Junipalooza 2019

Festivals. A quintessential part of the British Summer. And as I sit gazing out of the window to pen this little ditty, I’m greeted by a sign that leaves me in absolutely no doubt that we’ve reached that glorious time of the year... Yep, you’ve guessed it. It’s bloody raining. Again. Relentlessly! And it’s at... Continue Reading →

Taplin & Mageean; the grand fromage…

‘Vous avez une ‘Babybel’?...’ I had tentatively asked, half joking/half longingly... The waiter looked at me, slightly bemused, as the rest of the table laughed at my amusing ‘joke’. Stood before me was a French waiter (note to reader: we were in France), with a trolley that was laden with enough cheese to make you... Continue Reading →

Pothecary Gin; Trinity Blend

So there I was. On my own, in a metal cage, hanging upside down. And as the wheel started to turn, a shudder went down my spine as I contemplated my own mortality...was this really the end?... Sure, I’d climbed in to the cage voluntarily. Heck, I’d even paid to do so! It had seemed... Continue Reading →

Meet the Distiller Part 2: Graveney Gin

Welcome back to Part 2 of my interview with Graveney Gin's Master Distiller, and one woman whirlwind, Vic Christie!...   In Part 2 of my chat with Vic we discussed the highs and lows of being a one woman operation, why gorillas feature on the bottles and what surprises you can expect from Graveney Gin in 2019.... Continue Reading →

Graveney Gin; a little gin with a big heart

Size. Does it REALLY matter?... In a society that preaches that ‘bigger is ALWAYS better’, it can leave those of us who sit within the ‘small but perfectly formed’ camp feeling slightly isolated. Sure. I’ll occasionally try to kid myself and join in the locker room style banter, swapping tall tales of grandeur with the... Continue Reading →

York Gin; my ‘first time’…

I think that it’s probably fair to say that everyone will remember where they were for their ‘first time’. Now with your first time, there’s generally an element of planning involved. After all, this is going to be a new experience for both you and your companion. Like for instance, where are you going to... Continue Reading →

Banshee Etcher Gin

As I shot bolt upright in bed, I will admit that I was completely and utterly petrified! We were on night one of our holiday to Lanzarote, staying in a hotel that was pushing the boundaries of what could technically be considered ‘hygienic’; let’s just say that what our room lacked in health & safety... Continue Reading →

Boadicea Gin; Winter is coming…

‘Winter is coming’... A term infamously coined by Kit Harington’s ‘Game of Thrones’ character, the sulky faced heroine, Jon Snow (not to be confused with Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow - despite the fact that i’m sure you’ll agree he could still rock the medieval leathers/dragon slayer look). And at this time of year, never... Continue Reading →

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