G&T (Gin & Tennis)…..

Monday, July 1st, 2013

News that British Gin distillers are facing a production crisis after a new fungus was found destroying Scottish Juniper trees has left me shaking like ice cubes in my G&T glass. A British institution, the G&T is a ritual for some, a right of passage for others but always, always a sophisticated aperitif.

Come rain or shine Gin is unique in the fact it can be drunk all year round and it’s a safe bet when faced with a selection of dodgy looking quarter bottles in economy class or at the theatre. It is similarly unusual in the way that ‘Rowan berries, heather, bog myrtle, dandelion and coul blush apple’ is a truthful list of infused ingredients not an imaginative list of descriptions for a wine.

As we enter week two of Wimbledon, another British institution, Jacob’s Creek as a lead sponsor has never sat well with me. Wimbledon is a time to put the wine glasses away; you want a G&T, strawberries and cream or perhaps a Pimms to truly get into the spirit of a Murray or Robson win. With my bet firmly on a Murray victory a small batch Scottish Gin like Caorunn [ka-roon] seems like just the ticket. Infused with hand-picked botanicals that include Rowan berries, heather, bog myrtle, dandelion and coul blush apple, you can save the cucumber for your sandwiches and Pimms because Caorunn is best served long over ice, with 3 parts tonic to one part gin and a freshly cut red apple to enhance its, clean and crisp taste.

RRP £30.00: Waitrose, Sainsbury’s Scotland, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Spirited Wines, The Whisky Shop, Peckham’s Scotland and other independent spirit specialists.

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