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The History of Gin: Mother’s Ruin

Gin is now one of the most popular drinks in the UK, with every conceivable flavour being added to it. In fact, gin has always been a popular drink but not always in sophisticated gin bars. Of all the spirits on the shelves, gin has possibly the most stories to tell. Here’s a small slice of the history of gin. Medicinal Gin Juniper berries, the main ingredient in gin, were first mentioned in 70AD as being steeped in wine to help with chest ailments. However, gin as we know it began in The Netherlands in the 1600s as jenever, a mix of juniper berries and malt wine. This harsh tasting drink was still considered medicinal. By the 1700s and after...

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The Ultimate Guide to Nosing and Tasting Whisky

You'd be surprised at how amazing whisky can taste if you take the time to appreciate its unique aroma and flavour. However, you don't need to go to an expensive whisky tasting course in order to fully appreciate your favourite alcoholic beverages; host a tasting night with your friends decide once and for all which brand of whisky is your favourite.   1. Preparation is key Organisation is key when it comes to hosting a whisky tasting night so make sure you have all of the necessary equipment ready beforehand. Print off a whisky tasting checklist so you can take note of and remember the flavour and texture of each beverage. Most importantly, make sure you have some quality whisky...

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5 of the UK's Hidden Gin Bar Gems

If you're a gin lover, then you will be spoilt for choice in the UK. There are hundreds of unique and amazing gin bars dotted across the country. Here, we've highlighted five gin bars that are...

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The Best Gin Bars in London

The revival of gin in London has cleared the path for many extraordinary and unique bars to appear. From classy and chic to cute and cosy, here is our list of the top gin bars in London. Four Thieves This charming refurbished Victorian palace sells 45 types of gin along with many other exotic spirits, so there's plenty to be consumed and explored. If you're in the gaming mood while you're making your way through their gin list, they have a retro-inspired gaming room on the upstairs level and even an escape challenge down in the basement. 51 Lavender Gardens, London. GinTonica This bold and colourful bar is situated within The Distillery, the birthplace of the infamous Portobello Road Gin....

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Whisky Stones – Do They Really Work?

Whisky has become one of the most refined drinks in today's society. It is no wonder then that it is favoured by many people whether drinking at home or in bars. One important factor when drinking whisky is whether to have it chilled or on the rocks. While whisky can be perfectly satisfying to drink with ice, whisky stones or metal ice stones are gaining popularity when it comes to enjoying whisky in its pure form. We take a look at a few reasons why metal ice stones could be better than ice. Prevents dilution This is the main reason why many people are choosing whisky stones over ice. As they are not made of water, which eventually melts into...

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