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Enjoy Gin in the Winter

Posted By on October 27, 2018

Yes, you can enjoy Gin all year round! While gin & tonic still makes up 90% of gin sales, that is slowly changing. If you live in Spain where gin is king, one can enjoy a G & T anytime. However, here in Canada or the UK, where winter can be so cold a warmer drink is far more enjoyable.  The answer – change the tonic for a good Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer depending on the cocktail. One of my favorites is ” The...

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The Ginstitute London Visit

Posted By on October 25, 2018

  I had the pleasure to visit the Ginstitute in London recently. It was a Saturday which means market day down Portobello Road. It’s been quite some time since I last saw so many thousands of people one on street and making my way to # 186 Portobello Road took some doing weaving through the lines of tourists. The Masterclass began with a presentation on the history of gin and follows quite closely to my Gin Experience classes. I...

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Gin Dinner

Posted By on August 21, 2018

I had the opportunity to present six amazing gins at my first full Gin Dinner earlier this month. The Watch that ends the Night Restaurant, in Dartmouth, offers a wide selection of themed dinners. I had the pleasure of hosting a whisky dinner for them back in May. With each course, a gin cocktail and a sample of each gin was provided for guests to sample and experience each food pairing. Citadelle, Ungava, Portobello Road, Gin Mare,...

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Ungava Gin

Posted By on August 1, 2018

Don’t judge a book by its cover!   Ungava is a golden color, which is quite unique in the world of gin. However, its not a compound gin like the flavored gins of the past nor do they add artificial flavorings at the end of distillation. So many new gins today have taken a new direction away from the typical London Dry Gin Style. Basically, to be considered a London Dry it must be predominately Junipers with nothing added after...

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Gin Rating # 5

Posted By on July 2, 2018

I often describe the location and the local characteristics of a distillery in my whisky tastings, where its possible to detect the local elements and nuances, in each glass. Could this be true with certain gins? I believe Glendalough from Ireland is a gin that really captures the scenic beauty of their location in the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin and known as the “Garden of Ireland.” Glendalough made our Fab Four...

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Compass Distillery Visit

Posted By on June 26, 2018

I had the pleasure of visiting Compass Distillery in Halifax this past Sunday. My goal was to listen to the guy that actually makes gin! No matter how many courses, research and sampling one can do in our busy lives, having a perspective from the creators is always icing on the cake. The first thing that struck me was their pot still. They have a column still to make vodka, which is far more authentic than many distilleries that buy...

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