101 Gins: To Try Before You Die 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       October 26, 2015


Author  Ian Buxton

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781780272993
Publisher:         Berlinn
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Website:    http://www.newsouthbooks.com.au 

Gin! Now there is a drink which has gone from feted to abuse and back again and then some more, but it would appear, England, if not the world, is once again in love with the wonderful tipple called Gin.

Now having been re-invented as the discerning person’s drink of choice, in much the same way bourbon and whisky have over the years become the drink of the discerning, it is proudly taking its place in the bars of the world, many traditional brands now rubbing shoulders with the new, fresh styles such as Geranium out of Denmark and Tarquin’s from Cornwall.

Gin though has been around for a very long time, since around 1618 and has had a checked career being branded as ‘mother’s ruin’, as it was a help in blotting out the hopelessness of life for the very poor to the basis of the Hollywood Glamour sets well known martini. As a readily available drink during prohibition it came once again into its own as a rather ‘raffish’ drink. It was not until the 1950’s it began to become a bit more respectable once again.

Ian Fleming, in the guise of James Bond, bought it back into fashion once again as he rather famously was quoted saying he liked his martini ‘shaken not stirred.’

Today, it has become a distilled potion of interest to the new breed of distiller as it lends itself to experimentation rather well. This certainly has not done the drink any harm as there are around 500 known brands of Gin being distilled worldwide and just a few new styles or flavours being added to the traditional, tried and true Gins.

One thing it has done is bring the drink back into the modern lifestyle, given it a fresh new face which states very clearly it has moved, very definitely on, from the ‘pink Gin’ so beloved of many.

Ian Buxton has researched his subject with much thoroughness and the occasional or maybe more than occasional Gin and something, to test the range and variety now available. His insights certainly add to the long and interesting history of this drink and place it firmly in the cabinet or on the bar as a drink of modern choice.

Although he only discusses 101 varieties out of the more than 500 available worldwide,  it is more than enough to guide you on your way, should you decide to follow in his footsteps and check out Gin as an alternative, sophisticated drink when you are out to impress.

For those of you who really do enjoy the finer detail that goes into the distilling, the character, the body, style and flavour of a very good drink, you will enjoy moving across the diverse selection of old and new brands and distillers featured.

Martini anyone!