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Tutored Tastings of Gin 2019

David T Smith

What’s new for 2019? The world of gin is a fast-paced environment with constant innovation and there have been many new releases since last year’s Ginposium.

This session looks at some of the more interesting new releases, as well as gin trends on which to keep an eye. (with samples)

1. Masons G12 Botanically Rich (40.0% ABV)
Masons Distilery, Bedale, Yorkshire
www.g12gin.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals include: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orris, Almond, Grapefruit, Lime, Basil

2. Alfred the Great (41.3% ABV)
Wessex Distillery, Wessex, UK
www.wessexdistillery.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit (Wheat)
Botanicals include: Juniper, Angelia, Coriander, Liquorice, Orange, Lemon

3. Douglas Fir (Botanically Flavoured) Vodka (41.0% ABV)
Moorland Spirits Company, Northumberland, UK
www.moorlandspirit.co
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals include: Douglas Fir

4. Bombay Sapphire English Estate (41.0% ABV)
Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire, UK
www.bombaysapphire.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Botanicals include: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Lemon, Orris, Liquorice, Cassia, Almond, Cubeb, Grains of Paradise, Pennyroyal Mint, Rosehip, Hazelnut

5. Pink Mermaid Gin (38.0% ABV)
Isle of Wight Distillery, The Isle of Wight, UK
www.isleofwightdistillery.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Made using Mermaid Gin steeped with Isle of Wight strawberries

6. Cotswolds Aged Hedgerow Gin (38.0% ABV)
Cotswolds Distillery, Shipton-on-Stour, UK
www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Made using Cotswolds Dry Gin steeped with sloes, damsons, bullace, and blackberries, before being aged for 3-4 months in STR (re-charred ex-red wine) casks.

7. Warner’s Raspberry Gin (40.0% ABV)
Warners Distillery
Harrington, Northamptonshire, UK
www.warnersdistillery.com
Spirit Base: Neutral Grain Spirit
Made using Warner’s London Dry Gin infused with raspberries, blackberries, and elderflowers.

8. Creme de Juniper (46.0% ABV)
Spirit Works and That Boutique-y Gin Company
Sebastopol, California, USA
www.thatboutiqueygincompany.com
Spirit Base: Red Winter Wheat
Botanicals include: Juniper
Aged in an ex-wheat whiskey barrel

David T. Smith
Summer Fruit Cup
Gin competition judge, independent journalist, and founder of the Craft Distilling Expo.
David T. Smith is a drinks writer and gin specialist. He is the author of “The Craft of Gin”, “How to Make Gin”, and “Forgotten Spirits and Long-Lost Liqueurs”; other upcoming titles include “Gin Tonica”, a recipe book on the Spanish-serve Gin & Tonic, and The Gin Dictionary from Mitchell Beazley.
David runs the website SummerFruitCup.com, judges for various international spirits competitions, and works closely with craft distillers across the world.
david@summerfruitcup.com

www.summerfruitcup.com
www.distillingexpo.com