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WIN a bottle of McHenry Limited Edition Summer Gin

12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS DAY 9

We’ve been blessed with some incredible prizes for the 12 Days of Gin-Mas this year, and today is no exception as you could WIN a bottle of McHenry Limited Edition Summer Gin!

This very limited edition is only available to Down Gin Lane subscribers, but William kept a bottle of this batch especially for Gin Queen readers to win!

William had been toying with the idea of a summer gin for a while and told me “I wanted it fresh and fruity – summer is when we harvest most our our glorious fruits so I thought juniper, coriander a smidge of cassia bark, orris root, wattle seed and orange peel and some orange blossom would make a great summery gin.”

William steeps the orange blossom and the saffron in the gin after distillation and the result is, as he describes ” a radiant burst of yellow sunshine making the perfect summer gin.”.

To WIN a bottle of McHenry Limited Edition Summer Gin, simply complete the form below:

12 Days of Gin-Mas McHenry

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 9th December 2016
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

the west winds gin

WIN a unique West Winds Gin set

12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS DAY 8

You could WIN a UNIQUE West Winds Gin Set.

Since hitting the market in 2010, West Winds gin has paved the way for Australian gins that followed in their wake. Theirs were the first Australian gins to win big at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Awards in 2011, with the Cutlass winning a Double Gold medal (all the judges awarded a god) and Sabre a Gold Medal.  They continue to innovate and now have Broadside, Captain’s Cut and Maiden Voyage in their range.

The West Winds gin team have put together this AMAZING prize for one lucky person! The set includes:

The West Winds Gin “The Sabre”

The West Winds Gin “The Cutlass”

The West Winds Gin “The Broadside”

PLUS

spraybottle

3 x 50 ml spray bottles….

Olive Brine spray for a Dirty Martini

Flat Leaf Parsley spray for a Gibson Martini

Hop Spray for a Negroni

….with a personalised message from West Winds gin’s Master of flavour, Jason Chan, on how to make each cocktail at home!

This is a truly special prize. To enter simply fill in the form below. Be lucky!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 8th December 2016
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS 2016

WIN a bottle of Hippocampus Barrel-Aged gin

12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS DAY 7

Today you can WIN A bottle of Hippocampus Barrel-Aged gin PLUS a miniature bottle of negroni.

Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery was set up in 2014 by a group of West Australian spirit enthusiasts. Master Distiller, Alex Poulsen, studied pharmacology and biochemistry at University before heading off to Norway where he worked in a remote brewery and micro distillery. On his return to Australia he began work with Hippocampus.

The first spirit produced was a vodka (the only vodka I really like) followed a year later by their gin. Using a Carl still (like those used by Four Pillars), Alex has created a traditional style London dry with lots of juniper and a great mouthfeel. They have used this as the base for their barrel-aged gin which has been rested in old chardonnay barrels. Delicious!

To enter the competition to win a bottle of Hippocampus Barrel-aged gin and the negroni, simply fill out the form below.

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

12 Days of Gin-Mas HIPPOCAMPUS

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 7th December 2016
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

12 Days of Gin-Mas 2016

WIN a bottle of Prohibition Liquor Company Bathtub Cut gin

12 DAYS OF GIN-MAS DAY 6

Today is your chance to win a bottle of Prohibition Liquor Company Bathtub Cut gin. This gin has a whopping 69% ABV, and proved very popular at Junipalooza Melbourne this year.

Inspired by the bootleggers of the prohibition era in America, the Prohibition Liquor Company set out to create spirits using only the finest gin botanicals. With the help of their distiller, Brendan (from Applewood Distillery in South Australia), PLC have created two distinct gins. Prohibition Gin is a regular 42% ABV and the Bathtub Cut gin at 69%, which is surprisingly sippable!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 6th December 2016
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

Poltergeist-Gin-Tasmania

WIN a set of Poltergeist Gin

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 5

We’re off to Tasmania for today’s amazing prize! You could win this set of Poltergeist gin!

After finding very old fragments of gin bottles on the property,  the Kernke family saw adding a distillery to Shene Estate as a way of creating revenue for their extensive restoration project. They joined forces with Damian Mackey, a whisky distiller since 2015, to create a new home for Tasmanian spirits. Ghostly sightings and witches marks on the buildings inspired them to call their gins ‘Poltergeist’.

Damian’s efforts have been rewarded with a Gold Medal for ‘Unfiltered’, and a Silver Medal for ‘True Spirit’ at the prestigious San Francisco 2016 World Spirits Competition.

WIN a set of Poltergeist Gin

Simply fill out the form below to be entered into the competition. Good Luck!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Entrants must be over 18
Open to UK, Australian and NZ residents only
One entry per applicant
Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 5th December 2016
Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours

12 Days of Gin-Mas 2016

WIN a bottle of Stone Pine Distillery Orange Blossom gin

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 4

Ian Glen from Stone Pine Distillery in New South Wales, caused quite a stir when he released his first Orange blossom gin last year. It was the most summery gin of 2015, so I was thrilled to hear that he has released a 2016 edition. Even better, Ian is offering you the chance to WIN a bottle of 2016 Stone Pine Distillery Orange Blossom gin!

In 2015 the orange blossom was steeped in gin, this is often called the ‘bathtub’ method. As a result, the gin had a light oaky hue to it. This time around, Ian set work to see if he could distill the orange blossom, and achieve a clear gin, but keep the flavour we love. He seems to have managed it too!

All you have to do to WIN a bottle of Stone Pine Distillery Orange Blossom gin is answer the question below. Good Luck!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be over 18
  • Open to Australian and UK residents only
  • Competition closes at 12.00am (AEST) 4th December 2016
  • Winner will be selected at random and notified by email within 24 hours
12 Days of Gin-Mas

WIN a bottle of Four Pillars Christmas Gin with matching card

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 3

Four Pillars Christmas Gin has been another runaway success from the team that have already converted the world to the delights of Shiraz gin. I am delighted that they saved me some so you can win a bottle of Four Pillars Christmas Gin with matching card!

I first got to taste the delights of Christmas gin on the first Gin Queen on Tour trip to the Four Pillars Distillery. Cam explained that Spring racing was the time when his late mum, Wilma, made the family Christmas pudding, and in her honor thought he’d have a go at distilling some. The resulting Christmas pudding gin was then blended with some aged gin from a couple of barrels that had stored Rutherglen Muscat for 80 years, plus a little more Rutherglen Classic Muscat to round out the palate and add a touch of richness. This gin tastes like Christmas in a glass!

Like almost every limited edition the Four Pillars team produces it’s sold out, and a bottle is as rare as hen’s teeth. This is a your chance to grab one of the last bottles of this batch! They’ve also popped in a card that matches the unique label, created by Australian artist Jade Suine, just in case you decide to give the bottle as a gift. Who are we kidding?!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be over 18
  • Open to Australian, NZ and UK residents only
  • Competition closes at 12.00am (AEST) 3rd December 2016
  • Winner will be selected at random and notified by email within 24 hours
12 Days of Gin-Mas 2016

WIN 2 bottles of East London Liquor Company Dry Gin

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 2

Today you have a chance to win not one, but two bottles of East London Liquor Company Dry gin, one for you and one for a friend/partner/lover? Christmas sorted!

East London Liquor Company is the first vodka, gin and whisky distillery in East London for over 100 years and is located in an old glue factory in Bow Wharf, one of the most well-known historical sites in London. Using Holstein copper stills, they make 100% British Wheat Vodka, three London Dry-style gins and whisky.

I visited the distillery on my whirlwind trip to London last year.  I was really impressed with their ethos or providing excellent quality spirits at affordable prices. Sadly, their gin wasn’t available in Australia at the time, but this year they secured a distribution deal with Savant Spirits so now I can enjoy it whenever I like!

WIN 2 bottles of East London Liquor Company Gin

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must be over 18
  • Open to UK and Australian residents only
  • One entry per applicant
  • Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 2nd December 2016
  • Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email within 24 hours
WIN a 3 Month Subscription to Down Gin Lane

WIN a 3 Month Subscription to Down Gin Lane

12 Days of Gin-Mas Day 1

We’re off to an amazing start to the 12 Days of Gin-Mas, with a chance to win a 3 month subscription to Down Gin Lane!

The ‘still to door’ idea of Down Gin Lane was conceived by two Poms, Paul and Lindsay. Impressed with the growth in the craft distilling movement in Australia they wanted to support these local producers and spread the word via a subscription service.

There are two membership levels to choose from; Curious ~ $79/bi monthly, and Enthusiast $79/monthly. The best bit is you pause or cancel at any time and shipping is included!

WIN a 3 Month Subscription to Down Gin Lane

Paul and Lindsay are generously giving a 3 month subscription to one winner for this year’s 12 Days of Gin-Mas.

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

To enter the competition simply fill out the form below:

Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must be over 18
  • Open to UK and Australian residents only
  • One entry per applicant
  • Closing date is midnight (AEST) on 1st December 2016
  • Winner will be drawn at random and notified within 24 hours
  • If a UK winner is selected Down Gin Lane will send 1 bottle each of the last 3 months gins
gin saketini

Gin Saketini

I have tried to steer clear of those cocktails that aren’t remotely related to a martini, in spite of having ‘-tini’ at the end of the name. Think appletinis. Yeah, no. However, I am making an exception for this Gin Saketini, mainly because it hasn’t got any of the ingredients (like syrups or liqueurs) that are the stuff of ‘-tinis’.

The Gin Saketini, as you’ve probably guessed, combines gin and Sake. Sake is rice wine from Japan. There are several types of sake that are differentiated according to how highly polished the rice grain is, and whether alcohol is added. I have chosen a junmai sake (14%ABV)  to make my Gin Saketini.

Jinzu is a made in Scotland by Diageo (who make Tanqueray), created by bartender Dee Davies. Dee won the opportunity to create her own spirit through a global competition. She chose gin, but as a lover of all things Japanese, she wanted to use Sake as part of the gin-making process. Tanqueray Master Distiller, Tom Nicol, was on hand to lend his expertise and in the end the pair decided to blend the sake into the gin after distillation. I’ll be reviewing Jinzu at a later date, as it’s a lovely gin.

The Jinzu and junmai pair well in this martini, which is light and aromatic.

gin saketini

Ingredients for a Gin Saketini

70ml gin (I used Jinzu)

20ml Sake

umeboshi (japanese pickled plum) for garnish

Method

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 4-50 seconds. Double strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

Enjoy!