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What Makes Aranami Strength Gin So Good?

On Tuesday 8th of March, our fantastic Aranami Navy Strength Gin celebrates its 3rd birthday. Made from a plethora of different botanicals from around the world, this delicate-but-powerful, Japan-inspired gin has been a real milestone release for us, and we’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate it! A Great Wave Aranami means “raging waves”, and our gin tastes as powerful and as fresh as that sounds! Featuring a mighty dragon emerging from raging water on the label’s reverse, both design and flavour are a homage to Japan, and one sip of Aranami will bring you closer to that country’s careful refinement. Women in Business You may have noticed - the 8th of March is also International Women’s Day. It’s...

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The Story of Hidden Curiosities Gin

Hidden Curiosities is, first and foremost, a labour of love. Nothing good is ever made without passion and inspiration, and from the very start Hidden Curiosities has been guided by one person, Jenny Lane, and her desire for the perfect gin. Hidden Curiosities gin began life in the picturesque Surrey Hills, but the real story starts a few years earlier in Yokohama, Japan. Hidden Curiosities’ founder, Jenny, spent five years residing in Japan refining her palate, followed by a year of extensive research in the UK, sampling and assessing over 100 different craft gins. This search inspired her to make something that was truly to her taste. Flavour, mouthfeel, body, bouquet and aftertaste were all considered and noted, and all...

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Secret Admirer - Say it with Flowers, and Gin

What better way to display your love and affection this Valentine's Day by saying it with flowers, or indeed, gin...     With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's surely time to start thinking about a gift. Perhaps you want to anonymously send something to an unwitting crush, or maybe you want to give with grandeur to a significant other? How about flowers? Or gin? Or why not both? Why not eliminate two flowers with one gin, with Hidden Curiosities or Aranami Strength? Apart from their luxurious flavours, the exterior is also extremely decorative. The stunning designs on the reverse of these bottles are beautifully adorned with flowers, making them ideal gifts this Valentine's Day for any gin enthusiast.    ...

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Cupid's Quartet - A Flight of Valentine's Day Cocktails

"Roses are red, cocktails are blue. And pink. And green" Love is in the air, and cupid has a quartet of love potions up his sleeve. Learn how to make a flight of 4 impassioned cocktails that will guarantee your crush falls hard for you this Valentine's Day... Aviation Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is this stunning Aviation cocktail. This cocktail is a classic and a real showstopper, mixing floral and fragrant violet with maraschino. The match of these with the gin botanicals from Hidden Curiosities gin, along with the incredible colour, makes this one a firm favourite.  It's very simple to make, so it's a perfect way to impress your date this Valentine's Day.  Ingredients • 60ml Hidden Curiosities Gin...

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Mother's Ruin: The History of Gin in England

A Brief History of Gin in England While gin today has a refined image, both as the star in a gin and tonic, or as a base for a sophisticated cocktail, the drink has a long and chequered history in its homeland of England. From a soldier’s reinforcement to a sophisticate’s refreshment, let’s take a look at how gin became the spirit we know today. Dutch Jenever We can trace what we know as gin today back to the Dutch drink jenever, a punchy, juniper-flavoured spirit said to have medicinal properties. Jenever is still produced today, and has a delicious and distinct taste, perfect as a curve-ball in a cocktail. English soldiers’ discovery of and fondness for the stuff during...

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