April’s Gin Explorer Box was inspired by Spain, and a secret location crucial to G&T history. Have a peek at what amazing gin delights were inside.
Hello Gin Explorers,
April’s gin adventures are sadly over but we’ve got lots of wonderful memories to keep as well as some great gin to drink! We’ve also got some great holiday snaps that we wanted to share with you all. So take a look and see what our Gin Explorer’s got up to this month.
April’s box featured 4 very different, but very delicious gins.
6 O’Clock Gin is a fresh, and refreshing, spirit with powerful citrus aromas and light floral overtones. It gets it’s name from Edward Kain, the dapper gentleman seafarer and great-grandfather of Bramley & Gage’s Head Distiller. Edward enjoyed his gin at 6 o’clock every day, in true naval fashion.
Wilkin & Sons Ltd Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry Gin Liqueur is quite the mouthful, and we’re not just talking about the name. Made with Hayman’s Gin (which, incidentally is the Gin of the Month at ginfestival.com) this sweet little liqueur is the perfect union of rich fruit and spicy juniper.
Wilkin & Sons also provided a pot of their gorgeous Tiptree marmalade for explorers to munch on, or use to make a breakfast martini (because it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere).
Made by the ever creative Zymurgorium, Manchester Gin has a honey vodka base which gives it a soft and almost floral nature. Yet the botanicals (over 20 of them including: Indian Caraway, Bulgarian Coriander, Thai Pandan leaf, African Grains of Paradise and Alpine Sweet Woodruff) make this a bold and herbaceous creation.
Lastly, the curiously named Ish, presents one of the more savoury gins in the world, for those into something more unusual. Ish is distilled with double the typical quantity of juniper so this is exceptionally dry and bitter, but enlivened by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
What is gin without it’s best friend in the world, tonic? What would Gin Explorer be without a marvellous mixer to try with your gins. April’s mixer was 1724 Tonic, which has bold citrus flavours and perfectly complements Ish in particular. The name comes from the Inca Trail, a place 1724 feet above sea level and where the original Cinchona trees (that provide the quinine flavour in tonic) originate from.
But maybe you want to explore beyond an ordinary gin & tonic. Maybe you want to push the flavour boundaries of what a G&T can be. For that, you need an Infugintonic. A new innovation from Spain, these are dainty little ‘teabags’ filled with dried gin botanicals. Simply pop them in your gin for 2 – 3 minutes to infuse the botanical flavours and then make up your gin and tonic as normal.
With some experimentation you can enhance the existing botanicals in a gin to really bring out one flavour in particular, or, add a new note to one of your favourite’s to totally adjust the flavour balance. These tiny bags of botanicals turn you into the distiller, making your own gin creations, one glass at a time.
The deadline for May’s box is the 5th of May. The contents are a secret but we do promise Great British heroes rendered in gin form and a tool that no home mixologist should be without.
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