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Say hello to some spring spirits!

Spring has finally arrived and there’s no better way to ring in the warmer months than with a seasonal spirit in hand. Shed your layers and rejoice: spring is here!…

Spring has finally arrived and there’s no better way to ring in the warmer months than with a seasonal spirit in hand.

Shed your layers and rejoice: spring is here! The grass is green, there are new baby animals to coo over, and surely the heating bill is about to reduce (adulting truly sucks). So, why not put off the spring cleaning for another day and indulge in a tipple, or two. Whether you’ve got a penchant for Prosecco, a love of liqueurs, a soft spot for Scotch or a taste for Tequila, this is a time of year when the refreshing and rewarding really come into their own.

Here at MoM Towers, we love a bit of flower power when spring arrives. That why we’ve chosen to celebrate the coming of spring with a host of gins featuring fantastically floral botanicals, like rose petals, violets, lavender, lotus blossom and more. Enjoy!

Kyrö Napue Gin

This particular gin has two very exciting properties. 1) It was distilled using rye grain. 2) It features meadow sweet among its botanical selection. Alongside the aforementioned meadow sweet, Napue Gin was also crafted at the Kyrö Distillery in Isokyrö using citrus, cumin and juniper. Plus, it was named as the inaugural winner of the IWSC Gin & Tonic Trophy in 2015!

What does it taste like?:

Creamy vanilla, angelica, juniper, pink peppercorn, orange blossom, a herbal twinge of coriander root and cardamom seed, as well as plenty of floral and perfumed qualities.

Spring-tastic serve: Gin and Tonic

Classic, easy and, in this case, award-winning – it’s the Kyrö Napue G&T! To create, simply add 40ml of Kyrö Napue Gin to a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Top with 100ml of tonic water, stir well, garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a few cranberries. Serve while reminding any guests that this is an award-winning cocktail, thank you very much.

Alkkemist Gin

A wonderfully-presented gin that shines in a number of cocktails, Alkkemist Gin features among its 21 botanicals one of the classics of the floral genre: rose petal. Used to add depth and delicate sweetness, it was distilled (apparently under the light of the moon, no less) among other ingredients such as Muscat grape, orange and lemon peel, samphire, fennel, thyme and mint.

What does it taste like?:

Lemon peel, lavender, apple blossom, grape sweetness, fennel, clove, peppery juniper and a floral waft of rose.

Spring-tastic serve: Tom Collins

Add some Spanish style to this classic gin cocktail by stirring 50ml of Alkkemist Gin, 25ml of lemon juice and 15ml of simple syrup in a highball glass. Then fill the glass with ice cubes and top up with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve while howling at the moon like the big badass wolf you are.

Harahorn Norwegian Gin

Sunndal wild marjoram is the star floral botanical is this interesting Norwegian gin. Mind you, you’d be forgiven for not noticing that thanks to the very distinctive label. While Harahorn is named after a mountain in Norway, the gin was actually inspired by the story of a hare with horns. Is it rad? Yes. Is it quite scary? Certainly. Does the gin taste delicious thanks to a botanical selection of Røros juniper berries, Nordmarka blueberries, Grimstad rhubarb, bladderwrack, Oppdal angelica and the highlighted Sunndal wild marjoram? Obviously.

What does it taste like?:

Juniper and blueberry always go together handsomely. The subtle tartness of rhubarb plays well with the pairing too.

Spring-tastic serve: Nordic Martini

See in spring with some Scandinavian style in this wonderful Martini. To create, combine 60ml of Harahorn Norwegian, 1 tbsp of Noilly Prat Original Dry and a little ice together in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with candied rhubarb and serve while impressing your guests by correctly pronouncing all those botanicals!

Dorothy Parker American Gin

We’re always happy to celebrate Dorothy Parker, whether that’s the legendary writer, poet and satirist, or this delicious gin from the New York Distilling Company! A fine example of some of the great gins we’re seeing come out of America, this tipple was crafted with a mix of traditional botanicals, juniper, citrus, cinnamon, and more contemporary examples such as elderberries and the floral highlight here, hibiscus petals.

What does it taste like?:

Sweet floral notes, muscular juniper, elderberry, citrus, cinnamon and hibiscus petals.

Spring-tastic serve: The Aviation

A classic gin sipper with a spring in its step and a beautiful purple-bluish hue. You can make this variant of the Aviation cocktail by adding 60ml of Dorothy Parker American Gin, 15ml of Maraschino liqueur, 7.5ml of Crème de violette and 20ml of fresh lemon juice into a shaker with ice. Simply shake this mix and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry and serve while saluting the great Parker – “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”

Forest Gin

What a success story Forest Gin has been for its creators, Lindsay and Karl Bond. Forest Gin is the only gin to have ever been awarded two separate Double-Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirit Awards, a feat it achieved in 2016. In this family-created small batch gin you’ll find classic botanicals, such as organic juniper berries and coriander seeds, as well as local ingredients foraged from Macclesfield Forest and processed with a pestle and mortar. This includes the gorse flowers, the floral fancy that means Forest Gin made our list, as well as wild bilberries, raspberries and local moss.

What does it taste like?:

Sweet berries, dewy, forest floor, moss, fresh spring water, rooty liquorice, cassia and cinnamon.

Spring-tastic serve: Negroni

Add a dose of forest funk to the Italian classic by combining 25ml of Forest Gin, 25ml of Campari and 25ml of Martini Rosso vermouth together in a cocktail shaker. Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a handful of raspberries and a cinnamon stick. Serve and marvel at that maverick weasel you’ll notice on the label of the distinctively English porcelain bottle.

Silent Pool Gin

The fragrant and delicately sweet lavender is the floral botanical you’ll find in the sublime Silent Pool Gin, which is produced on the Albury Estate in the Surrey Hills. This is right next to the Silent Pool, a beautiful, mysterious spring-fed lake that was the inspiration for a gin which features 23 other botanicals, including makrut lime, chamomile and local honey among others.

What does it taste like?:

Violet, lavender, lime leaf, elderflower, chamomile, orange blossom, vanilla-rich honey, cardamom, a spark of black pepper and juniper give it a spicy edge.

Spring-tastic serve: The French 75

The French 75 is an excellent celebratory cocktail, the perfect choice to toast the arrival of spring. To make, add 45ml of Silent Pool gin, 15ml of lemon juice and 7.5ml of sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an empty glass, then top up with Champagne. Garnish with lemon peel and raise a glass to gin, springtime and, why not, gin again!

Sharish Blue Magic Gin

Sharish Blue Magic Gin is probably known best for its ability to transform in your glass from blue to pink with the addition of tonic. This is all down to the magic of the blue pea flower extracts which are used as a botanical. They not only provide that magnificent blue colour you can see in the bottle above, but also the colour changing properties that make this Portuguese gin so popular. Botanicals also include juniper, coriander, angelica root, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon peel, strawberry and raspberry.

What does it taste like?:

Raspberry, strawberry, stem ginger, leafy coriander, lemon and angelica and soft juniper.

Spring-tastic serve: Like Magic Gin and Tonic

Let’s face it, we all want to make the colour changing G&T. So, what you’ll need to do is take a large glass (a Copa de Balon glass is ideal) and fill it with ice cubes and a 50ml measure of Sharish Blue Magic Gin. Then slowly pour 150ml of tonic water down a bar spoon onto the ice. Garnish with a slice of fresh orange, then play Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee) and Prince’s Purple Rain, in that order.

Roku Gin

When it came time for Suntory to create its first gin, there was little surprise it opted to include some wonderfully Japanese botanicals. These include the fabulously floral sakura flower and cherry blossom, as well as sakura leaf, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sansho pepper, yuzu peel and traditional gin botanicals such as juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander and cinnamon, among others.

What does it taste like?:

Earthy and vegetal, with a light whisper of fruity sweetness hiding underneath. Peppery notes develop on the finish.

Spring-tastic serve: Roku & Soda

The highball is a Japanese institution, so making a gin-based equivalent seems particularly appropriate. To create, pour 30ml of Roku Gin into the highball glass and fill with ice to the brim. Then slowly and gently pour 150ml of soda water along the edge of the glass and stir. Garnish with sticks of fresh ginger and, if possible, sakura flower petals to keep the floral theme going.

Boë Violet Gin

Boë Gin is delicious enough as it, but the recipe has been revamped here with the fantastically floral addition of violets! Delicate, refreshing and beautiful to look at, Boë Violet Gin is a smashing tipple, Enjoy it with tonic or any number of mixers, or use it to bring colour and sweetness to a variety of cocktails.

What does it taste like?:

Hugely floral, with classic citrus-forward notes cutting through cleanly.

Spring-tastic serve: The Amethyst Aviation

Fabulous and floral, this beautiful cocktail celebrates its violet spirit. To create, add 40ml of Boë Violet Gin, 25ml of lemon juice and 10ml of Maraschino liqueur into a shaker with ice. Shake this mix and strain it into a cocktail glass, then top with premium grapefruit tonic or soda water. Garnish with a twist of fresh pink grapefruit, serve and enjoy – it’s spring and you’re drinking delicious gin for goodness sake!

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Celebrate St. David’s Day with wonderful Welsh tipples

St. David’s Day is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and of the Welsh culture, so why not enjoy the festivities this year with a wonderfully Welsh…

St. David’s Day is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and of the Welsh culture, so why not enjoy the festivities this year with a wonderfully Welsh tipple?

March 1st isn’t just the first day of spring, but a very special day in the Welsh calendar – St. David’s Day, of course! To some it might be the country of daffodils, unpronounceable towns and Sir Tom Jones, but to us here at MoM Towers, we see a land with a long and notable history of alcohol production and a modern industry that is currently booming. Whether it’s craft beer, climate-defying wines, sublime gins or the emerging array of fab Welsh whiskies, there really is something for everyone.

St. David’s Day is the perfect time of year to check out the results for yourself. Whether you’re a non-Welsh person looking for something new or a Welsh native that wants to champion and reconnect with their roots, you can toast the country’s national day with a local tipple. Cooking up a feast of leek dishes accompanied by lamb, mutton and Welsh cake isn’t the only way to mark the occasion. Take a leek look (sorry) at these delectable St. David’s Day drinks that we’ve selected to celebrate the patron saint of Wales.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus*, everyone!

Cygnet Gin

The first tipple on our list hails from Swansea and was created by master distiller and Cygnet Distillery director Dai Wakely, in what he described as “the only live micro gin distillery in Wales”. The botanica list includes juniper, lemon peel, lime peel, pink grapefruit peel, orange peel, liquorice root, orris root, coriander seed, angelica root, cardamom seed, almond and chamomile.

What does it taste like?:

Floral at first, with chamomile playing a big part on the nose. Fresh citrus peel give it a vibrant palate, joined by a bite of juniper and coriander spice.

Saintly serve: The Red Dragon

A fantastically fun and fruity tribute to the Welsh emblem and pride of the Welsh flag, The Red Dragon is a punchy, patriotic serve that’s incredibly easy to make. To create, simply add 30ml of Cygnet Gin, 30ml of Grand Marnier, 25ml blood orange juice, 25ml lemon juice and 3ml grenadine in a chilled glass together with ice. Shake well and then strain the mix into a chilled glass. Garnishing with an orange peel and belt out a resounding edition of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau should you be so inclined.

Barti Ddu Spiced

Inspired by famous Pembrokeshire Pirate, ‘Barti Ddu’, (or ‘Black Bart’ in English), The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company crafted this spirit using a blend of Caribbean rums spiced with notes of vanilla, cloves and orange and one special, appropriately patriotic ingredient: Pembrokeshire laver seaweed, also known as Welshman’s caviar.

What does it taste like?:

Warm, rich baking spices, marmalade, toffee apples, red cola cubes, vanilla and a wave of coastal saltiness.

Saintly serve: Pistol Proof

Who doesn’t love the modern classic that is the Espresso Martini? This Barti Ddu take on the serve is designed to make you ‘Pistol Proof’, something Barti Ddu himself was known for. To create, put 30ml of Barti Ddu Spiced, 35ml of St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur, 25ml of Reyka Vodka, 25ml of sugar syrup and lastly 25ml of fresh espresso into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds before straining into chilled Martini glasses (20 minutes in the freezer should do it). Dust with nutmeg, then try to avoid any terrible pirate impressions as you serve.

Penderyn Portwood

Penderyn managed to forge itself quite a reputation for producing some mighty fine single Port cask releases, so it was only a matter of time before the Welsh distillery created a single malt bottling for its core range. The whisky, which was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks and then in Portwood casks, received recognition in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2018 with a Liquid Gold Award.

What does it taste like?:

Sweet, jammy and creamy with some toffee, rich fruit, plum wine, sweet goji berries and wood spice.

Saintly serve: Iechyd Da

A toast to good health, the Iechyd Da is a simple but effective way to make great use of this delicious Welsh whisky. To create, simply pour 50ml of Penderyn Portwood, a bar spoon of Welsh honey, 10ml blood orange juice, 2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters and ice into a tumblr. Stir vigorously and garnish with a twist of orange peel. Serve and try to pronounce ‘Iechyd Da’ correctly (yeah-ch-id dah).

Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin

Aber Falls is North Wales’ first whisky distillery in over 100 years and we’re big fans, as you can probably tell from this blog post. While whisky stocks mature the brand has released a slew of seriously tasty liqueurs and flavoured gins such as the Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin, which may well be as good on toast as it is in a Citrus Fizz…

What does it taste like?:

Fresh orange juice, with a punchy kick of dried juniper. A bit pithy at points.

Saintly serve: Citrus Fizz

We decided to go with the Citrus Fizz here and not toast for reasons we’re sure you’ll understand. This cocktail is as refreshing as it gets and it couldn’t be simpler to create. In a chilled glass add 25ml of Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin, 50ml of dry white wine (something like Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017), 75ml of soda water and plenty of cubed ice. Stir well and then garnish with orange zest. Serve and figure out how to actually pair gin and toast together later.

Penderyn Legend

If you want to toast the patron saint of Wales with a great Welsh whisky, then one with the red dragon proudly adoringin the label seems a sensible choice. Penderyn Legend is another rather tasty Welsh single malt whisky from the brand, who matured this spirit in bourbon barrels and finished it in ex-Madeira casks. It’s received a slew of awards, including Gold at in the European Single Malt – Premium category at The World Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) in 2018.

What does it taste like?:

Rich and well-balanced, with dried fruit, dark chocolate, green apples, cream fudge and vanilla.

Saintly serve: Dewi Sant

This recipe was actually created as part of a St David’s Day celebratory menu in Donovan Bar, London by bar manager Armand Wysocki. All you need to do to create your own interpretation is add 50ml of Penderyn Legend, 25ml of Noilly Prat Original Dry, a dash of Angostura Orange Bitters and a dash of sugar into a Martini glass and stir well. Garnish with a lemon twist and raise a glass to Dewi Sant (St. David)!

Hibernation Gin

From Dyfi Distillery comes the delicious Hibernation Gin, which was crafted with some fantastic foraged ingredients including bilberries, crab apples and blackberries. Post-distillation the gin spends time maturing in white Port casks from the legendary Port house Niepoort.

What does it taste like?:

Gloriously bright and fruit-forward, with fresh white grapes and green apple, tempered by oily juniper and Alpine herbs. Slowly develops a subtly oak-y warmth on the mid-palate.

Saintly serve: Negroni

Add a dose of hearty Welshness to this Italian classic by combining 25ml of Hibernation Gin, 25ml of Campari and 25ml of Martini Rosso vermouth together in a cocktail shaker. Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel, grate some fresh ginger on top and serve alongside a wholesome helping of cawl.

Dà Mhìle Apple Brandy

Dà Mhìle is another very impressive Welsh distillery with a range of interesting products, including this organic Apple Brandy. It’s crafted using wild apples from the brand’s own farm and nearby valleys, which were first made into cider and then quadruple distilled. The spirit was then matured for a year in barrels which has previously held French red wine.

What does it taste like?:

Sharp and sweet apple, brown sugar, butterscotch and a little oak spice.

Saintly serve: The Apple Old Fashioned

The Old-Fashioned gets a gloriously autumnal makeover here in this tasty serve. To make, start by stirring together a teaspoon of maple syrup with a few good dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Then add ice and 80ml of Dà Mhìle Apple Brandy. Garnish with a wedge of green apple and serve.

Brecon Special Reserve Gin

Penderyn don’t just make fine whisky, but delicious gin as well! Brecon Special Reserve Gin was distilled with a host of botanicals sourced from all over the world, such as juniper from Macedonia, orange peel from Spain, Chinese cassia bark, Sri Lankan liquorice, Madagascan cinnamon, French angelica root, Russian coriander, Indian nutmeg, Spanish lemon peel and Italian orris root. Very impressive stuff indeed.

What does it taste like?:

Juniper, warm citrus, coriander and hints of spicy cinnamon.

Saintly serve: Smoky Welsh Martini

Martinis are such a versatile and tasty serve. This edition adds a little smokiness via a tasty Welsh whisky. To make, you just need to pour 75ml of Brecon Special Reserve Gin and 5ml Penderyn Peated Whisky into a Martini glass filled with ice. Stir well and then garnish with a fresh lemon peel, or a bit of leek if you’re feeling particularly patriotic/brave.

 

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Warming tipples for autumn evenings!

Join us as well celebrate all things autumn with a round-up of sensational seasonal spirits! Autumn is a season loved by many. It’s all about comfort food and drink. It’s…

Join us as well celebrate all things autumn with a round-up of sensational seasonal spirits!

Autumn is a season loved by many. It’s all about comfort food and drink. It’s a chance to make the most of the produce from the seasonal harvest. It’s the time to attend bonfire nights and Halloween parties. It’s the season when we welcome the darkening nights and browning leaves with a hearty tipple and, let’s face it, heaps of bloody pumpkin spice.

But what makes the perfect autumn drink? Summer refreshers and cocktails are now out of the question. But winter warmers aren’t the required tonic just yet. In autumn, or ‘fall’, for our exceptionally literal friends in the United States, it only seems right to celebrate brown spirits: whisky, Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados and darker or spiced rums, as well as liqueurs and cocktails packed with seasonal fruits and colours.

In this spirit, we’ve produced a list of appropriately autumnal boozes. Each comes with a seasonal serve if you want to get creative. These ought to keep you going until the snow starts to fall.

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In Pictures: Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill Distillery

In the first of our new occasional series we showcase one of the UK’s most visually striking distilleries: Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill! What would any discerning gin enthusiast enjoy most?…

In the first of our new occasional series we showcase one of the UK’s most visually striking distilleries: Bombay Sapphire’s Laverstoke Mill!

What would any discerning gin enthusiast enjoy most? The chance to expand their gin knowledge? An opportunity to uncover the secrets, skill and artistry behind world-famous brands? A window into how their favourite spirit is made? A distillery tour, of course, where you can do all these things and more!

If you need a good place to start, then we have a suggestion… Hampshire’s Laverstoke Mill, where Bombay Sapphire gin has been made since 2014. You can learn about the brand’s history in the heritage room, see the botanicals used to create the gin in the iconic glasshouses and dry room, say hello to Mary and Thomas* in the Dakin Still House, and enjoy the dedicated bar (yay!) and gift shop (double yay!!).

Interest piqued? Why not take a look at the distillery in pictures right here – so you can get an idea of the treat you’re in for if you do stop by and visit.

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10 of the best London dry gins

Forget flavoured: London dry gin is the style that’s stood the test of time and remains one of the most popular worldwide. We thought it was about time we celebrated…

Forget flavoured: London dry gin is the style that’s stood the test of time and remains one of the most popular worldwide. We thought it was about time we celebrated the classic, juniper-forward style…

We live in an era of rampant gin production and consumption – and everyone has a favourite. Maybe you enjoy the timeless taste of Old Tom, or you’re the experimental kind who craves cask-aged editions. There are plenty who favour flavoured gin, and others who love gin liqueurs or savour sloe gin.

It can be difficult to narrow down and determine the best from the rest in a market flooded with new-fangled options. But in the midst of the constantly changing world of gin, why not take a moment to celebrate London dry gin*, the timeless, defined style that offers a wealth of expressions we can all enjoy. To save you the time of finding the bottle that’s right for you, we’ve made a list of 10 of the best London dry gins around. Enjoy!

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10 of the best gins with wonderfully unusual botanicals

Tired of typical tipples? This summer, make sure your new drink is a gin that stands out! We’re shining a light on ten of the most weird and wonderful gins…

Tired of typical tipples? This summer, make sure your new drink is a gin that stands out! We’re shining a light on ten of the most weird and wonderful gins that have the most intriguing ingredients…

The gin bubble simply refuses to burst. As more and more expressions hit shelves, back bars and home drinks cabinets, gin brands are all over the world need a way to stand out. What’s an enterprising, discerning distiller or rectifier to do? Look to the botanicals, of course!

By packing a peculiar botanical, the following gins have carved a singular path. Whether these additions are a reflection of the producer’s local area, or the result of radical experimentation, each and every one has found that distinctive can be delicious.

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London distillers lead the UK’s gin obsession!

Though longstanding, the relationship between London and gin has not always been the healthiest. While city dwellers have not quite harked back to 18th-century-Gin-Craze level fixation (a relief for everyone,…

Though longstanding, the relationship between London and gin has not always been the healthiest. While city dwellers have not quite harked back to 18th-century-Gin-Craze level fixation (a relief for everyone, frankly), their reinvigorated thirst for junipery goodness is almost as unquenchable.

Encouraged by this so-called gin renaissance, distillers have been setting up shop in their droves on both sides of the Thames. The big smoke is now home to 24 gin distilleries*, equivalent to one fifth of the total number in England, which is more than existed in the entire country back in the comparatively gin-dry year of 2010.

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