February may be the shortest month but with lots of new gin releases, and plenty of booze news, there’s loads to catch up with. And, because February 29th doesn’t really exist, I’m publishing my gin monthly a day early. You can use your extra day to read it!
That Boutique-y Gin Company celebrated their first birthday in style with canapés and cocktails at Drink, Shop & Do in London’s King Cross earlier this week. It was quite the party and well worth battling through the snow to reach; the cocktail menu alone ran to 12 pages!
Boozy advent calendars have to be the best addition to the Christmas festivities since a stuffed stocking first appeared at the foot of your bed! And, better still, 2017 has seen the line-up grow larger than ever. From rum and bourbon to absinthe and mezcal, there is something for every spirit lover. There’s even a Naga Chilli Vodka Escalation Advent Calendar with each of the twenty-four daily drams of vodka increasing in heat from 10,000 to 240,000 scovilles! But one of the newest additions to the market, and almost certainly the most beautiful, is That Boutique-y Gin Company‘s first ever Advent Calendar.
The world of gin is a fast-paced one and there are few places where that is more evident than at Junipalooza. Last year, I attended as a lucky competition winner and it was that experience that spurred me on to start this blog. This year, I was fortunate enough to be invited back as a “gin-sider”, so to speak. And I’m not the only one: last year Finlay and Eileen Geekie attended as members of the public; this year they were behind the stall of their very own, highly acclaimed, Colonsay Gin.
With new craft distilleries opening every month, and existing distilleries increasing their portfolios, the number of gins on the market is growing exponentially. But how does one keep up with so many new products? How do you decide which one is good enough to invest in and which one isn’t worth your hard-earned pennies? Sometimes when you’re spoilt for choice and short on time it’s just easier to let someone else do the hard work for you. That’s where the Craft Gin Club comes in.