Star Wars Day Cocktails

Star Wars Day Cocktails

David T Smith shows you the cocktails you are looking for when enjoying a tipple on Star Wars Day

Today is the fourth day in May (May 4th for our cousins across the pond), which is also known as Star Wars Day - “May the Fourth Be With You”. To celebrate, we’ve come up with some intergalactic cocktails using the Boutique-y Gin range.

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Jawa Juice
A cocktail inspired by the desert-dwelling junk traders of Tatooine. In a galaxy, far, far away “Jawa Juice” is rumoured to be a bitter alcohol fermented in Bantha hides; thankfully, this drink is far more palatable.

The Ingredients
30ml Pan-Pacific Gin
30ml chilled coffee
180ml cola
2 honeydew melon balls

The Garnish
Make two honeydew melon balls using a melon baller, carefully place on a cocktail stick and place in the glass.

The Method
Add ice to a Gin Tonica glass (ideally a short-stemmed one, given the jawas’ short stature), then the melon balls, followed by additional ice. Add the gin and chilled coffee (it works particularly well if these have already been mixed together) and top-up with the cola.

The Taste
Pan-Pacific Gin from the folks at Gin Farallon has a lovely, bright citrus element from its yuzu, whilst schisandra berries add a sweet jamminess. The coffee in this drink adds a balancing hint of bitterness and the cola adds length, sweetness and complex botanical flavours. Finally, the ginger from the gin lingers on the finish.

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Canto Bight
As seen in The Last Jedi, this self-indulgent oasis is set amongst an otherwise barren desert  landscape. Canto Bight is a sumptuous and extravagant playground for the rich, famous and fabulous, and this cocktail would fit right in.

The Ingredients
25ml Yuletide Gin
100ml sparkling wine
2-3 dashes truffle bitters

The Recipe
Add to a champagne flute glass in this order: Yuletide Gin, chilled sparkling wine and, finally, the truffle bitters.

The Taste
A decadent and effervescent drink - exactly what the inhabitants of an inter-stellar Monte Carlo would sip whilst gambling at the luxurious tables of the grande casino. The spice of the Yuletide Gin works well with the dryness of the wine, the gold flakes dance amongst the bubbles in a rather glamorous way, and the truffle bitters add an extra splash of decadence.

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Dagobah
Appearing for the first time in Episode V Dagobah, is a swamp planet populated largely with indigenous wildlife. The film’s atmospheric scenes make it a great inspiration for cocktails. Greensand Ridge’s Salt Marsh gin inspired by a similar environment was an obvious choice for this drink.

The Ingredients
35ml Salt Marsh Gin
10ml Midori (a Japanese-melon liqueur)
120ml cloudy apple juice
A thin ribbon of cucumber peel

The Garnish
Before adding any ingredients, line the glass with the cucumber peel. A vegetable peeler is the perfect tool with which to make the ribbon.

The Recipe
Fill the cucumber-lined glass with ice, before adding the gin and juice (it works better if they have already been mixed). Add ice and carefully pour the Midori down the inside of the glass to create the “Midori sink”.

The Taste
A flavoursome drink with the gin adding pleasant, leafy, herbal notes along with some light floral notes that contrast neatly with the succulent crispness of the apple juice. The Midori adds yet more fruitiness, a touch of sweetness, and a luminous green glow towards the bottom of the glass.

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Yuzu the Force Luke
Picture the scene: you’re flying your starfighter, “S”-foils locked in attack position, and you suddenly have the urge to turn off your guidance computer, all whilst you're trying to destroy the most terrifying battlestation in the galaxy. After having your life saved by a scruffy-looking  nerf-herder and saving the day, you deserve a well-earned drink!

The Ingredients
50ml Yuzu Gin
25ml dry vermouth
100ml sparkling water
3 dashes of orange bitters
1 pineapple ring
3 red grapes

The Recipe
Fill a wide-brimmed hi-ball glass with ice, then add the gin, followed by the vermouth and then the sparkling water. Finish off with a few dashes of bitters and lightly stir.

The Garnish
Take a tinned pineapple ring and - after the drink has been made - place it a-top the glass. Add three red grapes to a cocktail stick and serve on the side. The grapes represent proton torpedoes and the pineapple ring, the thermal exhaust port, allowing you to recreate this classic scene from the movie.

The Taste
A very dry drink with the bright zestiness of the yuzu working well with the dry vermouth and clean crispness of the sparkling water. The orange bitters add a delightful aromatic flavour. For a sweeter drink, substitute the sparkling water for tonic water or even sparkling lemonade.

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The Peter Cushing
A dedication to the actor who played Grand Moff Tarkin (the chap in charge of the Death Star). So great was Tarkin’s power, he not only out-ranked Darth Vader, but also commanded the battle station wearing his slippers.

This cocktail, in honour of the gentleman and the actor, Peter Cushing, is made from completely vegetarian ingredients (he was a patron of the Vegetarian Society).

The Ingredients
50ml Shortcross Estate-foraged Gin
25ml Stone’s Ginger Wine

The Method
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Taste
Smooth, but complex, with notes of juniper, coriander, and a light note of black pepper that integrates well with herbal notes and gentle warmth of the ginger wine. The flavour develops more as you sip, with gentle berry notes and ginger building and lingering, and adding a delicate, but not overwhelming sweetness. The finish also builds with notes from the gin, including a greener, herbal juniper flavour. Sophisticated and delicious.

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All images provided by Sara L Smith

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Gluten-Free Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Gluten-Free Gin

Everyone knows that gluten is inherently evil. It’s just science. In recent years, a few valiant producers have taken a stand against this dietary monster, painstakingly crafting gluten-free versions of our favourite spirits for the world to enjoy.

UPDATE: Some of you figured it out, but just so we're all clear: Happy April Fool's Day! That Boutique-y Gin Company Gluten-Free Gin is not a thing (well, technically it is because all gin is gluten-free, but you know what we mean).

At That Boutique-y Gin Company, we’ve decided it’s time to join them in fighting the good fight and it’s with great pride that we present our newest product: Gluten-Free Gin.

While the demand for gluten-free booze is indeed very real, the process of distilling gluten-free gin is no walk in the park, folks. Unfortunately it’s neither straightforward nor cheap to produce. In order to guarantee that not a single gluten protein makes it through distillation, That Boutique-y Gin Company Gluten-Free Gin is distilled entirely from farmers’ market-grade gluten free bread, which takes almost eight times longer to ferment than a more reasonable cereal.

The Gin

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The botanical recipe includes gluten-free juniper, gluten-free orange peel, gluten-free grapefruit peel, gluten-free lemon peel, gluten-free angelica, gluten-free orris root, gluten-free cardamom, gluten-free coriander seed, and gluten-free almond, resulting in deliciously complex flavours of juniper, spice and citrus, with none of the gluten.

To account for the extortionate cost involved in producing gluten-free gin, That Boutique-y Gin Company Gluten-Free Gin will carry an RRP of twice our standard range. The inflated price will be waived for customers who provide us with a doctor’s note confirming a proven intolerance to gluten.

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The Label
Spot our latest innovation, curiously depicted among a wealth of tautological items spanning chewy toffees, fattening butter, spicy chillies and more. This veritable collection is perched atop a rustic-looking oak shelf inside an old-fashioned shop. Just out of shot: nutty peanut butter, wobbly jelly, and crumby bread. 

The Taste
Nose: Soft and fresh, with lively orange and grapefruit.
Palate: Thick, itchy and mouth-coating. Warming, earthy spices follow, underscored with classic London Dry notes of coriander, cardamom and angelica. 
Finish: Long and lingering, with a pinch of juniper and a slight nuttiness. 

The Drinks

‘Free From’ Fizz
50ml Gluten-Free Gin
Dash lime juice
½ teaspoon Himalayan sugar
1 vegan egg white
Soda water to top
Slice organic lemon
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled highball glass with ice cubes, top with soda water and garnish.

Delicious and completely free from nasties. The tartness of the lime cuts through the Himalayan sugar to temper the sweetness. The perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening.

Grain Free Martini
50ml Gluten-Free Gin
20ml dry vermouth
3 olives
Fill mixing glass with ice cubes, combine gin and vermouth, and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Arrange olives on gluten-free toothpick and serve.

The earthy, nutty notes of the gin shine through in this Grain Free Martini, balanced with refreshing leafy notes and a touch of citrus. Delightful paired with lactose free cheese and rice crackers.

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Strawberry & Balsamico Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Strawberry & Balsamico Gin

David T. Smith gives us the low-down on Strawberry & Balsamico Gin...

Strawberries and gin: that’s a pretty fantastic combination, right? Whether as a garnish (perhaps with some freshly cracked black pepper) in a Gin & Tonic or - perhaps more controversially* - in a serving of summer fruit cups such as Pimm’s; it’s a hit.

Some distillers have even started incorporating strawberries into the gins themselves; such was the case of the Great Strawberry Gin bubble of a few years ago. This all started when a Seville gin became exceptionally popular in south of Spain. This was a strawberry gin with a garishly pink colour that was often mixed with Lemon Fanta. Within months, many other Spanish brands followed suit by releasing their own expressions. 

The main downside of this was that many of the gins had a character that was closer to a sweet strawberry vodka than gin; with some of the products, it’s doubtful if they had ever made the acquaintance of a juniper berry.

Now that the froth has settled somewhat, a new product has emerged to reclaim and revive the great combination of gin and strawberry; this time with a new friend, balsamic vinegar. Yes, balsamic vinegar. But not just any balsamic vinegar: Aceto di Balsamico tradizionale di Modena DOP, the finest variety money can buy.

So what?
Firstly, the Balsamico can only be made in the Province of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It must adhere to a strict set of criteria, including being aged in a series of different wooden casks for between 12 and 25 years. The barrels are small (no larger than 60 litres) and made of different woods such as: ash, cherry, chestnut, mulberry, oak, and - most interestingly - juniper.

The result is a sublimely luxurious product that has a distinctive, almost syrupy, density, a velvety texture, a dark lustrous sheen and a delightful balance of sweet and sour. It truly has to be tasted to be believed.

The Gin

That Boutique-y Gin Company's Strawberry & Balsamico Gin starts out with a classic gin base made using botanicals that include juniper, coriander and angelica. To this, individual distillates of black pepper and strawberry are added. Strawberries are then added to the gin to give a bright fruitiness and deep scarlet hue. The final touch is the Aceto di Balsamico tradizionale di Modena DOP, which brings its unique texture and complex sweet and sour character to the spirit.

The Label
Atop a pile of juniper berries sits a plump, lone strawberry upon which a decadent splash of Balsamico is being drizzled. As the Balsamico cascades down the juniper berries it forms a luxurious pool of decadence.

The Taste
Nose: Dark red fruits - cherry, strawberry and cranberry - mixed with the rich and mysterious darkness of the balsamic, creating a rich chocolate-treacle note.
Taste: A delightful balance between the plump, juicy strawberries and the complexity of the balsamic, which provides some woodiness and a touch of refined bitterness, but minimal acidity.
Finish: Cinder toffee and the lasting sweetness of strawberry. When it comes to flavours, you really do get two for the price of one with this gin!

The Drinks

Strawberry Balsamico Daiquiri
50ml Strawberry Balsamico Gin
25ml fresh lime juice
10ml sugar syrup
Shake vigorously with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass.

Sublime. The delightful interplay of strawberry and lime, along with the deep complexity of the Balsamico and the botanical intensity of the gin, make this a drink that’s near perfection.

Alexandro
30ml Strawberry Balsamico Gin
15ml creme de cacao (preferably white, as this will preserve the gin’s colour)
50ml milk

A very creamy cocktail that works exceptionally well with the strawberry, which is, in turn, complemented by the chocolate. Unlike most cream cocktails, it has a very balanced sweetness and even a sly streak of dark bitterness. A great dessert cocktail for those who may usually just stick with coffee.

With Tonic
50ml Strawberry Balsamico Gin
150ml tonic water
Add ice, gin and tonic to a tumbler or wine glass - garnish with a thin piece of lime peel.

The bitterness of the quinine works really well with the deep, dark sweetness of the gin and the sweet strawberry note balances out the dryness of the tonic. Add a slice of lime peel for extra colour and zip.

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* There was once an “Anti-Strawberry, Pro-Borage Pimm’s Pressure Group” on Facebook, whose members abhorred the inclusion of strawberries in the suggested garnish on the Pimm’s bottle and had started an online petition to remove it. Instead, they preferred lemon and borage leaves.

Our Cherry Gin named World's Best Flavoured Gin 2018!

Our Cherry Gin named World's Best Flavoured Gin 2018!

We're extraordinarily excited to share the news of a bounty of World Gin Awards titles bestowed upon our range, including World's Best Flavoured Gin for our Cherry Gin!

Cast your mind back to around one year ago and you might remember our Cherry Gin being launched (along with the rest of That Boutique-y Gin Company's delicious, initial (delinitial for short) expressions). Well, it's one year later and Cherry Gin has been named World's Best Flavoured Gin at the World Gin Awards 2018! We think you'll agree that to go from not existing to the World's Best Flavoured Gin in the space of a year is pretty bloomin' cool.

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In addition to that, we also snatched up a trio of Category Winner titles (Cherry Gin - UK Flavoured Gin Category Winner, Icewine Gin - UK Old Tom Gin Category Winner and Monastic Gin (Blackwater) - Ireland Classic Gin Category Winner) and a quartet of Gold Medals (Single Cask Bathtub Gin Ben Nevis Palo Cortado Cask, Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin, Very Old Tom and Estate-Foraged Gin (Shortcross)). It's safe to say that we're immensely proud of this bevvy of awards, and we can't wait to show off new gins that could be winning titles in 2019!

A quick look at... Our Alamedapocalypse Gin from St. George Spirits

A quick look at... Our Alamedapocalypse Gin from St. George Spirits

Our very own David T. Smith drops some knowledge bombshells about the brand new Alamedapocalypse Gin...

At times of unease, when tyrants have their "finger on the button", some in the world look to a small island in San Francisco Bay for hope. There, they find two distinguished distillers and one gin to help them survive the apocalypse. Help us, St. George - you're our only hope!

St. George Spirits, now located on a decommissioned US Naval Base on Alameda, was founded by Jörg Rupf in 1982 and was the pioneer in the renaissance of American Craft Distilling. Jörg began by distilling fruit brandies (eaux de vies), combining the techniques of the old world with the raw material of the new. In 1996, Lance Winters, who had previously worked as a brewer (and a nuclear scientist), joined the distillery and, in 2005, he was joined by Dave Smith (great name!).

Jörg retired in 2010 and Lance became the Master Distiller, with Dave filling the role of Head Distiller. The following year, things got really interesting with the distillery launching a range of three gins:

St George Terroir Gin
A gin designed to capture the taste and aromas of the Pacific coastal forest in California. Its botanicals include: douglas fir, bay laurel and coastal sage. This is a bright, green and piney gin that simply sparkles in the glass.

St George Botanivore Gin
What is a botanivore? Well, if a carnivore eats meat and a herbivore eats plants, then a botanicare must eat... botanicals! This complex and engaging gin is made using 19 different botanicals, including bergamot, dill, fennel, ginger and citra hops.

St George Dry Rye Gin
Many gins are made using a base spirit produced from grain; wheat is particularly popular in Europe, whilst distilleries in the USA and Canada often use corn. For their Dry Rye Gin, St. George decided to use a base spirit made from rye, which is usually reserved for making whisky and the bread for pastrami sandwiches. It’s a great example of how much character a base spirit can add to a gin and is really used as a botanical in it own right, join others including juniper, black pepper, caraway, coriander, grapefruit and lime peel.

In addition to these gins, the distillery also makes a range of other spirits including vodka and botanical vodkas, rums, whisky, absinthe, brandies and liqueurs. 

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The Gin

That Boutique-y Gin Company Alamedapocalypse Gin is distilled in a 1,500 litre copper pot still using a combination of pot distillation and vapour distillation: some of the botanicals are placed directly into the pot, whereas others are placed in a botanical basket held above. As alcohol vapour from the still passes through the botanicals in the basket, it picks up their flavours and aromas. As these botanicals are not directly exposed to the heat of the main pot, the characteristics that are extracted are more delicate and nuanced.

Alamedapocalypse is made using botanicals that include juniper berries, angelica, and coriander. The addition of bay laurel and coriander leaf give the gin a green leafiness, whilst cinnamon and anise add a spiciness. Finally, a medley of citrus is included to give the gin an extra “zip” of liveliness.

The Taste
Nose: Bright and booming. Grassy pine, bay leaf and aromatic cilantro.
Taste: Thick, mouth-coating texture, with notes of honey, Indian spice and a touch of hot chocolate.
Finish: Black pepper with notes of black tea, lime and a lingering note of ginger spice.
Overall: A complex gin - fresh and green with a touch of Eastern spice.

The Label
The label shows a post-apocalyptic Alameda Island, the city of San Francisco smouldering in the far background. Closer to our heroes, one of three hangers has just been taken out by an atomic bomb, resulting in an explosive mushroom cloud; thankfully, hangers 2 and 3 remain intact. Dave and Lance, who have evidently become some sort of monk warrior knights, are battling an anthropomorphic - and probably radioactive - shark. 

Albert Einstein famously said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought.”, but in this version of a dystopian future, Dave uses a kyber-crystal fuelled cowbell, whilst Lance prefers to rely on his street-fighter skills.

The Drinks

Dry Martini
50ml Alamedapocalypse Gin
10ml dry vermouth
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir vigorously (for at least 20-30 seconds). Strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.

The coriander leaf (cilantro) notes from the gin really come through in a Martini, adding floral, leafy notes with a hint of citrus. A dash of cracked black pepper sprinkled over the top is a wonderful garnish.

Three Minutes to Midnight
50ml Alamedapocalypse Gin
15ml lemongrass and ginger gordial
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled tumbler. Top up with around 150ml of sparkling water. Garnish with lemon peel or, for a touch of class, a piece of lemongrass.

A flavoursome and complex drink full of exotic, fruity flavours; in particular, the lemongrass and cilantro, followed by a warm tingle of black pepper and ginger. Spicy, yet refreshing, this would make a lovely accompaniment to a Thai curry.

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A quick look at... Our CitroLondon Dry Gin from The Fifty Eight Gin Distillery

A quick look at... Our CitroLondon Dry Gin from The Fifty Eight Gin Distillery

David T. Smith takes a look at what can happen when teamwork triumphs - CitroLondon Dry Gin!

New to That Boutique-y Gin Company comes a collaboration with 58 Gin and author of “10 Gin to Try Before You Die”, Ian Buxton.

58 Gin was founded by Mark Marmont in 2014. The distillery is located underneath a railway arch in Hackney Down Studios, Hackney, London and they use a selection of traditional alembic copper pot stills to create their gins. 

Citrus is a very important part of the Gin 58 botanical profile and Mark has endeavoured to source quality and unusual citrus; this even involves him undertaking his own drying process to ensure a reliable, year-round supply.

The Gin

For That Boutique-y Gin Company's CitroLondon Dry Gin, Mark and his colleague, Carmen, liaised with Ian Buxton to create a new gin. They used the botanical foundation of 58 Gin, tweaked with the addition of London Citron.

What is Citron?
Citron (citrus medica) is one of the four original citrus fruit* from which all other citrus fruits descend, whether by natural or artificial hybridization. The fruit look like bumpy, oversized lemons, typically measuring around 25cm in length and weighing a couple of kilos. The fruit has a very thick white rind with a small, acidic pulp in the centre.

Incredibly the particular citrons used in this gin are grow wild in London, an area that was once cultivated but has now been reclaimed by the wild, the exact whereabouts are a secret.

*The other three being mandarin, papeda and pomelo.

The Label
The scene is set outside the 58 Gin Distillery. The doors are flung open to the world, revealing the cavernous interior beneath the railway arches. To the right are the various stills that Mark uses to make spirit and, to the left, a selection of fine botanicals. In the centre we find Mark Marmont himself in angelic, haloed form - a reference to the distillery’s logo - where he is picking fruit from two citron trees.

Above him is spirits expert and author of “101 Gins to Try Before Your Die”, Ian Buxton, at the helm of beautiful old steam locomotive, the 101G Express. He even has a copy of his book in hand - full steam ahead to another great gin!

The Taste
Nose: The citron jumps from the glass, fresh and vibrant, followed by an array of other citrus notes: lively orange and grapefruit. Warming earthy spices also come through with a good dose of juniper and fresh leafy notes.
Palate: Thick, mouth-filling citrus and juniper, with other classic London dry notes, too: coriander, cardamom and angelica. 
Finish: Long and lush, morphing into warming spices.

The Drinks

Citrocola
50ml Citro-London Gin
150ml cola
Dash of orange bitters

An unorthodox way to mix gin, perhaps, but it really is superb. Bright, lively citrus with some sweet, herbal notes, too. Easy to mix and a pleasure to drink.

London Daisy
50ml Citro-London Gin
25ml lemon juice
25ml Bergamotti Liqueur (or other orange liqueur)

A real zinger of a drink that would be perfect to enjoy on a hot afternoon in the summer in the city. The sweet fragrance of the bergamot liqueur brings out the dryer notes in the gin, whilst the lemon adds a fresh balance.

Beretta ‘18
25ml ml Citro-London Gin
15ml limoncello
75ml prosecco
Garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel.
Add gin and limoncello to a Champagne flute and stir gently with a swizzle stick. Top-up with prosecco and add the garnish.

The citrus really comes through well in this drink. The limoncello and prosecco add body and balance, producing a well-rounded drink with a pleasant fizz. A good choice for a pre-dinner cocktail.

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A quick look at... Our Double-Barrel Gin from Cotswolds

A quick look at... Our Double-Barrel Gin from Cotswolds

Worlds collide (or should that be barrels?) as David T Smith gives us the low-down on Cotswolds' Double-Barrel Gin.

The Cotswolds Distillery, located in the picturesque Shipston-on-Stour, was founded by Daniel Szor in 2012 and they released their first gin in 2014. Their flagship Cotswolds Dry Gin is a botanically intense gin whose recipe includes: juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root, cardamom, lime, grapefruit, black pepper, lavender and bay leaf.

In addition, the distillery has released a series of limited editions, some only available directly from the distillery shop. These include: Hedgerow Gin, Baharat Gin, Chamomile and Hop Gin, and Countess Grey Gin.

In 2016, they also released 1616, a gin that harked back to the time of Shakespeare. It had a botanical mix including juniper, cassia, nutmeg and orange peel, included some of their unaged single malt spirit, and was aged in ex red-wine casks.

Since their return to the market in 2007, barrel-aged gins have slowly and steadily been growing in popularity bit by bit. Many relied on the tried-and-tested method of ex-bourbon cask aging for 3-6 months, which adds a pleasant, mellow sweetness to the spirit. A number of great products are made like this, but it can sometimes leave the more adventurous gin drinker wanting more. 

The Gin

To make Cotswolds Double-Barrelled Gin, the distillery age two batches of Cotswolds Dry Gin: the first in ex-red wine casks and the second in ex-bourbon casks. The two are then blended together. As well as providing additional depth and complexity to the gin, this method is also a nod to how Cotswolds makes its Single Malt Whisky, which is made using spirits aged in these two types of casks.

The Label
A rare insight into the Cotswolds Distillery’s secret research laboratory, where all sorts of marvelous creations are experimented with. On the back wall, you can spot the Cotswolds botanical library, featuring single distillates of a wide range of interesting flora. 

In the front and centre of scene are distiller, Nickolas Franchino, and Dan Szor, who have together created an unholy hybrid of a barrel - a cask-fusion of red wine and ex-bourbon staves. They laugh maniacally as they challenge the forces of nature and defiant flashes of lightning bring their creation - a modern prometheus - to “life”. 

The Taste
Nose: Fruity, woody, and resinous. Intriguing, with a great ability to draw you into the glass.
Taste: Zesty and spiced woody notes - rather vivacious! Rich fruity notes of plum and grape, with cinnamon sugar towards the end.
Finish: Long and lingering; a lovely balance of juniper and black pepper.

In the words of the distillers...

1) Can you describe the inspiration / development process behind this gin?

We make whisky and we make gin, so it was logical for us to start experimenting with barrel-aging our gin. The two main casks used to age our whisky are 1st fill ex-bourbon barrels from Kentucky and ex-red wine barriques from Portugal.  The two of them go extremely well together when blending whisky, so we thought: why not try it with our gin? We aged our Cotswolds Dry Gin for 3 months in both barrels and then blended them together. The honey and vanilla notes of the ex-bourbon cask are complemented by the fruity notes of the ex-red wine barrel and presto!  Double-barrel gin was born. The name seemed perfect coming from the Cotswolds, with its many double-barrelled residents…

2) What makes this gin different from the rest of your range?

Our flagship Cotswolds Dry Gin is unaged, and our only barrel-aged gin – 1616 – is a whisky-based gin akin to a Dutch Genever. This is the only available barrel-aged expression of our Dry Gin, and we think it’s come out rather nicely!

3) Do you have any suggested serves / cocktail recipes for the gin?

Our experience with our own 1616 barrel-aged gin has taught us that the botanical notes and deep woodiness work really well in a Mule cocktail. We’d therefore suggest using our Double-Barrelled Gin as the base for a Cotswolds Mule, as per below:

Cotswolds Mule
50ml Double-Barrelled Aged Gin
15ml King's Ginger Liqueur
15ml lime juice
8ml  triple sec
Top up with ginger ale or ginger beer
Place the first 4 ingredients into an ice filled shaker, shake and strain into ice filled copper mug & top up with Ginger Ale – stir & serve. Embelish with mint, lime & ginger.

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A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Chocolate Orange Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Chocolate Orange Gin

David T. Smith takes a look at a way to enjoy the deliciousness of a Chocolate Orange without having to hit something with a hammer - Chocolate Orange Gin!

In the 1930s, chocolatiers began to experiment with flavouring chocolate using flavour oils, incidentally often created by distillation. One of the early products created using this method was the chocolate orange, first sold in 1932. Previously, the same company had made a “dessert chocolate apple” (produced from 1926-1954); sadly, it was not apple-flavoured, just apple-shaped. Other flavoured chocolate joy-joys included a pineapple chocolate and the oh-so seventies chocolate lemon.

The chocolate orange has now been a favourite for birthdays and Christmas presents for generations and, at the height of their popularity, one in ten Christmas stockings contained this sweet treat.

The Gin

That Boutique-y Gin Company's Chocolate Orange Gin is flavoured completely via distillation (hence it is technically a  “London Dry Gin”), with no flavourings being added afterwards. A selection of core gin botanicals make up the base of the botanical recipe, to which are added zesty bitter orange and rich cocoa nibs. The result is a slinky, creamy and decadent spirit.

The Label
The label shows a cocoa nib covered in a gradually-unravelling orange peel. A display of boxed chocolate oranges sit on a table in the background, all of which seem to be slightly shop-soiled; no doubt they can be had for a song (or perhaps a cheeky plug for the retailer). One lucky, lucky lady called Jill seems to be the only person who will receive their confectionery in mint condition. 

However, if the temperature on the wall is to be believed, all of the chocolate oranges are in peril of melting and congealing to form an almost inedible, hardened cricket ball of chocolate when they are rechilled. Thankfully, TBGC Chocolate Orange Gin will not melt in your hand.

The Taste
Nose: A bright and enticing nose with dry cocoa and the zingy “zip” of orange. Fantastic!
Taste: A thick and creamy spirit that perfectly creates the illusion of chocolate orange with notes of milk chocolate and zesty orange.
Finish: Lingering citrus and a pinch of juniper and pepper.
Fans of the spherical chocolatey treat will fall head-over-heels for this one.

The Drinks

Hot Chocolate Orange
25ml TBGC Chocolate Orange Gin
100ml milk
18-20 Cadbury’s Chocolate Buttons
Add the chocolate buttons to the milk and stir. Heat in the microwave for two periods of 30 seconds each, stirring in between. Stir again once heated to ensure that all of the chocolate melts, before adding the gin. Leave to stand for a minute before stirring once more and then serving.

ChocOrange Alexander
40ml TBGC Chocolate Orange Gin
30ml Creme de Cacao
30ml single cream
10ml brandy (optional)
Add all of the ingredients to cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly with ice, fine strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with crumbled flake or nutmeg.

This is a variation on the Alexander cocktail from the early 20th century, which was traditionally gin-based, but was later modified to use brandy instead. This recipe uses both.

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A quick look at... Our Double-Sloe Gin from Whittaker's Gin

A quick look at... Our Double-Sloe Gin from Whittaker's Gin

Sloe like you've never seen it before - David T Smith investigates Double-Sloe Gin from Whittaker's Gin...

As we find ourselves in the depth of winter, with early morning frosts and the occasional flurry of snow, drinkers’ thoughts rightly turn to the hot toddy and other cosy spirits that are like a snuggly hug in a glass. For gin lovers, this is often in the form of sloe gin.

The world and its dog seems to make sloe gin, with each person having their own secret recipe and ritual. I have it on very good authority that even Prince Philip makes, or at least he used to make, sloe gin for the Royal Household.

So for the first That Boutique-y Gin Company product involving sloe berries, we’ve approached the subject from a slightly different angle. This project is in partnership with Toby & Jane Whittaker of Harrogate Distillery, makers of Whittaker's Gin. The husband and wife team founded Whittaker’s Gin in 2015 and their range of gins already includes:

- Whittaker’s Gin Original;
- Whittaker’s Gin Clearly Sloe;
- Whittaker’s Gin Navy Strength; and
- Whittaker’s Gin Pink Particular.

The Gin

That Boutique-y Gin Company Double-Sloe Gin uses Whittaker’s Clearly Sloe as a base (this is their redistilled - and therefore clear - sloe gin), to which are added extra sloes, as well as a gentle sweetness. The result is a gin that is both complex and has a deep sloe character, with a wide range of aromas and flavours coming from each stage of the production process.

The Label
A slightly spooky scene: front and centre is a black rabbit with glowing sloe berries for eyes; whilst it may initially appear to be sinister, it’s far more mysterious than menacing. The spooky label is a nod to the fact that the Clearly Sloe (is like a “ghostly” (transparent) version of a traditional sloe gin. In the background, a supermoon illuminates two local landmarks: Ripon Cathedral and the famous Betty’s Tea Room in Harrogate.

The Taste
Nose: Soft, but with plenty going on: fleks of cherry blossom, almond and vanilla blossom before the nose settles into plump, but dry notes of sloe and pine.
Taste: Slightly nutty and oily to start with deep, rich and crisp pine notes - fresh and invigorating. Notes of sloe berry follow: tart, but with a ribbon of sweet vanilla and cherry running through it.
Finish: Cherry stones and vanilla with a lingering zip of tart berries and pine needles.

This is certainly a “ginnier” sloe-flavoured gin that is both dryer and more mixable. If the old liqueur sloe gin was the king of winter gin drinking then, thanks to Double Sloe, the king has lost his crown.

The Drinks

With Ginger Ale
50ml Double-Sloe Gin
150ml ginger ale

There is a real beauty in the simplicity of this drink. The light ginger notes work incredibly well alongside the jamminess and slight tartness of the gin. A delight to drink.

Double-Sloe Pro
20ml Double-Sloe Gin
100ml rose prosecco
Add gin to a flute glass and top-up with prosecco.

Another very simple drink to make, but one that brings out the plump fruitiness in both the spirit and the wine marvellously. A great way to start a festive party.

Sloe Gin Fizz
50ml Double-Sloe Gin
25ml lemon juice
10ml simple sugar syrup
Add ingredients to a well-iced tumbler glass and gently stir before topping up with sparkling/soda water.

This drink is dryer than your typical Sloe Gin Fizz, and a good choice for an aperitif to help raise the appetite. A crisp drink with a complex character.

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A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Finger Lime Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Finger Lime Gin

Australia is on our mind right now - not just because we're sick of this cold winter, but because finger limes are amazing! David T. Smith gives us a look at That Boutique-y Gin Company Finger Lime Gin.

The last few years have seen a great increase in the number of Australian gins on the market. These spirits have helped to introduce the world to a host of previously unknown ingredients only found on the island continent, such as lemon myrtle, wattle seed and finger limes. It is the last of these that is particularly fascinating....

The finger lime (citrus australasica) is a citrus fruit similar in size, shape and appearance to a gherkin. Inside the fruit’s slightly crunchy skin are innumerous round, tangy globules that pop in the mouth with a zesty zing, hence their nickname: “lime caviar” - an apt description.

Finger limes are endemic to Australia and grow around the borders of Queensland and New South Wales. The plants are relatively short and thorny, and form part of the scrubland in the region.

The Gin

That Boutique-y Gin Company Finger Lime Gin is made using a mix of classic gin botanicals to which whole finger limes are added. The final product, bottled at 46% ABV, is a zesty and lively gin with a hint of intrigue.

The Label
The label shows a colourful array of cracked finger limes sat atop a mound of ripe juniper berries; the zesty caviar oozes forth from the fruit.

The Taste
Nose: Lemon and lime sherbert with a hint of violet and turkish delight.
Taste: A creamy mouthfeel with notes of vanilla and a mix of lime jelly and lemon posset, then a gentle hint of cinnamon spice and a touch of key lime pie before more dry, earthy notes.
Finish: A bright finish of lime zest; effervescent with a leafyness and a touch of pink peppercorn.

The Drinks

Finger Lime Buck
50ml Finger Lime Gin
150ml ginger ale
Twist of lime peel
Add ingredients to a tall, well-iced glass.

A long and refreshing drink with lots of oily citrus, a light creaminess and more floral citrus notes to finish. Bright and delicious.

Gimlet
50ml Finger Lime Gin
20ml lime cordial
Garnish with a thin piece of lime peel

Wowzers! That is a fine Gimlet. It really brings the various lime elements to life, producing a very vibrant drink with great depth that is both well-balanced and graceful. A must try.

Finger Lime Bracer
50ml Finger Lime Gin
25ml dry vermouth
10ml lemon juice
Shake ingredients vigorously with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass. 

This is a dry, crisp cocktail that really allows some of the more nuanced, creamy aspects of the finger lime to come through.

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A quick look at... Our Chocolate Cherry Gin from McQueen

A quick look at... Our Chocolate Cherry Gin from McQueen

Got a bit of a sweet tooth? Well, McQueen has just the thing to satisfy it - Chocolate Cherry Gin! David T. Smith investigates...

If there is a flavour that we at That Boutique-y Gin Company know works well with gin, it’s cherry; the popularity of our Cherry Gin shows that the world of gin drinkers likes it, too. Another flavour that works well with cherry is chocolate and so for this release we have teamed up with McQueen Gin from Trossachs Distillery; they are already well-known for their mint chocolate and mocha gins, so it seemed like a bit of a no-brainer.

Trossachs Distillery, located in Callander, Scotland, are the team behind McQueen Gin, founded in 2016 by Vicky and Dale McQueen. Vicky has a background as a chef and Master Baker, whilst Dale is a chartered mechanical engineer.

Their initial gin line-up consisted of “Sweet citrus”, “Smoky Chilli”, Chocolate Mint” and “Mocha” (aka chocolate-coffee). Soon after, they released a flagship, classic London Dry Gin and, in Christmas 2017, they released a White Chocolate and Raspberry special edition gin.

The Gin

Taking a base gin of botanicals used in other McQueen gins, the distillery team have added chocolate and organic, dried sour cherries from Uzbekistan. The gin is 100% distilled - so all of its flavour comes from its botanicals and not flavours added after distillation - and technically qualifies as a London Dry Gin.

The Label
The founders of McQueen Gin, Vicky & Dale McQueen, sit aboard a rowing boat, floating on a loch in the Trossachs. Dale is picking some fresh fruit from a cherry tree on the bank of the loch, perfect for a garnish to a gin tonic he’s just made or to top a slice of decadent Black Forest Gateau, evidently homemade by Vicky herself. Two other members of the family, dogs Rosie and Snowy, are looking longingly at the bank, probably hoping for a run around.

The Taste
Nose: Soft, dry cocoa with a peek of black cherry.
Taste: Dark chocolate sauce, before the arrival of chocolate-dipped black cherries, which add a lightly tart fruitiness.
Finish: Dry juniper, as well as an encore of chocolate - think of a chocolate sponge cake complete with chocolate curls.

The Drinks

Choc-cherry Gin Tonic
50ml Chocolate Cherry Gin
150ml Tonic Water (Peter Spanton’s No9 Tonic Cardamom is ideal, but this recipe works well with any standard Indian tonic
Fill a large wine glass or gin tonic glass with ice, and add the gin, then the tonic. Garnish with a cherry and a dash of chocolate bitters and, for an indulgent touch, some chocolate shavings or crushed Cadbury Flake.

CC Deluxe
25ml Chocolate Cherry Gin
25ml double cream
1 tsp brown sugar
A do-it-yourself cream “liqueur”. Stir the ingredients together and then pour into a tumbler. Serve with a couple of ice cubes.

An indulgent treat, ideal at the end of an evening, but great any time. Why not pre-batch a few drinks’ worth in a bottle and keep it in the fridge?

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A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Rhubarb Triangle Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Rhubarb Triangle Gin

Yorkshire is calling as David T. Smith has a gander at our Rhubarb Triangle Gin...

Whether stewed, baked in a crumble or pie, juiced, or in old-fashioned boiled sweets, rhubarb is an enduring flavour and its popularity is on the rise.

Originally from Siberia, rhubarb also grows well in the UK climate; in particular, that of Yorkshire. The growing conditions in “God’s Own County, as the region is sometimes known, are so ideal that between the settlements of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield was an area known as the “Rhubarb Triangle”. This area was home to many rhubarb farmers and, at its peak in the 1930s, the area produced 90% of the world’s supply of winter rhubarb. The Great Northern Railway ran “Rhubarb Specials” express trains, which ran between the Triangle and London and could carry 200 tonnes of rhubarb to the capital each day.

The Gin

For That Boutique-y Gin Company Rhubarb Triangle Gin, all of the rhubarb is sourced from this historic area. Rather than the forced winter rhubarb, which grows in complete darkness, the gin uses rhubarb that has been grown in sunlight, producing a tarter, bolder character. Rhubarb Triangle is made with fresh rhubarb and a base gin with a range of classic botanicals. The result is a complex and versatile spirit that captures the whole spectrum of rhubarb flavour.

The Taste
Nose: The sparkling zing of crisp rhubarb with lemon shortbread.
Taste: A voluptuous texture with powerful rhubarb notes coming through, complex and fresh. A zip of citrus, pinch of spice and then the unmistakeable dry flavour of juniper.
Finish: Refined and lasting hints of rhubarb crumble, rhubarb soda, and even a touch of rhubarb and custard sweets.
Overall: The one word to describe this gin is complex; this spirit takes rhubarb gin to the third dimension.

The Label
Three luscious leafy stalks of rhubarb lounge on a bed of juniper. The leaves of each stalk have mysteriously grown to take the forms of the coats of arms for the three settlements that make up the corners of the Rhubarb Triangle: the apex leaf is Leeds, the bottom right is Wakefield, and the bottom-left is Bradford.

The Drinks

Hot Rhubarb
35ml Rhubarb Triangle GIn
1tsp honey
Juice of half a lemon
100ml hot water
Add the gin, honey and lemon to a heatproof glass or mug and top-up with hot water. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.

A warming and cosy drink, great to enjoy on those early winter nights. Bright and bold with enough flavour to enjoy even when you’ve got the sniffles.

Rhubarb Retro
50ml Rhubarb Triangle Gin
100ml Cream Soda
Wedge or two of lime
Fill a tall glass with ice, add the gin, then the cream soda and two wedges of lime. For a tarter drink, squeeze one or two of the wedges into the drink.

A blast from the past with the use of the youthful cream soda, which adds bright, creamy vanilla notes, almost reminiscent of a light custard.

Rhubarb Rogue
50ml Rhubarb Triangle Gin
25ml Ginger Wine
Shake ingredients with ice and then fine-strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a twist of lemon and (if you have it) a small gingerbread cookie on the side. 

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A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Icewine Old Tom

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Icewine Old Tom

That Boutique-y Gin Company's David T. Smith gives us the lowdown on the Icewine Old Tom...

The recent revival of Old Tom Gin, which had all but vanished 10 years ago, has seen various distilleries innovate to give this historic product a twist, bringing it up to date for the modern day. Old Tom’s were typically sweetened and more botanically intense than other gins, in part to help disguise the flavour of the underlying alcohol on which the spirit was based.

Back in the 18th century, distillers would have used whatever was to hand to sweeten gin. In the case of a product like Gordon’s, this was simply pure cane sugar, whilst others were botanically sweetened with liquorice root.

In the 21st century, distillers are using a host of different ingredients to add sweetness - and sometimes more complexity - to their gin, including honey, caramelized demerara, stevia and agave syrup. For Icewine Old Tom, That Boutique-y Gin Company has used Canadian Icewine.

What is Icewine?
Icewine is a sweet dessert wine that is made using grapes that freeze whilst still on the vine due to cold weather. The water inside the vines freezes, but the other components, such as sugar and any other solids dissolved in the water, do not.

When the grapes are pressed, the must (the juice that comes from the squeezed grapes) is concentrated with the flavours and sweetness of the wine. It also means that the yield (i.e. how much wine you can make) is smaller than a wine made using the equivalent quantity of non-frozen grapes.

The main icewine producing nations are Germany (where it is known as Eiswein) and Canada (mostly Ontario), although some is also made in the US, Japan and many central and eastern countries in Europe.

Icewine Old Tom

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That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Icewine Old Tom takes a classic, copper pot distilled gin and adds Icewine from Canada (where in order to be considered icewine, the grapes must be harvested at a temperature not exceeding -8°C). Lemon, lime and liquorice root are also added to the gin’s botanical mix.

The Label
The label shows our classy cat, looking rather pleased with himself as he strolls through a frozen vineyard, snug as a bug in a rug whilst sipping on a Tom Collins. In the background, you can see the majestic Niagara Falls - a nod to the major Icewine producing nation of Canada.

The Taste
Nose: Intriguing, with a deep muskiness and hints of grapefruit; close your eyes and breathe it in!
Taste: Honey and raisins with little flecks of spice and pine.
Finish: The sweet complexity of Sauternes with the dryness of a white Pineau des Charentes. A delight for gin and wine lovers.

The Drinks

Icewine Old Tom Collins
50ml Icewine Old Tom
20ml Lemon Juice
75ml Sparkling Water
Garnish with a few frozen grapes.
Add the Icewine Old Tom and citrus to a wine or gin tonic glass half full of ice and give it a gentle stir. Add the sparkling water and garnish.

This recipe breaks with tradition as it is designed to be served in a wine glass or even a gin tonica glass rather than the traditional long and tall collins glasses. The wider-rimmed wine glass makes it easier to appreciate the complex aromas of the spirit, whilst also making it easier to retrieve the grape garnish to munch on when the drink is finished.

Icewine Old Tom Aperitif
50ml Icewine Old Tom
50ml Red Vermouth
3-4 dashes Aromatic Bitters (optional)
Add both ingredients to a large wine glass - or, even better, a brandy snifter - and add a couple of ice cubes. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Ice Wine Old Tom & Ginger
50ml Icewine Old Tom
150ml Ginger Ale
Garnish with lime wedge
Add the ice to a tumbler or old-fashioned glass. Pour the Icewine Old Tom over the ice, top up with ginger ale, and garnish with a lime wedge. For a more tart drink, simply squeeze the lime wedge.

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A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Very Old Tom

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Very Old Tom

David T. Smith gives us a guided tour of That Boutique-y Gin Company's Very Old Tom and its various uses in cocktails...

Old Tom was popular type of gin in the mid 19th century and, due to the equipment used to make gin at the time, the alcohol used to make gin - its “base spirit” - had a lot more character that contributed to the gin’s final flavour. The gin was often sweetened and was usually stored in casks rather than bottles and so gins may have been lightly aged.

With Very Old Tom, That Boutique-y Gin Company have been inspired by these historical Old Toms and brought the style back to the future, whilst updating it for the 21st century.

The base spirit is a glorious medley of different spirits including: vodka, brandy, whisky and rum, which are blended together before being combined with a selection of botanicals including:

Juniper
Coriander
Angelica Root
Bitter Orange
Liquorice

Finally, it is gently sweetened with cane sugar, just as you would expect from an Old Tom.

The blend of different base spirits adds an intriguing nuance to the spirit and, as some of the spirits in the base are aged (some for a bit and some for a considerable amount of time) there is a pleasant woody character, too.

The label shows a rather dapper cat, dressed in the finest spiffery of a wine red velvet smoking jacket and fine Italian loafers. As he luxuriates in the high-back arm chair, the cat is surrounded by a library of spirits adorning the walls above the fireplace; just a glimpse of the variety of spirits that go into making Very Old Tom. This snug scene would be the perfect place to enjoy a snifter or two of the spirit, either from a brandy balloon or in a heavy-bottomed glass with a cube or two of ice.

Tasting Notes
Nose: A game of hide-and-seek is going on with this nose, but you can pick out the full range of various spirit notes including: smoky whisky, mellow rum, perhaps even the fruitiness of grape?
Taste: The flavour starts as a tight little ball of sweetness and spice that gradually unravels, revealing notes of orange and nutmeg, cardamom and juniper, along with an array of complex wood notes.
Finish: A little cherry and some earthiness from the liquorice, before flavours of marmalade sponge covered in toasted brown sugar.

In addition to the sippability of the spirit, it mixes well in a variety of drinks including:

Meow-tinez

50ml Very Old Tom
25ml Red Vermouth
1 teaspoon of Orange Marmalade

Vigorously shake or stir (depending on your preference) all of the ingredients with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass using a fine-mesh (or clean tea) strainer, to ensure any lumps of marmalade peel don’t end up in your drink.

Very Old Fashioned

50ml Very Old Tom
10ml of Maraschino
3-4 dashes of bitters

Add the ingredients to a large tumbler and fill with ice. Stir. Enjoy directly from the glass or, if you prefer your drink without ice, strain into a smaller, pre-chilled tumbler.

The Maraschino adds an indulgent cherry note that goes well with the Very Old Tom’s woody spice. You could also use Grand Marnier or Cointreau to give the drink a warm, orangey glow. Essentially any liqueur could be used in place of the Maraschino, although steer clear of any cream ones!

Nine Lives Highball

25ml Very Old Tom
75-100ml Sparkling Water
Orange Peel Garnish
Fill an (ideally pre-chilled) tall glass with ice cubes before adding the spirit and then the water. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a stirring stick.

Inspired by the Highball of Japanese Whisky, this is a refreshing way to enjoy the nuances of the spirit.

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Our Multitude of Medals from The Design & Packaging Masters

Our Multitude of Medals from The Design & Packaging Masters

We swiped an admirable cluster of medals from The Design & Packaging Masters, which just happen to go handsomely with our medals from The Gin Masters from earlier this year...

We have often boasted about the labels that the talented Grace J Ward designs for our assortment of gins. No matter how bizarre the brief (honestly, the amount of times we feel the need to preface them with "Right, so..." is astounding), Grace's work never fail to impress. And it's not just us impressed by them - we've just scooped up an armful of medals from The Design & Packaging Masters!

Our Moonshot Gin, Expeditionary Gin and the recently released Yuletide Gin all were awarded Design & Packaging Masters Gold Medals, while our Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin and Cherry Gin each picked up a  Design & Packaging Masters Silver Medal! High-fives all around!

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These medals are quite an honour indeed, and they most certainly complement the pair of Master Medals from The Gin Masters awarded to our Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin and Cherry Gin earlier this year

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Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Yuletide Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Yuletide Gin

As Christmas creeps ever closer, David T. Smith takes a gander at our festive treat gin lovers - Yuletide Gin!

When you’re a child, one of the main thoughts that preoccupies you in the run-up to Christmas is... THE PRESENTS.

But as you grow older, attention tends to shift, albeit slightly (after all, who doesn't like a present?), to focus on the food and drink of the season. People like to pull out the stops for the Christmas period in the true spirit of hospitality. At That Boutique-y Gin Company, we’ve taken the same approach to our latest product: Yuletide Gin.

For this release, we’ve distilled Christmas for you dear gin drinkers. Our botanicals include:

  • Juniper;
  • Cassia;
  • Cinnamon;
  • Nutmeg;
  • Raisins;
  • Medjool Dates;
  • Cloves;
  • Allspice;
  • Clementine;
  • Cardamom;
  • Ginger;
  • Whole Pomanders (oranges studded with cloves); and
  • Christmas Tree Needles (Balsam & Douglas Fir)

In addition, we have individually distilled the following:

  • Christmas Cake;
  • Charred oak;
  • Chestnuts;
  • Christmas puddings;
  • A big pile of chocolate truffles;
  • Lebkuchen (German Christmas cookies);
  • Mince pies;
  • Panettone;
  • A whole gingerbread house; and finally...
  • Gold*, Frankincense and Myrrh!

*Well, edible gold flakes which are added after distillation and give the spirit a snow-globe quality.

The gin’s label depicts a snuggly scene with two lovable dogs, suitably festively attired, asleep in front of a roaring fire. Dotted around the room are all of the various items that have been distilled to make the gin; under the tree are the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, as well as a Castle Greyskull (for those of a certain age, the must-have Christmas toy of their childhood). However, please note that, as the bottle says, there is no Castle Greyskull distillate in the gin.

Yuletide Gin - On its own

Nose: Initial notes of Christmas pudding - plump and juicy - burst forth from the glass: succulent raisin, cassia, cinnamon and gingerbread. Gradually, the character of a well-stocked biscuit barrel comes through with buttery shortbread and oatmeal cookies. Then there’s amaretto, flaked almonds, cardamom and candied peel, all before a touch of Christmas tree to close.
Taste: Plump and jammy clementine with a sprinkle of toasted spice, accompanied by a festive medley of fruity, spicy Christmas confectionery: from mince pies to buttery panettone and everything in-between. A definite note of Christmas tree follows, with a floral splash reminiscent of the incense of Midnight Mass.
Finish: Candied citrus, glacé cherries, Turkish delight and toasted pine cone.

When all is said and done, this is an exceptionally complex spirit with lots of hidden flavour nooks that reveal themselves over time.

Festive GT

Adapted from the book “Gin Tonica” by TBGC’s very own David T Smith.
50ml Yuletide Gin, 
150ml Schweppes Indian Tonic Water,
Garnish with a colourful skewer of dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, and apricots.

A simple, but incredibly effective drink, and a good way to use up all of those little fruit nibbles dotted around the place in crystal bowls atop dollies. The tonic really brings out the spice and fruit of the gin.

Yuletide Mule

50ml Yuletide Gin, 
10ml Fresh Lime Juice, 
20ml Clementine Juice, 
120ml Ginger Beer

Another cocktail full of Christmas spice with plump, sweet citrus that perfectly complements the complex spice of the gin. The ginger adds body and additional spice, whilst the lime adds just enough bite to stop it from becoming overly confectionery in nature.

Christmas Morning Fizz

15ml Yuletide Gin, 
60ml Sparkling Wine of Choice
Add the gin to a champagne flute and top-up with the wine; a twist of orange peel makes a pleasant garnish.

A glass of fizz in a Champagne flute makes for a great festive start to the big day and just a splash of Yuletide gin is a fun addition. The gin not only adds a spiced complexity but, if you’re lucky, the gold flakes dance up and down in the bubbles, too - mesmerizing.

Alexander (Winterised Version)

30ml Yuletide Gin, 
10ml Creme de Cacao, 
30ml Cream
Shake with ice and strain into your cocktail glass, before garnishing with a little grated nutmeg.

A variation on the chocolatey and creamy Alexander, using Yuletide Gin to provide extra spice. This cocktail really seems to bring out the gingerbread elements of the spirit. For a dryer drink, try using Mozart Chocolate Spirit instead of Creme de Cacao. 

"Yuletidings We Bring"

35ml Yuletide Gin, 
10ml Pedro Ximinez Sherry, 
10ml Lemon Juice, 
60ml Boiling Water

A warm winter drink, perfect for warming the cockles after a cold night out carolling or whatever you like to get up to. The Sherry add a rich fruitiness, which is a great complement to the gin’s spiced notes; whilst the lemon juice adds balance and the water both adds warmth and lengthens the drink.

Overall, Yuletide Gin is a festive treat with plenty of mixing possibilities; a bit of fun for Christmas and a perfect spirit to share with loved ones.

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Best Old Tom at the Craft Distilling Expo!

Best Old Tom at the Craft Distilling Expo!

That Boutique-y Gin Company has snapped up a host of accolades at the London Craft Distilling Expo Gin of the Year awards – including Old Tom of the Year for our Very Old Tom!

2017 marked the fifth edition of the Craft Distilling Expo Gin of the Year Awards, and from almost 80 entries That Boutique-y Gin Company was recognised with a slew of ‘Highly Commended’ nods, alongside the big one: that Old Tom of the Year award.

A panel of judges assessed all the gin entries in strict blind tasting conditions over two rounds. Only the best in class were put forward to the second tasting, and we’re delighted that our wonderful Boutique-y Gin bottlings performed so well!

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In the Classic Gin category we were awarded not one but two high commendations, with Shortcross Estate-foraged Gin and Moonshot Gin both impressing the panel.

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Our Bathtub Single Cask #12 bottling shone in the Matured Gin category, also picking up a high commendation...

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... as did our Greensand Ridge Cobnut Green expression in the Contemporary Gin category.

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But it was our Very Old Tom that really stole the show, picking up the Old Tom of the Year accolade and beating off the all competition.

It’s an incredibly exciting set of wins for us and our marvellous friends at Shortcross Estate and Bathtub Gin. Time for a celebratory G&T, anyone?

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Cherry Gin

A quick look at... That Boutique-y Gin Company's Cherry Gin

David T Smith serves up knowledge and cocktail ideas for our very own Master medal-winning Cherry Gin...

Who doesn’t love cherry? This plump little stone fruit is a popular flavour in a lot of food and drinks: from cherry bakewell to cherry cola, and cherry pie to cherryade. But what about something a little bit stronger than bottles of fizzy cherryade pop? There’s dry Kirschwasser, super-sweet Cherry Brandy (a particular favourite of my great grandmother - for medicinal purposes only, of course), and now there’s something in the middle: Cherry Gin.

The Cherry Gin takes a classic gin base, made with the most traditional of botanicals, and adds both sweet and sour marasca cherries. Known for their ability to give you fuller, thicker lashes - scratch that, that’s mascara cherries

Tasting Notes

Nose: Plump and juicy - homemade cherry pie with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Taste: The succulent fruity sweetness of cherry, a touch of spice, and a slight citrus tang.
Finish: The lingering tartness of sour cherries, accompanied by the juniper berry, which makes an encore appearance.

Whilst the gin is extremely sippable over ice or served frappe with a wedge of lime, it really shines in mixed drinks. The most obvious (and slightly controversial) of which is with cola.

Cherry (Gin) Cola
35ml Cherry Gin
5-10ml Lime Juice
150ml Cola
Add ingredients to a well-iced glass.

The rich and juicy cherry notes are perfectly offset by the light twang of lime, which adds balance and zest. A simple, but refreshing drink.

Old-Time Cherry-Chocolate Float
35ml Cherry Gin
150ml Sparkling Water
Chocolate Syrup
Vanilla ice-cream

Coat a tall glass with chocolate syrup
Add Cherry Gin
Add 100ml Chilled Sparkling Water
Add 1 small scoop of vanilla ice-cream
Top up with the rest of the sparkling water
Add a straw, sip and enjoy.

This drink is an indulgent treat and a nice alternative to a dessert. No ice is needed, so it is neither too cold nor too watery.

Cherry Rickey
25ml Cherry Gin
Juice of half a lime
75ml Sparkling Water
Add ingredients to a well-iced glass.

A light and refreshing drink with tart zestiness from the lime; sweet, fruity, jammy nature of the cherry; and intriguing, dry hints of dry gin botanicals on the finish. Balanced and moreish.

The Chezney
25ml Cherry Gin
25ml Luxury Coffee Liqueur (such as Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur)
150ml Chilled Sparkling Water

A slightly dryer and more complex version of the Old-Time Cherry-Chocolate Float, with the coffee adding dark, bold flavours and a hint of bitterness that balances out the sweetness of the fruit gin.

These are just a few ideas for drinks using the Cherry Gin, but there are plenty more to be discovered. Chocolate and cherry is a great combination to try, but - perhaps unexpectedly - cherry and basil is another winning partnership, amongst many others - there are so many possibilities!

DTS

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

That Boutique-y Gin Company's Advent Calendar!

That Boutique-y Gin Company's Advent Calendar!

September has only just arrived, but that doesn't stop us from being excited about our very own Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar - which you can pre-order right now!

Christmas is coming, and though the goose may not be very fat quite yet, we're feeling very festive indeed. Why? Because Drinks by the Dram have just announced their selection of booze-filled Advent Calendars, and this year (our first Christmas), we have our very own Advent Calendar!

Regard with awe - it's That Boutique-y Gin Company's Advent Calendar. Within this wonderful cardboard cuboid you'll find 24 hand-waxed drams of That Boutique-y Gin Company gins - some indie bottlings from talented producers around the world, some of our own creation and some completely new releases that haven't even seen the light of day yet! The Christmas countdown just got a little more delicious.

These little rascals are available for pre-order right now, so you know what to do. Now, if you'll excuse us, this tinsel isn't going to staple itself to our desk fans.

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.

Swedish Rose Gin Wins Big!

Swedish Rose Gin Wins Big!

Our Swedish Rose Gin from Hernö has claimed the London Dry Gin Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017!

We barely had time to organise our huge haul of medals from the Gin Masters in our trophy cabinet before having to rearrange them all to make room for a massive prize - the International Wine & Spirit Competition judges have awarded our Swedish Rose Gin from the esteemed Hernö distillery the coveted London Dry Gin Trophy!

As you might expect, we're absolutely over the moon - in fact, we're so excited that it'd be fair to say that we're over a selection of moons from other planets, including Ganymede, Enceladus and Phobos. There was plenty of competition, with about 400 gin entries and around half of them being London Dry, making this a massive win for ourselves and the brilliant Hernö chaps. 

Here's what the judges had to say about Swedish Rose Gin...

"Complex, classic, intense nose that is bright and lifted. Intense, citrus, juniper heavy pronounced nose personified. Incredibly intense, vivid and fresh in the mouth, zesty, powerfully botanical with explosive flavour."

Off-trade/on-trade enquiries should be directed to our UK distributor, Maverick Drinks.