North East Distillery Launch New Winter Gin

fireside-gin
Poetic License Independent Small Batch Distillery have introduced a new seasonal spirit to their range.

Fireside Gin is the distillery’s limited edition gin available for autumn/ winter. It is their second seasonal and comes following the success of their first – a Picnic Gin, a strawberries and cream flavoured gin which was available throughout the summer of 2016. Much like its summer sibling, this gin takes inspiration from the season.

It has flavours of mulled winter fruit – clementine, cranberries and the mulling spice blend of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg – which produce a warming flavour reminiscent of much-loved festive treats. It’s perfect for the darker nights and is best enjoyed while cosying up around glowing amber warmth of the fireplace, as the name suggests.

“We like to set a scene with our seasonal creations” Luke Smith, Distiller for Poetic License, commented. “With Picnic Gin, imagine sitting on a checkered blanket in the park with friends whilst the sun’s shining. However, with Fireside Gin, this one’s definitely for huddling around the fire with – it’s certain to warm those cockles throughout the colder months.”

Poetic License are small batch distillery based in the North East. They make their award-winning spirits on 500L still, Gracie, which is based in a bar of the same name. They have 3 core products, Northern Dry Gin at 43.2%, Old Tom Gin at 41.6% and Graceful Vodka at 40.4%. The Northern Dry Gin is a regional twist on the usual name and has a big kick of juniper as well as some more contemporary additions such as green cardamom and Persian lime for powerful floral and citrus flavours. In contrast, the Old Tom Gin is aged with oak and is sweeter instyle; this is achieved entirely with botanicals such as hibiscus and rose which also impart colour to give the spirit a rose-gold tinge. Their Graceful Vodka is distilled 7 times for purity and gained its name from its glorious smoothness.

However, not satisfied with their core and seasonal ranges, Poetic License Distillery aim to begin producing more limited edition runs which they are calling ‘The Rarities’ early next year. These will be one batch distillations, each creating around 400 bottles, and when they’re gone, they really are gone.

“We love experimenting with flavours and The Rarities provide an outlet for that creativity,” Luke explains. “I can’t say too much about them, but expect the first in early Spring 2017 and keep your eyes on our social media as you’ll find out there first.”

Fireside Gin is available to buy online now, as are the rest of Poetic License products, at http://www.poeticlicensedistillery.co.uk

Hoxton Gin Reimagined With New Stylish Profile

HOXTON GIN_THE0130Spirits innovator Emporia Brands and Hoxton Gin creator Gerry Calabrese are re-imagining the Hoxton scene as they release the new expression of the gin that has been called ‘the most distinctive gin in the world’.

Launching August 2016, the new expression of Hoxton, now offered at 40% abv, enjoyed a sneak preview at this year’s Imbibe Live in London, where the campaign of ‘Hoxton Gin and Ginger’ kick-started.

Pairing the simple serve of Hoxton gin with ginger ale, Gerry Calabrese hopes to interest and engage a new set of gin fans as the iconic name heads out with its stylish new bottle.

The new Hoxton gin will be widely available from on line retailers and specialist independents, with an introductory offer of free delivery and a promotional price of £24.99 for August from The Drink Shop.com. Alongside this, all major wholesalers will be carrying the new expression.

“The new look Hoxton Gin is a new stage for our brand, much like the area of London itself we are always looking to evolve and innovate as often as possible” says Gerry Calabrese.

James Rackham, Chairman of Emporia Brands, mentions that “Hoxton Gin follows its birthplace in Hoxton London, in acquiring sophistication to the famous edgy culture”.

Enjoy a Hoxton Gin and Ginger:

50 ml Hoxton Gin
Chilled Premium Ginger Ale
Fresh Grapefruit

Fill a tall glass with ice, pour the Hoxton gin within and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a zest of fresh grapefruit peel and serve.

For more information on Hoxton and Emporia Brands, please visit http://www.hoxtongin.com

Follow Hoxton on Twitter @Hoxton_Gin, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HoxtonGin and Instagram at /HoxtonGin

Chilgrove

Chilgrove

Grapes within gin is a rather niche subject, especially if coming from England itself. The French styles of G’Vine is probably the most recognisable name to be made from grapes, but Chilgrove claim to be the very first from England, and launched in time for World Gin Day this time last year. So, why the hype on grapes?

For this, we need to head to the hamlet of Chilgrove itself.

Christopher Beaumont-Hutchings and his wife Celia can be found at the foot of the South Downs in Sussex. It’s here that they came to the idea of using grapes within their gin after inspiration from the original wine bases found in jenever. With Celia growing up in The Hague, it was to be more of a natural fit and they enlisted Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillery to become their Master Distiller to help develop the recipe. Chilgrove keeps the gin traditional with its production methods, and utilises the natural mineral water that is filtered through chalk from the Downs. The neutral grape spirit is a combination of Bobal, Airen and Tempranillo grapes and has within it 11 botanicals; juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, sweet orange, bitter orange, orris root, liquorice root, grains of paradise, fresh lime, savory and wild water mint.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Chilgrove – 44%

Soft, with a slight bitter orange and orris root coming through on the nose. Small hints of fresh lime and coriander come through near the end. A developing sharpness upon the palate, with an underlining sweetness from the liquorice and orange. A light base from the grapes holds together a good kick root spice and fresh mint to create a lingering finish.

Great on its own, and within one of these –

The Chilgrove Fizz
The Chilgrove Fizz

The Chilgrove Fizz

Glass – 

Champagne Flute

Ingredients – 

25 ml Chilgrove Dry Gin
25 ml Fresh pink grapefruit juice
25 ml Fresh lemon juice
Sparkling Wine (English, Champagne or Prosecco)

Method – 

Shake the gin and juice well with ice. Pour gently through the top of a ¾ full flute of sparkling wine. Garnish with a thin twist of orange peel.

A great drink for all year round, and a different take for a welcome drink if you were to impress your friends. The use of grapes offers a different take on your classic gin styles, and even if you’re a fan of G’Vine, don’t expect this to be similar. The botanicals make all the difference between the two brands, and they both offer a unique outlook to the gin category.

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Broker’s Tasting Notes

Broker's

A gin, specially blended to be dry with an image driven to literally tip the hat to the gin craze of England. Broker’s does just that, the brain child of Martin and Andy Dawson. Broker’s has also won more top awards in international competitions over the last ten years than any other gin. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, lets scale back and see how it comes to such a high regard.

Launched in 1998, Martin and Andy Dawson utilised the services of Langley Distillery, Birmingham and their copper pot still ‘Constance’, itself manufactured by John Dore & Co, long recognised as the finest still-maker in the world. They set the task of re-creating a recipe (chosen after taste testing against several new recipes) that is said to be over 200 years old. Pure grain spirit made from English wheat is distilled four times before the addition of ten botanicals.

Juniper berries from Macedonia, coriander seed from Bulgaria, orris root and liquorice from Italy, nutmeg from India, cassia bark from Indonesia, cinnamon from the Seychelles, orange peel and lemon peel from Spain and angelica root from Poland make up the 24 hour steeping, before being distilled for a fifth and final time. 

So, how does this traditional London Dry fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Broker’s – 40%

Clean on the nose with a light, fragrant citrus aroma followed by hints of spice. Smooth juniper flavours blended with strong orange are evident on the palate. Very dry finish as the spice lingers.

Hits the spot for its traditionalism, but what if it were mixed into a classic cocktail?

Aviation
Aviation

Aviation

Glass – 

Martini

Ingredients –

60 ml Broker’s Gin
15 ml lemon juice
15 ml Maraschino Liqueur
1 tsp Crème de Violette

Method –

Shake with ice and strain into chilled Martini glass. No garnish.

A great addition, as well as a brand to add to your own drinks cabinet. Even the little bowler hat that adorns every Broker’s bottle can win you over (a theme for the brand that would be recognised for its Englishness – such a gentleman that adorns the label would typically have been a stockbroker in the City of London, hence the name). Both Andy and Martin are active in their promotion, attending many events in their signature bowler hats and as mentioned, winning many awards with their efforts. In 2013, Broker’s was Kosher approved by the Kashrut Division-London Beth Din (KLDB), making it accessible to an even wider audience. What more could you ask for from a gin?!

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Brockmans Tasting Notes

Brockmans

Brockmans gin is the dream of four gentleman named Kevan, David, Bob and Neil who wanted to create a gin that evoked a fresh taste that would change the perception of contemporary gins.

Created in England, it is made using 10 botanicals including Bulgarian coriander blueberries and blackberries as well as Valencia orange peels, juniper, orris root, cassia bark, angelica root, almonds and lemons. A 200 year old copper still is used after the botanicals are left to soak for a period of 24 hours.

So how does this English gin fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Brockmans – 40%

Light, fresh ripe fruit on the nose, with berries dominating. Smooth on the palate with an almost tutti frutti style flavour coming through. Fresh hits continue over the long finish.

A great nip of gin, and one that is recommended to be a part of this too –

Brockmans Bramble
Brockmans Bramble

Brockmans Bramble

Glass –

Rocks

Ingredients –

40 ml Brockmans
20 ml Lemon juice
15 ml Sugar syrup
15 ml Crème de Mure
2 Blackberries

Method –

Place Brockmans, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with a handful of crushed ice. Shake and then strain into the glass. Pour the Crème de Mure over the top and garnish with the blackberries.

A great cocktail that is becoming a classic and staple for many bars. As should Brockmans, to be fair.

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