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    Entries in Gin (16)

    Thursday
    Nov052015

    Give It A Shot - Ballast Point Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin

    Believe it or not, it is an honest, and yet amazingly tasty coincidence that the brewery who is home to this years About Beverages pumpkin beer podcast winner will be featured on our very next podcast. There is a bit of a twist, however, as we will not be tasting a beer from Ballast Point this week. Instead, we will be featuring the San Diego area brewer/distiller's offering of one of our favorite spirits, gin. We will be tasting their Barrel Rested Old Grove gin, which is an oak-aged version of their Old Grove gin. Since it is rested for 50 days in a charred oak barrel, it does actually have a yellow tinge which distinguishes it from most of the gins we have tried.  That, however, is the only bit of information you will learn about it in this post.   Andrew picked this up at a Bevmo while on vacation in Southern California in June. In the interest of full disclosure, he had tried it before tasting it on the podcast, but bringing it to the tasting room always allows for a more in-depth analysis which we then enjoy sharing with you. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Ballast Point Barrel Rested Old Grove Gin

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    Wednesday
    Apr222015

    Give It A Shot - Dry Fly Gin from Dry Fly Distilling

    Gin.  One of the most underused and undervalued spirits in our humble option.  If our website, podcast and videos do nothing else than further people's knowledge and appreciation of the "other" clear spirit, then our work will not have been in vain.  We further that cause at the tasting table with a gin from Dry Fly Distilling out of Spokane, Washington.  The uniqueness of this gin comes from it's use of locally sourced ingredients such as Eastern Washington soft winter wheatjuniper, dried Washington apple, mint, and hops.  Will this bountiful blend of botanicals make for a delicious martini or refreshing gin & tonic?  Time to taste and find out.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Dry Fly Gin from Dry Fly Distilling

     

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    Wednesday
    Nov262014

    Give It A Shot - Caorunn Scottish Gin

    To be honest, the first thing that comes to our minds when we think of a distilled spirit from Scotland would be Scotch.  It certainly seems like the most logical option, but we have come to discover that's not the only thing we should think of.  At the tasting table today we have the Caorunn Scottish Gin.  Your read that right, a gin from Scotland.  Longtime viewers may remember this isn't the first gin we have had from that area (The Botanist) and we're sure won't be the last.  Infusing not only the usual gin suspects along with some local botanicals (rowan berry, heather, bog myrtle, dandelion, coul blush apple) is what sets it apart.  Time to taste and find out if this gin makes us long for a martini or wanting to stick with Scotch.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Tasting Notes - Caorunn Scottish Gin

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    Wednesday
    Dec042013

    Give It A Shot - Two Gins: Fifty Pounds London Dry and The Botanist from Scotland

    What better way to continue our travels through this holiday season then with a pair of gins.  Today at the tasting table we have Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin and The Botanist.  The name Fifty Pounds is derived from the Gin Act of 1736 in which King George the II imposed a levy on anyone wishing to produce and sell gin.  The Botanist brings with it the rarity of being the only gin from Scotland.  It uses a total of 31 botanicals as part of its blend with 22 of them being native to Scotland.  Also along for the ride today is returning guest Eric who has been on several previous shows and who was kind enough to share these gins with us.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Fifty Pounds London Dry Gin

    Tasting Notes - The Botanist Gin from Scotland

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    Wednesday
    Jul242013

    It Came From the Archives! Rough Draughts - Gin Mixed Drinks

    This show originally aired on Septmeber 28th 2009.  This weeks Rough Draughts featured outtakes from our "Gin Mixed Drink" podcast.  The first clip is a drink that we edited out for time purposes.  The rest is not surprisingly outtakes of the humorous variety.  If you have any ideas for future episodes or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Tuesday
    Jul232013

    It Came From the Archives! Rough Draughts - Gin

    This show originally aired on September 7th 2009.  This particular Rough Draughts featured outtakes from our "Gin" podcast.  The bulk of our conversation was about gin, but the first outtake is in reference to our previous podcast about smoothies.  Not a smoothie we tried per say, but an interesting ingredient people have used in smoothies.  We'll let you decide if it's right for you.  If you have any ideas for future episodes or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Wednesday
    May292013

    Give It A Shot - Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin

    For us, anytime is gin time.  It can be refreshing or sophisticated depending on use and there are so many wonderful distillers producing a variety of styles.  To continue the hard work of tasting all of these options we have brought the Greenhook Ginsmith American Dry Gin to the tasting table.  Normally we are not ones for broad generalizations, but American Dry gins tend to be on the "softer" side when it comes to flavor.  The juniper is still there, but they try to blend it in a bit more with the other botanicals.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin

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    Wednesday
    Oct102012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Hayman's Old Tom Gin

    Few things give us as much excitement as trying a new gin.  Juniper week just wouldn't be right without it.  Adding to that joy today is the fact that we are trying a style of gin that to some extent had been forgotten and is now making a comeback.  Old Tom Gin is the style of which we speak and this particular bottle is distilled by Hayman.  The company was founded in the 1800’s by James Burrough the creator of the Beefeater Gin.  The Old Tom style which dates back to the 18th century is seen as a bridge between London Dry and the Holland style or Jenever.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tasting Notes - Hayman's Old Tom Gin

    Imbibe Magazine - The Cat's Meow (History & Info about Old Tom Gin)

    Recipe - Old Tom Collins

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