Happy New Year 2016….Year of the GIN!

Happy New Year to you all!!

I really do hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are ready to start the New Year off with a bang!

I know I sure ended it with one ;)

The last month of 2015 has been pretty chaotic, in a good way of course. If it wasn’t the parties it was the family gatherings, the food and the drinking. Lots and lots of drinking!

Although I must state that not all drinking was in vain and without purpose.

I did manage to fit in a few “cultural” events to help expand my knowledge and understanding of Wine and Gin. I called them research, although anybody else would have called them an excuse to have a good time.

One of the most stand out experiences I attended was that of a Gin Tasting held by the Jazz Café in conjunction with Saccone & Speed’s ‘The Cellar’.

Alex Martin from The Cellar had prepared 5 Gins that would be tasted with specifically selected Tonics.

Before the tasting started Alex gave us a brief description of each one, a description which he has kindly provided in writing for all of you to enjoy.

So before I leave you with the pictures I just wanted to congratulate the Jazz Café for providing a great service and some delicious ‘tapas’ to help accompany the selection of Gins.

I would also like to congratulate Alex for a very informative and well organised event.

If you need any further information regarding the Gins below why not stop by The Cellar at 25 Irish Town, or if you already know which one you would go for, why not pay the Jazz Café a visit at 4 Chatham Counterguard and indulge yourself with one of the exquisite Gins listed. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

Hayman’s 1850 Reserve

A gin that recreates the gin made during the 19th Century, when gin was sold straight from barrels. This gin rests in whisky casks for three to four weeks before it’s bottled. Very traditional.

Tanqueray Bloomsbury (limited edition)

A recipe from 1880 was found on the grounds where the original Tanqueray distillery was located (Bloomsbury, London). This gin follows exactly that recipe. Enhanced juniper flavour.

Whitley Neill

A gin inspired by Africa, using African botanicals and spices and flavoured with the fruit of the Baobab tree. Sweet and mellow.


A crafted gin distilled with selected botanicals in small batches of only 500 litres.

Blended with distilled cucumber and rose petals. Fresh and aromatic.

R8 Gourmet Line Revolution.

A modern Premium flavoured Gin. Produced by a young generation of distillers in Seville (Spain).

Intense strawberry aroma and flavour.

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