Tanqueray Talk

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I’ve got Tanqueray on the brain.

Following a (brilliant) London Cocktail Week, where I had Tanqueray Rangpur on Fever-Tree’s G&T Safari, popped into Tanqueray’s 1950s themed pop-up hub, and drank the best gin martini I’ve ever had at The Alchemist (more on that soon), it’s all I can think about.

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So I was thrilled to hear that #TanquerayThursdays are back! Visit any of the participating bars on any Thursday evening between now and Christmas, show the barman your #TanquerayThursday tweet, and get two Tanqueray cocktails for the price of one! Superb.

Calling all chocolate lovers!

Tasting notes

I’m often asked “what’s your favourite gin?” and my answer changes all the time. It changes with the days of the week, the mood I’m in, and how much I’ve had to drink the night before.

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But then I tried Hotel Chocolat’s Cocoa Gin (42% ABV). A rich, smooth spirit with zesty lemon and sweet chocolate top notes, it has a rich cocoa aftertaste and clean finish. Made with cocoa from Hotel Chocolat’s St Lucian estate, it’s not too heavy on the juniper and has fresh flavours that work really well with a light tonic (I had Fever-Tree) and wedge of lemon to cut through the rich cocoa.

That was more than a week ago and I’m still thinking about it. Definitely my new favourite gin… for now.

Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Gin is priced at £15 per 250ml or £4 per 50ml

Gin Mare at Juniper Club

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Last Monday I popped along to Juniper Club at the super cool Graphic Bar in Soho. For those who don’t know, Juniper Club (formerly the Juniper Society) is held fortnightly at the specialist gin-meets-art bar, with a different brand showcasing its wares each time.

Last week was the turn of Spanish brand Gin Mare (42.7% ABV). Starting with its signature serve (1724 Tonic (named after the height at which the quinine is picked on the Inca trail – but that’s another story all together), orange peel and rosemary), brand expert Sarah Moorhead took us through the history of Gin Mare, which took over three years to develop. Made with eight botanicals from across the Mediterranean – Spanish juniper, Arbequina olive, three different types of citrus, basil, rosemary, thyme, coriander and cardomom – each of which is individually macerated (rather than being stilled together), it’s a truly unique spirit.

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The citrus is heavier on the nose than the palette, which is why the orange peel in the signature serve works so well and helps to lift the almost oily texture. Rosemary is the stand-out flavour for me, although in a Martini, the olive comes into its own.

In a nutshell, this is a quality, smooth and versatile spirit which tastes fab with savoury flavours and really packs a punch. Make mine a double.

Bombay Sapphire’s Ultimate Gin & Tonic Pop-up

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Nestled in the courtyard of the beautiful Rosewood Hotel in London, Bombay Sapphire’s Ultimate Gin & Tonic Pop-up bar is designed to take gin-lovers on an exciting ride through the Mediterranean, Africa, China and Indonesia with a variety of twists on the classic G&T.

You can win a stay at the Rosewood by sharing a photo of your experience at the pop-up on Twitter or Instagram, following and tagging Bombay Sapphire UK, and using the hashtag #UltimateGT. It closes tomorrow night, so get down there fast for the ultimate G&T in ultra-luxurious surroundings.

The Rosewood Hotel, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN. Open 12 – late

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Gin tasting at The Allium, Bath

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Whenever I visit Bath, it’s become customary to stop at the Abbey Hotel’s Allium Brasserie and Art Bar for a G&T.

With a ‘gin of the month’, all the gins you’d expect from a hotel bar, plus several others to boot, there’s always something new to try. Add to that a range of tonics, gin-based cocktails and mixers, and you’ve got yourself a very happy afternoon.

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On this occasion, we elected to try five. With a bit of advice from resident gin expert and Bar Manager, Bella, we ended up with Langley’s No. 8 (41.7% ABV) with Fentimans tonic (which my mum’s husband has proclaimed his new favourite gin), Gin Mare (42.7% ABV) with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic (which is my mum’s new favourite), Origin – Klanac (47% ABV) with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic (which is a Croatian gin, and my boyfriend’s new favourite), a No. 3 (46% ABV) and Fever-Tree Indian Tonic, and a 6 O’Clock (43% ABV) and 6 O’Clock tonic to match.

While I’d be hard pushed to pick a favourite, this only goes to show just how varied the gin world is. From a classic gentleman’s gin like Langley’s, to an oh-so-quaffable 6 O’Clock, to the Mediterranean and aromatic Gin Mare, there’s got to be something for everyone.

As for me? I’ll be hunting down some more of the Klanac, with its sweet, soft, fruity notes and grapefruit and basil kick. Delicious.

Fever-Tree’s Ultimate Gin & Tonic Pop Up Bar

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Located in London’s Hoxton Square, and boasting over 160 different gins from across the world, the Fever-Tree Ultimate Gin & Tonic Pop Up Bar is a must for any gin lover.

The rules are simple; select a gin from the menu (categorised loosely by flavour) and pair it with one of the many Fever-Tree tonics.

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For those who really want to play barman, G&Tree Flights give you the choice of 4 gins to try with a selection of the tonic waters.

Due to my visit being toward the end of the six week long pop up, the first three gins I wanted to try had run out. Having said that, the barman recommended something he thought I’d like based on my other choices: Dà Mhìle Organic Seaweed Gin (42% ABV).

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Paired with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water and garnished with black pepper and mint, it was aromatic, dry, slightly spicy and salty. It’s a clean, fresh taste with a floral scent and punchy, peppery bite.

Infused with fresh seaweed for three weeks, Dà Mhìle is truly unique in flavour.

The second gin of the evening was Foxdenton 48 (48% ABV), again paired with the Indian Tonic. It had a floral, almost perfumed scent, with clean, sweet notes. Recipient of Best in Class at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011.

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With beautiful decor (and a neon light I’m lusting after), super-friendly staff, and a cracking gin selection my own grandmother would be proud of, the Fever-Tree Ultimate Gin & Tonic Pop Up is well worth a visit; just make sure you get down there before they run out of the good stuff.

The Fever-Tree Ultimate Gin & Tonic Pop Up is open until Friday 26 July.