Gin: The Manual – Dave Broom

It’s rare that I review books on here, but as we know I am a huge Gin lover so whilst out and about I came across this, and well how could i say no?

Gin: The Manual – Dave Broom RRP £7.00

They Say:

In recent years, gin has shed its old-fashioned image and been reborn as a hot and hip spirit. The number of brands grows every day and bartenders – and consumers – are now beginning to re-examine gin as a quality base spirit for drinks both simple and complex.

Now, with more brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy. With this book as your guide, discover:

How gin is made
What a botanical is and how they impact a gin’s flavour
What the difference between Dutch, London, Scottish, Spanish and American gins is
How you drink them to maximise your pleasure
Whether there is life beyond the gin & tonic (yes!)

The body of the book covers 120 gins which Dave has tested four ways – with tonic, with lemonade, in a negroni and in a martini – and then scored. In addition, each gin is categorised according to an ingenious flavour camp system, which highlights its core properties and allows you to understand how you can best drink it, and therefore enjoy it.

I Say:

This a great gift for others, (or in my case just for me!) and an easy to read reference book for those who love the art of gin, from how it is made, the flavour combinations, the distilling process, and the history and development of gin right to 120 of the more popular gins with advice on how to use them with an easy to read star rating. It really is a simple book for those who want to appreciate gin just a little more.

As gin is getting more and more popular there are new brand springing up everywhere, so please don’t expect some of the more quirky brand like Twisted Nose, Half Hitch and Slingsby to be in here but all of your regulars plus some international gins feature. Ideal if you are looking to try out a new gin or two!

Warning – this book may encourage you to partake in more than the odd tipple of gin!


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