Gin Spin: April
Gin Foundry takes a keen eyed look at industry news to bring you a snapshot of the best bits the last month has had to offer.
All Aboard the HMS Victory:
The Isle of Wight Distillery’s limited edition Oak Aged HMS Victory Navy Strength is bottled up and ready for its second release. The gin has seen seven months longer in barrel than the first aged offering from IOW, though both had the good fortune to be aged alongside pieces of wood stripped from the HMS Victory herself.
The project is a collaboration between the distillery and the Royal Navy, with a percentage of all profits going towards restoration of the gin’s namesake ship. We’ve long been a fan of the Isle of Wight Distillery’s storytelling; this project does a great job to combine the history of Gin and the Navy.
HMS Victory will have its official release onboard the HMS Victory at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth on Sunday 7th May, with a third release taking place on the same day in 2019, a fourth in 2020 and the fifth in 2021. That’s a long wait before the next bottling, so don’t miss out if this sounds like the kind of thing that’ll float your boat!
Job Hunting? Look no Further:
The Isle of Harris Distillery, producer of the glinting, gleaming Harris Gin, had its official London launch on the 25th April and the brand is now putting all of its efforts into finding a London Ambassador – someone who can spread the Harris love across the city.
Candidates should have a good knowledge of London’s best food and drink spots and should be keen to share the word on Harris‘ social enterprise approach. You’ll need to be a bit of a charmer, able to talk bars into supplying Harris and people into drinking it, though this part should be quite easy… Needless to say, you have to be a big time Gin lover!
Junipalooza Melbourne launches:
The festival, taking place at Melbourne’s Meat Market on the 21st and 22nd October, will host a huge raft of Australian makers, plus a few English ginsmiths that we couldn’t quite leave behind…
Over 40 makers will gather under one roof to share their spirits and stories with a sea of thirsty Gin fans, while masterclasses delivered by Caroline and the Gin Foundry team promise to send you off with a brain full of facts and a belly full of gin. Find out more HERE.
Roll up, roll up – new releases:
No news is good news, so they say, and while April was an arguably slow news month for Gin, a handful of new releases captured our attention. Brew Dog finally released their Lone Wolf Gin – a grain to glass effort with which they’re taking an aggressive stance, calling their “a series of pure bloodline spirits that stand apart in a world of formula”. Our review is coming soon – but trust us when we say you’re going to want to pay attention to these guys.
Bullards Spirits added to its ever-experimental portfolio with a Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin. The new edition was designed with British summer in mind (good British summer, mind you – not the ice blast we have at the moment!). Bullards co-founder Russell Evans said: “Our Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin taps into the growing demand for more innovative and experimental gins and gives consumers a new way to enjoy gin this summer. Plus, the strawberry is quintessentially British too, so it is a perfect fit.”
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