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Why Is Gin So Popular?

Why Is Gin So Popular?

In recent years, the increasing popularity of gin has been almost unavoidable. In 2017, 43 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK alone, with the number of gin producers in the country growing to over 100 from just 37 in 2010. Globally, the International Wine and Spirits Record noted an 8.3% increase in gin consumption from 2017 to 2018, proving that the gin revolution is not just happening in the UK.

The question is, why the massive boom?

While the answer may be as simple as the changing cycle of fashions, there are several other plausible theories for the recent worldwide gin craze.

Gin has become more accessible in recent years thanks to a change in HMRC regulations that gave distilleries the legal right to produce gin in small quantities. This change allowed independent gin-makers across the UK to flourish, creating innovative new flavours that allowed them to appeal to even the most casual gin connaisseur.

Gin is also highly versatile, with its flavour and tone easily transformed by adding various botanical infusions such as vanilla pods, aniseed, lavender, and more, increasing its already broad appeal even further. 

Its diverse and adaptable flavours have also allowed gin to fit well into cocktail culture. The botanicals used during the distillation process genuinely come to life in cocktails and add a distinct complexity to any mix. Cocktails incorporating gin also usually only need small amounts, making it a relatively cheap option compared to their contemporaries. 

If you’re interested in learning more about gin, The House of Whisky boasts an extensive range of high-quality gin, all ready for you to try. 

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Three Easy Whisky Cocktails to Try This Summer

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Three Easy Whisky Cocktails to Try This Summer

Here at The House of Whisky, when we’re not drinking it neat or on the rocks, we’re looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy our fine whiskies. Around this time of year, we love finding and creating delightfully refreshing combinations that will help every whisky enthusiast stay cool in summer.

We know that cocktails offer inventive ways for you to enjoy your whisky, so in this blog, we’re taking some time to discuss three classic whisky cocktails we think you should try this weekend. Each will be perfectly complemented by one of our fine whiskies and is sure to help you stay refreshed this summer.

1. The Whisky Royale

The Whisky Royale is a light, easy to drink cocktail packed full of fruity flavours. Made using fine whisky and a small amount of apple schnapps, this refreshing cocktail is sure to help you kick off your weekend in style. Learn how to make yours below.

What You’ll Need:

  • 25ml Scotch Whisky
  • A Dash of Apple Schnapps or Clear Apple Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Crushed Ice
  • A Sliced Green Apple (for garnish)

What To Do:
Fill a champagne flute or glass of your choice with crushed ice. Pour the whisky and apple schnapps over the ice and fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale. Add a slice of green apple to the glass for the perfect finishing touch. Serve immediately.

Whiskies To Use in Your Whisky Royale
We have several whiskies that will work perfectly for the Whisky Royale cocktail, including:

Each of these whiskies is sure to cut through just enough to highlight and compliment the fruity flavours and create an excellent blend. They also provide a slight variation of flavours with the same cocktail.

2. The Jock Collins

A spin on the Tom Collins, this light and easy to drink cocktail is sure to help you keep cool this summer. The smooth, balanced citrus notes will combine with your favourite whisky to release rich flavours, promising a memorable, refreshing drinking experience that perfectly compliments a warm day. To make your Jock Collins cocktail, simply follow our easy recipe below.

What You’ll Need

  • 50ml Scotch Whisky
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Fine Sugar or a Drizzle of Sugar Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)

What To Do:
Combine the whisky, lemon juice, and sugar or sugar syrup in a shaker filled halfway with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top up the glass with soda water, stir well, and garnish with the maraschino cherries. Serve immediately.

Whiskies Perfect for the Jock Collins
The House of Whisky has several fine whiskies sure to be the ideal addition to this cocktail. We recommend any of the following three products:

Using any of these three whiskies will guarantee a smooth, creamy finish to this particular cocktail, rounding off all the unique flavours perfectly.

3. The Godfather

This famous whisky cocktail from the 1970s is incredibly easy to prepare and offers a unique, rich flavour. While its origin is unknown, some stories say it was inspired by the world-famous film of the same name, while others say it was a favourite of Marlon Brando, the Don himself. Whatever its true source may be, The Godfather is a fantastic summer drink sure to satisfy any palate. Make yours today by following the easy steps below.

What You’ll Need:

  • 50ml Scotch Whisky
  • 25ml Amaretto

What To Do:
Combine the whisky and amaretto in a shaker full of ice and shake well for 20 seconds, or until properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned whisky glass filled with ice. Serve immediately.

The Best Whiskies to Use in The Godfather
For this classic cocktail, The House of Whisky recommends any of our following three products:

Any of these fine whiskies will add a distinct richness and depth to the overall flavour of the cocktail.

No matter what your whisky cocktail preference may be, the extensive range of products we offer at The House of Whisky are sure to be the perfect addition to your summer. Browse the rest of our collection here and take advantage of our great prices by placing your order today.

Father's Day Specials 2018

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FATHERS DAY SPECIAL

Haven’t got a present for your old man for Fathers Day yet? Well, we can surely help you with that!

Here at The House of Whisky, we will be having our second Fathers Day Special Offers. We know that fathers like a good drink every now and then; and for that reason, we have great deals on a range of world class products. From an everyday drinking whisky such as the Aaron 10 Year Old to a collector’s item such as the Springbank 21, we have everything for all your wants and needs.

We have carefully curated a special list of 9 whiskies (see below) that we highly recommend from our Fathers Day promotions. Any of these products as a gift is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your old man and put him in a joyful mood if you know what I mean.

> EVERYDAY DRINKING

– Port Askaig 8 Year Old

– 1792 Bourbon

– Yoichi Single Malt

> FLAVOUR GALORE

– Aaron 18

– Benriach 15 Sherry Wood

– Craigellachie 19

> COLLECTORS ITEMS

– Balvenie Sherry Cask

– Bruichladdich 1990 25 Year Old

– Hibiki Harmony Masters Select Limited Edition

The Macallan Edition No. 4 Release Date Announced

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The Macallan Edition No. 4 Release Date Announced

The Macallan Edition No. 4 release date has officially been announced. From July 2018, you will be able to enjoy the unique, innovative flavours the fourth release in Macallan’s iconic Edition Series has to offer. The Macallan Edition Series is the creation of Bob Dalgarno, Macallan’s Master Distiller, who each year hand-picks a unique selection of casks to present as a special range of limited edition whiskies.

The Edition Series: A Brief Outline
Starting with the release of Edition No. 1 in 2015, the Edition Series was designed to showcase the distillery’s strong focus on the flavour created by their oak casks. Edition No. 1 merged whisky matured in eight different European and American oak casks to create a gorgeous flavour with notes of dried fruit, walnuts, and, naturally, burnished oak.
Following the success of Edition No. 1, the second entry in the Edition Series was released a year later in 2016. The Edition No. 2 was created as a collaboration between Macallan and the Roca Brothers, founders and owners of the El Celler de Can Roca restaurant. This whisky was finished in seven different casks, each hand-picked by the Roca brothers and Dalgarno, and has a complex flavour with notes of apple, dried fruit, and vanilla.

In October 2017, Macallan released the Edition No. 3, an innovative collaboration between Dalgarno and Roja Dove, a fragrance specialist known for his signature luxury perfumes. Where the first two entries in the Edition Series accentuated the influence the different casks have on the flavour of whisky, Edition No. 3 focused on the aroma, the six casks blending together to create a unique fragrance with notes of vanilla, orange oil, and flowers.

What can we expect from Edition No. 4?
The single-malt Edition No. 4 has drawn inspiration from the construction of the new distillery, focusing on the structure of whisky by highlighting the role of each cask in the distillation process. Edition No. 4 is crafted using a combination of seasoned American and European oak casks, creating a vibrant flavour with notes of toffee, honey, and citrus.
Macallan’s Edition No. 4 will be joining Edition No. 2 and Edition No. 3 in The House of Whisky online store upon its release, adding to our extensive selection of fine whiskies.

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