Darnley’s Gin launches ‘Smoke and Zest’, the second in their limited edition Cottage Series range, each telling a different story of the botanicals found around their Fife distillery and beyond. Locally grown barley and the quest to create a ‘smoky gin’ is the inspiration behind this innovative recipe which is made in the London Dry style.
In making Smoke and Zest, Darnley’s Gin Distiller Scott Gowans experimented with various methods and collaborated with both his family and the Kingsbarns Distillery team to bring this flavour profile to life. The new Darnley’s recipe celebrates the Fife grown barley that has been selected for sister brand Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky which is distilled in the same location, at East Newhall Farm, outside the village of Kingsbarns.
Rum, another adventure, a new challenge. Curious as I am, I looked up the meaning of the name La Hechicera. This is Spanish for ‘enchantress’ and pronounced as ‘etch-ee-seh-rah’. Try that a few times before and after a couple of glasses filled with rum when the magic kicks in.
Using the solera method of ageing in American white oak barrels, La Hechicera is a wonderful blend of mature rums between 12 and 21 years.
This captures the character, exuberance and diversity of Columbia.
Around the world in 24 gins with a Gin advent calendar. Every day another gin, another surprise. It is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get or when. I am familiar with gin, but it was a feast to discover more with this calendar. What a way to count the days until Christmas.
Time to add another Gin to the family, Hendrick’s Gin from Scotland. The bottle reminds me of the pharmacy years back, love the style. It is a bit mysterious, but this is the look, Hendrick’s is known worldwide.
With the ingredients bulgarian rose and cucumber that has been added in the end of the process, they add extra dimension to the gin. And that makes this gin with a 41,4% alcohol percentage stunning.
A new County Monaghan distillery is being supplied with ageing barrels for its
whiskey by a leading French winemaker to mark a long lost family connection
having been re-established between Ireland and France.
Top Bordeaux winemaker Barton and Guestier is supplying 50 mature French oak 350 litre barrels to ‘Old Carrick Mill’ distillery in Carrickmacross, County
Monaghan because the old mill, once the leading flour mill in the region, was
once owned by the Barton family.
To this day the building is still known locally in
Carrickmacross as ‘Barton’s Mill’. It was originally run by the family of William
Barton whose brother Thomas co-founded the world famous Barton & Guestier
wine business in Bordeaux in 1725.
Pinkster, agreeably British Gin. A refreshing 38 % pinky up gin, that deserves your attention and to never let go. I was curious for a while, but it finally happened. It took some time, but it did.
My pink went straight up in the air and I had a chance to nose and to taste this beautiful looking bottle of pink gin. Pinkster is a characteristic, small batch premium gin and characteristic it is for sure, no doubt.
When you visit the website, you will find a short story how this all started. It made me laugh though.
We are excited to announce that Morrisons are bringing more premium, award-winning spirits to their customers with the addition of Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion! to their carefully curated range. The introduction of these lines is just another sign that customers are increasingly turning to products that deliver better quality drinking experiences and excellent value.