Time for the latest of our splendid Gin News Roundups! This week, we’re debunking Red Wine Gin, and there’s stories from Hendrick’s, Tobermory Gin, Manchester Gin and much more!


  • Hendrick’s Laundrette Immersion

Not content with installing an enormous floor wrap and scented posters at King’s Cross St. Pancras, those wacky contrarians at Hendrick’s have launched a new publicity-grabbing wheeze, introducing the first of a new series of pop-up ‘immersive’ experiences.  The first of the brand’s ‘Portals to the Peculiar’ is in Shoreditch (of course) and is disguised as a laundrette.  It’s only open until Sunday, though, so you’ll have to be quick.  Further portals are scheduled for London Bridge and Edinburgh


  • UK Gin Category Hits £3bn

The latest figures for the UK gin market are in, and it seems the category is in rude health76 million of bottles of gin were sold in the UK in the year to March 2019, clocking £2.3bn in sales, while exports in the year to May 2019 hit £730m – meaning the UK Gin category is now worth a whopping £3bn! Trebles all round…


  • Tobermory Gin Launched

There’s another whisky distillery making gin! They’re all at it these days.  The latest is from Tobermory distillery on the Hebridean island of Mull, who’ve installed an extra still to make their Tobermory Gin.  The gin is flavoured with 13 ingredients, including elderflower and orange peel alongside some hand-sourced local botanicals and, perhaps uniquely, a splash of the malt spirit from their whisky spirits is also added.  There’s even some locally-grown Hebridean tea (not a euphemism) in the mix!


  • Red Wine Gin Not Really A Thing

You may have seen the headlines, but don’t panic: thankfully, Red Wine Gin is not really a thing (yet)

We’re big fans of Four Pillars here – I really rate their excellent Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin – so we thought it worthwhile to set the record straight.  Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin is actually made by a two month maceration of (unfermented) Shiraz grapes in gin, before the grapes are pressed and blended with the gin.  No red wine involved, so panic over (for now…)


  • Downton Abbey Gin Launched

The latest telly booze tie-in has arrived: former Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol’s Harrogate Tipple distillery has launched Downton Abbey Gin (and whisky, but that’s not our concern here).  Harrogate Tipple just happens to be the closest distillery to where the fictional posh country house is supposed to be, so they’ve taken on the onerous task of making a gin about it. The 43% gin is made with Harrogate spring water and botanicals including ginger, rose water and lime to “evoke the era of Downton”, it says here…


  • Hook’s Haçienda Gin Raves On

In further historical tie-in news, former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is fronting a new gin celebrating the city’s legendary nightclub The Haçienda.  The gin, named FAC51 The Haçienda after the club’s Factory Records catalogue number, is made by Manchester Gin’s Jennie Wiggins and Seb Heeley, and has been bottled at 42% – they missed a trick there, should have been 51%

That’s it for this week’s Gin News Roundup! Happy Friday, we’ll see you again soon…