As a gin lover (before, throughout and no doubt after the boom!) I am thrilled that the British gin industry is doing so well.
Yes, it has all become a little bit over the top sometimes, with so many ways to drink the beloved gin, but I have now tried a few and rest assured, they do all taste a bit different!
Having recently completed some 'market research' at the Oxford Gin Festival, (which incidentally could have been seamlessly switched for an episode of Midsomer Murders), I managed to sample a few of the 60 different types on offer. It was a triumph and I will now be buying some of more obscure gins out there.
So, if you are a gin lover, get out there and support all those wonderful artisan gin makers (well maybe not all) and let's make sure that the gin renaissance isn't just a flash in the pan and continues for our future enjoyment - Cheers!
Throughout 2016, 45 new distilleries opened throughout the UK, however five closed, adding 40 new distilleries to the current count. “The rapid growth of distilleries, an increase of 135% since 2010, is yet another positive sign of the UK spirits industry going from strength to strength,” said Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. “From traditional products like Scotch, to the Great British Gin boom and newer products like English and Welsh Whiskey, it is an exciting time for spirits producers across the UK.