Friday, 01 September 2017

Calling all gin fanatics

Gin connoisseurs and enthusiasts revel in Big Time Gin festival- coming to a city near you

A garden setting, a copy of The Lady and a G&T garnished with ice and lemon- the recipe for the perfect afternoon. Gin and tonics have evolved into a quintessential tipple in British culture. And, with British drinkers buying 40 million bottles of the spirit each year, you could say that it's become one of the country's top cocktail choices.

During the last three years, 40 new gin distilleries have opened across the UK, offering a wide and varied choice of delicious flavours, from rhubarb and elderflower to a classic juniper gin.

So where, or how, does one begin to find their preference in such a vast array of gin flavour? Introducing Big Time Gin: a jam-packed festival celebrating the wonderful world of premium gin, starting in September and touring the country until November this year.

Kicking off in Norwich next month and visiting Shipley, Manchester, Derby, York, Birmingham and London, Big Time Gin will be bringing over 100 different premium varieties of gin to the taste buds of local people, and with each festival playing host to a live swing band as well as cocktail bar, each event is promised to be an uplifting evening of music, entertainment and gins for as far as the eye can see!

What will be on offer to sample? Take a look below:

Puerto de Indias
A very pink strawberry gin from Seville. Described as a 'mistake' by the master-distiller at the Puerto de Indias distillery after a failed attempt at making a strawberry liqueur with fresh strawberries, he added mashed strawberries to a new gin he was working on and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Batch Brew Gin
Made in Burnley, Lancashire and inspired by Spanish gins and Spain's ancient connections to the Incense Route, delicate touches of frankincense and myrrh now sit infused within Batch's complex taste. Best served with tonic, crushed raspberries and lime peel.

Brighton Gin
This handmade, award-winning small-batch gin is produced at Brighton's first (legal) distillery in the UK using 100% organic spirit. Its botanicals include juniper, the peel of fresh oranges and limes, locally-grown coriander seed and milk thistle, indigenous to the South Downs and renowned since Roman times for its liver-cleansing properties. Each bottle is filled, wax-sealed and labelled by hand, the colour of both wax and label being that of Brighton's distinctive seafront railings. Brighton gin is best served with a slice of fresh orange to lift the fresh orange botanical.

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Cotswolds Dry Gin
Cotswolds Dry Gin has a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals. The expression of the traditional London-dry style comes from the maceration into the pure wheat spirit of juniper, coriander and angelica root, which have been left for 12 hours to allow their flavour characteristics to fully infuse. A unique botanical mix of Cotswolds lavender, bay leaf, grapefruit, lime, black pepper and cardamom seed is then added into the bespoke Holstein pot still for distillation before finishing with naturally refined Cotswolds water. The result is a classic well-balanced, juniper-led gin with crisp citrus and spice. This gin is delicious on its own and over ice. It's robust enough to stand up to tonic and smooth enough to craft the ultimate gin.

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin
Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin has a delicious citric burst flavour with a long, creamy finish. Raspberry leaves are combined with juniper and no less than eight other botanicals in this exceptionally smooth, multi-award-winning gin. Experts have praised its "spicy and citrus nose", describing it as "a marvellously well-balanced gin in a classic style" and noted the "delicious bit of spice at the finish". Because it's perfect as it is, this drink is best served with a few frozen or fresh raspberries added nothing more.

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Lakes Gin
Lakes Gin has a complex yet perfectly balanced and smooth taste, with aromas of fresh fruits, delicious treacle, light spice and gentle peat smoke. With an eclectic mix of over ten carefully selected botanicals, including Cumbrian Juniper, one of the county's oldest plant species, and six others which are native to the Lake District National Park, this gin is a true gem.

Lakes Gin Explorer
The latest edition to Lakes' portfolio, this exceptional super- premium gin has zesty orange citrus notes, herbal overnotes of coriander, cassia bark and hints of Earl Grey tea with cracked black pepper. It's a gin of true Cumbrian provenance. Lakes Gin Explorer is recommend to be drunk with a slice of pink grapefruit to highlight certain nuances of this wonderfully complex gin.

For more information including festival dates and ticket prices, visit are offering readers one free gin and tonic with their entry to the Big Time Gin festival- simply print and present this voucher in exchange for a drink token at the cashier desk. Only 1 token per ticket holder allowed.

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