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Booze news: lavender botanicals and seaweed gin

By Lia Sanders on 17/06/15 11:00 AM

It’s been a good week for gin. Saturday saw the world’s seventh annual Gin Day, alongside the news that last year broke records for UK exports of gin.

Britain, which is the largest gin exporter in the world, exported £394m worth of gin in 2014 – enough to make more than 1.6 billion gin and tonics.

Meanwhile distillers Edinburgh Gin have launched a gin made with seaweed, scurvy grass and ground ivy called Seaside Gin. Think martinis with a touch of sandcastle making.

Speaking of unusual botanicals, over at The Telegraph Susy Atkins reflects on all the unusual things that are going into gin nowadays, from lavender to frankincense.

But she says we should be thankful that we no longer put turpentine in gin, like 18th century distillers used to as a substitute for juniper.

If you are unsure where you stand on gin, take this quiz which will tell you if you are a Bombay Sapphire or Tesco Value type of gin drinker.

And should all this talk of Mother’s Ruin have given you a taste for the gin business, check out this interview with Ian Hart, founder of Sacred Spirits gin company, with advice on how to start your own distillery.