Britain is still embracing the Gin boom and in the last 12 months hundreds of new distilleries and trendy gin bars have opened across the country. It is currently estimated there are 95 different types of Gin available to the gin-loving consumer.
So why has it become such a big phenomenon?
Some say, other drinks types have had their time. The Vodka market is saturated with brands and flavouring. Wine and craft beer have become standard, in some ways, so when it comes to variety and that je nais c’est quois, Gin
appears to have total ‘staying power’, with quirky flavours popping up all the time.
Gin itself works extremely well in a variety of cocktails and as this craft industry grows it leads to more product, and then more demand, and the usage of botanicals and ingredients make it a good fit for the current culture.
We have a lot to be proud of in Dorset. Dorset is the hub of some fantastic homemade Gin companies, some of the well-known ones include Pothecary and Conker Gin. Conker embraces the home roots on the website stating ‘’ I collected Dorset-foraged botanicals to see what flavours they produced once distilled with wheat spirit, then combined these with the London Dry element of the recipe. Three Dorset-inspired flora made the grade: elderberries, marsh samphire and gorse flowers’’.
It must be that British attitude of supporting home-grown local businesses and watching them thrive that have clearly spurred on Conker to do incredibly well and go on have big success with this drink!
Not only do you have to drink Gin from bars and pubs locally, there are new designated Gin Bars/Parlours opening up frequently. Our neighbours in Christchurch have just opened a specialist Gin parlour named Dirty Gerties. What once was the old tea rooms has been perfectly put together for a more intimate experience and they also offer cheese boards and a varied selections of gins and cocktails, depending on your taste buds! We welcome them to Christchurch and look forward to trying out more gins soon!
Our other neighbours in Westbourne opened Gin Jams in 2016 which has proven to be a very popular and has gone from strength to strength leading to opening another bar in Salisbury.
We certainly feel what’s good for the local business is good for us and being a community lead agency, working and promoting local business is extremely important in today’s economy. If empty shops can be converted into lovely flourishing establishments in Dorset, we are all for it!
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