Pickering’s Launch Whisky Cask Aged Gins

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Oak aged gins have certainly become a bit of a thing now so it’s refreshing to see a distillery take a radically different approach. Based at Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh, Pickering’s Gin has created a special marriage between two of … Continue reading

Pickering’s Gin Comp – Who Won?

Edinburgh’s top bartending talent was on show at last week’s inaugural Pickering’s Gin cocktail competition. Eight finalists took part –  from Clouds and Soil, Bon Vivant, Spitfire, Juniper, Voodoo Rooms, Lioness of Leith and the Whisky Rooms – and the standard … Continue reading

Bombay Sapphire Launches Long Awaited New Advertising

Gintime editor Geraldine Coates has a sneak preview of the new Bombay Sapphire advertising. I used to write a regular column for a drinks magazine reviewing drinks advertising and marketing. (The magazine will remain nameless as we parted company over … Continue reading

Plymouth Gin to focus on Trademark and Intellectual Property over GI

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Geraldine Coates looks at the story behind Pernod Ricard’s decision not to renew the Geographical Indication status of Plymouth Gin. Last month social media was humming with the news that brand owners Pernod Ricard would not apply to renew the … Continue reading

Pushing the Boundaries of Imagination at WMIB

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Geraldine Coates shares her experience of judging at one of world’s most adventurous cocktail competitions. Now that the dust has settled on the third and surely most spectacular Global Final of Bombay Sapphire’s World’s Most Imaginative Bartender contest it’s time … Continue reading

Fourteen Finalists to Compete in Next Week’s Bombay Sapphire WMIB Final

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From June 8-13 fourteen of the world’s most creative bartenders will congregate in London for the internationally recognised Global Final of its World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition. Since the inaugural competition in 2011, the program has witnessed exponential growth in … Continue reading

Gintime Lowdown with Will Brix

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Will Brix has one of the coolest jobs in the world managing the day to day development of the new Bombay Sapphire home at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire. Geraldine Coates got the Lowdown. How did you get into the drinks … Continue reading

Exclusive Gin Dinner at the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand

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On Thursday 21st November One Square at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh will host an exclusive Gin Dinner, a fabulous evening of food, drink and discussion with Gintime Editor and author of The Mixellany Guide to Gin Geraldine Coates.  One … Continue reading

Gintime Event at Barts Pathology Museum

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The beautiful Grade II listed Barts Pathology Museum at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, houses over 5,000 medical specimens. Purpose built in 1879, it spans three mezzanine levels and includes pathological pots relating to all areas of anatomy and physiology, … Continue reading

Ultimate G and T Tasting: Round Three

Patience Gould reports on the penultimate round of the Ultimate G and T Test. The last round – before the final – of the Ultimate Gin & Tonic tasting took place in March, at the redoubtable Portobello Star, which is … Continue reading

Under the Spotlight – Craig Harper

There aren’t many people in the drinks industry who are actually trained to kill people with their bare hands.  Craig Harper is one of them.  So a good guy to be with on a night out in a dodgy part … Continue reading

Books for Drink Lovers

In the run up to Christmas more books are bought than in the whole of the rest of the year.  This Christmas make sure the drink lovers in your life get something that’s just right with our tips on some … Continue reading

Caorunn Gin Storytellers Competition – Full Report

Monday 3rd September saw the final of the Caorunn Storytellers Global Competition in Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar. And Gintime was there to help judge the winner. We can honestly say that the Competition was one of the most innovative and truly … Continue reading

Viva L’Espana

Geraldine Coates looks at the Spanish GinTonic revolution An email from a gin lover recently pointed out that we Brits have allowed one of our great national drinks to become boring and ‘stuck in the mud.’ Having stumbled upon Spanish … Continue reading

Hendrick’s and You Know who win through..

Our Ultimate G&T Tasting Experience is certainly throwing up some unexpected results. Ten gins, three tonic waters and a panel of gin freaks consisting of Jake Burger of the Ginstitute, acclaimed spirits writer Patience Gould and Geraldine Coates, Editor of … Continue reading

Caorunn Comp Gets Bartenders to Tell Stories

Everyone knows that bartenders are natural performers – and now Caorunn, the innovative Scottish gin from Speyside, is putting this to the test with the launch of the Caorunn Storytellers Global Cocktail Challenge that will see national finals hosted in … Continue reading