Scotland makes many flavorful gins, from popular Hendricks to artisanal brands like Lussa, made on the Isle of Jura. Ian Buxton is your entertaining companion on this journey through gin's history, up to its present revival as a go-to spirit among creative bartenders. With colorful bits of background, like Daniel Defoe's defense of gin distillers during the moral panic of the 18th Century, through Charles Dickens' weighing on the popularity of gin palaces among the urban poor in 19th Century London. Buxton tells the story of how gin was developed after British soldiers tasted its Dutch ancestor, genever, in the 1600s. The roles of juniper, botanicals and other flavor factors are explained in concise and helpful fashion. 272 page paperback.
Ian Buxton has been working in the beverage world for decades. He's written numerous books and guides to different spirits.
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