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The Ruddles Report: March gin news!

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Notes from a gin dog

He’s been at it again! Our faithful gin dog, Ruddles has had his nose to the ground this month. He’s been hunting down all the gin news that might have passed us by.
Now, we’ve pulled it all together in our monthly news roundup, The Ruddles Report.  He’s dug up a bunch of stories on everything from the best gin Easter eggs to why Ryan Reynolds’ launched a football-inspired limited edition gin in Wales.
Ruddles has all the answers.  He’s also found an interesting report on something that is increasingly important for each of us – sustainable gin making. This article should make it just a little bit easier for us all to make conscious choices about the gin brands we buy. 

Plus, we’ve shared a story from the UK’s Consumer’s Association who have taken an independent look at the UK’s best gins. There are so many opinions out there, so it’s refreshing to get a fully independent review. Finally, we round off this month’s Ruddles Report with a review of some of the best online gin clubs – are they still a good deal and which ones are the best?

So, let’s get going with this…

Gin and chocolate – Happy Easter!

We all know that Easter is coming – and that means chocolate! But what if we could  combine two of our favourite things into one deliciously festive treat? Well, we can. 
Welcome to the Marks and Spencer’s Gin and Tonic Easter egg

If you’re a chocolate lover and a gin drinker, then this is the perfect treat. Plus, if you like the gin/chocolate combination, you might also want to try Salcombe Gin’s chocolate flavoured spirit. It still tastes of chocolate but it won’t melt in your hands!

Ryan Reynolds honours Wrexham AFC with special edition gin

In a world of celebrity gins, Ryan Reynolds was amongst the first to put his influence and celebrity status behind a gin brand. A few years ago, he invested in Aviation gin.  Since then, his gin has gone from strength to strength. Ryan himself often features in little comedy vignettes that are charming, tongue in cheek and often very amusing.   All good for the brand (which is now owned by drinks giant Diageo) .  But it was a big surprise when he recently announced a bid to buy local Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, from the junior leagues.  So, I guess none of us should be surprised that he has now combined his two passions into a limited edition gin for the club’s supporters.

In partnership with the club, he’s releasing a run of 6000 bottles of Wrexham AFC/Aviation gin. They’ll be snapped up fast, but one day, if you get your hands on a bottle, these could be collectors items.

Sustainable gin – something worth supporting!

The last few years have really brought the climate crisis to the fore – and for good reason. Thankfully, the eco-message is getting through – we only have one planet and we need to look after it. 
So, it’s really refreshing to see the gin industry get behind the idea of sustainability. Last month, Ruddles told you about how Beefeater are making their bottles fully recyclable. We also talked about local innovations such as reusable gin pouches from Eden Mill. 

But how do you know if your gin is sustainable or not?
Here’s an article that lists the major sustainable gin brands out there. Some may surprise you!  Sustainable drinking – we think that’s something worth supporting.

Which gin? Independent gin reviews you can trust

We’re always looking out for great gins and new ideas. But at the end of the day, there are a million different opinions out there and often, it boils down to a matter of personal taste – which gins do you like and not like.

Impartiality and independent views are often hard to find, so when Which? magazine (the journal of the UK Consumers Association) decided to do an independent test of 2021’s best gins in the UK, we thought it was worth paying attention to.  If you want to know which ones they reckon are the best, this is the article for you.

In the club? – the best vs the rest

And finally, many people subscribe to gin clubs – and they are not always satisfied.  In fact, there is a sense that the novelty might be starting to wear off a little bit as unusual gins are increasingly available (at great prices) from local retailers, distillers and on-line sellers. We’re not sure if this is a temporary dip or if there is a sustainable shift.
Either way, Gin Clubs are still very popular, so we thought we’d share a little article that might help you to separate the best from the rest.

That’s all for this month, everybody.  Spring is in the air – and that means it’s gin and tonic season!!!



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

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The Ruddles Report: sniffing out the gin news

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Ruddles the gin dog has made a good start. In his first roundup of gin news, he broke a few good stories, so he already has much to live up to. Hopefully, his second effort won’t disappoint. This week, our faithful newshound has several gin news scoops to his name.

You know those amazing snow globes from M&S that everybody’s been talking about? Well, apparently they’re selling out fast , which is no surprise, considering how beautiful these things are. The problem is that they are in such scarce supply, that they’re flying off the shelves. So much so that the folks at M&S have had to put a strict rationing policy in place. Apparently we will all be limited to only 2 bottles each. Maybe this is a good time to round up some elves to stock up on your behalf.

You can’t always get what you want

On a slightly different note, we’re all getting used to the sound of Christmas carols wherever we go. It is the soundtrack to Christmas. Let’s face it, unless its Slade, rock and roll is not exactly conducive to mulled wine and mince pies.
But try telling that to the Rolling Stones. Just in time for Christmas, these aging rockers have released their own brand gin in collaboration with UK gin brand, Goldy Gin. Featuring the iconic lips logo, this limited edition gin is only available at Selfridges for a short time only!.
We haven’t tried it yet, but we love the idea. We’re sure this latest offering from the Stones will give you total Satisfaction. We know that you can’t always get what you want, but remember, if you try, sometimes you get what you need!

All at sea with the world’s first on board gin distillery

And for those of you who are dreaming of the great, wide post-lockdown world, what better way of travelling than on a cruise ship. Even better if that cruise ship makes its own gin.
Welcome to the P&O cruises latest attraction: a giant cruise ship with its own on-board gin distillery. This innovation will make a bespoke gin exclusively for its cruise passengers using the skills and expertise of The Salcombe Distilling Company. Their on-board craft-distilled gin is called Marabelle (ABV 42%) and it will be the “star of the bar” aboard their latest 5,200 passenger luxury cruise ship, Iona. Now that’s a job I’d apply for.

It’s gin up north: taster required

Talking of jobs, here’s another beauty. Apparently they’re looking for gin tasters in the North East. They’re bound to have countless applicants, but if you feel like you have the skills required, polish up your CV and send it in, you never know!
You may need to relocate, but if you think you know your spirit, if you have a sophisticated palette and a nose for a great gin, then this could be the perfect job for you.

Gin or wine? You don’t have to choose

And finally, for those of us who love gin and wine and who sometimes can’t quite decide, check out this new Sauternes gin.
Once again, the Salcombe Distilling Company have highlighted their passion for innovation. They’ve also teamed up with the guys at Chateau Climens to create the latest in its limited edition Voyager Series Phantom gin (ABV 46%) to create a premium gin which spent eight months earlier this year inside barrels that were used to age the 2015 and 2016 vintages. We’re looking forward to getting our laughing gear around that one.

That’s it for this week’s Ruddles Report. Off to sniff out a few more gin news stories for you for the new year!


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