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There's not really any discussion about what we love about gin.
It's the booze. If it was the taste, we'd drink it neat like whiskey. Hogarth
didn't produce era-defining artworks featuring people sitting around Gin Lane
discussing the fruity juniper notes in their tipple, he sketched them lying
over drunk and shagging each other.
The truth is that gin just gets you steaming in a slightly more socially acceptable way than tanning Bacardi Breezers or Buckfast (unless you're into the Saino's own brand 'No fancy packaging, just gin', in which case - Hi Mum!) and that's just how we like it.
Gin lovers everywhere, then, rejoice. A Scottish distillery has put together the world's strongest gin, clocking in at a whopping 77% ABV. The Twin River Distillery in Aberdeenshire is debuting the mega-gin at next week's Gin Festival: North East, which will be held at Thainstone House in the small town of Inverurie.
Its brand ambassador, Ryan Rhodes, said: "When our Head Distiller, Liam Pennycook tasted the uncut spirit straight from the still, he decided it was too good not to share." Note that his name is Ryan Rhodes, not Ryan Reynolds, but with a stack of his 77% proof Mother's Ruin running through the bloodstream, who knows what he'll look like?
Ryan continued: "By developing Uncut, we really wanted to push the boundaries - but obviously ask people to enjoy it sensibly. You have to appreciate that most gins are 40-50% ABV so care must be taken when drinking this spirit and a small amount definitely goes a long way. To enjoy the punchy flavour profile, it's best to sip it over ice with a twist of lemon.
"Our first edition Naked Gin has a strong undertone of juniper which many of our customers love; the fact we make it from scratch in our distillery gives it that extra feeling of provenance that a craft gin should have."
The tasters have already been in to give it a verdict. Peter Sim, founder of Aberdeen and Inverurie Gin Club and a man possessing a knowledge of the inside of gin bottles that would put your gran to shame, said: "On the nose there is a creamy nutty scent, almost buttery from their in-house neutral spirit made from barley. The alcohol has power, but I still get heavy juniper and a sweet spiciness."
If you fancy giving it a try, then you need to get yourself to Aberdeenshire this weekend to have a go. And given that Thainstone House is just an hour's drive from the Queen's pad at Balmoral, perhaps the country's most famous gin enthusiast (she smashes one spliced with Dubonnet every day with her lunch) will drop by as well.
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