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Gin – The Recipe


Posted By on August 29, 2017

There are numerous botanicals used in making a great gin. You will find four in almost all of them with Juniper Berries being mandatory. The big gin companies source juniper berries from all over the world and take special care in making sure they have enough supply. Often, they will keep enough inventory for two years just in case they encounter a poor harvest. They do rely on perfect weather conditions much like grapes for making an...

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Gin Distillation


Posted By on August 4, 2017

  Distillation –We have raw spirit made from, wheat or maize placed into a copper still. The botanicals are added and left to steep overnight. Once brought to boiling point the vapours will rise up the still before making their way to a condenser. The condenser is full of pipes containing very cold water. There the vapours will turn into liquid. With the art of slow distillation, the distillery will takes its time allowing the...

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The History of Gin – Part 2


Posted By on July 6, 2017

I have often heard people refer to the term “Mother’s Ruin” with the assumption that drinking gin will make you depressed or extremely emotional. Tests have proved this is not the case and in fact if anything most drinkers are surprisingly happy while drinking gin. The term is up for debate according to Wikipedia. However, if you look at the history of gin around the time of the gin revolution in the early seventeen hundreds its quite...

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The History of Gin – Part 1


Posted By on July 3, 2017

Gin is steeped in history probably more than any other alcoholic beverage. The gin story starts when in 1688 a new king took over the throne of England. King William the third, William of Orange a Dutchman. Why would a Dutchman become king of England, you may ask? No wonder the British historical TV dramas are so popular full of intrigue and corruption. A short Summary: William III was connected to the English throne by his mother,...

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I have been so busy in the month of June promoting gin. However, lets go back to the month of May to bring you all up to date. I had just completed a successful whisky and cheese tasting at the Port store in Downtown Halifax. We always go to questions and answers for the last 20 minutes of all my whisky events. The main question was “Mike when is the next one?” Summer time tends to be quiet in the world of whisky and when I replied,...

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Books & Gin


Posted By on April 25, 2017

I have been busy this winter promoting all my books and hosting many whisky events. A big thank you to all that attended the Port store whisky discovery event and to Oceanstone Resort for an amazing whisky dinner. Starting in June, I will switch my attention to the world of gin, with many events lined up for the summertime. June 10th is world gin day and a chance for you all to explore the many gins now available. I will be starting a...

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