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From the States to outer space, here are four gins you must try for World Gin Day 2022

A bottle of Spit-roasted pineapple gin sitting in the garden

Take your gin game to the next level this World Gin Day (June 11), with four novel tipples that are far from ordinary. To help shake up your serves, we have craft gins from across the pond, a treat that’s typically topical and one gin that’s literally out of this world…

And if that’s not enough, how about a curated gin tour of Scotland? Read on, gin lovers!

Four bottles of gin against a white background

Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company

We love our flavoured gins at Luxe Review Towers, and this Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin is a great addition to the office drinks cart. It boasts an irresistible blend of juniper, sweet pineapple and bittersweet caramel.

The process here involves roasting whole pineapples on a spit with Demerara sugar until they’re caramelised. 

We’re told pineapple gin was popular in the ‘20’s but fell out of fashion – we can’t think why! 

You can’t go wrong using it as a beautifully hued base in your Gin & Tonic, but maybe also mix things up by serving with ginger beer (or even Lilt!) for a tropical garden party cocktail.

There’s a pineapple sweetness on the nose, with hints of citrus and that caramelising sugar. The palate is typically tropical, with hints of honey, orange blossom and oily juniper. 

Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company, is priced at £30.95. Buy at masterofmalt.com and Amazon.

Pineapple gin against a background of pineapple rings
Pineapple fruit gin was popularised in the Roaring Twenties

Moonshot gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company

Move over Jeff Bezos, Moonshot gin is reportedly made from botanicals (including Cubeb, fresh lemon peel, chamomile flowers, cardamom, and orange peel) that have been sent to space – or at least 20km into the stratosphere, which seems spacey enough to us.

Facts worth remembering as an ice breaker when you serve up a Next Generation G&T in Ten Forward or make the perfect ‘Gravitini’.

Expect Candied peels, Carambola (aka Star Fruit), and lemon thyme on the nose, and Cassia spice and black pepper on the palate. The finish is a little sweet, but it’s balanced by coriander seed and notes of grapefruit.

Moonshot Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company sells for £30.95. It’s available from masterofmalt.com and Amazon.

FEW American Gin

Based in Evanston, IL, near Chicago, this craft distillery creates keeps its recipe secret but we know this American Gin is made with a base spirit of white whiskey (un-aged bourbon), instead of more conventional neutral spirits.

The result is a rather different character, with vanilla sweetness to bolster the juniper. The aroma is lemony, with some vanilla sweetness on the palate. 

FEW American Gin, £39.95. Available at master of malt.com and Amazon.

Bluecoat American Gin

American Bluecoat gin with an orange garnish
The recipe for Bluecoat gin is made from a secret recipe

Also Stateside, Bluecoat American Gin hails from Philadelphia, USA. This classic dry gin is distilled in Copper Pot Stills, this classic dry gin combines copious juniper with big hits of zesty citrus. On the palate, the citrus opens up to reveal orange blossom and sherbet lemon.

A refreshing dry gin with classic citrus notes, just want we want for the perfect G&T.

Bluecoat American Gin is priced at £35.95. It’s available at masterofmalt.com and Amazon.

This six-day journey around the hottest hotels and distilleries in Scotland…

Take the ultimate Scottish gin holiday tour

Listen up gin lovers! Luxury Scotland is offering a six-day journey around the hottest hotels and distilleries in Scotland. This tasting sensation trip takes in three beautiful hotels that each make their own unique gin. 

Scotland boasts 70 per cent of the UK’s gin production, and has a thriving small-craft scene. 

Starting in Edinburgh, the trip begins at The Dunstane Houses, with a visit to The Secret Herb Garden where the hotel’s DunGin is made, followed by two night stay at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links on Islay, where they make Machrie Gin. Tipsy travellers will then return to mainland Scotland to stay at Torridon in Wester Ross, a Victorian shooting lodge, know for its own Arcturus gin, before travelling to Dunnet Bay Distillers,  the most northerly distillery in mainland Britain. 

This fully curated and personally tailored chauffeur driven trip starts at £4,800, based on two people. 

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