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Old 02.05.2019, 17:41
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Adnams make gin? I've only ever had their beer. Is it fairly widely available do you know?
They make vodka too, not tried it though. In Suffolk it is available in Sainsbury’s and probably other supermarkets. Have not looked elsewhere.

They do a more expensive gin to copper house which we tried but much preferred the copper. I visit the Adnams shop in Woodbridge and stock up on Lighthouse beer at the same time
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They make vodka too, not tried it though. In Suffolk it is available in Sainsbury’s and probably other supermarkets. Have not looked elsewhere.

They do a more expensive gin to copper house which we tried but much preferred the copper. I visit the Adnams shop in Woodbridge and stock up on Lighthouse beer at the same time
I shall keep a look out.
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Old 02.05.2019, 18:27
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Re: The Gin Thread

Greenall's Wild Berry pink gin is beautiful and quite subtle. I am really enjoying it.
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Gordon's Sloe over ice is doing the trick.
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Don't drink tonic, problem resolved
There is one from Goldberg, but is hard to find.

Bone Dry Tonic

https://www.foodist.ch/goldberg-sons...dry-tonic-1910
https://www.intercomestibles.ch/prod...&searchString=
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Old 29.05.2019, 06:11
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Re: The Gin Thread

In case you want something very different:

https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.u...flavoured-gin/
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Re: The Gin Thread

Basilisk Gin is a very good local variety that hit the market recently: https://www.glspirit.ch/

I recommend this if you like the taste of gin.

Apparently, some still have a need for their gin to taste like cake, but you won't find that gimmick here.

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Old 29.05.2019, 13:48
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In case you want something very different:

https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.u...flavoured-gin/

Ah now.. c'mon. That would put me off gin for life, I reckon
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Ah now.. c'mon. That would put me off gin for life, I reckon
It probably tastes a bit like Amaretto. It's a gin-based liqueur and not a gin as such, anyway.
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Re: The Gin Thread

Is anyone actually making their own Gin?

I'm thinking of getting a small still and trying my hand at making my own...apparently any base alcohol if find, add junipers and then whatever other flavours you want...and then it is a choice of distill to make clear or drink cloudy....but there must be more to it than that!
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Old 14.06.2019, 12:30
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Is anyone actually making their own Gin?

I'm thinking of getting a small still and trying my hand at making my own...apparently any base alcohol if find, add junipers and then whatever other flavours you want...and then it is a choice of distill to make clear or drink cloudy....but there must be more to it than that!

Yes, for example that it's illegal in Switzerland
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Yes, for example that it's illegal in Switzerland
Sssshhhh, only if you get caught!

Might be easier to just buy easier to buy some ropey vodka and infuse with botanicals yourself Duanw - after all gin is basically just infused voddy.
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after all gin is basically just infused voddy.
Oversimplifying much, innit?
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Old 14.06.2019, 14:01
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Oversimplifying much, innit?
Depends on your definition of simplification...

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The most usual production method for gin is to distill botanicals, such as juniper, coriander, citrus peel, cinnamon, almond or liquorice, with neutral grain alcohol. Making gin is like flavoring vodka, except that botanicals are always natural. A skilled gin distiller knows how to balance the botanical flavors to make a quality product.
From here.

I've heard it more than once from gin distillers themselves, too.
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Old 14.06.2019, 14:24
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Yes, for example that it's illegal in Switzerland
Not if you make 500 litres or more and pay the duty at 14.5CHF per litre. At least, that was the case in 2001. https://www.englishforum.ch/food-dri...istilling.html
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Depends on your definition of simplification...

From here.

I've heard it more than once from gin distillers themselves, too.
If you equate distillation to infusion, then you can think that way.
But most gins are not only infused with botanicals, they are part of the distillation process as well.
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Re: The Gin Thread

What I learned (by reading) about gin making is that, there are two main processes:
1. (vapour) infusion, with basket of botanicals

2. steeping, with botanicals in base spirits
or combination of both


Anyway they always use base spirit which should be neutral (hence "vodka"), but many Mediterranean gins are using some kind of grappa (made of leftovers of wine production) for the base. That leaves somehow characteristic aftertaste, that I really don't like.


I am doing my own tonic syrup and using it in combination with soda stream. Quinine bark I bought on amazon, harder here is to get nicely aromatic citruses (that are not exclusively expensive). Beside it, you need some acids (citric, malic) and sugar.
I started with some basic recipices:
tonic 1
tonic 2
tonic 3
tonic 4
but at the end you need to develop your own formula


btw. has anyone found where to buy tonic syrup here, I would like to compare.
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Old 14.06.2019, 17:30
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Oversimplifying much, innit?
Not really, it's a perfectly valid way of making Gin.
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