Tarquin’s Gin

This is gin review that’s been a long time coming. I got hold of this bottle over a year ago and it’s sat on my gin shelf for all this time with maybe a third of a bottle left. I’ve deliberately not finished the bottle because I knew I had to write words about it …

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Elderberries

Gin Botanical: Dried Elderberries I have an Elder tree in my garden – unfortunately, it’s in a state of ill-health due to other trees blocking most of its light. However, the trees proliferate in my locale and making elderberry wine and elderflower cordial is a real mark of summer. Elderberry: Facts Only one species of …

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Pink Grapefruit

Gin Botanical: Pink Grapefruit Grapefruit is my favourite citrus fruit and pink grapefruit are the kings amongst them. It’s the least common of the three main citrus fruits found in gin. Pink Grapefruit: Facts Grapefruit is a hybrid between the pomelo and the sweet orange. It was first bred in Barbados in the 18th century. …

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Orris Root

Gin Botanical: Orris Root Orris root is the root of certain varieties of iris flower, specifically Iris germanica, Iris florentina, and Iris pallida. Orris: Facts Orris root is used in perfumery in the same way it’s used in gin making – that is, as a base note to bind and stabilise the other aromas. The …

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Orange

Gin Botanical: Orange Oranges; probably the most ubiquitous fruit in the world. Whether as a fruit, juice or flavouring, it gets everywhere. It’s pretty common in gin as well, often alongside lemon. Orange: Facts Oranges mostly come in two varieties; the sweet orange, which is the type we usually eat as fruit, and the bitter …

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Lemon

Gin Botanical: Lemon Culinarily-speaking, everybody knows lemon; be it from lemonade, sorbet, cheesecake, pancakes, or as a simple garnish, it is a very common ingredient. The same is true in gin and most count lemon among their botanical list. It’s not quite as ubiquitous as coriander, but not far off. Personally, the best use I’ve …

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Nutmeg

Gin Botanical: Nutmeg Nutmeg is a distinctly pungent spice that I cook with quite often; it goes in well in cheese sauces and flavours ham when I boil one up. Nutmeg: Facts One of the constituents of nutmeg, Myristicin, is a toxin which can cause hallucinations, nausia, vomiting, tachycardia and a whole host of other …

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Cardamom

Gin Botanical: Cardamom. I love cardamom. I love it in curries, I love it in sweets, I love it in coffee and I love it in gin. Opihr Gin has a huge cardamom-load and I love it. I even made some saffron and cardamom bitters, which I often add to a G&T. Cardamom: Facts. Cardamom …

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