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5 Christmas gifts for the ultimate gin lover

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Tired of dropping present hints and still finding another pair of lacklustre socks under the tree? It’s time to steer ‘Father Christmas’ in the right direction. We recommend leaving this gin-lover’s lust list on the kitchen table tonight …

Gin Guide

Never have a dull gin again

With so many local gins on the market, it can be hard to figure out which of the beautiful bottles are packing the good stuff. The gorgeous new South West Independent Gin Guide takes G&T devotees on a whistle-stop tour of this spirit-rich region and guides aspiring spiritsmiths to the best true-craft gin bars, schools, retailers and distillers.

Take it sloe

Sloe gin usually too sweet for you? The latest ingenious invention from Wrecking Coast’s Cornish distillery hits the after-dinner spot without sending your blood-sugar to dizzying heights. We recommend sipping the Honey Sloe Gin neat to make the most of the jammy notes and smooth mouthfeel.

Glass glam

Quality gin deserves an equally impressive glass, right? Dartington Crystal’s Gintuition trio of copa stem, highball and martini glasses makes the perfect Christmas present for the gin connoisseur. Treating yourself? Add serious wow factor to your next drinks party.

Back to school

Reckon you’ve got the nose to create a cracking gin? Create your own bespoke blend of botanicals at Salcombe Distilling Co’s half day gin course. Not only will you get to tour the slick south Devon distillery but distil a bottle of own-branded gin to take home.

Don’t skimp on the tonic

Pairing a true-craft gin with cheap tonic is like serving champagne in a plastic cup: an absolute no-no. Give your Christmas gin the luxe treatment with Luscombe’s Devon spring water tonics – flavours include cucumber, elderflower and grapefruit.

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Thrilling true-craft gins are being carefully distilled and exquisitely served across the region. We celebrate the launch of the South West Independent Gin Guide

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John Hall from Trevethan Distillery

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