News – Strane statement on Twin River’s ‘World’s Strongest Gin’ claim

Recently I shared news that Twin Rivers had brought out a new gin, the world’s strongest gin.

Previously, as far as I was aware, Strane had one of the strongest gins. They have 4 in the range and the uncut edition was pretty renowned at a whopping 75.3%, 76% in the second batch. I did wonder at the time what they made of the announcement and to my surprise, my wondering has been answered, with an email I received this morning from Robert Ransom of Highfern Ltd, UK Importers of Strane gin. He wanted to issue a statement congratulating Twin Rivers on their new gin and I said I’d be happy to put it up in my new ‘News’ section:

“News has reached us over the weekend of the release Twin Rivers Naked Uncut Gin, bottled at 77%. Whilst I am yet to try this new gin, I congratulate Twin Rivers on the launch, and concede that Strane Uncut London Dry Gin 76% is no longer the strongest gin on the UK market.

Strane Uncut London Dry Gin was first bottled back in 2014, and came about as a consequence of the unusual way Strane is produced, not a deliberate attempt to produce the strongest gin. Looking to preserve the intensity of the flavours in gin distillation, Pär Caldenby, distiller/ proprietor of the Smögen Distillery, developed a methodology in which three base gins; citrus, herbal, and juniper are distilled with the same 12 botanicals but in different ratios. The bases are then blended before the addition of water to create Strane Merchant Strength London Dry Gin 47.4% and Strane Navy Strength London Dry Gin 57.1%. As Pär Caldenby blends the base gins straight from the still, he became accustomed to sampling Strane ‘uncut’, and decided to create an ‘Uncut’ addition to the Strane family. For Pär, ‘Uncut’ refers not just to the consequential high strength, but also to the intensity of flavour.

We first imported Strane Uncut London Dry Gin, at that time 75.3%, to the UK in the spring of 2015. Initially we were careful not to claim that it was the strongest gin, but as we received feedback from gin journalists and gin bars, it became clear that the next strongest gin in the UK market at the time was less than 70% vol..

It was always inevitable that at some point Strane Uncut would be knocked off the ‘strongest gin’ podium. We are simultaneously flattered that Strane Uncut has been copied, and surprised that with the current interest in gin, that Strane Uncut was the strongest gin available in the UK for so long, for three years from 2015 to 2018.

Strongest gin or not, Strane Uncut London Dry Gin 76% remains the original Uncut gin, and delivers a wonderfully powerful juniper burst, which we believe gin enthusiasts will continue to enjoy.’

Robert Ransom, UK importer of Strane Gin”

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Interesting stuff. Everything moves so quickly in the world of gin! I am planning to write on Strane soon. I’d also really love to compare the two gins to see what the differences are in flavour. Fingers crossed that’s an option down the line.

Personally, I’ve always found the gin industry to be a very friendly one. When I work at Gin Festivals and give masterclasses on gin history, I like to dispel the myth that it’s cut throat and competitive, despite being such a saturated market. The way I see it, there are so many variations of flavour, locality and story. Good gin drinkers want several different bottles of gin at home and certainly with myself, there’s a sense of collecting and trying different ones so there’s room for good products. However, its inevitable that sometimes products will clash and it’s good to see such clashes being handled diplomatically. Thanks for taking the time to get in touch Robert.

So whichever gin you drink next, do raise a glass to yourself, all of us gin drinkers and everyone involved in the industry. After all, we’re all in this together.

News – Another Twin Rivers Distillery Announcement – World’s Strongest Gin

Last week I received an email from Rivers Distillery announcing the launch of Dee Gin. As I mentioned, I normally focus on writing in depth distillery stories with gin reviews, gin history etc, but its occurred to me to add a news section. You heard it here first! Any other gins out there, do feel free to send me any announcements and I can copy them into my news section. Nothing like a bit of tongue wagging.

Anyway, today I’ve received another announcement from Twin Rivers, a claim to have made the world’s strongest gin! Full announcement copied and pasted below:

“A distillery in Royal Deeside has created the world’s strongest gin, with an ABV of 77%.  Twin River Distillery’s new Naked Gin ‘Uncut’ edition has an initial run of 101 bottles and will launch at Gin Festival: North East at Thainstone House, Inverurie this week.

As one of just four Scottish distilleries to produce the base spirit for its gin entirely onsite, the Twin River team is passionate about the provenance of its products and developing an innovative range of spirits and flavours. Its core product line includes Rhubarb Old Tom, a Naked Gin and some seasonal expressions which are available online and in drinks outlets across the north east.

Ryan Rhodes, brand ambassador for Twin River, said: “When our Head Distiller, Liam Pennycook tasted the uncut spirit straight from the still, he decided it was too good not to share.

“By developing Uncut, we really wanted to push the boundaries – but obviously ask people to enjoy it sensibly. You have to appreciate that most gins are 40-50% ABV so care must be taken when drinking this spirit and a small amount definitely goes a long way. To enjoy the punchy flavour profile, it’s best to sip it over ice with a twist of lemon.

“Our first edition Naked Gin has a strong undertone of juniper which many of our customers love; the fact we make it from scratch in our distillery gives it that extra feeling of provenance that a craft gin should have.”

Commenting on the first taste of Uncut, Peter Sim, founder of Aberdeen and Inverurie Gin Club, said: “On the nose there is a creamy nutty scent, almost buttery from their in-house neutral spirit made from barley.  The alcohol has power, but I still get heavy juniper and a sweet spiciness.”

Last year a 76% gin was created from a small Swedish distillery which was thought to be the world’s strongest gin.”

Exciting times! Second email in two weeks, they’re clearly on the case. Anyone else claiming to have the world’s strongest gin?

Hot off the Press – Twin River Distillery releases Dee Gin

Ok, so in the spirit of honesty, the following is not written by me! Just a simple cut and paste job, but the kind people at Twin River Distillery sent me this News release today and I’d like to share it for them:

News release: Twin River Distillery Launched Exclusive River Dee Gin 1st February 2018

Twin River Distillery will officially launch its exclusive ‘Dee Gin’ at the opening ceremony of the 2018 fishing season on the River Dee today, February 1st 2018. Dee Gin was developed as part of the River Dee Trust’s fundraising drive, the result of which will enable the Trust to continue to invest in work to restore the river for future generations – including community engagement and awareness programmes.

Based in Banchory, Royal Deeside, Twin River Distillery produced Dee Gin for the Trust and proceeds of each bottle sold will be donated to the fundraising campaign. A limited run of 1,000 bottles are available and it’s hoped that the gin will raise over £6,500.

River Director, Mark Bilsby said: “There’s an increasing awareness about the importance of the river and the many ways it significantly contributes to the local and national economy. For example, angling in the River Dee generates £15 million of revenue and supports an estimated 500 rural jobs. “We have been delighted with the support received from both local businesses and individuals and to have our own Dee Gin is fantastic.”

Twin River brand director, Ryan Rhodes, said: “Our distillery is actually named after the River Dee – we use water from the river in our spirits, which makes it an integral part of our products and the development – and it’s a twin of the River Don, hence Twin River.

“Operating and distilling in Royal Deeside we know and appreciate at first-hand the value of the river from a local perspective and when we learned about the Trust’s aims and initiatives, we felt compelled to support by offering a unique product.”

The gin is available to buy online from Inverurie Whisky Shop and is also stocked in Raemoir Garden Centre, Kincardine O’Neil Post Office and Aberdeen Whisky Shop.

Sounds pretty interesting, right? Wonderful to see gin being used to benefit the environment too. If you’re looking for someone to review the gin for you guys, feel free to give me a shout!