A Dry Gin January

My early prediction for this year is  that dry January 2021 will be low on participants.  I mean, does anyone in Tier 4 actually think it’s a good idea at such a dismal time?  Cutting back on alcohol consumption can, of course, provide us with health benefits and abstaining will undoubtedly lower your calorie consumption, although at 97 calories a shot, I’m confident it can be slipped into your daily allowance should you wish.  

Some of us have received gin themed Christmas gifts and it seems churlish to put them aside for a few weeks just when we are enjoying them.  The main photo here on this page is the gin hamper that I received from my daughter and her partner. Just how lovely does it look?  Great presentation and a range of 6 different gins and two interesting tonic waters.

The hamper originates from Kindred Spirits www.k-spirits.co.uk.  My daughter visited their shop in Ambleside a few months ago and loved it so ordered a hamper for me online.  Kindred Spirits specialise in hand crafted spirits which are attractively packaged in all sizes of lovely refillable glass bottles.  In the shop the gins are grouped together in categories such as floral or fruity or spiced.  My daughter said it is possible to have a taster direct from the many stills that line the walls of the shop and then have a bottle filled from the still for purchase. 

Each of the gins in the hamper were accompanied by tasting notes or information of where the gin is from and how to serve it.  So far I have tried the Lussa gin from Jura which is lovely and smooth with a hint of rose petals and also from Scotland I’ve tried the Colonsay gin.  This was mild, refreshing and excellent served with a slice of red chilli.  I also enjoyed the fragrant Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin on its own with a simple tonic water.  It was too floral for Mr Ginandgenealogy’s taste but I think it would be perfect for a ‘breakfast gin’ that my dear friend Mary likes to serve to guests at her home.

As a gin lover I was seriously impressed with this hamper and would recommend the shop for presents all year round.  The writing on the bottle could easy mark an event or for a special greeting.  It’s not just gin here, the whiskey fan is well catered for among the choices available.   I thought the hamper was a great idea and will keep me interested throughout the coming weeks.

So that’s a ‘no’ to dry January from me then.

My early prediction for this year is  that dry January 2021 will be down on participants.  I mean, does anyone in Tier 4 actually think it’s a good idea at such a dismal time?  Cutting back on alcohol consumption can, of course, be a good idea for some health benefits and abstaining will undoubtedly lower your calorie consumption, although at 97 calories a shot, I’m confident it can be slipped into your daily allowance should you wish.  

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