12 Gins to Christmas

On the 8th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me

By the Dutch Gin. A new gin make this year. Great flavors of bay leaf, but meg and blood orange.


12 Gins to Christmas

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Monkey 47. The number 47 comes from the 47 botanicals used and the 47% ABV. I always get different tasting notes from this gin. Berry fruits, citrus floral and herbal. Served best with a wedge of lime.

12 Gins to Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Breil Pur Gin is next. It’s an organic Swiss Gin. Rose and chocolate mint are the back bone of this gin. I tried this is House in Limerick. It’s one of my favorites.

12 Gins to Christmas

On the 5th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Opihr Gin. This gin was designed with an exotic ancient spice route in mind. This gin has a heady spice mix with cardamom rising about the rest. Despite the spicy explosion there is a sweetness from the orange. Iv had it served different ways. Most common is with a slice of grapefruit. However I like it with a sliced red chili and some cardamom pods.

On the fourth day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..

Elephant Gin. Distilled in Germany but with some fascinating African ingredients.

It’s different and unexpected. On the nose it’s dry earthy and sweet. On the palate Dry and a long finish. This would go very well in cocktails.

And no it’s not made from Elephants, just like baby oil is not made from babies. Lol

On the 3rd day of Christmas

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..

Edmonds Mistress. A gin I had in Amsterdam, in an amazing bar called 5&33. Sir Edmonds Gin, served with cardamom and lemon. Very refreshing.

The taste of this gin, is very different. On the nose there is definitely vanilla flavoring but that disappears on the palate. It was served with some cardamom, I think it definitely could go a little hotter and I would pair it with a sliced chili. Really enjoyed this.

On the second Day of Christmas

On the second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..

Up next is Gun Powder. Served with a generous wedge of Fresh Red Grape Fruit.

This is definitely one of my favorite gins. When I make it at home I always serve it with a stick of Strawberries for garnish sitting across the glass.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me……

First up is Hendricks Gin. I have always had this served with cucumber but while on holidays this year in Spain it was served with a rose petal as well. I really liked it. I also like it served with elderflower tonic.

How do you enjoy yours?

12 Gins to Christmas

This blog is for any gin lover. Over the last year I have tasted some amazing Gins here in Ireland and abroad.

Over the next 12 days I will be sharing my favorite Gins with you.

I hope you will enjoy the blog.


Had a great Breakfast last week up at the Hill of Tara. There isn’t a lot that needs to be said about this place. It’s always Top Quality. Good food. Fresh and clean with great staff and very good coffee. More places could follow.