ARCTIC PALE ALE

BREWER: Einstök ÖlgerÐ, Northeastern Region, Iceland

STYLE: Pale Ale 

ABV: 5.6%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @EinstokBeer

INSTAGRAM: einstok 

DATE OF POST: 23rd October 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I am going to start off with a picky packaging point this weekend simply because it’s been nagging at me all week whilst staring at this tin. When looking at this beer’s logo and name etc from the front you can also see the barcode on one side and the edge of the blurb on the other. I suppose this doesn’t really matter but it does make the aesthetic of this tin a bit chunky and say’s to me that the attention to detail may be lacking here. Hopefully that doesn’t transfer to the beer.

Before cracking this brew my mind also turned to where one might drink this beer. I’m not sure a crisp arctic pale ale that is brewed just 60 miles from the arctic circle would be particularly welcome to be drunk 60 miles from the arctic circle! But luckily I’m way further away in warmer climes and it’s quite a nice day so pop the tin I did…

I have to say, though light and crisp I was pretty disappointed with what was going on with APA…

It is seriously lacking flavour and is almost bordering on a lager. It is lacking a hop dimension to call itself a Pale Ale and to be honest I just found the whole experience of this beer underwhelming.

Arctic Pale Ale doesn’t taste bad don’t get me wrong, but it really doesn’t taste very good either.

Gimmick?  I think this may be so.

Jymi’s Rating: 42%

 

SAMMY SAY’S… 

Iceland and beer? Perhaps not two words we might put together if we were playing a game of word association. But when you do stumble across them together, particularly when what we are sampling here has the word ‘Arctic’ in its name, my goodness me it isn’t half enticing. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited about the prospect of any beer brewed with Arctic (pure) waters, let alone one called Arctic Pale Ale.

Unleashed, it looks quite dark in the glass but this makes sense when you get those caramel aromas from the nose. And the drinking is crisp, with a subtle bitter note, which is well balanced. I like the slight burnt caramel vibe going on with APA. You can definitely tell it has some American hops kicking around it it.

So, it appears Iceland and beer are a good word association. Well, let’s be clear, it’s a strong association in the right hands. And this most definitely is.

The crispness is apparent. Just what I was hoping for. I would definitely enjoy one of these after a frozen fishing trip up in the Arctic Circle. Actually, I would definitely enjoy one sitting in my living room with the central heating on. Or anywhere else for that matter!

Sammy’s Rating: 83%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 62.5% 

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SHINE LIKE MILLIONS

BREWER: Pentrich Brewing Co., Derbyshire, England

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6.8%

VESSEL: 440ml tin

TWITTER: @PentrichBrewing

INSTAGRAM: pentrichbrewing

DATE OF POST: 16th October 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Used to be a time when one in a million was considered unique. But, what with increasing individual western wealth and a world population on the rise, one in a million just ain’t what it used to be. And if anyone’s looking for proof, watch Austin Powers. So it seems to me, we should be talking billions, not millions. But, to be fair to Pentrich Brewing, millions is still a lot. And if we were talking pounds (as in sterling) in my bank account, I wouldn’t be acting so flippantly. Or indeed, if anywhere near a fraction of million people read this review, I’d be claiming world beer domination!

Anyway, after my hardly relevant deviation, let’s consider what we are here for: Shine Like Millions (the beer)…

The first point of note, even before opening the can, is that SLM is lightly carbonated. How can you tell, I hear the millions asking? Pick up the can, squeeze lightly, and watch you fingers descend into said can more readily than compared with a highly carbonated beverage stored in a can. This is confirmed once the can of SLM is popped and the beverage is poured into an appropriate glass.

And this lack of carbonation then filters through to everything. You see, while SLM is a tasty beer, which is well brewed, the lack of bubbles don’t carry through the flavour to the back of your tongue. So while you might be able to taste all the named hops, they don’t have the necessary platform on which to shine (ironic, given the name of the beer). And that’s a shame.

Given it’s so flat, SLM is also difficult to get through. And that leaves me feeling flat.

With SLM, a few bubbles would go a long way to making this beer a lot more of a player.

Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with being one in only a million…

Sammy’s Rating: 63%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Though I admire what Pentrich have done with their packaging here and see the angle, I don’t particularly like it. I get it. I just don’t like it.

Same goes for the name of this IPA too if I’m honest. I get it, I think… actually I don’t get it.

However when it comes to the inside of this tin things begin to look up in a big way.

Shine Like Millions pours an amazing thick and juicy orange and emits a slightly predictable yet very good classic modern IPA aroma but with a drop of sweet mango in the background. That is the last we see of the Mango however as once into SLM sweet would be the last adjective you would use to describe it. I think I’m going to have to take this step by step you know.

To try and get across what is going on here in any other way would be too confusing for me and by the time you folk had read it believe you me, I wouldn’t be the only one confused.

So, going from first sip the mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely fantastic. Much like the nose it is thick and juicy. Once swallowed the thick texture remains but very slowly starts to dissipate, eventually leaving a light subtle aftertaste that then slowly starts to intensify again leaving a bitter orange peel aftertaste! Progressing through the brew much remained the same however two things changed once about halfway through. First thing was that a real dryness began to creep in throughout the middle of the sip. A nice addition to wake you up I thought but to be fair would probably stop me having too many of these suckers (the 6.8% situation may have something to say about that too to be fair). The other thing that changes as you progress through the drink is the orange peel finish loses its intensity and softens out.

A very clever and enjoyable drop from these Derbyshire dudes.

Jymi’s Rating: 83%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 73% 

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BLOW OUT

BREWER: Mikkeller, Copenhagen, Denmark

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6%

VESSEL: 330ml

TWITTER: @MikkellerBeer

INSTAGRAM: mikkellerbeer

DATE OF POST: 9th October 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I’m gonna have to start with the packaging here. As much as it made me laugh once I had read the name and then looked over the tin art properly, I don’t like it. I find it a bit unsavoury if I’m honest. There is something not quite right about it. I actually can’t really explain what it is (that’s why I’m a multi award winning beer reviewer folks), there is just something that doesn’t sit well with me about the look.

Onto the beer itself I’m afraid to say things just continued to go downhill.

After a faint but actually quite pleasant nose plus, and I have to be honest, a fantastic look in glass, the first sip was a huge disappointment. It made me look at my now 90% full glass with a disappointed glare. I went for sip two pretty quickly just to see what was really going down but it ended with the same disgruntled stare. The mouthfeel is bizarre. Really bizarre. I can only describe it as banana like… odd. And the taste is not even close to an IPA. It’s not hoppy enough and bares no spike at all. An IPA needs something about it, not a soft mango and lychee under carbonated tone. I don’t want that. I really really don’t. I know beer classification is a bit loose nowadays but to label this brew an IPA is frankly ridiculous.

There is something about Blow Out that possibly could be construed as positive, but ultimately it isn’t a positive at all… See Blow Out is intensely smooth, but in a Worthington’s Creamflow kind of way. Unfortunate.

Jymi’s Rating: 39%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Most like a blow out once in a while. It’s human nature, after all. And what’s wrong with that. Given the complexities of the path known as life, it’s hardly surprising is it? However, what we are contemplating here is whether or not we like Blow Out (the beer – get it?).

To begin with, it’s a cracking name for a beer. Come on – you can’t argue with it. Somebody has thought long and hard about it and they deserve to be given credit for it. And although the name of the beer is let down by the design of the can, the concept overall is good.

And in the drinking BO does not fail to make me smile. It’s sweet and light, with fruit and honey jumping around the palate. Sure, this won’t be to everyone’s taste but there’s no denying that it’s well brewed. It doesn’t do anything clever and it’s not particularly complex. But I can’t pretend that I don’t like BO, because I do.

Imagine a hot summer’s day. The sun is beaming down. Bird are chirruping in the background. Bees buzz (slightly annoyingly). This is the scene for BO. This is where it would come in to it’s own. And while we are hunkering down for another winter, summer days becoming a distant memory, BO still has its place.

You see, a good beer is a good beer any time of the year.

Sammy’s Rating: 86%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 62.5% 

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WASTELAND

BREWER: Uprising, Berkshire, England

STYLE: Double IPA

ABV: 10%

VESSEL: 330ml brown bottle

TWITTER: @UprisingBrewing

INSTAGRAM: uprisingcraftbrewing

DATE OF POST: 3rd October 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

We’ve all had times when we’ve (metaphorically and literally) entered wastelands. And, although a necessity on the path of life, if we are honest, they’re not the most charming of places to be. Still, wastelands are unavoidable. So, naming a beer after such a landscape could be genius, as much as it could be disastrous.

I get why you’d call a beer Wasteland. Especially when it’s a double IPA. But for it to work, it has to stand the test. It has to be good to carry off such a coup. And in this double IPA, there’s ten different hops. That’s a lot of hops. I’m anticipating these breaking on through…

The first point of note about Wasteland is not the nose, as you might expect with so many hops rattling around during the brewing, it’s the darker tones of the liquid in the glass. It’s not that it’s an unpleasant nose, it’s just very light caramel, almost lacking in personality.

However, the drinking is good. It’s a little heavy as you might expect with a double IPA but it does have a lot of flavour. I’m pleased to say that the 10 hops do come through. Wasteland is very bitter and pulls on the back of your tongue.

If you’re a lover of double IPAs and stronger beers, this is a good brew. And to be fair, it does live up to its name.

Sammy’s Rating: 71%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

A double IPA weighing in with a double figure ABV you say?

A beer brewed using 10 different hops you say?

It’s called Wasteland now is it?

Oh, and it has a sinister purple, crow infested label on it too I see.

I dunno Frank, I’m pretty flippin’ scared man (Frank is a made up chap for the purpose of… well I’m not too sure what actually).

Ok, let’s get one thing straight, although this is a strong ol’ beer with a full on flavour I did not need to be scared. This is a decent brew and a fine representation of a DIPA for sure. Picking out the individual hops is impossible. It’s also hard to realise Wasteland is 10%. YES, it’s strong in the taste but doesn’t feel like it reaches the very dizzy heights of 10% ABV.

All in all Wasteland brings you a lovely and smooth caramel nose followed by a complex, heavy and strong hit that comes with a DIPA.  A beer with a fantastic name and if you’re into this sort of style you really won’t go too far wrong with this monster brew from Uprising.

Jymi’s Rating: 77%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 74% 

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LITTLE CREATURES PALE ALE

BREWER: Little Creatures, Western Australia, Australia

STYLE: Pale Ale

ABV: 5.2%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @ltcreatures_uk

INSTAGRAM: littlecreatures_uk

DATE OF POST: 25th September 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I first ran into this beer, only as a visual not to try, about a year ago. I was perusing the beer aisle of Mark & Spencer whilst my wife was deciding between burnt orange, orange, sunset or subtle orange for a pair of flip flops she was oh so close to buying.

I remember this because I read on the tin that this was an Australian brew and I thought to myself that we really ought to review a beer from this great land.

Now since then I’ve seen Little Creatures Pale Ale kicking about at a few bottle shops and supermarkets but it’s taken until now for whatever reason to review it. Maybe it’s the not bad but certainly uninspiring packaging accompanied with some clunky wording that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense?

As I got beyond the aforementioned clunky wording and to the rest of the info being put forward it dawned on me that Australia was not mentioned at all? Had I got this wrong? Was this not even the beer I was thinking that I had seen in M&S? I hit the GoogleWeb with much vigour…

Ok, the history of what has gone on with LC and their now parent company is a little confusing. But their offerings for the UK market are brewed in the UK. The one thing that did grab me was that the head brewer in Aussie relocated to London to oversee everything was being done correctly with the British offering of this Pale Ale. Which is actually quite cool and you would like to think would result in a very similar brew.

Tin popped instantly I was worried. Honey sweetness and a floral aroma came flooding from the metal vessel. A powerful nose indeed but not really to my liking. The honey theme then unfortunately continued into the drinking and also moved through to the aftertaste. It think this is more than just not being to my liking. I just doesn’t feel like a settled brew. The balance seems off and for a pale ale it just comes across too sweet. LCPA is an easy drinker and the texture and mouth feel are good but once the sip is done the smoothness is somehow replaced by gacky aftertaste.

Those with a sweeter tooth will like this more than I but overall it’s not the best of beers.

Jymi’s Rating: 59%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Honey, the wonderful sweet liquid so often associated with summer, can conjure up memories of holidays abroad, flowers in bloom and sweeping sun-swept landscapes.  It’s aroma and taste brings that undeniable link to the land in which the bees collect their nectar.  And honey is a wonderful thing.  Loved and cherished, you can buy honey in many different styles, and many with price-tags to suit many different budgets.  And it’s even fair to say that a honey inspired beer could be a good thing.

Little Creatures does not profess to be honey inspired.  But there’s no escaping the fact that both in the nose and in the taste honey is there.  And I’m sorry to say it doesn’t do all those things that honey can do.  There are no conjured memories of wonderful summers when you drink Little Creatures.

The problem is, there’s just too much honeyness in this beer.  It’s overbearing and bordering on unpleasant.  That’s not to say it’s a terrible beer because it’s not.  It’s just overshadowed by it’s prominent flavour, which could be an unintentional side-effect of its brewing.

Whatever the reason, Little Creature is too heavy on the honey.  It’s a bit like having the toast lost because of the topping.  And so the beeriness of Little Creatures shrinks into the background, playing second fiddle to the honey.  

For me, it just ain’t great.

Sammy’s Rating: 61%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 60% 

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LOVE & HATE

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LOVE & HATE

BREWER: Vocation, West Yorkshire, England

STYLE: New England IPA

ABV: 7.2%

VESSEL: 440ml tin 

TWITTER: @vocationbrewery

INSTAGRAM: vocationbrewery

DATE OF POST: 18th September 2020

SAMMY SAY’S…

Love and Hate looks like buttermilk in the glass. An odd way to start a review, I know. But it’s the first thing that strikes you about this New England IPA from Vocation. It’s got to be said, it looks very, very tempting indeed.

And it’s good. It’s just not great. The nose is cracking, full of the promised tropical aromas. But, when you start drinking, L & H fast becomes a bit like a relative that’s out stayed their welcome. You see, it makes all the right noises. It tries hard to be different. It tries hard to be a good guest. But it just falls a little short. It’s clunky in the drinking and claggy in the mouth.

It’s not that you don’t want L & H at your house. It’s not bad. It’s just there’s other relatives that you’d feel more at ease with.

L & H is likely to be the beer you overlook, but when you do have one, you won’t be too disappointed. You just might not go back to it for a little while.

Sammy’s Rating: 77%

JYMI SAY’S…

When I was just a boy and living with me Ma n Pa I used to put a weekly order in for Um Bongo tropical juice drink. I’d like to think that I wasn’t sucked in to that advertising tune and just thought it was a dang good tropical juice but looking back… I think the tune got me.

Anyway,

Jaaaaaaaaaameeeees, is there anything you would like from the supermarket?

Yeeeeeeah maaaaaaaa, an 8 pack of Um Bongo please.

That lovely lady would return and I would settle down in front of the TV and enjoy that totally tropical taste. Wait, what?

But, that was a very long time ago and not much has changed, fundamentally. I have developed the ability to go shopping for myself (well done me) and I no longer drink Um Bongo, well so I thought…

See, I ventured to the supermarket the other day and picked up Love & Hate.  I had seen it there many times lurking on the shelf but had not seen it anywhere else. I suppose this makes it a supermarket beer? So I popped two in my basket (massive trolly) and proceeded to the checkout (dog and cat food aisle). It is so hard being this cool.

Now upon testing I couldn’t believe how close to my childhood this actually got. Supermarket bought and Um Bongo taste. This is not in any way a negative towards this beer. Its peach, its mango, its tropical, its great! And it fly’s down. However, unlike Um Bongo, it’s 7.2% !!!! F**k me. After a few minutes to calm myself and really take onboard what was happening it began to dawn on me that this was a decent beer. The sweetness coming from L&H nearing the end of the glass did become a touch too much for me if I’m honest but overall this is a fine NEIPA and reachable for the UK masses. The fact Vocation are still leaving me wanting regarding the branding of their range is just something I’m going have to learn to deal with.

Jymi’s Rating: 84%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 80.5% 

MOB review next weekend: LITTLE CREATURES PALE ALE by LITTLE CREATURES

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MOB SQUAD: LOVE & HATE

Here it is… the sixth and final outing of the MOB SQUAD. Thanks goes to all that have got involved over the last 10 months.

LOVE & HATE

The MOB SQUAD say… 

LeeDub: CITRUS, PINEAPPLE, STRONG, ZESTY, BITTER – 69%

Capone: DECEIVING, FLAVOURSOME, PEACHY, INSPIRED, DEADLY! – 86%

B.T.I.G.: AMAZING, TROPICAL, REFRESHING, CRISP, YES – 86%

Rush: TASTY, JUICY, PEACH, MANGO, FRESH – 83%

VK: CRUSHABLE, TROPICAL, SWEET, BITTER, FINE – 76%

Mark: TASTY. EASY, STRONG, FRESH, TROPICAL – 74%

PanthBrew: JUICY, MURKINESS, SCARILY SESSIONABLE, CREAMY, ODOUR – 85%

Lava: GOOD, OBVIOUS, SWEET, DRINKABLE, AFFORDABLE – 73%

Tulane: STEADY, TASTY, MANGO, REFRESHING, SWEET – 68%

cWobble: CLASSIC EAST, TROPICAL, MANGO, SESSION, LARGE – 75%

MOB SQUAD RATING: 77.5%

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KRIEK BOON

BREWER: Boon Brewery, Flemish Brabant, Belgium  

STYLE: Lambic

ABV: 4%

VESSEL: 375ml green bottle

TWITTER: #BrouwerijBoon

INSTAGRAM: brouwerij_boon

DATE OF POST: 13th September 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I had it all worked out. I penciled in the test date for this traditional Belgian Lambic to be on a lovely balmy September evening a week or so ago. After reading the bottle as soon as I got my filthy mitts on it I was informed that this beer was brewed with cherries (which had to mean refreshing, surely) and also advised this was a perfect summer drink. Now with August gone it left me looking for a warm September day to hopefully back up this beer. The planning all came together nicely other than one small detail…

I had finished work early and was able to head to the beer testing corner of my garage bright eyed and bushy tailed. Unfortunately I was also wearing 3 jumpers and a body warmer as it was absolutely freezing!! The app that I use for weather forecasting had let me down in a big way. I probably should have seen this coming as in the 6 years I’ve had it on my phone not once has it been able to predict the weather. A pretty major flaw for a weather forecasting app I suppose but persevere I do (it’s called YoWindow by the way and other than not being able to predict weather, it is just awesome!).

So there I was sat sitting in my cold garage hoping the temperature didn’t hold this brew back.

It didn’t.

It’s great.

The great cherry black forest gateaux waft up nose and beautiful deep pink appearance in glass got things off to a good start. As soon as Kriek is sipping, though quite thin (this is a good thing this time round), the flavour is superb. It’s sweet but with a touch of sour sharpness, very refreshing and incredibly drinkable. As I sat there wondering whether a coat would have been a better call than a body warmer it also crossed my mind just how amazing this Lambic would be on a warm and sunny day.

Such as today…damn it.

Jymi’s Rating: 81%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Ok, so here’s our first Lambic beer. Brewed with naturally occurring yeasts, giving it an unusual taste, which some may struggle to identify as a beer. Well, a beer in the widely known sense.

In the case of Kriek Boon, the natural fermentation comes from cherries. Before even pulling the cork out of this bad boy, I’m guessing that we are looking at quite a sweet number here. However, there’s no point in guessing at these things, let’s get on with trying…

Unsurprisingly, once the cork is popped (not very often said for a beer) on KB, you are faced with a liquid that looks like, well, it looks like cherryade. The aroma is light, and not as sweet as you might think. At least you’ll be able to distinguish your KB from your child’s soft drink at a family party without even sipping it.

Now, onto the main event, the drinking. This will not be to everyone’s taste. And some regular beer drinkers might struggle with this. But me, I bloomin’ love it. Ok, it’s a little medicinal. But its packed with cherry flavour and it’s not sweet. It’s smooth in the mouth and has a surprisingly clean aftertaste, which leaves bitter cherries hanging around, dancing on your tongue.

Not everyone will reach for this. And I get that. But this is a good beer. It’s a very good beer.

Sammy’s Rating: 90%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85.5% 

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50

BREWER: Brew by Numbers, South East London, England

STYLE: American Pale Ale 

ABV: 5.3%

VESSEL: 440ml tin 

TWITTER: @BrewByNumbers

INSTAGRAM: brewbynumbers

DATE OF POST: 4th September 2020

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I’m on the proverbial fence as to whether or not BBNo is a good concept or not. I think I get what it means, but I’m not entirely sure…

Anyway, 50, is an American Pale Ale and one thing for sure is it’s got a strong, sweet hoppy aroma (as it should be) that wafts up your nostrils as soon as the can is opened. And this carries through into the drinking. If you’re looking for an American Pale Ale, 50 will not disappoint. It’s bold, strong and carries itself well through all of it’s drinking. It doesn’t waver as the drinking goes on.

If I was going to be a little picky (and I am), I’d say I don’t love the packaging. Ok, true enough, it’s not a major stumbling block. But, and it definitely is a BUT, these days anything that’ll give you an edge in a competitive world helps out. And I think the packaging needs to do a little more to promote this exquisite drink.

Still, once you’ve had one, I’m sure you’ll be reaching for more…

Sammy’s Rating: 89%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

What makes a great beer?

Well, an original unfussy tin design is a good start. And when said tin is carrying a very original name that is different without being quirky plus an abundance of information about your beer, well that helps too. Next stop is a fantastic tropical nose that hits you as soon as you have cracked the vessel. This goes a long way to making a beer great. Once poured a beautiful hazy appearance also will help a beers case for greatness along nicely. And when the brews mouthfeel in the sip is thick and juicy you begin to smile. Finishing off with a superb hoppy taste a beer can then be confirmed as great.

But 50 is not great.

It is out of this world spectacular!!!

Let me tell you why…

See, a classic American Pale Ale will be very very hoppy, and even more so in the aftertaste. A huge bitter hop aftertaste will dominate the drinkers overall view of the beer. Some love that, some don’t, that’s just the way of the world. But what Brew by Numbers have done is somehow dial that down a little without taking away from the actual intense hoppy bitter finish. It’s more subtle, with a cute touch, but you do not feel like you have been short changed.

It is a damn masterclass and that my beer drinking buddies, is that.

Jymi’s Rating: 94%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 91.5% 

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BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

On Wednesday 6th June 2018 the first Muse on Booze Summer of Gin kicked off with the barn stormer that is Tanqueray No.Ten. Thirteen smashing Gins later we concluded the Summer with Caorunn and all was well with the world.

June 2019 then bowled along and this time the opener was the worldy known as Dry Island from Four Pillars x Herno. Another Summer of superstars then ensued and on the last day of August we finished up with Keepr’s Honey Gin which was accompanied by an oat biscuit side instead of a garnish! Simply sensational!!

And this, the final Summer of Gin, teed off at the beginning of June with the genius of Malfy Con Arancia. We have smashed through a Gin every mid week since. But here we now are. The very final Gin of all the Summers of Gin. Sad but true.

Before we lead onto the last one Sammy & Jymi want to thank Harry, Mikey, Tom, Oli, Matt, JP, Sabrina, Rob, and Alice for helping us make the last three years happen! We know putting together a GnT and taking a picture of it isn’t the worst job in the world but nevertheless, we could not have done it without you.

And a final huge thank you to Chris Hotson (spirits_and_soul on Instagram) for guiding us though alternate serves and recommending, if not dreaming up the majority of cocktails for the Gins we have put forward over the last three summers. We really, really could not have done it without you. Legend.

Anyway, over the last three Summers we have come across Samphire, Chilli and Purple Sage as a garnish. We have put Lemonade, Orange Juice and Ginger Ale in our Gin. We have had Yuzu and Elderflower in our Tonic and Smoke and Absinthe has made it into cocktails…

But when all is said and done the Gin we bring you this evening is not just a stalwart, it’s banging… and affordable. Bung a tin of Schweppes its way and chuck a slice of lime in and well, you won’t go far wrong x

Peace, Love and Gin

Sammy & Jymi x

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

STYLE: London Dry

ABV: 40%

KEY BOTANICAL: Juniper

THEY SAY SERVE WITH: Fever-Tree Tonic and Lime Garnish

MOB SAY SERVE WITH: Schweppes Tonic and Lime Garnish

 

MOB COCKTAIL SUGGESTIONS: Dry, Wet & Dirty Martinis 

Ingredients and method for the three:

Dry Martini…

50ml Bombay Sapphire

15ml Martini Extra Dry

Stir both ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Wet Martini…

50ml Bombay Sapphire

25ml Martini Extra Dry

Stir both ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single silverskin cocktail onion.

Dirty Martini…

50ml Bombay Sapphire

15ml Martini Extra Dry

5ml of Olive Bitters or Olive ‘juice’ from an olive jar.

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three olives on a stick.

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