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Raising a glass at the Sloe Gin World Championships

Congratulations to George Shaw for taking top prize in this year’s Sloe Gin World Gin Championships, with a velvety smooth winning entry that the five judges found most appealing. My entry, made with sloes picked October 2016 and decanted only a week in advance of the competition, was scored in around tenth place from over […]

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Food & Drink, Travel & Places, United Kingdom

Artisan gin tasting with the Sussex Wine School

Google ‘gin’ and you’ll be swamped with new tastes, flavours, bottle shapes and packaging and stories of how a new generation of gin makers came to develop their particular recipe. The drink is enjoying a renaissance with new distilleries, not unlike those seen in the gin alleys of London of the 17th and 18th centuries, […]

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Gin cocktails with Exiles Irish gin

Gin is enjoying a resurgence in popularity around the world, so here are three tasty cocktails recommended by Irish Exiles Gin. Exiles is the world’s only gin mixing real shamrock leaves into the recipe, offering a unique flavour and staying true to its Irish heritage and the story of the wild geese, an emotional term […]

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Gin, vodka and the original still

Gin and vodka distilleries are popping up all over Britain and are using basic ingredients and flavourings as diverse as milk, sloe berries and damsons. Many of these artisan, small batch distilleries were started by enthusiasts, quickly becoming micro-businesses with several now winning national and international awards. A parallel renaissance in label design has given […]

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Steeped in Rebellious Spirits

Alchemist and drinks genius Ruth Ball has written a thrilling history of people and events surrounding the intoxicating world of spirits. Her book, Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain, is a treasure trove for the curious drinker. From the gin dispensed from a cat’s paw at the Puss and Mew shop, which […]

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Food & Drink, Travel & Places, What's Happening

Cocktail hopping and eating through Vienna Restaurant Week

Dozens of Austria’ s top restaurants and bars are busy preparing for this year’s Vienna Restaurant Week (23 February – 1 March) and the 150th anniversary of the city’s Ringstraße. This famous street, with its trams and tree-lined pavements, circles the imperial city’s central district with dozens of architectural masterpieces including government buildings, royal palaces, […]

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