Kirkjuvagr Aurora – a Gin made for Winter

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Kirkjuvagr Aurora Gin

Kirkjuvagr Aurora – a Gin made for Winter When the current gin boom began some ten years ago, few would have wagered that it would still be continuing unabated today. Now there are more than 300 gin distilleries in the UK, double that of five years ago. This growth is due to the many new small artisan brands which major …

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Scotch Missed. Talisker 10-year-old single malt whisky

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Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye

Scotch Missed. Talisker 10-year-old single malt whisky On a summer trip to the Isle of Skye, the weather was typical. As soon as we crossed the Skye Bridge from Kyle-of-Lochalsh, the rain began. Even the SatNag was defeated. There were soaking sheets of horizontal rain and thick fog all at once. Temperatures felt not far from freezing. Couldn’t see a thing …

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Espresso Martini – Up All Night

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The perfect espresso martini

Espresso Martini – Up All Night I love good coffee and fine alcohol, so unsurprisingly I adore Espresso Martini, first created by the legendary Dick Bradsell at London’s Soho Brasserie in the Eighties. It was originally called a Vodka Espresso. It has become known as an Espresso Martini although that is a slight misnomer because there isn’t any Gin used. …

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The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 2 of 2: Gin Reviews

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Part 2 Gin Reviews

The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 2 of 2: Gin Reviews Part 1 covered the history and renaissance of Premium Gin. Now for the Gin reviews. Gin says something about you Premium Gin is about three elements that should combine to create a great and memorable drink. The botanical ingredients, painstaking artisanal production, and an exquisite presentation because the style is …

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The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 1 of 2

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Discovering Premium Gin Part 1

The Premium Gin Renaissance, Part 1 of 2 Gin has a chequered history. No other drink shows such a polarity of style and fashion versus intemperance as Gin. Italian monks were the first to distill wine into a crude spirit. Juniper berries were added to mask the raw taste. Drunk for medicinal purposes, it was even tried as a remedy …

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