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The Ruddles Report: notes from a gin dog

Today is Ruddles’ first day on the job in his new role as Barcelona Gin’s chief newshound. Our gallant Gin Dog has been busy all week, sniffing out the best gin news stories for your reading pleasure. We already know he has a great nose for a story, so we are expecting great things from him, as he delivers a regular, bite-sized digest of gin-related news.

Here’s the first Ruddles Report for your reading pleasure. Hope you enjoy it!

A loyal soldier and a royal toast

Amongst the news stories that our Gin Dog has uncovered this week, find out about the latest craft gin to be produced by the Royal Family. Following on the heels of Buckingham Palace Gin and Highgrove Gin, Her Majesty has launched yet another craft gin. This time it’s Sandringham Gin, craft distilled at her Sandringham Estate Norfolk. Perhaps one to have ready for the loyal toast on Christmas Day.

And while we’re on the subject of special gins, let’s raise a glass to Captain Sir Tom Moore. The 100 year old WW 2 soldier inspired the nation earlier this year by walking 100 laps of his garden and in the process, raising more than £39 million for the NHS workers. His amazing commitment and cheery spirit found a place deep in the hearts of people around the world. This simple act of determination inspired a nation in some of its darkest moments and it changed his life forever. He was promoted to Major, went to visit the Queen, received a knighthood and even released a hit record. Not content with that, this year a new gin has been released in his honour. Captain Sir Tom’s London Dry gin has been made by the folks at the Otterbeck Distillery and all the proceeds will be going through the Sir Tom Moore Foundation to support charities such as Mind and The Royal British Legion.

The best bars in the world, snow globes and small gin!

In the month in which Barcelona and London featured heavily in the annual list of the Top 50 bars in the world, we thought you’d like to see the whole list, just in case this quarantine ever lifts. Once again, London delivers the world’s best bar in the world as the Connaught Bar took first place. But Barcelona performs really well with 3 bars featuring in the world’s top 50 – Paradiso coming in at number 19 and Two Schmucks entering the charts at an impressive number 26. Not bad for a small city on the edge of the Mediterranean.

If you like your gin full of flavour (but less full of alcohol), you’ll love the latest offering from Haymans. Their latest Haymans Small Gin means you can mix a real G&T with only 0.2 units of alcohol and as little as 15 calories per serve. Packed with flavour, this gin might appear small, but it has a huge heart. This one might be worth checking out over the holidays when your liver is a bit tired but you still have a taste for gin!

Christmas is coming…

And finally, Christmas is coming and nobody can have gone through the last few weeks without noticing the gorgeous gin globes that are appearing around the country right now. But where do you get these things of beauty and how much do they cost? Here’s an article on the gorgeous Marks and Spencer version. It is illuminated by an LED light and rains little flakes of 23k gold leaf for a shimmering snow effect. This gorgeous Clementine and Rhubarb gin liqueur just happens to be delicious as well. They won’t last long, so don’t miss out.

That’s all for this edition of the Ruddles Report. Hope you enjoyed it.

More from the gin dog next month!


Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)

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Introducing our gorgeous newshound, Ruddles. Or Señor Ruddles if you prefer.

This shaggy, laid back bundle of love is a vital part of our team here at Barcelona Gin.  We recruited him from a local refuge a few years ago.  He had spent much of his early life living outdoors in a huge field. It was full of other abandoned dogs, overlooking the Mediterranean, not far from Barcelona.  Before that, he’d lived with an old Spanish shepherd high up in the hills of El Garraf.  He was a lovely man, but he was old and he couldn’t give Ruddles the love he needed.

So, when the Barcelona Gin team went to meet Ruddles in his dusty field, it was love at first sight. And he’s been with us ever since.  At first, we weren’t sure about his taste for gin.  But then something changed.  A few years ago, I was walking him past the doors of my favourite underground Barcelona gin bar.  It’s a little late-night dive bar right in the heart of town.  As we walked past, I could feel him gently straining on the leash.

The dog made me do it…

He was trying to pull me in.  I was never one to put up a fight, but he was insisting.  So, we wandered on down the stairs for a late night copa of Martin Millers with tonic.  As soon as we were down there, he made it clear that he likes gin just as much as we do.  He literally lapped up my G&T, right in front of me.  And he seemed to give it a good review.

So, now we’ve recruited Ruddles full time (we may as well make him work for a living).

A nose for news…

And now he’s sniffing out great gins for us, as well as using that newshound nose to uncover great stories from the world of gin that you might not normally come across.  So, keep an eye out for regular reports from Ruddles in our regular Gin the News section.  And feel free to reach out to him directly via email at ruddles@barcelonagin.com.  He’ll usually get back to you pretty quickly.

Plus, if the lockdown ever ends and you find yourself in Barcelona, we can highly recommend popping down to Les Gens Que J’Aime.  A great little bar in a great town, with great gins at great prices.  Ruddles likes it, so it must be good!


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Hot sloe gin toddy: an easy recipe for autumn comfort

Summer is officially behind us and these days, the weather’s much colder, the rain’s more frequent and sometimes you can even see your breath in the air. This is the season of long nights, darker mornings, conkers, log fires, cozy walks, sturdy walking shoes and Wellington boots. But it is also sloe gin season in the UK.

You might have seen our interview with our friends Jenny and Hamish Prentice about how and when to harvest sloe berries. They’ve been making sloe gin in the Wiltshire countryside for years and they offered some handy tips on exactly how and when to harvest these elusive little berries and turn them into sloe gin. It’s well worth a read if you missed it. But once you’ve got your sloe gin, what exactly do you with it on a cold autumn evening?

Spice up those autumn nights

Well one thing you could do is warm yourself up with a delicious hot sloe gin toddy. So, we thought we’d make it nice and easy for you by giving you a simple recipe that will add a little spice to those cold, dark nights. When you’re trapped indoors (maybe enjoying the warmth of a log fire or wondering what gin based drink you should have) you could get your evening going with a burst of delicious, spicy alcoholic warmth.

Welcome to our hot sloe gin toddy – we think you’ll FALL in love with it (see what I did there?)

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