“Old Tom is dead, then I must be queen” said the Cait Sith. This beautiful old Tom style gin is the latest edition to Wild Thyme Spirits. Pronounced Caught Shee, Cait Sith takes inspiration from Celtic folklore and the natural surroundings of Colonsay. So what is Cait Sith? It’s a legendary spectral cat that romances the Scottish Highland and Islands, which bought with it either … Continue reading CAIT SITH – COLONSAY GIN


Sweet Hibiscus Gin with added CBD. Yes, CBD! At first the classic botanicals of juniper, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, cassia, nutmeg, orris, liquorice and hibiscus makes MUHU appear like a London Dry gin with sweet notes of hibiscus. However, MUHU goes one step further by adding CBD. If you’ve ever tried CBD oil you’ll know that it has quite a distinctive and even overpowering flavours. … Continue reading MUHU GIN

Zeiver Gin [pure]

Fresh onto the gin scene this year is Zeiver Gin, an English spirit at a feisty 47% ABV. Zeiver (the name of which derives from Zuiver which means pure in Dutch) contains a total of 9 rather daring and distinctive botanicals, including juniper, pistachio, apple, lime, cherry, peach, macadamia nuts, aloe vera and grapefruit. The base spirit is made from polished rice, sourced from Niigata … Continue reading Zeiver Gin [pure]

Hogmoor Gin School

Set in Bordon, Hampshire and just a stones throw from work- handy! “I know vow to never judge wax sealed bottles which I previously described as ‘must having been done by a child’ or ‘with eyes closed’.” Heading back to school to study gin is something dreams are made of. Learning how stills work, understanding how to balance botanicals, seeing the gin pour out, bottling, … Continue reading Hogmoor Gin School

Madame Jennifer

The Urban Small-Batch Distillery “We both felt so welcome and had a brilliant afternoon tasting, learning and laughing.” Myself and good friend Andrew aka The Gin Den headed to Hove to meet the lovely couple who distil a handful of gins (plus some other interesting spirits!) Inger on the left is the Biologist and Ian is the Chemist. Hence the gin names! They’ve acquired the … Continue reading Madame Jennifer

Happy 1st Birthday Red Door!

Today is Red Door Gin’s 1st Birthday! What better way to celebrate than cracking open the beautifully bold red bottle and enjoying a gin and tonic in the sunshine. I’m serving mine with ice, Walter Gregors tonic, creating the perfect Scottish pair and garnishing with a handful of raspberries from the garden. Red Door is a small-batch handcrafted Gin, which gets it name from the … Continue reading Happy 1st Birthday Red Door!

Gin School at Gorilla Spirits, Upton Grey, Basingstoke

Gorilla Spirits distillery in Upton Grey make award-winning spirits with an amazing ethical conscience and I was truly honoured to attend their gin school. Founded in 2015 by Andy Daniels, Gorilla Sprits has an impressive portfolio including: Silverback Mountain Strength Gin, Silverback Old Tom Gin, Silverback Raspberry Gin, Blackback Mountain Strength and Maraba Coffee Liqueur. It is remarkable that this small business donates £1 from … Continue reading Gin School at Gorilla Spirits, Upton Grey, Basingstoke

Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, Covent Garden

I was recently staying in London for work and so I took this opportunity to visit Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Convent Garden. The Gin Parlour was once the home of Mr Fogg’s Aunt Gertrude and has over 150 different gins! The decor is traditional and elegant and the staff were incredibly enthusiastic and friendly. The atmosphere is laid back and cosy but the experience … Continue reading Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, Covent Garden

The Beefeater Gin Distillery, Kennington, London

While staying in London for work, I decided to make the most of it and book some last minute tickets to the Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington. The tour begins by walking around their museum, taking you back to the famous ‘gin craze’, gin laws and through the history of Beefeater. After this, our lovely guide talked us through the botanicals used in the various … Continue reading The Beefeater Gin Distillery, Kennington, London