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The Dorchester exclusive Old Tom Gin

dorchester old tom ginDorchester Collection’s iconic British London hotel, The Dorchester, has revived the historical recipe for ‘Old Tom’ gin to create a new blend. Perfected by the hotel’s legendary bar manager and expert alchemist Giuliano Morandin, the gin has been distilled exclusively for The Bar at The Dorchester by The City of London Distillery, and will be available about now.

This is the second time Giuliano has re-introduced Old Tom Gin to the UK drinks market, the first being in 2006 after a 30 year absence.

Each bottle of The Dorchester Old Tom gin features a black wax seal and a hand signed label with its bespoke batch number authenticating it as an original. The gin, which will be available in 220 litre batches to ensure that the quality of the flavour is maintained, is available to purchase by the glass or 700ml/500ml/25ml bottles at The Bar at The Dorchester. Giuliano and his team have been closely involved in tailoring the blend, enhancing its taste with a special balance of botanicals such as juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, cassia bark, cardamom and fresh lemon and orange peel.

There are many tales which recount how Old Tom Gin purportedly got its name, many of which revolve around the unusual and secret dispensing methods used by London gin houses in the 18th century, all of which involved the imagery of a tom cat.

To celebrate the launch, Giuliano has created the Old Tom Cobbler cocktail, the perfect summer drink including ingredients such as coriander, fresh lemongrass, elderflower and Old Tom Gin. This cocktail will be on offer alongside the Ramos Fizz and iconic Martinez which inspired Giuliano to revive the production of the gin.

Giuliano has been leading the team at The Bar at The Dorchester for 30 years and is highly regarded amongst leading drink connoisseurs. Throughout his career Giuliano has achieved a number of accolades within the industry and named amongst the world’s best bartenders. Commenting on the introduction of The Dorchester Old Tom gin, Giuliano said;

“This is an extremely exciting time for my team, the hotel and I. We have been working hard to make this new take on the original 18th century recipe stand next to other leading gins, and we welcome London’s bar cognoscenti to come and experience the result. The Dorchester Old Tom gin reflects the style and history of the hotel whilst encompassing a modern fusion of flavours.”

Giuliano and his team will also offer private and bespoke Cocktail Master Classes showcasing the techniques and flavours used to compliment The Dorchester Old Tom Gin within the new signature cocktails. Cocktail Master Classes can be booked for individuals or private parties of up to ten guests, subject to availability. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact +44 (0) 20 7629 8888 or email

A 700ml bottle of The Dorchester Old Tom Gin is priced at £65 and is available at The Bar at The Dorchester or by visiting .Signature cocktails including the Old Tom Cobbler start from £16.

Yutaka Yuzu Citrus Seasoning

yuzuYutaka’s Yuzu Citrus Seasoning is the perfect way to access the flavour of the elusive Japanese fruit, the yuzu. Deliciously tart with floral aromas, the tangy citrus seasoning tastes like a hybrid of a lemon, mandarin and grapefruit and has won two Great Taste Award stars.

A favourite of Nigel Slater and Jamie Oliver, yuzu juice has the versatility of a lemon (and 3 times the vitamin C) and adds an exotic splash of flavour to savoury and sweet dishes alike, including salads, noodles, marinades for meat and fish, desserts and even cocktails.

The Yutaka brand was first launched in 1995 and is the leading Japanese range in 16 countries across the globe. The exciting range includes sauces, sushi ingredients, soups, rice, noodles and “easy to use” meal kits – allowing the ardent foodie to create healthy, flavoursome and attractive Japanese cuisine at home.

The Yutaka Yuzu Citrus Seasoning is available in Sainsbury’s priced at £2.99 for a 100ml bottle.

The Times London Dry Gin

The Times London Dry GinThe Times newspaper has just launched a new premium London Dry Gin, called The Times London Dry Gin.

Made in very small batches to a unique recipe, this is the newspaper’s first foray into an exclusive own-label drinks offering, backed by News UK. It coincides with a revival in gin as the drink of choice, with a growing awareness of the importance of high-quality ingredients and craft distillation.

Manufactured in partnership with Master of Malt based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the 70cl bottle will retail at £34.95; however a special launch price of £29.95 is on offer on News UK’s ahead of the festive season. UK mainland orders made before 3pm on Monday 23 December 2013 are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas Day.

The botanicals used in the base of The Times London Dry Gin are: Juniper, Coriander, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Angelica, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, Dried Lemon Peel and Dried Orange Peel. Then, a cold-distilled mixture of fresh zests are added – Lemon, Orange, Lime and, more unusually for gin, White and Pink Grapefruit, Clementine and Pomelo. The volume of citrus peels used at the cold distillation phase is high and lends the gin its distinctively sweet citrus flavour.

The bottle itself is a stylish addition to the Christmas cocktail cabinet, with each individually-numbered label created by The Times’ designers, featuring the royal crest, along with The Times lion resting on juniper branches. The reverse label quotes John Walter, the Founder and Proprietor of The Times, who said: “A newspaper is like a well-covered table, it should contain something suited to every palate.”

The bottle stopper is made from solid wood and natural cork and is wax-dipped, with the Times ‘T’ stamped on the top.

John Witherow, Editor of The Times, said: “This is the first time we have done this; the gin is a fantastic blend with a unique taste and it’s available through our wonderful Whisky Club.”

The Times London Dry gin is produced through a combination of pot-still and cold-vacuum production and is a fine example of craft distillation. Gin is traditionally made in pot-stills, by distilling spirit with flavouring botanicals to extract the aromatic compounds.

The manufacturers of The Times London Dry take a portion of the base spirit used in the gin’s manufacture, then cold-vacuum distil it with the fresh citrus peels. The cold-vacuum distillation is an unusual and more laborious production method, with the vacuum allowing the distillation to occur at a much lower temperature than in the copper pot-stills, helping to retain the freshness and vibrancy of the citrus peel and giving an enhanced flavour to this premium gin.

Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions

koji sparkling fruit infusionsNope, I am most definitely not on a diet. Watching the calories and exercising a little portion control indeed, but it is not a diet.

The My Fitness Pal ap has proved its usefulness in recording the calories and setting goals. Using it I’ve lost a few kilos over the last couple of weeks. Although I cant get the product bar code scanner to work with my new Nokia 1020…

If you too are calorie watching, or just fancy an ‘adult’ soft beverage then these two fruit infusions will certainly aide keeping the calorie intake on the low side.

The new all-natural, Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions aimed at adults is available in pubs, bars online and soon to be in high street stores. Koji is deliciously light, fruity and refreshing, 100 per cent natural and additive free, with no artificial sweeteners. And, there are only 49 calories in a bottle.

The Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions range, comprising Lemon & Ginger and Mandarin & Cranberry flavours, is answering demand from increasingly health-conscious consumers for natural ingredients, without compromising on taste and flavour.

Inspired by an ancient Japanese infusion method, KojiI drinks are based on a special blend of Japanese persimmon, cranberries, goji berries, lemon peel, challenger hops and apple. The flavours are sophisticated, subtle and light and without the sweetness associated with sugar or artificial sweetener laden soft drinks.

Koji’s carefully selected ingredients are believed to have nutritional and health benefits: aiding digestion, weight loss, giving healthier skin and bones, speeding up metabolism and aiding relaxation and concentration.

Just because these Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions are only 49 calories a bottle, it doesn’t mean you can drink 5 in one sitting!

What Is FruitBroo?

fruitbrooWhat is fruitBroo? Be the FIRST to discover HOT drinks made with real JUICES

Autumn is here, pack away our summer clothes and replace salads and cold drinks with warming foods and hot drinks. Whilst the food we have may have improved, the choice of hot drinks leaves little to the imagination. That was until now… a brand new hot drinks brand hits the market. FruitBroo is the first of its kind, hot drinks made with real juices that will have you saying WOW after the first sip!

FruitBroo, as you will discover, is like no other hot drink. Long gone are the days of the teabag, FruitBroo comes in handy little 100ml bottles that store easily in the fridge and make 15 cups. That’s plenty of FruitBroo goodness to see you through those colder days! Just pour one or two teaspoons of your chosen FruitBroo into your cup, add hot water, sit back and really enjoy.

Full of juicy fruits, herbs and spices, but just 15 calories, FruitBroo is 100% natural and caffeine-free. In fact 99.9% of the 15,000 people who have tasted it love it and we are sure you will too!

Hitting the shelves of Sainsbury’s mid-September, and with an RRP of £2.25, there will be 4 fabulous flavours to choose from including; Peach, Pear & Honey, Apple, Ginger & Spice, Lemon & Ginger and Honey & Lemon. As well as being available at Sainsbury’s, FruitBroo is also available to buy online at