The Endless Summer – TBGC’s Spit Roasted Pineapple Gin

With the summer slipping away like sand through our fingers, That Boutique-y Gin Company have done it again with a lovely little speciality, Spit Roasted Pineapple Gin.

Inspired by the second Golden Age of the cocktail (1950’s – 60’s), their Pineapple Gin is a lovely little ode to this bygone era, when liqueurs, cordials and fruit gins were all the rage. Some of the favourite flavoured gins were organs and lemon but there were other flavours, passionfruit, grapefruit and pineapple. Some of these fell out of fashion.

That Boutique-y Gin Company have brought back one of these fruit gins and has given it a 21st century twist. The result is the 40.1% ABV Spit Roasted Pineapple Gin, awarded the Master Medal at the Gin Masters 2017.

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The gin is made from whole, peeled pineapples that have been coated with Demerara sugar and spit-roasted until caramelised. This is the combined with a base gin of a classic recipe, with a sturdy base of botanicals including Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orange, Lemon, Nutmeg, Cassia, Cinnamon, Orris and Liquorice.

On the nose, I can really smell the pineapple with a hint of caramel at the end. These flavours move onto the palette nicely with the freshness of the sweet and sour pineapple moving onto a lovely, tart ginny finish, even after its died away the pineapple and gin are left mingling on the tongue.

And it seems that this wonderfully indulgent spirit is also very versatile. It’s good with ice and tonic, ginger beer, sparkling wine or Ting grapefruit soda. It can also be used in with fresh lime in daiquiris and Tiki cocktails. Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin.

This lovely little gin is available in 50cl bottles, RRP £29.95. They can be purchased through Amazon, House of Malt, Master of Malt. It can also be found at Hedonism Wine, Selfridges and Starmore Boss.

What a lovely thing that is. Well done Boutiquey! Keep them coming!

Our new arrival – Nattiel Lynch

Here at the Ginfluence, I am delighted to announce a new arrival!

Photo credit to Tom Marshall and the Ginfestival.com

A new writer, the wonderful Nattiel Lynch, has joined the party and I’m really excited about the stuff he’ll be posting! Between my love of writing long pieces telling stories of gin distilleries and history and Nattiel’s genuine passion for writing on gin and cocktails, we’re certainly widening the coverage and will be adding much more content for you lovely readers, aren’t you lucky! You can give his Twitter a follow here to keep up with his work, although I’ll

His credentials and enthusiasm are perfect for the Ginfuence. As he explains:

     “Since a young age I have always been intrigued and compelled by linguistics, investigative journalism and more broadly, the way in which we’re interactive with one another. With English being my favourite subject at school from as far back as I can remember, my love for journalism was ignited many, many years ago after a school trip to the local newsroom. I was sold!”

After scoring good grades at school and going on to complete 4+ A Level’s including English Language, Media Studies and City & Guides: Radio & Press Journalism (Southampton), Nattiel then went on to graduate with a BA Hons in Journalism from Southampton Solent University (London/Southampton).

     “With intention to continue my studies in the realm of communication in the form of Post-Graduate studies, I gained further experience at Portsmouth News Voice FM Southern Daily Echo Quay News (University Newspaper) NewsFeed (Solent Newspaper.”

     “In the midst of my advancements in education, I somewhat spontaneously found an overproof passion for the drinks industry, in particular cocktails. I was fascinated by the ways in which different flavours and ingredients combine, contradict and coalesce with one another; in addition to the intricate artistry and craft which goes in to making the particular spirit.”

     “Within a year of stirring my first Martini, ah, the memories, I was soon up against the best cocktail bartenders in the South, competing regularly in regional competitions and continuing to grow as a “Mixologist”.

“I have worked in many bars in Southampton at many varying levels, from Bartender to Assistant Managr whilst completing my BA Hons. (Some of my experience, most notable) Rockstone – Bartender, Marshals Cocktail Bar – Assistant Manager, Quay Fifteen – Head Mixologist, Gin Festival – Mixologist, Mangoes – Cocktail Bartender, Havana Club Selección de Maestros South Regional Winner – 2015 (went to Cuba, visited the Havana Club Distillery, learnt their distallation and blending techniques.)

Nattiel is knowledgable, he writes with his heart and he’s keen on the Ginfluence’s principles on helping nurture the gin industry by telling tales and sharing stories. He’s also a pretty exemplary person so I’m really looking forward to working with him.

     “I have three strong passions, Writing, Cocktails and Chelsea Football Club. I’m looking to combine the first two together and communicate the wonderful world of gin and cocktails through both historic research and modern-day alchemy, with the intention to continue my studies in the realm of communication.”

I ask you now to raise your glasses. Welcome to the Ginfluence, Nattiel! And here’s to many wonderful articles. Chin chin!

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