Posted on 13/07/2016 by Mistercocktail

Mary Stuart was a big fan of Delfts Blauw

The history of Gin starts with the Dutch spirit Genever, which is now a pretty well-known fact. But what caused this transition? Was the idea stolen? Were they just inspired? Did soldiers bring the “Dutch Courage” back home? None of that, as it had a political reason. In 1688, the Dutch cityholder William III invaded England, to take the throne together with Mary Stuart. Thi… Read more

Posted on 06/07/2016 by Mistercocktail

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One of the positive side-effects of the current gin trend in The Netherlands is that many local distilleries, as well as the larger ones of course, have developed a gin of their own. It may be an unknown fact, but The Netherlands used to be the leading nation in distilling spirits. Genever was the single best sold spirit in the world at the turn of the 19th century. Many classic cocktail r… Read more

Posted on 22/06/2016 by Mistercocktail

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  For 2 weeks only, this ultra-small pop-up bar will be at a secret location in Amsterdam. To give you a hint: look for this door with the Tanqueray logo at the Amstel. Behind the door is a long alley that leads to a small old chapel that normally functions as a b&b, but now, for just 2 weeks, as a  pop-up bar by Tanqueray Gin. It’s the perfect way to start your evening with frien… Read more

Posted on 11/11/2015 by Mistercocktail

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The river Saar runs in the western part of Germany, close to the border with France, and is home to one of the most highly regarded white wine regions in the world. It is home to Andreas Vallendar, distiller at their family estate that was founded in 1824 in Willingen, and to Dorothee Zilliken, a young and award-winning winemaker at Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken.  It was a small company ca… Read more

Posted on 15/08/2014 by Mistercocktail

Michel Dame at the The Lab

Slowly, but very surely, The Netherlands are entering the era of the Gin & Tonic. When the drink first hit the European mainland, about 8-9 years ago in urban Spain, it was there to stay. At least, for a very long time. From Madrid, where the After-Work was the setting where the G&T was adopted first, to Barcelona and Sevilla to San Sebastian, one of the culinary hotspots of Europe. W… Read more

Posted on 03/01/2014 by Mistercocktail

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Since Bombay Sapphire initiated the Return of the Gin in the late 80’s, many, many new gins have been launched. Especially the launch of Hendrick’s Gin in the late 90s marked the area of the new style gins, and also the more expensive (or, to speak in marketing terms, Super Premium brands). This all has lead to a shift in brand perception: good old Gordon’s was considere… Read more

Posted on 17/02/2013 by Mistercocktail

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You may have noticed that I haven’t updated my blog the last couple of months on a regular base. Some larger projects, travels and tradeshows have taken up a lot of my time, but I intend to provide you with new information, insights, reports and reviews again! First up is Venuez BE, the Belgian Barshow. The only good tradeshow for hospitailty professionals regarding spirits in Belg… Read more

Posted on 16/12/2012 by Mistercocktail

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I’m still updating my first posts I made earlier this year when I started with the G&T Sunday Reviews. I only tested Hendrick’s with Fentiman’s, so 3 others left to go with this most peculiar Scottish gin. A quick update on what Hendrick’s is, just in case you’ve forgotten: “It has a distinctive bottle, resembling an Apothecary bottle from lo… Read more

Posted on 11/12/2012 by Mistercocktail

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Now that I’ve got some time to try the other tonic waters with each different gin, I’m meeting old friends again. Tanqueray, one of the world’s leading gins, created by Charles Tanqueray in 1820 is now waiting for me to be tested with the 3 remaining tonic waters: Fentiman’s, Thomas Henry and 1724. Just like in last Sunday’s tasting with Bombay Sapphire,… Read more

Posted on 09/12/2012 by Mistercocktail

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When I first started off with my G&T Sundays, I figured that I would rate just 1 tonic with a gin each Sunday. That would give me 52/4 = 13 gins tested. I soon realised that a) there are far more gins than that and b) my posts would become quite boring after a while (if not already). So I switched to testing 4 tonic waters each Sunday which would subsequently give me 52 * 4 = 208 G&T combinati… Read more