World Gin Day 2021
World Gin Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in June. This year it’s celebrated on 12 June.
The purpose of Gin Day is very simple: get together with a few friends and celebrate the dynamic juniper forward spirit that is gin! We are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to good quality gin in South Africa. There are some really great gins brought to us from the bigger players and distributors in the market, however the real hidden gems are the craft distilleries. Small batch/craft gins are made from the weirdest, most wonderful ingredients delivering some out of this world flavours. Check out our gin category on our website to see exactly what we’re talking about.
This year we have teamed up with Whitley Neill to celebrate World Gin Day. The brand has a range of 8 locally produced gins that pay homage to the heritage of South Africa. You are bound to find a flavour that suits you because Whitley Neill literally has it all! Internationally, Whitley Neill is known to be pioneers of flavours and they show this through their local range with flavours of: Protea & Hibuscus, Aloe & Cucumber and Lemongrass & Ginger. Not forgetting their fruiter flavours – perfect as a sipping gin, a simple g&t or even as part of a cocktail: Blood Orange, Blackberry and Raspberry.
This week we are sharing cocktail recipes to try out using Whitley Neill Gin variants on our social media accounts, check it out and let us know in the comments which one you’re trying.
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If you’re testing the waters when it comes to gin, we have the perfect list for you. Compiled below is the top 10 selling gins (in order) for the year this far.
Almost 250 years ago, Alexander Gordon started his distillery in London and set about creating the recipe for a brilliant tasting gin. Gordon's high quality and distinctive juniper flavour has come to define the taste of the classic G&T.
Gordon's today is a gin that's enjoyed, not dissected. It's the perfect gin to start a Friday evening, or a Tuesday night catch up with friends, where we share a moment and have a laugh with people we love.
A perfect balance of the four botanicals. Ingredients that remain unchanged since they were first used by Charles Tanqueray. The Bartenders choice for the perfect G&T.
- Belgravia original
Belgravia London Dry Gin is distilled with eight of the finest aromatic botanicals with hints of peppery spice, citrus and juniper. It is a smooth London Dry gin which is full of delicious flavours and aromas.
- Stretton’s Triple Berry
Stretton’s Triple Berry is a delicious berry infused new extension to the range launched in September 2018. The taste is bursting with strawberry, raspberry and sloeberry, with subtle undertones of blackcurrant.
Triple Berry offers all the cues of a premium gin at an accessible price, and at a lower abv. for those looking for a ‘lite’ alternative.
- Bombay Sapphire
The World famous Bombay Sapphire gin in its distinctive blue bottle. Every single drop of this gin contains 10 hand-selected botanicals from exotic locations all around the world.
- Bombay Dry
Using eight exotic botanicals, our classic London dry gin offers a more traditional taste with strong juniper flavours and a powerful dry finish.
- Belgravia Pink
Belgravia Pink Gin is infused with a unique combination of rose and raspberry flavours and has subtle undertones of a classic London dry gin.
- Inverroche Verdant
Infused with fynbos from the mountainous terrain of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Inverroche Gin Verdant is floral and soft with a translucent golden-green hue. Delicate aromas reminiscent of elderflower and chamomile, lead to summer blooms, a touch of spice, subtle juniper, waxy lemon rind and alluring liquorice on the palate.
- Whitley Neill Lemongrass and Ginger
This Whitley Neill Gin variant boasts a distinctive, fragrant and citrusy taste as a result of the masterful blending of lemongrass with warning ginger in addition to a variety of exotic herbs and spices. Some of the botanicals that are used in crafting this deliciously fragrant gin are juniper, coriander seed, cassia bark, orris and angelica roots and liquorice.
Distilled at Cape Town distillery, Bloedlemoen is quintessentially South African. Distilled using 10 botanicals in a classic London Dry style, Bloedlemoen is a handcrafted, small-batch gin with citrus and juniper on the nose, nutmeg and cassia on the palate and a lingering blood orange aftertaste, from where it got its name. The label was painted by local miniaturist painter, Lorraine Loots, making it nearly as amazing as the gin inside the bottle.