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Re: Gin

PostPosted: July 22nd, 2016, 5:46 pm
by Zosherooney
Earth, thank you for this link. Laverstoke Mill used to be a place where they printed bank notes back in the past. I used to travel that road every day for a year when I was at Basingstoke tech. I am currently suggesting to our community bus peeps a possible trip over for all the gin lovers !!!!

Re: Gin

PostPosted: July 12th, 2017, 6:17 pm
by Zosherooney
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This is where you can see some of the herbs and spices growing, it's very warm in here, would not mind this as my new greenhouse !

There are various Bombay Sapphire experiences available, I chose the least expensive, £15 for me and £13.50 for the old geezer ! I initially sucked in air sharply but now am happy to wax lyrical about our experience - good value. It is still a work in progress but very discreet, and some of the buildings tell a historic tale. Its location is beautiful, set on a chalk river in Test Valley. You do need to book ahead, no good just turning up. Without going into huge detail, JUST GO! We were highly impressed with the 2 hour tour, the information was in-depth and very interesting. I knew some but there is a lot more. There is a BS drink in with the price of your ticket, and a non alcho. one for the driver (me) but I got a take away (Gin and Fevertree) to bring home. Got a bit carried away in the shop !!! Bought Star of Bombay - Scrum-Delish :chops: :chops: :cocktail: :cocktail: A Collins glass (it's blue at the bottom) !

The staff are very well versed in their subject and are genuinely enthusiastic about the product. I do believe the owner of BS who are Bacardi have spent a HUGE amount of dosh on making this a really good hands on experience. If you know you are going to be in the area, try and book, you are in for a treat. :hi5:

I organised a coolbox picnic and we managed to find a nice spot to sit overlooking a trout lake in Longparish... A thoroughly wonderful day.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: September 24th, 2017, 1:46 pm
by Zosherooney
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I'm still practising my latest sizing skill in the photo dept. This one is of the designer (think, Channel) examples of gin drinking vessels at Bombay Sapphire distillery. The pared glass lemon rind forms the stem of the glass, staggering beautiful !

Re: Gin

PostPosted: September 24th, 2017, 2:16 pm
by hickybank
That sounds a great place to visit Zosh & that glass is simply stunning, at £15 that is great value for money to.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: September 24th, 2017, 5:40 pm
by earthmaiden
Can't wait to go there!!

Re: Gin

PostPosted: September 28th, 2017, 5:44 pm
by Zosherooney
A fab experience. I am glad we went in July, although it was cloudy we were able to sit next to the river and drink our cocktails outside.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: December 18th, 2017, 6:50 pm
by Zosherooney
I went to a large S'bugs yesterday and they had Ophir on offer they also had Fever tree at a reasonable price, I do enjoy a 'special' G&T at this festive time of year. :cocktail: :cocktail:

Re: Gin

PostPosted: January 14th, 2018, 3:08 pm
by Zosherooney
I bought a bottle of Portabello gin and that is very nice. The local one is Ramsbury and that is very savoury, a slice of apple compliments it well.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 9:23 am
by StokeySue
Being in Brighton on Saturday I had a Brighton Gin with Fevertree, very nice but not my favourote, quite citrus, very dry

Brighton Gin is made with 100% British organic wheat spirit – super smooth, and without any of the nasties that can give you a sore and sorry head – which we re-distill with juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally-grown coriander seed (the first UK commercially grown coriander seed in over 200 years) and milk thistle, which is indigenous to the South Downs and renowned for its kindness to the liver function.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 9:52 am
by scullion
re-distill - i suppose the word 'rectify' doesn't sound so good, does it‽

Re: Gin

PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 10:29 am
by StokeySue
I don't think it counts as rectification if you deliberately add impurities (aromatics)?

Re: Gin

PostPosted: January 15th, 2018, 11:02 am
by scullion
i was under the impression that it was.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: April 11th, 2018, 5:45 am
by Zosherooney
Bought a bottle of Bloom gin the other day and also ASDA had an offer on Fevertree tonics - nice treat ! :cocktail: :cocktail: Chin Chin !!!

Re: Gin

PostPosted: April 11th, 2018, 8:19 am
by smitch
Bloom gin is nice with sliced strawberries added to the glass.

Re: Gin

PostPosted: April 11th, 2018, 5:29 pm
by Zosherooney
Hmm, not sure my bottle will last that long, till my strawberries fruit..... :o

Re: Gin

PostPosted: April 11th, 2018, 6:03 pm
by StokeySue
Bloom, unsurprisingly given the name, is too floral for my taste

I started my Rhubarb Gin yesterday, using Aldi's Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin. I have a reminder in my calendar to strain it in two weeks!

Re: Gin

PostPosted: June 7th, 2018, 9:55 am
by cyprusmoira
StokeySue wrote:I started my Rhubarb Gin yesterday

We have started some Strawberry Gin, local Strawberries and local Hadjipavlou Gin :cocktail: