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Royal Drinks for the Platinum Jubilee

Celebrations for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee are already getting underway. Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest serving monarch of the British crown, with an astonishing 70 years on the throne. Having served through some of the most momentous events in history the Queen has always represented stability and continuity, even in chaotic times.  From the first televised coronation, to the first man on the moon, to the fall of the Berlin wall and the invention of the World Wide Web, there are few people who can claim to have seen all the momentous events that the Queen has. Her long-lasting reign is rightly being celebrated as something entirely unique, and her significance to the history of the United Kingdom...

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All Hail the Chūhai Cocktail

We’ve made no secret of our love for the cuisine of Japan. Join us as we explore the delights of the Japanese drinks cabinet, from cocktail bar to konbini shelf. All hail the Chūhai! Cans of chu-hai cocktails often found in Japanese convenience storesWhen you think of Japanese drinks, you may instantly think of saké, the elegant rice wine that’s so synonymous with the country it’s known as nihonshū (Japanese alcohol) in its homeland. You may also think of the number of excellent malt whiskies, or the dry and refreshing beers. If you’re clued up, you may think of the category of liquors known as shōchū, made from rice, sweet potato, buckwheat, or other staple ingredient.We’d like to show our appreciation...

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Awards Season - IWSC Double Gold 2022

We’re delighted to announce that both Hidden Curiosities Original and Hidden Curiosities Aranami Strength have received even more awards! The International Wine & Spirits Competition, the IWSC, were hugely impressed with our products, and saw fit to give both of our Gins GOLD medals, scoring our Hidden Curiosities Original 95 out of 100 -  “The nose is subtle with a wonderful floral sweetness and delicate aromas of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Vanilla sponge and black pepper are the perfect accompaniments to the deep, juniper backbone running throughout. The finish is lengthy and vibrant. Remarkable!” Our Aranami Navy Strength Gin, went one better, scoring 96 out of 100 -  “Gentle and understated. The nose has delicate, attractive aromas. The palate has excellent...

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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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