• Meme Toor

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

We didn't invent gin, we made it greater in India.

Last year at junipalooza I was completely blown away with Hapusa gin from India. What I loved was the botanicals that were used are ones I've grown up loving in my Indian food. They went on to tell me Hapusa gins is one of the first Indian gins. Surely with all the botanicals it would only be natural to have more gins? Later that year I came across stranger and sons which I adore too. After doing se research I came across Greater Than... a gin made by the creators of Hapusa. Greater Than was their first creation. However I've never come across it in London. Now in 2019 I've added Greater Than to my collection thanks to the G&T club. Anand and Viabhav wanted to create India's first craft gin because well India is the birth place of g&ts. They wanted to create something what was 'Greater Than' It took them two years to come up with the perfect recipe for this gin. They played with every botanical they could get their hands on and in India that's a hell of a lot of botanicals. The botanicals that made the final cut are juniper, Angelica root, orris root, orange peel, coriander seeds, fennel, ginger, lemongrass and Indian camolie. Its a great solid gin to have in the collection. You can't miss the juniper in this gin!

It works great in classic cocktails like negronis, g&ts and clover clubs.

So a little info the two men who are behind the G&T club and what it is.

Christian and Konrad were enjoying a g&t at the famous Holborn Dining Rooms and they thought, wouldn't it be great if you could enjoy a great g&t at home? Have a premium gin and tonics that complement it? That's were it all started, drinks in Holborn.

So heres thier idea now available for everyone to enjoy at home. G&T club is a subscription service that delivers a full size bottle of gin along with two bottle of tonic, a tin of botanicals and some sweet/savory snacks. You can have this sent monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. Use code: MLG22 to get 40% off your first box! All packaging G&T club use is 100% recyclable... Captain planet would be proud. G&T club have also commited to give 5% of all profits to Lemonaid & ChariTea foundation.

Monthly gin box was gifted.

#ginandtonic #greatthan #indiangin #memelovesgin #gin

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  • Meme Toor

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Let's rewind to mid December. We had just returned from a trip to Vienna, a perfect long weekend away. We started discussing where our next trip away should be as we had time off booked for Ivan's birthday at the end of January. We both decided that Edinburgh would be perfect. We both love the city, it's full of culture and history, not to mention the countless amount of bars.

I suggested we make a few visits to local distilleries and Ivan said he would take care of it. He came back to me with a plan to visit Old Curiosity's Secret Herb Garden. I was thrilled at the chance to visit.

Once we arrived at the Secret Herb Garden it was hard to imagine we were only a short taxi ride away from the centre of Edinburgh.

We walked into the Café and found all locally produced goodies. Hamish came to find us and took us on a tour of his magical garden.

He told us he had always been into plants and gardening. Using plant tinctures as medicine.

Most gin companies use Butterfly Pea Tea as the colour changing botanical however Old Curiosity is different. It was by accident that Hamish discovered his gin was colour changing. They all go to pretty pink hues when tonic water is added.

All the botanicals used in the gins are sourced from the Secret Herb Garden. We saw everything from Juniper bushes to Figs. They had large green houses were they grow the flowers/herbs. A huge Rose garden is in the process of being grown. No pesticides, artificial lights are used on site.

I can only imagine how fabulous it would all look in the summer months.

First time seeing juniper bushes in the flesh

Once we walked around the Secret Herb Garden Hamish showed us the drying room. All the flowers are dried here and eventually make their way to being used in the gin. What I fell in love with is how they are stored. In large Tupperware boxes. All the colours look so pretty stacked up next to one another.

When we walked into the distilling room one of the shelfs had collapsed. The strong smell of damask rose was beautiful. Unfortunately the rose distillate was compromised. The botanicals are distilled with water to create the floral distillates. Everything is sourced from the Secret Herb Garden apart from the base spirit however they are working on changing that very soon.

The fun started when we got to try the range. Hamish stood behind the bar pouring us gin and tonics. He told us how they lived in a makeshift cabin on site with his wife, four children and dog. While their house was being built. How he would make gins for him and his wife to drink at home and how she encouraged him to take it onto the next level and launch it to the public. Old Curiosity Gins have proven to be a success with it being sold in places like Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and 31Dover to name a few.

Old Curiosity are launching a monthly subscription service which will see them have fun with playing around with small batch craft gins.

I was amazed at how truly passionate Hamish is about his brand and how he wants to grow it. I have no doubt it will go strength to strength.

#oldcuriosity #gin #edinburgh #memelovesgin #colourchanginggin #secretherbgarden

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  • Meme Toor

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

That Boutique-y Gin Company

I've worked within the beauty industry for 11 years now. All the brands I've worked for have carried a perfume range as well as a makeup collection. When we attend annual training every brand would always talk about how smells can transport you back to a memory linked to that scent. Whenever I had a bridal client I would tell them to buy an extra special fragrance for their special day as that scent will forever remind them of their wedding day.

Now what do you think happens when the brand that brought you Strawberry & Balsamic Gin, a gin made with botanicals sent to space, stuck everything christmass-y in a bottle, work with Odette Toilette to create a gin inspired by perfumes? Four very different yet super cool gins are born. All transporting you back to different memories.

Fresh Rain Gin. Literally tastes like your walking through a park when it's raining. Beware Of The Woods Gin. My favorite out of the bunch. In my eyes the older sister to fresh rain. It's like a thunderstorm has just happened and your walking through the woods. Big Dipper Gin. The most surprising, I was expecting sugary candy floss with Haribo and the sweet smell you got when you picked out pix'n'mix in Woolworths as a child, however I was pleasantly surprised. Wasn't too sweet at all. The label on this bottle was my favourite. Colour fun, what you expect at a amusement park. The Dead King. This gin was the one that left me a little confused. Didn't know what to expect as I've never been to Egypt but I was half expecting to be transported back the the British museum as 8 year old Meme when I first visited the Mummy exhibition. Who remembers the Ginger Mummy? I was completely blown away by the cocktail made with The Dead King Gin, so blown away I'm intending of making it up myself as soon as I get the chance.

If any brand were going to get this right of course it would be That Boutique-y Gin Company. This range is exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Which happens to be the first place I ever tried TBGC gin.

Invite by TBGC

#tbgc #smellmygin #olfactorygins #memelovesgin #cocktails

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