If one were looking to write a list of influential gins, (and why wouldn't one look to write a list of influential gins?) I think few people would quibble about Bombay Sapphire being given the top spot. The general consensus is that it truly helped revive the failing category of gin, and played a part … Continue reading Hendrick’s Gin – Review
Whenever anything longer than two or three sentences is written about Bombay Sapphire there are always the requisite mentions about the brand single-handedly rescuing gin from the pits of decrepitude or something similar and mildly hyperbolic, yet also apparently fairly accurate. In the mid-80's, as far as I can remember, gin had been relegated to … Continue reading Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin – Review
*Sincere thanks to Cotswolds Distillery for the sample. Here in Minneapolis, an April 15th snowstorm dumped around a foot of the frozen white stuff on us, pretty much crushing the souls of those who long for spring and summer. Just between you and me, I'd be fine with Winter being a year-round endeavor, but that's … Continue reading Cotswolds Dry Gin, Batch #01/2017 – Review
Minnesota was perhaps a little late to join the swell of craft distilleries in this country. It wasn't until 2011, when legislation passed significantly lowering the fee to open a distillery, that the state's own craft spirits boom finally got its fuse lit. It was about time, too as Minnesota has quite a bit to … Continue reading Minnesota Spirits Fest 2018
If you're wondering how a stalwart, classic London Dry Gin got a French-sounding name like Tanqueray, wonder no longer. The distant relatives of Charles Tanqueray, who founded the original Tanqueray distillery, relocated from France to England in the late 1600's. There...I guess that's pretty much it. Apparently, these early, ex-French Tanquerays were a devout bunch, … Continue reading Tanqueray London Dry Gin – Review
I suppose I should start by pointing out that Beefeater Gin contains no beef, nor do you need to be a fan of eating beef to drink the stuff. While I'm sure this seems ridiculously obvious to the vast majority of people, this is coming from the United States, which as we all know, isn't … Continue reading Beefeater London Dry Gin – Review
In college, a friend and I had what was probably a relatively short-lived agreement wherein if one of us was in our beloved local bar and the other walked in without realizing the other was there, then the one already at the bar had the satisfaction of buying the newcomer a shot of horrible rail … Continue reading Bombay Dry Gin “The Original” – Review
Am I? Yeah. Me? Yeah, you. Away from whisky? Yes. Nooooo. Really? Never. Never. Not even just a little? Well, yeah, okay, a little. Maybe a little more than a little. I don't think I've grown tired of whisky, or tired of drinking it, or learning about its past, or writing about it. I … Continue reading Drifting Away From Whisky?