We're in the middle of a new Gin Craze. From our 101 Gins - Adnams to Zuidam; Brooklyn to Bombay and London to Plymouth (and beyond) we'd like to introduce you to some of the best Craft Gins in the world.
Due to our various connections and deep passion for all things gin, we’re uniquely positioned to bring you the very best gins available and can pair them with new tonics, mixers and tasty treats.
Become a member of The Bluebell Inn Gin Club and enjoy a wide array of flavours and join the local community of gin lovers to exchange tips, show off your gin knowledge and much more.
We regularly host gin tasting events where our gin club members can claim their free gin liqueur.
Be sure to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with our upcoming events, and check out our events page.
From April 2016 to March 2017 we worked our way through 101 handpicked craft Gins and some of these are still available for you to try.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin and Tarquin's Brillant British Blackberry Gin
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin. The home of Four Pillars is in the Yarra Valley, where their neighbours make some of the finest wines in the world. So, they decided to combine Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin with some of the best Shiraz grapes in Australia to create their Bloody Shiraz Gin.
The resultant gin is an incredibly rich, deep purple colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda.
Tarquin's Blackberry Gin. Proudly celebrating the British berry, Tarquin's Brillant British Blackberry Gin is like Cornish sunshine in a bottle, with a touch of wildflower honey. A wonderful vibrant crimson colour. Perfect as a Spritz, served with sparkling wine, soda, and garnished with fresh mint!
Improve your Craft Gin knowledge, learn about the history of Gin, impress your friends and spread the word about Craft Gin!
Make an evening of it ... what better way to spend an evening than with friends trying new gins!?
We offer 'Taster Nights' - try flights of very different and interesting gins, ranging from sweet to savoury, alongside many different tonics.
All this in a relaxed friendly manner.
Why not spoiol friends or family with a Hendricks G & Tea. This afternoon tea is a must for gin lovers. Its perfect for those who would like something a little stronger at teatime. Available on Saturdays and Sunday between 3-5pm. Cucumber sandwiches and homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, are served alongside a teapot full of Hendricks Gin, cucumber and Fever-Tree Tonic Water. £15 per person. Pre-booking essential.
There’s enormous diversity in how each gin tastes since each distiller uses a different recipe. Yes, gin must have a strong juniper flavour to it, but distillers are able to add any botanicals
they like to achieve their unique taste. Popular flavours they add include citrus fruits, nuts, and spices.
What’s more, consumers are more interested than ever in a brand’s story, along with each gin making process, rather than just buying the cheapest gin available, as such, global sales of gin are up 4% year-on-year.
A Short History of Gin
It’s thought that even as far back as 1585 English soldiers were knocking back the juniper-based spirit to calm their nerves before they went in to battle. In the Netherlands they had seen Dutch soldiers drinking before battle, hence the saying "Dutch courage"
In 1670 malt wine re-distilled with juniper was being sold in pharmacies. Unlicensed gin production then led to an influx of gin-shops springing up across the UK. It was during the 1800s that people took to a sweeter cordial gin, which has recently made a comeback!
The 1920s and 30s are thought of as the golden age of gin. It became the drink of choice among Hollywood stars until vodka came and stole its thunder. However, gin underwent resurgence in the 1980s following the launch of Bombay Sapphire and now, craft gin is one of the most exciting trends to emerge in years!
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