|World Malaria Day|
Tonic Water specifically made for the Gin and Tonic is a relatively recent thing when compared with its history of more than two centuries. The popular mixer was created when, in the fight against malaria, a more pleasant way of administering quinine was sought, something more pleasant than swallowing what was pretty much a bitter lump of earth. The solution came in adding other botanicals to flavour it, some sugar and some soda water, and that became what we know as Tonic Water. When you add the useful to the pleasant, i.e. Tonic to the Gin, success is guaranteed and today Gin and Tonic is one of the world’s favourite drinks.
|Portuguese Gin a Winner in the China Wine and Spirits Awards|
Wherever we go, it seems, we leave our mark.
|Wild Blossom – the second Citadelle Extrêmes|
There’s a sucessor to Citadelle No Mistake Old Tom. Now included in the portfolio of the Extrêmes program of Maison Ferrand, is Wild Blossom, another aged gin, but more with more citrus and with a definite taste of cherry.
|Martin Miller’s acquired by Zamora Company|
Martin Miller’s, one of the trendiest brands of recent years, and one of the Gins responsible for the Gin boom, has been acquired by the Zamora Company, an important player in the Spanish drinks market.
|The end of straws|
Two of the largest drinks companies in the world, Pernod Ricard and Diageo, have announced plans to lessen their environmental impact, with a special focus on drinking straws and cocktail sticks.
|Copperhead – The Gibson Edition|
The Gibson is a popular cocktail classic. It is almost the same as a Dry Martini, combining Gin with dry vermouth, but with a cocktail onion instead of lemon zest (or olive for the lovers of the Dirty version). Gibson is also the name of Marian Beke’s bar, in London.
|Gin, the most consumed spirit in England|
The Portuguese already took to Gin a good few years ago, even before its neighbour, Spain. Now it’s the turn for Gin to dethrone vodka and whisky and return to the top of the list of Britain’s favourite spirits.
|Beefeater 24 & Tea|
Desmond Payne is one of the most well recognised distillers in the world today. Even for those new to the Gin world, his is an obligatory name, consecrated in more than 50 years of distilling. For a long time connected to the Pernod Ricard universe, Desmond now has his name linked to Beefeater and Plymouth, but despite more than half a century of distilling, it was only in 2008 that he created his first Gin, Beefeater 24. Meanwhile, the history of the iconic London Gin began a good few years earlier.
It all began a few years ago, at the dinner table where 8 friends met in what would become a weekly ritual. To dinner, they added a new Gin to taste each week. The challenge of bringing something new week after week became harder and harder and almost reached the point at which it was impossible to surprise the group.
Ventozelo Premium Dry Gin is the most recent acquisition on our shelves. It is hard to talk about this Gin without first talking about the Quinta which gives it its name. In the heart of the Douro, in the district of São João da Pesqueira, Quinta de Ventozelo extends across the hills for an impressive 600 hectares. It is there that some of Portugal’s best ports and table wines originate. It is also where you can find incredibly rich flora, with a clear Mediterranean influence.
|Monkey Distiller’s Cut 2017|
The new edition of Monkey Distiller’s Cut has already arrived at our tasting table. Its official launch was yesterday and bottles should be arriving on supermarket shelves soon.
|Gin in numbers|
The numbers come to us from England, but they are paralleled here in Portugal. In the first half of the year Gin sales grew by more than single digits in quantity (12%), and in value (16%) which proves that the market trend to find higher quality, more expensive products continues. Half year retail sales exceeded 500 million pounds, something like 556 million euros.
|Old Duff – Real Dutch Genever|
With Gin, as with fashion, evolution happens in cycles, from looking back in time to recreate, in a process where reinvention is more in evidence than pure invention.
|The Scottish Gin Awards|
There are ever more Gin competitions. In the footsteps of the wave of Gin expansion, we see the proliferation of contests dedicated entirely to Gin, and more attention on the older pre-existing contests.
|Desmond Payne – 50 years distilling the best|
Desmond Payne may still be unknown by some, but his is one of the most important names in the world of Gin, and in particular, the Pernod Ricard universe, where he is currently responsible for Beefeater and Plymouth Gins.
|Real Gin – Gold Medal in the Luxury Masters 2017|
The Luxury Masters is an annual competition promoted by The Spirit Business, limiting contenders to drinks considered SuperPremium and UltraPremium. In an area where traditionally we saw Cognacs and Whiskies, we are beginning to see the range widening. Today, there are various producers of different spirits, such as Gin, Vodka and Rum who are dedicated exclusively to the luxury market. No wonder, then, the variety of products distinguished by this year’s The Luxury Masters.
|Fever Tree - The Art of Mixing|
Fever Tree decided to let quinine take a break for a bit and took to writing. The result is a Fever Tree – The Art of Mixing, published recently.
|Whitley Neill – Quince Gin|
Ferdinand’s were the first to use quince instead of sloes in their gin. When we were asked what kind of gin it is, we always said that it was similar to sloe gin, different only in the kind of fruit used. To the Gin were added quinces and a little sugar to help bring out the flavours. The mixture is then left for some time, and filtered at the end of the process. The result is a Gin with a lower alcohol level, due to the juices extracted from the fruit and the characteristic colour of the sloes, or in this case, the quinces.
|Portuguese Medals in the Spirits Selection in the Concours Mondial de Bruxe...|
Portugal collected 5 medals in the Spirits Selection in the World Contest of Brussel which, as its name indicates, awards the spirits who have stood out this year.
It’s not often that we talk about bars and even less often that we mention international bars, but when we find bars like Atlas, especially which have Gin as the heart of their drinks list, well, we just have to.
|Gunpowder Irish Gin|
Even with a mature Gin market, new products are still arriving on shelves. Gunpowder Irish Gin is the latest addition and, just as the name suggests, it comes from Ireland, a country with plenty versions of the spirit which stubbornly haven’t arrived yet in Portugal.
|Skan de Bronx – Danish brute strength|
Strane Uncut, the Swedish gin with 76 volumes of alcohol which we have previously mentioned, has just be dethroned.
|Puerto de Indias|
|Trends in the drinks world|
We all have our own tastes and preferred drinks, but it’s difficult to be immune to emerging outside influences and trends. It’s because of this that the market mutates and evolves in rapid succession with more or less long lasting results. It’s in the summer that the consumption of spirits spikes and, naturally, it is this season in which the players try to more influence that consumption. Many are those who write about the new fashions, seeking to dictate new consumption habits, but the vast majority don’t even touch the surface of the future and their predictions roundly fail.
As we have said before, the relaunch of Schweppes Premium range contains new references for its main botanicals and countries of their origin. Schweppes Matcha has Matcha tea as its main botanical, which comes from Japan. Kyoto, to be more precise. Attentive to the phenomenon which a long time ago implanted itself in countries such as Spain, unswerving England, and which in Portugal is already just as concrete, Schweppes created this new mixer which brings the world of tea to the cocktail. The novelty isn’t exactly in the use of tea or the infusions of it for use in cocktails, but in the availability of a ready to use product.
|9 Medals for Portugal|
After announcing the winners of IWSC 2017 (International Wine & Spirit Competition), we can only conclude that Portuguese Gin is on its way. This year, 7 Portuguese Gins wer featured in the different categories, in a total of 9 medals awarded.
|Ki No Bi – the Gin from Japan|
The most recent novelty from the Gin world comes from Japan. Created and produced in the region of Kyoto, Ki No Bi is inspired in the tradition of the region, and its name can be translated as “the beauty of the seasons”.
The sun is shining and the mercury continues high in the thermometer. It’s now that you feel like an ice cold drink on the terrace. While this desire might be pretty universal, there are some people who have to think twice about hanging out for a leisurely drink, because of allergies, particularly to pollen.
|Gin Lovers Gin 2017|
National Gin & Tonic Day is on its fifth edition. Gin Lovers Gin its third.
|Schweppes – what’s new and what’s not|
Schweppes took the opportunity of exhibiting at Lisbon Bar show to show their refreshed mixers range. The premium portfolio is now organized by the botanical or principal flavouring and by the country that inspired it in a total of 6 products, 2 of which are tonic waters.
|Gin fever has reached Russia|
When we think of Russian and drinking, it is invariably vodka that comes to mind. It is from Russia and its ex-soviet neighbours that some of the best vodkas on the market come. Other spirits like Rum and Whiskey are explored little, just as is Gin, but the scene may be changing and the first Gin produced in Russia, at least the first we know of, has just arrived in Portugal. Its name is Barrister.
|Watenshi – The most exclusive Gin in the world|
William Lowe is the Master Distiller behind all the Gins of Cambridge Distillery. The first gin produced there inherited the name of the house, and Cambridge Dry Gin was born, a very smooth and fresh Gin. More eccentric Gins followed, like Anty Gin, Japanese and Truffle. At the same time, the company also turned its hand to tailoring Gins based on clients’ wishes.
Botano Gin was original dreamed up as the perfect wedding toast. The couple had spent many holidays in the beautiful Greek islands and adored everything around them: the people, the food, the history, the landscape and, of course, the sunset.
|Now that the fourth Lisbon Bar Show is over, here’s a small round up of the...|
Let’s begin with the Schweppes room, which stood out for its elegance and exclusivity. It was purposely one of the hardest rooms to find and entry was allowed for limited groups only. Once inside, they would find a projected interactive video, and cocktails at the end to show off the whole Schweppes range, making a visit entirely worthwhile. Schweppes took advantage of their appearance at the Lisbon Bar Show to present two new products available this summer. A new tonic with a touch of lime, which brings extra freshness, and the mixer Schweppes Matcha which adds a touch of tea tannin to a slightly carbonated drink.
|Pukka Gin – the new Portuguese Gin on the track|
Very shortly, another Portuguese Gin will be launched, one of several new Portuguese brands appearing on the market since the beginning of 2017. Pukka Gin comes from Águeda, near Aveiro in Northern Portugal, and this latest competitor has its sights set on the rest of the world.
|All aboard? The Gin Train...|
After the Gin Cruises and the Afternoon Bus that we told you about recently, now arriving at the platform is the Gin Train, brought to you by Tanqueray Ten.
|L16304 – the batch that got away|
After distilling, the only process allowed for Gin to obey the rules of being a London Dry Gin is diluting in it water. There can be no infusions, no colouring or flavouring added after that. Just water to dilute the alcohol content to “drinkable” levels.
|Lisbon Bar Show 2017|
The Lisbon Bar Show is back! On the 16th and 17th of May the biggest bar event in Portugal returns for its fourth year and it promises much.
|Elephant Gin Strength|
There’s a new version of Elephant Gin on the market. After their Dry, with 45% vol. alcohol and their Sloe Gin with 35%, now comes Elephant Gin Strength with 57%.
|Found bottles of Gin from the 1st World War|
The connection between the British Navy and Gin is well known. The more muscular version of Plymouth Gin, Navy Strength, with 57% vol. Alcohol, left port on all her ships.
|Hernö Gin - The Best Gin for your Gin and Tonic|
Cocktails are certainly in fashion these days. With Gin, or any other spirit, as their foundation, more and more bars are surfing the cocktails wave and inventing their own creations.
|Darnley’s Gin – News for 2017|
Darnley’s View is one of the most traditional Gin brands. With a profile not very different from any London Dry Gin, using an antique copper still right in the centre of London, Darnley’s gave us their Original version, where its Juniper notes reigned, and their Spiced version, spiked with hot spices like Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
These days, a bottle of Gin is a day to day object. Bigger or smaller, with clear or opaque glass, with bright colours or more conservative ones, with a cork or a screw cap, the choice of bottles is almost infinite, the producers making their mark through image created by the bottle that carries their Gin.
By the time this piece goes to “print”, we may already be out of date, but for now we can assure you that Bica Gin is the most recent on the market. The wave of new Portuguese Gins is unstoppable and the Alentejo is making itself known as the national nursery for Gin.
A full house at Gin Lovers Príncipe Real for the launch of yet another Portuguese star.
|Wespa Gin - Bottled G&T|
A Gin and Tonic that’s bottled and ready to drink isn’t exactly a novelty. For some time, Gin and Tonic brands have been working together to arrive at a ready made drink that can stand shoulder to shoulder with a G&T made fresh at the bar. The relatively recent product, Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade with Bloom Gin is just one example.
|Mother’s Ruin - A Cabaret about Gin|
The beginning of the 18th Century marks one of the ugliest periods in the long history of Gin. Gin production was at its height and the drink was available to all, it cost little and it was believed to bear medicinal properties. Consumption spread uncontrolled with obvious damaging effects on London society at the time. In the specific case of mothers, abuse of Gin made rates of infant mortality and birth defect spike. Thus Gin became known as Mother’s Ruin.
|School of Gin|
There are schools, and there are schools. With classes only every two weeks and teaching all the secrets of Gin production, only in your dreams. Or in Ireland.
|Friday Chic Gin wins another medal|
Portuguese Gins are to be congratulated once again. Friday Chic Gin, produced in the Bairrada region by Caves Montanha, won the Gold Medal in the 19th International Tasting Contest ProdExpo, considered by many the biggest and highest regarded contest in Russian territory.
|Beefeater Crown Jewel|
Beefeater Crown Jewel was presented to a gathering of bartenders and friends, at Gin Lovers Principe Real.
António Cuco, the man behind Sharish Gin, never stops. After Pêra Rocha do Oeste, in two litre bottles for the commemoration of its first anniversary, and Dark Sky, comes the new Sharish Laurinius, in a limited edition of 3883 bottles.
|Gin Lovers hosts the official launch of Amicis Gin|
Amicis (friends, amigos) from the very heart of Portugal, Coimbra, between the sierras Açor and Sicó.
|Royal Bliss, a new tonic water|
The recent growth in the Gin market and, on its back, the growth in the mixers market, has not gone unnoticed by Coca-Cola.
Cocktails are in fashion. There is no bar that doesn’t feature them, and no bartender that doesn’t like to show off their creations.
|Valley Gin - A Gin from Gerês|
Produced in Atiães - Vila Verde, Valley Gin gets its name from Gerês, a region of valleys and mountains in far northern Portugal, with a bottle in the shape of a mountain and 100% natural cork, topped with a cap of wood personalized with the brand logo.
|Citadelle No Mistake Old Tom|
The Extremes programme at Maison Ferrand busies itself creating new spirits, almost always in limited editions, which challenge these lovers of spirits. Citadelle Reserve, the house’s aged Gin, was the first of these spirits from the programme.
When the Gins with more eccentric botanicals started to appear, we at Gin Lovers joked that one day we would make something completely different, something that no one would even dare to dream. It would be Pork Scratching Gin.
It’s a long time since a simple highball of Gin with a slice of lemon and a bit of tonic just was a big thing for the British. There’s a new wave growing in England, and Her Majesty’s drink is back in fashion again with innumerable versions that are reminiscent of the Gin boom in Spain and Portugal.
|Lisbon Hock - A new portuguese Gin|
This is Lisbon Hock Gin, an artisan Gin that begins with a Portuguese 100% vol. Malt alcohol, seeking the aromas of the sweet Arinto grape from the Protected Region of Bucelas, just north of Lisbon. With a base of Juniper and other botanicals from the region, it contains a total of 16 botanicals including bay leaf, lemon, orange, rosemary and arinto grapes.
|Pedrino - a tonic water with alcohol|
This tonic has a touch of something to make it more than a tonic water. 5.5% vol. alcohol to be precise. It’s usual in Spain to drink Sherry with tonic; the mixture makes the Sherry fresher and more appetizing on hot summer afternoons. Lovers of both drinks, and searching for a new challenge, Sam Showering and Joseph Knopfler, long time friends, sought to combine the two things into one. Pedrino was born, an alcoholic tonic.
|Have you met the first Chilli Gin?|
Wikipedia describes the jalapeño as a “variety of chilli valued for its burning heat when eaten”. Wikipedia hasn’t been updated yet, however, to mention that the jalapeño inspired one of the newest Gins on the American market, DragonDance Gin.
|Ginerosity. First Social Gin launched|
For years, Gin has helped to improve people’s social lives. Now a Gin brand based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is trying to help people’s lives in other ways.
|Hendrick's - Our trip to Scotland|
In Gin Lovers Magazine VII we travelled through Europe for Gin, the stories and distilleries of London Nº1, G'Vine, Ferdinand's Saar, Sylvius Gin, Hendrick's and Martin Miller's in six countries and different cities.
|Beefeater London Dry has a new look|
Featuring a hand drawn map of the British capital, the evolution of the bottle’s packaging reinforces Beefeater as an authentic product of London, the only major international gin that is still made in the heart of the city today.
The capital of Lower Saxony Hannover has never been a Gin place. This is changing. The ambiance and the producers are following the European Gin trend. After Hannover Dry, now it’s time for the Niemand Dry Gin.
Gilliam's Gin was born in Outrijve, a small town in the most southern point of West-Flanders. This artisan made Gin lends his name to the two sons of the producer, Gilles and Liam.
|Berlin Dry Gin - Berliner Brandstifter|
While consumers might have balked at the idea of a “German gin” two decades ago, the past few years have seen the introduction of new products from Berlin, Munich and even the Black Forest - like Monkey 47.
|Our first Gin arrived! Gin Lovers Gin|
We began distilling out of curiosity in 2013, at the same time Gin Lovers Company was created. Among the many experiences, and after many surprises, we were certain of two things:
Already available on our online store.
|Generations by Barossa Distilling Company|
Crafted by Barossa Valley Winemakers in their new venture - Barossa Distilling Company - South Australia. A Winemakers Gin that is quintessentially Barossa.
|World’s Gin Day|
Gin lovers of the world rejoice as World Gin Day returns for its eight year on Saturday 11 June 2016.
|Originall - new Portuguese Gin|
A new Portuguese Gin just hit the market. Originall – Origin and All – comes from the center of Portugal and it’s sold in two different versions: Lux and Epic.
|Diageo World Class heads to Miami|
Miami was chosen for the Grand Final competition. 52 bartenders from around the world will compete to become the 2016 World’s Best Bartender.
|There is a new Gin in Lisbon - Limited Edition|
Restaurant O Talho (butcher) created a red-colored Gin with a pork image on its bottle. But only 1000 bottles were produced. Head to O Talho or Cevicheria If you come to the Portuguese capital to try this very limited edition.
One of Gin’s biggest festivals in the world is back to London. On the 11th and 12th of June, you can taste 100 different Gin brands.
|The new Martin Miller’s is here|
9 Moons is the new addition to the Martin Miller’s family. The winning British brand launched their first oak aged Gin.
|MedRooftop by Gin Mare|
The Med Rooftop will make your afternoons much better. From June to September, the second edition of the event flies Gin Mare for a World Tour in cities such as Madrid, New York, Lisbon and London. You can be one of the invitees.
|What happened in Lisbon Bar Show 2016|
The third edition of Lisbon Bar Show was held at Tapada da Ajuda on the 17th and 18th of May. All the drink industry gathered for two intense days where cocktails and bartenders were at the center. If we had doubts, not anymore. The cocktail trend is here to stay.
|Gin Stafford - A Potato Gin|
A group of farmers in Cornwall, southern England, released a new Gin in early May.
|The first Portuguese premium tonic is here|
It’s called Castello Tonic Water and comes from the water brand Castello.
We fall in love with certain products from the start. When we searched for Distillery Botanica we immediately realized that it was a Gin we would love.
|A not premium surprise|
In a blind tasting during the International Spirits Challenge 21st edition, held in late April, the Aldi supermarket Gin was ahead of several premium brands.
|Portuguese Gin is design winner|
Packages of two Portuguese Gins - Gin Friends Premium and Friday Chic Gin - were awarded for their packaging design.
|Isle of Harris Gin - The Gin from the Sea|
The first gin to be made in the Western Isles will have an unusual ingredient - seaweed.
|Havn Gin - A Gin, four cities, four flavors|
Coming from Antwerp, Belgium, Havn is not just a Gin, it is four: Antwerp, Marseille, Copenhagen and Bangkok.
|Could drinking Gin get rid of your wrinkles?|
Those who want to retain a youthful appearance as they age generally understand there are some simple rules to abide by: Use sunscreen, don't smoke, and eat healthy. But what if boozing it up could actually make you look younger?
|The Gin trend continues|
The biggest Gin bar in London just opened. At The Gin Bar you can try 14,000 pairings of Gin and tonic and more than a 100 cocktails with Gin. It’s not our mistake. You read it well.
|The Lisbon Cocktail Week|
Cocktails of the world, unite. Because our time is coming! More than 40 bars and restaurants from Lisbon will participate in the first edition of the Lisbon Cocktail Week to be held from the 22nd of April to 1st of May, 2016. The event will be a ten day celebration of the cocktail (and not only gin cocktails) with a map of the best places in Lisbon, including the Gin Lovers Príncipe Real. During the Lisbon Cocktail Week you will be able to try drinks of each bar and restaurant and see the election of the Best Lisbon Cocktail. There will also be a happy hour - Cocktail Moment - where you pay 1 for 2 from 6 to 11pm. Cocktail Week Coming to Lisbon for the first time, the ten-day event is organized by Mario Batista with the help from Paulo Amado, Edições do Gosto, and has the support of brands like Compal, Veggie, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, PrimeDrinks and Schweppes. The sparkling water Água das Pedras is the official product and Vinhos do Douro and Porto are the institutional partners. "This is the ideal time for Lisbon to receive an event that is already a reference in other cities such as Paris and London. It is a unique opportunity to discover the best cocktails and celebrate the city in all its splendor", explains Mario Batista, the organizer.>
|1495 - the Oldest Gin in the World|
Jean-Sebastien Robicquet’s Eurowinegate (EWG) - the G'Vine creator from France - invited international journalists for the official presentation in London of the oldest Gin recipe in the world. Gin Lovers was there.
|San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016|
Two American Gins were distinguished at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, held in late March.
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
|Azor - The new Portuguese Gin from the Azores|
Azor is the name of the most recent Portuguese Gin.
|What are the World’s Best Gins in 2016?|
Get to know all the World Gin Awards winners - one of the world's most prestigious awards - created by TheDrinksReport.com website.
Portugal continues to be at the forefront of Gin consumption in Europe and the shelves are filled with new referrals every week. Eden Mill is one of those new surprises. One of the examples where behind a careful and appealing image there is really a great Gin. Pardon us. Five major Gins: Original, Hop, Oak, Love and Golf. The gins are produced in the Eden Mill distillery in St. Andrews, Scotland, side by side with their own whiskey and beer brands. The bottle image is rough. The stopper is manually sealed in the original version or brewing stopper in the other versions which immediately denounce their craft production influenced by Scottish distilling tradition and cohabitation with the production of beer. In Portugal, you can now find these four versions:
|Gin Lovers Party - Gins of Europe|
And what is your favorite Gin after all? French, German, Spanish, Breton? This month Gin Lovers Party gives you the possibility to choose or discover the source of your favorite Gin. Four European countries gather together in Embaixada for the first time and resolve once and for all their ancestral quarrels. G'Vine and Citadelle from France. Monkey 47 and Gin Sul (which has a Portuguese blood) from Germany. Gin Mare and Nordés from Spain. Hendrick's and Tanqueray Ten from the UK. There are eight heavyweights, which one will be your choice? On the Good Friday night, all roads lead to Principe Real's new Europe. No mandatory consumption without guest-list, with license to dance, have fun and taste (of course). Mark your presence at the event https://www.facebook.com/events/942706265850107/ What is a Gin Lovers Party? On the last Friday of each month since the Summer of 2014, Gin Lovers has dedicated one of its nights to one Gin brand. Beefeater, Bulldog, Blackwoods Gin Mare, G'Vine, Hendrick's, Tanqueray, No.3 London Dry, Seagram's, Wild Snow Dog and many other brands have been with us. And so it has been all last Fridays of the month. In 2016 we changed the format, but the goal remains the same. Absolute freedom, sharing flavors, meeting friends and endless Gin discovery. From 11pm to 2am, with free entry without mandatory consumption, without guestlist in the heart of Lisbon.>
|This weekend, Yes Weekend!|
The first major 2016 campaign of promotions comes with the Spring. The Yes! Weekend kicks off on the new Gin Lovers website. From Friday to Sunday, you will have a selection of gins, botanicals and magazines with best price on a three-day campaign. Get Jinzu gins, Beefeater 24 (with one free glass) and Nº3 London Dry Gin (with one free glass) with the lowest prices on the market. Pack of 4 tubes with 12 botanicals and 24 recipes with 40% discount. And a pack with 4 Gin Lovers Magazine just 12 euros. Meaning, 57% discount on the store value. Yes Weekend? Yes we can! Starting Friday, exclusively at www.ginlovers.pt>
Can a whiskey aficionado create a great gin? Yes, he can. And the phenomenon is not as uncommon as you may think. There are already several cases in which large whiskey houses produce high quality gins. In this particular one, Alex Nicol was the marketing director of Glenmorangie, and lover of the brand products. Nothing leads us to believe that the passion has diminished but the truth is that today he has a greater passion, his distillery - Spencerfield Spirit Company - and in particular his gin - Edinburgh. Alex’s Edinburgh Gin is a British London Dry with a Scottish soul. Like the majority of its type, it’s junipery and citrus but with the unique touch of the inhospitable northern lands. The heather, pine needles or milk thistle punctuate the palate of this gin, bringing you the clear freshness of pine and a touch somewhere between herbal and floral from the local botanicals. The Edinburgh Gin is a result of a partnership with the Herriot Watt University, one of the few academic institutes which has in its portfolio a completely dedicated distillation course. The brand has now developed several references like the new Cannonball Navy Strenght and gin liquors made with several botanicals from the Scottish region.>
It’s a natural pool and a distillery both located in the small town of Albury, Surrey. The founder - Ian McCulloch - found the natural beauty of Silent Pool as the ideal place to install his distillery and, more importantly, capture the inspiration for the spirit drinks distilled there. The Silent Pool Gin can thus be described with the words that characterize the water from Silent Pool: clear, pure and refreshing. It combines the respect, almost orthodox, from the ancestral methods of distillation with the new flavoring techniques, paying close attention to the smallest details. How is the gin made? You are able to visit and have a look at the whole process at the distillery. And you will know when it’s time as the production of steam for heating the still is done by burning local wood and the chimney has a built-in whistle. Its 24 botanicals are incorporated in the spirit base on 3 different stages. The first portion is macerated in alcohol base to give the longest and deepest aftertaste. The second one is macerated in neutral higher degree alcohol, which is then filtered. This way, the oils from the botanicals are retained. On the last portion, the botanicals are added in their fresh form and are responsible for the life and freshness of the Silent Pool. When you sip the Silent Pool gin, you will feel the abundance of botanicals. Its aromas wander between floral and fruity, citric and a soft touch of honey and the ubiquitous juniper, which give a way to each other in a remarkable harmony. The freshness of the citrus fruits such as lime and Kaffir combine with the greatest smooth taste of the bergamot. The floral chamomile, elderflower or lavender touch, round the palate and ensure the extreme softness of this gin. The presence of pear with spices like star anise or cassia and the sweetness from honey is also notorious.>
|Gin Lovers Party - Gin Made in Portugal|
The Gin Lovers February party will be called “Made in Portugal”. It will be a celebration of the Portuguese Gin with a selection of the best names including the brand new Friday Chic Gin, Adamus, Bolotta, Gina, Gold Grail, Mui, Nao, Wild Snow Dog and Wild Snow Dog Cherry Edition. A party without mandatory consumption and without guestlist, with license to dance, have fun and taste (of course). On the 26th of February, every sign leads to the Embaixada in Principe Real. What is a Gin Lovers Party? On the last Friday of each month since the Summer of 2014, Gin Lovers has dedicated one of its nights to one Gin brand. Beefeater, Bulldog, Blackwoods Gin Mare, G'Vine, Hendrick's, Tanqueray, No.3 London Dry, Seagram's, Wild Snow Dog and many other brands have been with us. And so it has been all last Fridays of the month. In 2016 we changed the format, but the goal remains the same. Absolute freedom, sharing flavors, meeting friends and endless Gin discovery. From 11pm to 2am, with free entry without mandatory consumption, without guestlist in the heart of Lisbon.>
|Friday - the new Portuguese Gin|
There is a new gin made in Portugal. Named Friday Chic Gin, the softness and elegant sweetness are the signatures of this new Portuguese Gin. You can learn more about this gin and its characteristics below.
|National Cocktail Day|
Portugal has now a national day for cocktails, every year on the 18th of May. The initiative is promoted by the Lisbon Bar Show, Anebe and Barmen Association of Portugal. Thus between the 18th and 25th May, you can have access to unique experiences and special cocktails with discounts in bars, hotels and shops. Each place will have a unique cocktail with a brand partner. The aim is to invite you to taste the original creations the barmen are making these seven days. Alongside the National Gin Tonic Day (created and promoted by Gin Lovers, which this year we will celebrate in June 25), the National Cocktail Day is an initiative to promote the beverage sector, the know-how of bar professionals and celebrate with you.>
|World Class is back to Portugal for its second edition|
The most prestigious mixology event in the world is back again to Portugal. The battle for Best Portuguese Bartender starts this month. After the success of the first edition in Portugal, the international competition World Class is back to give opportunity to Portuguese bartenders to compete for the title of Best Bartender, functioning as an inspiration platform and fostering not only the technique but also the creativity of bartenders. The first qualifying phase will happen on the 25th, 26th and 27th of January in Porto, Lisbon and Algarve, respectively. Under the theme "Mindful Drinking", competitors will have to create a cocktail with the dark spirits from the Diageo Reserve brand. At this stage, the jury is looking for an appetizer or a nightcap inspiration from Autumn/Winter using seasonal spices. Also important is the engagement with the consumers: competitors must provide an interactive experience for not only the time of cocktail preparation but also for presentation of the drink. Other details are also taken into account, like the perception of flavor by managing the temperature and the use of ingredients and infusions created at home, providing flexibility and mastery of flavors. In this phase, a bartender from each of the three regions will be selected to compete in the National Final mid-2016.>
|January Gin Lovers Party - Best of 2015|
The January Gin Lovers Party will be different than usual. It will showcase the best 2015 selection of gins. The best brands will be present: Beefeater24, Blackwoods, Bulldog, Gin Mare, G'Vine, Hendrick's, Mui, Nº3 London Dry, Seagram's,Tanqueray e Wild Snow Dog. On the 29th of January all the ways lead to Principe Real. What is a Gin Lovers Party? On the last Friday of each month since the Summer of 2014, Gin Lovers has dedicated one of its nights to one Gin brand. Beefeater, Bulldog, Blackwoods Gin Mare, G'Vine, Hendrick's, Tanqueray, No.3 London Dry, Seagram's, Wild Snow Dog and many other brands have been with us. And so it has been all the last Fridays of the month. In 2016 we changed the format, but the goal remains the same. Absolute freedom, sharing flavors, meeting friends and endless discovery of Gin. From 11pm to 2am, with free entry without mandatory consumption, without guestlist in the heart of Lisbon.>
|Gin Lovers Botanicals|
With the increasing success and phenomenon of Gin, there is now a greater interest in botanicals for flavoring the gin and tonic. Juniper, citrus fruits zests or fava tonka are amongst the botanicals that you can find in your gin and tonic glass.
|Lisbon Bar Show 2016|
The show is back! The Lisbon Bar Show 2016 marks the third edition of the event that brings the best bars, experts, bratenders and brands around the world to the Portuguese capital. Two days of presentations and discussions of the latest trends and techniques, as well as the launch of new products, demonstrations, seminars, conduct networking and especially a showcase of suppliers, brands, outlets, bartenders, and experts. Like in previous years, Lisbon will receive guests worldwide known who will share all their experience.
|Gin Sul New Edition - Southern Cross|
It was on the 10th of June, 2015 that Lisbon received four Moscatel de Setubal oak barrels full of Gin - the brand Gin Sul was born. In the beginning of 2016 the new limited version of Gin Sul is released - Southern Cross - with 2000 manually numbered bottles. With 46% alcohol, the gin is macerated with orange peel. An opportunity for Gin lovers to taste a limited edition of the Gin Sul that soon will arrive to the market. The name Southern Cross comes from the Portuguese discoveries as it was the point of orientation to the Southern hemisphere. The inspiration also comes from the Portuguese idea of making the wine travel to Brazil to deepen its flavor. The artist Tobias Tietchen illustrated this limited edition that promises to follow the success that was its predecessor, the "Ruby South". The image shows a traveller with a beret with rockrose and an astrolabe, surrounded by juniper and muscat grapes. A symbolism that makes no one indifferent.>
|Gin Lovers Magazine - Volume VI|
Unfortunately, we still don't have a Gin Lovers Magazine in English. We are thinking about it, but it has not been possible yet. If you are really interested, please talk with us. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you The last Gin Lovers Magazine volume of 2015 is now available. In this issue we talk about Christmas (of course), but also about the gin scene in 2015 and what it will be like in 2016. The best part is the offer of a Beefeater24 miniature, and a Christmas supplement for the last minute shopping. Some of our highlights: Gin VIP with Paul Furtado - the Legendary Tigerman. A Food Pairing where we continue to combine gin with food. This time we invited chef Pedro Almeida from Viva Lisboa and Paula Marques from Barbatana, two godchildren from the Michelin chef Miguel Laffan. We spoke with Joanne Moore, the first Master Distiller of the world. We tasted the Eric Kayser juniper bread. We visited the Bulldog distillery in Manchester, visited Lisbon main rooftops and many other things. Discover all these stories on the volume VI available on Gin Lovers Principe Real store and online from 18th of December and on newsstands nationwide the 22th of December.>
On the 31st of December night, Gin Lovers and chef Miguel Laffan from the Less restaurant - inside the Gin Lovers Principe Real space - will combine forces to bring you the best Welcome 2016 party. The New Year's Eve night at the Embaixada starts at 8pm with a six-course tasting menu including pairings with Gin and wine. At the end of the night, just before midnight, the Gin Lovers Principe Real doors open to receive the "Party Ten to Midnight" by Tanqueray Ten/Gin Lovers. Welcome 2016 with Gin. >
|Wild Snow Dog - Cherry Gin Edition|
The Wild Snow Dog Cherry Gin comes out as the second edition of this premium Portuguese Gin. It is distilled with the wild juniper that grows in Serra da Estrela - the highest point in Portugal - and the cherry from Fundão and Gardunha - area of cherry excellence in Portugal. After the Wild Snow Dog first edition - a Dry Gin - Licores de Serrano launches a fruity gin. Cherry from Fundão is the star and the main reference on the palate. It is then rounded by Malapio, an apple variety that grows in the region, a local tangerine and arbutus. The Wild Snow Dog Cherry Gin pays homage to the Beira Baixa region which contains the best juniper and cherry in Portugal. The wild dog from Serra da Estrela continues to be its image but now with the color of the fruit that fills its soul. The other botanicals are the angelica root, coriander seeds, tangerine, Malapio, cinnamon and liquorice. The alcohol volume has also risen from 40 to 42 because of the flavors distilled in it. Suggested serving: Fresh cherry or Kirsch, lemon Zest and the Tonic Fever-Tree Indian. Should we taste it?>
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Boodles Gin launched the Boodles Mulberry, the first Mulberry Gin in America. Boodles Mulberry is a tribute to the mulberry trees that have been for centuries a familiar sight in the English countryside. Boodles Mulberry is a new interpretation of a British classic, the traditional liqueur Sloe Gin. Boodles Gin is made with blackberries and it is a blend of natural ingredients. Boodles Mulberry is a liqueur that is perfect for drinking both hot and cold in the holiday season. The flavor combines the delicate blackberries with notes of raspberry and blackcurrant which creates a sweet and subtle medley. Boodles Mulberry then adds the perfect complement of unique botanicals from the Boodles British Gin such as rosemary, nutmeg and salvia. This creates a balance and complexity of flavor. We're already salivating and eager to have it in our hands.>
|Premium Gin Friends|
Friends is a Gin from Alentejo launched by two friends. It has 37 botanicals and Touriga grapes. The wine producer James Gourd and the engineer Luis Ferreira have teamed up to to create this Gin that reflects the character of the Portuguese viticulture. They needed 4 years of testing with artisanal stills, 438 botanicals tested and a thousand macerations and micro distillations. The 38 botanicals in Friends envision a complex, intense and aromatic Gin and the Touriga grapes being the highlight. The combination of these botanicals allied to the aging in oak barrels and the quadruple distillation in artisanal stills make Friends a premium Gin with a markedly Portuguese character. The two friends associated common tastes of wine and Gin to create a distinctive product. The label - produced by studio Rita Rivotti Wine Branding & Design - reflects the story of Friends through a vintage style. There were 8,000 bottles produced and the goal is to reach the Belgian, French and Luxembourgish markets. In 2016, they want to double the production with the opening to new markets. Friends can be enjoyed with a few ice cubes or grape and/or juniper.>
When we try to describe the Gin and Tonic before all this revival movement, with the glass, two fingers of tonic and gin up above, there are some common names that come to mind: Gordon's, Bosford's or Larios. It is important to note that these 3 Gins have a very reasonable price/quality and are not enemies against pricier and more recent Gins. These brands all have a more orthodox London Dry approach. There is a limited number of botanicals, with the juniper standing out as well as the coriander seeds, thus resulting in a dry aftertaste. The know-how of these companies is immense and for them the gin has few secrets so their reinvention is almost natural and facilitated. The know-how concentrated in these organizations is immense and the Gin has few secrets for them so their reinvention is almost natural and facilitated. Larios 12 is an example of this remake and marks the entry in the Premium Gins range. It’s also a wink to new consumers seeking greater complexity and smoothness. The changes appear immediately in the bottle. More cosmopolitan, more slender and blue tone, with a palette of enriched botanicals. There is a total of 12 botanicals (giving name to the Larios), where citrus fruits occupy a central place (clementine, orange, lemon, lime, mandarin orange, tangerine and grapefruit), and are complemented by orange blossom, nutmeg, angelica root, coriander seeds and juniper. This Gin bouquet breaks with the Larios tradition. Softer, more fragrant, with the juniper relegated to a secondary role. In the mouth, the citrus notes dominate, on a very well balance achieved with the juniper. The Larios 12 is definitely a Gin assembled in the Premium Gins bag with a very interesting price. This is our suggestion: Larios 12 with orange blossom, orange and nutmeg. Try it!>
After the boom in Spain and Portugal there are more countries feeling the increase of the Gin trend. Italy is one of those countries which has seen the birth of several projects. Fred Jerbis is an example. The name comes from the combination of the creators and distiller’s name - Federico Cremasco - and his passion for botanicals, especially herbs. The label also shows the number 43, precisely the number of botanicals used in the production of this Gin and all of them are from Italy - an uncommon fact in the Gin World. Fred Gerbis’ alcohol flavoring method is also distinctive as it uses two different techniques. Distillation followed by infusion. Fred Jerbis is thus a Compound Gin - a Gin type usually associated with low cost and dubious quality products. However, Fred Gerbis is the opposite of this. An artisanal Gin extremely soft and very herbaceous reminding herbal digestive drinks like Jagermeister. Fred Gerbis has a strong presence of herbs with predominance of aniseed-flavored notes.>
|Chocolate to flavor your gin and tonic|
Now you can taste, eat and drink Gin. Confused? The old drink is back as a worldwide trend and Amour Gourmet - dedicated, among other things, to produce chocolates with original flavors - also decided to enter this market. Manuela Sabino from Amour Goumet explains that she created a special chocolate to be eaten/drunk with Gin. For this purpose, "just grate it and added it to the Gin and Tonic. It gives it an unique taste and texture". After Manuela had the idea to launch these chocolates specially devoted to accompany a Gin and Tonic, she decided to invite the brand Gin Sul to help her. The result is "a perfect marriage of flavors and aromas", says Manuela. But it took a while to get to the final piece of chocolate. Manuela had a lot of tests mixing chocolate with the botanicals distilled in Gin Sul. “I ended up getting the coriander seeds and lemon flavor". The new chocolate "Taste Eat Drink” has a name that summarizes what you can do: taste, eat and even drink it. It is thus a black chocolate with spices that elevates the taste of gin.>
|Gin Lovers Magazine? The first Gin magazine in the world|
The first magazine in the world dedicated to Gin is 100% made in Portugal and by Gin Lovers. A Gin and lifestyle magazine - with Gin and a lot of people inside. Launched in April 2014, it has content exclusively dedicated to Gin and the world that involves the consumption and taste for this drink (bars, restaurants, travel, news, art and design). The Gin Lovers Magazine will always be identified as the first Gin magazine in the world that wanted a different presentation: new, fresh and visually appealing. A magazine thought and idealized in Portugal with the direction and editing by Miguel Somsen and art direction by José Lázaro. We give you unique and exclusive content from the Gin world including visits to distilleries, tasting events and more. You can find Gin Lovers Magazine in Gin Lovers stores and online store.
Gold Grail is a new Portuguese Gin. A Premium Gin that combines the mountain ruggedness and sea freshness and it’s able to conquer the most demanding palates. With a total of 13 botanicals, the highlights are the gorse flower - native from the Arouca region, North West of Portugal - and salicornia from Ria de Aveiro. But there are more like the essential juniper and the almost mandatory coriander seeds as well as goji berries and haba tonka, less common in the gin production. The Gold Grail is produced in a distillation column with 3 reflux stages which allows better control of unwanted alcohols. This distillation method also gives a more pronounced character to the spirit obtained. Therefore, the Gold Grail is a herbal Gin full of aromas.>
|Gin and Tonic Ice cream Santini | Gin Lovers|
It is officially considered one of the most anticipated synergies of recent times. The mastery of ice cream maker Santini joined the Gin Lovers boldness and irreverence and created a Gin and tonic ice cream. To be honest not one, but 16 ice cream, all made with Premium Gins sold by Gin Lovers. The new Santini ice cream reproduces not only a taste but also the authenticity of a drink - the Gin and Tonic. Calories aside, this is an ice cream that requires real care when tasted. Be careful or it will let you...inebriated. This synergy started a year ago when Gin Lovers invited Santini to develop a Gin and Tonic ice cream for an article that was coming on the Gin Lovers Magazine. Santini accepted immediately and it was a huge success in stores. This led to an alliance between the most prestigious Portuguese ice cream maker and the biggest Gin community to create a series of gin and tonic ice creams. The 16 premium gin brands were chosen. Then Schweppes and its tonic waters embraced the project with equal enthusiasm and availability. Each gin brand represents a different ice cream flavor because of the different botanical combinations. As there is no addition of ice - which provides an extra quantity of water to drink - the ice cream reveals the most authentic flavor as when you sip a Gin and tonic. Santini gives you the chance to experience ice creams from G'Vine, Gin Mare, Seagram's, Blackwood's 60, Tanqueray 10, Tanqueray Rangpur, Bulldog, Opihr, London N.3, Brockman's Monkey 47, Martin Miller's, Hendrick's, Wild Snow Dog, Sylvius and Beefeater 24. “We take advantage from the the fact that we are one of the oldest players on the market. Our know-how comes from the experience and work of three generations. We do not rest with only traditional flavor like strawberry or chocolate”, says Eduardo Santini - director of the prestigious ice cream maker. He believes that “the creation of new flavors and products in the Santini stores is natural”. Each gin and tonic flavor and brand will be revealed each week beginning the 7th of May. Do not forget. If you eat this ice cream do not drive.>
|Cobalto - 17|
Cobalto 17 - Douro is the name of the Gin produced by two portuguese - Edgar Rocha and Miguel Guedes - who had the dream of making an original gin from the UNESCO world heritage wine region. This Gin has a balance and freshness that comes from the alliance between artisanal production methods - distilled in a traditional still and bottled in an artisanal way - and incorporating six botanicals thought to ensure the integrity of a classic gin but with the irreverence of a new generation with fruity and seductive aromas. There are 6 botanicals used: verbena, spearmint/peppermint, juniper and cardamom. This will be the first Gin fully produced in the Douro region.>