, “Vodka leaves you breathless,” that combined with the cool of James Bond to help vodka hijack gin’s place in the iconic drink.

5. Gin can be used for medicinal purposes
In 1269, the first major mention of juniper-based health-related tonics appeared in a Dutch publication. Ever since, gin has had a history of being used “for medicinal purposes.” The Royal Navy mixed gin with lime cordial to stop scurvy, and angostura settled the stomach at sea. Tonic water with quinine was anti-malarial, giving them a great excuse to drink more gin and tonics.

6. Gin is flavored vodka
The most usual production method for gin is to distill botanicals, such as juniper, coriander, citrus peel, cinnamon, almond or liquorice, with neutral grain alcohol. Making gin is like flavoring vodka, except that botanicals are always natural. A skilled gin distiller knows how to balance the botanical flavors to make a quality product.

7. The Philippines drinks the most gin
The global sale of the spirit is nearly 60 million cases, and almost half of this is consumed in the Philippines. The country drinks over 22 million cases of Ginebra San Miguel, and while this gin accounts for 43% of the gin market, most people outside the Philippines have never heard of it. Other big gin drinking nations are Spain, the U.S and of course, the UK.

8. Saying you don’t like gin is like saying you don’t like sauce
All gin uses juniper as its main ingredient. After that, however, there are very few limits to the hundreds of ingredients a distillery can use. Some gins have as few as three or four botanical flavors, while the Scottish gin Botanist has 31 and Monkey 47 (available at NC) has (unsurprisingly) 47! No two gins are alike, making the spirit very diverse in flavor and exciting for the budding bartender.

 

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