Gin Explorer Box January 2017

We’re kicking off 2017 with a box full of ginny goodness. All 4 gins are a little out of the norm, plus there’s something for anyone doing Dry January.

Hello Gin Explorers,

We are very excited to share our January box with you, we just can’t wait for you to get stuck in! We have included some very strong flavours this month, with two berry forward gins and our first ever V.J.O.P. Accompanied by two 100% natural and 100% delicious tonics for you to experiment with. We’ve even thought about you Dry January participants out there and added a little extra to make the month more enjoyable.

So what’s in the box?

Masons Slow Distilled Sloe

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The producers behind Masons gin set out to create amazing gin, that isn’t just your standard off the shelf and generic bottle. After lots of trial and error, the first of the Masons family was born, Masons Yorkshire Gin. Masons have carried on creating new flavours and experimenting with new gins, making sure that everything they create is something they would want to drink themselves.

Masons Slow Distilled Sloe is the most recent to join the Masons family and when it comes to the production they take a slightly different approach. Rather than infusing the gin with sloes, Masons distil their sloes with natural Harrogate spring water and juniper, grown in their own botanical garden. This method used by Masons is more like the tradition London Dry method and creates a beautifully balanced and full bodied gin, with warmth and mellow sweetness.

6 O’clock Damson Gin

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Gloucestershire’s Bramley & Gage take pride in creating traditional, small batch gin.

6 O’clock Damson uses 6 O’clock Gin as a base, which, having won silver at the international wine and spirits and wine competition in 2016, is simply excellent in itself.

If you like sloe gins then you’ll find 6 O’clock Damson to be very interesting. It has a similar flavour but a bit more tart and dry, which balances better with the gin botanicals. Using only hand picked British fruits, 6 O’clock Damson is perfectly crafted in a 200l copper still named Kathleen. The end result is a rich, tart and dry gin, balanced perfectly.

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.

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In 2007 two best friends from Cornwall embarked on a mission to bring gin of uncompromising quality and character back to the city where it first earned its name. By 2009 they had been granted a license and had found the perfect place for their beloved copper still Prudence. Sipsmith were given the title of the first traditional copper-pot distillery to open in London for nearly 200 years, something of which they’re very proud!

V.J.O.P. stands for very juniper overproof and is what makes this gin special. Sipsmith V.J.O.P. has a higher alcohol percentage than the Sipsmith London Dry and there are plenty more juniper berries added too! The gin is distilled in three different stages, each adding more and more juniper. The finished product is an extremely aromatic gin, with botanicals of pine, cedar and a hint of orange.

Inverroche Gin Amber

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Inverroche lies at the confluence of the Goukou River and the Indian Ocean near the coastal resort of Stillbay. It is a region rich in natural beauty with rolling hills of pristine limestone, dune thicket and Renosterveld (cape region grasses); surrounded with rugged mountains and indigenous forests.

Inverroche like to take pride in being eco-friendly and therefore waste is not seen as rubbish. Inverroche uses the setback from distilling to replace water in a concrete mix from which cobbles are cast then used for constructing paths. Run-off grey water from the distillery is also filtered through a limestone drainage system which feeds into the orchard.

Inverroche Gin Amber gets the amber colour from the tannin-rich botanicals from the Indian coast. This gin has a lovely earthy base which is heavily influenced by the berries and spices from mainland Europe and India.

The London Essence Co. Tonics

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The London Essence Co. Tonics are all about quality, flavour and creating a product that is both low in calories and naturally sweet. The brand has been revived by WiseHead Productions, a company that seeks to challenge the drinks market with high standards and exquisitely crafted mixers.

This month you will receive both the classic tonic and grapefruit and rosemary tonic. The classic has a mellow quinine and citrus flavour, perfect to pair with a London dry, we recommend Sipsmith V.J.O.P from this months box. The grapefruit and rosemary pairs perfectly with citrus-led gin.

Spare Fruit Pear Crisps

Spare Fruit Pear Crisps

Spare Fruit are a company that like to buy the fruit supermarkets don’t accept, don’t sell and that would go to waste. That may seem a little strange but they just simply can’t see them go to waste. Instead, they turn them into tasty air dried fruit crisps that not only save that poor fruit but taste super yummy. 100% natural and 100% delicious!

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As a nation that’s tea obsessed there isn’t much that’s better than some free tea right? Well.. maybe gin! But this month we have included a little extra that will help those joining in on Dry January sane. This month you will receive two delicious tea blends, the first a calming blend containing liquorice, cinnamon, peppermint and lavender. The second a berry blend containing raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and spearmint.

The deadline for January’s box is the 5th of February, the contents need to stay a secret but we can promise something romantic for Valentine’s Day. Make sure you don’t miss out on another gin journey!

So what are you waiting for, subscribe today.

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